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Title: Let us pursue and grow in love
Date: 14-Sep-2014
Source/Author:         Pastor Ong

The great commandment of our Lord, in short is “Love God and Love people” (Mt. 22:37-40). As believers, if we are to please the Lord, this is not an option but a commandment to obey. Apostle John wrote in his epistle: “This is love for God: to obey his commands. And his commands are not burdensome”, (1Jn 5:3 NIV) To obey His commands shows we truly love Him.

In any type of relationship, we are bound to have misunderstandings and conflicts. How we manage conflicts show the degree of our maturity in the love of God. As apostle Paul mentions “Put on the full armor of God so that you can take your stand against the devil's schemes.  For our struggle is not against flesh and blood, but against the rulers, against the authorities, against the powers of this dark world and against the spiritual forces of evil in the heavenly realms.”(Eph 6:11-12NIV)  Jesus said that “the devil came to steal and kill and destroy.” (Jn 10:10).
In my opinion, many of our conflicts, our real enemy is not human but is the devil. By all means, he will try to make use of our weaknesses for his advantage to kill and destroy us. So, as believers, Paul exhorts us: “Therefore, as God's chosen people, holy and dearly loved, clothe yourselves with compassion, kindness, humility, gentleness and patience.  Bear with each other and forgive whatever grievances you may have against one another. Forgive as the Lord forgave you.   And over all these virtues put on love, which binds them all together in perfect unity.” (Col 3:12-14 NIV)

Why is love so important? Paul explains: “If I speak with human eloquence and angelic ecstasy but don't love, I'm nothing but the creaking of a rusty gate.  If I speak God's Word with power, revealing all his mysteries and making everything plain as day, and if I have faith that says to a mountain, "Jump," and it jumps, but I don't love, I'm nothing. If I give everything I own to the poor and even go to the stake to be burned as a martyr, but I don't love, I've gotten nowhere. So, no matter what I say, what I believe, and what I do, I'm bankrupt without love. Love never gives up. Love cares more for others than for self. Love doesn't want what it doesn't have. Love doesn't strut, Doesn't have a swelled head, Doesn't force itself on others, Isn't always "me first," Doesn't fly off the handle, Doesn't keep score of the sins of others, Doesn't revel when others grovel, Takes pleasure in the flowering of truth, Puts up with anything, Trusts God always, Always looks for the best, Never looks back, But keeps going to the end.  Love never dies. Inspired speech will be over some day; praying in tongues will end; understanding will reach its limit. We know only a portion of the truth, and what we say about God is always incomplete. But when the Complete arrives, our incompletes will be cancelled.  But for right now, until that completeness, we have three things to do to lead us toward that consummation: Trust steadily in God, hope unswervingly, love extravagantly. And the best of the three is love. {14:1} Go after a life of love as if your life depended on it-because it does”. (1 Corinthians 13:1-10,13; 14:1 MSG)

So, let us pursue and continue to grow in the love of God, to show that we are truly His disciples.

By Pastor Ong

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