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His searching love is focused on the goal of healing the wounded. Among those who get lost in the wilderness, injury is common.

“God is always at work around you. He is working to bring about world redemption through His son Jesus Christ.” – Henry Blackaby.

Perfect love is redemption.

Or love does not originate from what we have deduced of God and thus love Him out of what we have discovered. Rather, His “first love” overwhelms all our searching for knowledge. He comes to us first and bids us to submit to his love.

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Why we love

We don’t love because we have to. We love because we get to. We love because Christ loved us first, and out of the mercy that we have been shown we show His love to others.

2nd Corinthians 5:14 – Christ’s love compels us.

As we receive the love of Christ we willing let it change the way we think and act. It means the love of Christ influences everything we do; His love becomes our way of life and not mere emotion.

The love Paul speaks of is born of a strength and resilience that challenges us to live for others, even those too weak and feeble to give anything back to us.

Christ’s love compels me
Christ’s love for me convinces me
Christ’s love at work in me changes me.

One significant expression of love is that we stop counting other peoples sins. It is seeing them through God’s redeeming view.

On the Topic of Love

I’ve been reading the book “Compelled by Love” by Ed Stetzer and Philip Nation. In it the talk about loving other people. What I like about it is they deal first with our relationship with God and loving Him. There is no possible way we can love others if we don’t love Him first.

I’ve posted excerpts from the book here in this blog that have really spoken to me. I wish to give them credit so here goes: “Compelled by Love” Ed Stetzer and Philip Nation. New Hope Publishers. 2008.

Thoughts – 08.29.2008

Love is irrational.  It is irrational for me to love people are unloveable or hard to love.

I have gained a new perspective in that, my only obligigation as a Christian is to love and serve God and love others.  Out of that I will desire to do other things that please Him.