by David Cawston

The Foundation of Love
David Cawston
2 Peter 1:1-9

Foundation is Faith.
Add to your Faith
(7. And to godliness brotherly kindness; and to brotherly kindness charity.)
and now Love!
Love Defined: Greek word "Agape"

I. Defined as an attitude of commitment to someone else!
Not a feeling
Not an emotion
A. But a commitment
Look at your love for you children!
You are committed to them from birth!
You say you loved them before they were ever born.
They did nothing to deserve that!
They will always be your children no matter what!
Sometimes the feelings you have towards them are not feelings of warmth and closeness but anger.
You were committed to them long before you ever felt anything for them!
That is true love!

Rom 5:8
8 "But God commendeth his love toward us, in that, while we were yet sinners, Christ died for us." (KJV)

I John 4:10
10 "Herein is love, not that we loved God, but that he loved us, and sent his Son to be the propitiation for our sins." (KJV)

B. Unconditional Commitment.
The problems is that we start expecting returns and then we barter our affection.
But love is really unconditional commitment!
You are not expecting something in return.
You have decided to be committed to that person.
You see them as God sees them.
Made in his image and likeness
They are your brother or sister

Infantile love follows the principle:
"I love because I am loved."
Mature love follows the principle:
"I am loved because I love."
Immature love says:
"I love you because I need you."
Mature love says:
"I need you because I love you."

True unconditional love is expressed in the Parable of the Prodigal.
The Father was always hoping his son would return.
He always had the light on and the door open!
He had his room prepared for his return
He was willing to accept him back to his rightful position.
The Father didn't go ...

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