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Live in Love (5 of 9)
An Epistle of Love
I John 3:11-24
Love one Another (read verses 11-12)
The commandment here is that we should love one another.
Since it is a commandment, it lifts love above an emotion to the level of choice!
The true nature of love is choice!
Let me read 1Corinthians 13 on love and look at the choices in love.
1 Cor 13:4-8
4 Love is patient, (Choice) love is kind. (Choice) It does not envy, (Choice) it does not boast, (Choice) it is not proud. (Choice)
5 It is not rude(Choice) it is not self-seeking, (Choice) it is not easily angered, (Choice) it keeps no record of wrongs. (Choice)
6 Love does not delight in evil but rejoices with the truth. (Choice)
7 It always protects, (Choice) always trusts, (Choice) always hopes, (Choice) always perseveres. (Choice)
8 Love never fails. (result) (NIV)
Cain is the picture of the choices of envy and jealousy and he therefore killed his brother.
He was envious that God accepted Abel's sacrifice and not Cains. The problem is that Cain came to God in his own way where Abel came to God according to God's way.
Love is a choice
To not love is also a choice!
That is why the Scriptures tell us to put off the old self!
22 You were taught, with regard to your former way of life, to put off your old self, which is being corrupted by its deceitful desires;
23 to be made new in the attitude of your minds;
24 and to put on the new self, created to be like God in true righteousness and holiness.
25 Therefore each of you must put off falsehood and speak truthfully to his neighbor, for we are all members of one body.
26 "In your anger do not sin": Do not let the sun go down while you are still angry,
27 and do not give the devil a foothold.
28 He who has been stealing must steal no longer, but must work, doing something useful with his own hands, that he may have something to share with those in need.
29 Do not let any unwholesome talk com ...
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