True Christian Love

Devotions From the Heart
“True Christian Love”
Author: TheologyGirl-ReformedWomen
April 22, 2017

I have been thinking about the subject of “Christian Love” often in the last several weeks and how in our busy lives and our “it’s all about me” centered life and practice.  With the world’s influence so incredibly infused in the Christian’s lifestyle with social media and the like it is no wonder we have moved away from “true Christian love” and how we are to live as God’s servants in a sinful world.  Love is at the base of our salvation and as a result it is the power from which we are to love and serve others.  May God give you His grace, knowledge and tenderness of heart as you serve Him and love others.*  _TheologyGirl-ReformedWomen

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Love is the Queen of the Christian graces. It is a holy disposition given to us when we are born again by God. It is the love of God shed abroad in our hearts by the Holy Spirit. True spiritual love is characterized by meekness and gentleness, yet it is vastly superior to the courtesies and kindnesses of the flesh.

We must be careful not to confuse human sentimentality, carnal pleasantries, human amiability and affability with true spiritual love. The love God commands, first to Himself and then to others, is not human love. It is not the indulgent, self-seeking love which is in us by nature. If we indulgently allow our children to grow up with little or, no Scriptural discipline, Proverbs plainly says we do not love them, regardless of the human sentimentality and affection we may feel for them. Love is not a sentimental pampering of one another with a loose indifference as to our walk and obedience before the Lord. Glossing over one another’s faults to ingratiate ourselves in their esteem is not spiritual love.

The true nature of Christian love is a righteous principle which seeks the highest good of others. It is a powerful desire to promote their welfare. The exercise of love is to be in strict conformity to the revealed will of God. We must love in the truth. Love among the brethren is far more than an agreeable society where views are the same. It is loving them for what we see of Christ in them, loving them for Christ’s sake.

The Lord Jesus Himself is our example. He was not only thoughtful, gentle, self-sacrificing and patient, but He also corrected His mother, used a whip in the Temple, Severely scolded His doubting disciples, and denounced hypocrites. True spiritual love is above all faithful to God and uncompromising towards all that is evil. We cannot declare, ‘Peace and Safety’ when in reality there is spiritual decay and ruin!

True spiritual love is very difficult to exercise because it is not our natural love. By nature we would rather love sentimentally and engender good feelings. Also many times true spiritual love is not received in love, but is hated as the Pharisees hated it. We must pray that God will fill us with His love and enable us to exercise it without dissimulation toward all.**

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*TheologyGirl-ReformedWomen,  Editor-Publisher Copyright: Heavenly Notes & Devotions From The Heart ©1984-2017

**True Christian Love by A.W. Pink

He Has Risen Indeed!

He is not here, for he has risen, as he said. Come, see the place where he lay. Matthew 28:6

He Has Risen

Hallelujah! Hallelujah! Hallelujah!
Hallelujah! Hallelujah!
For the Lord God Omnipotent reigneth.
Hallelujah! Hallelujah! Hallelujah! Hallelujah!

For the Lord God omnipotent reigneth.
Hallelujah! Hallelujah! Hallelujah! Hallelujah!
Hallelujah! Hallelujah! Hallelujah!

The kingdom of this world
Is become the kingdom of our Lord,
And of His Christ, and of His Christ;
And He shall reign for ever and ever,
For ever and ever, forever and ever,

King of kings, and Lord of lords,
King of kings, and Lord of lords,
And Lord of lords,
And He shall reign,
And He shall reign forever and ever,
King of kings, forever and ever,
And Lord of lords,
Hallelujah! Hallelujah!

And He shall reign forever and ever,
King of kings! and Lord of lords!
And He shall reign forever and ever,
King of kings! and Lord of lords!
Hallelujah! Hallelujah! Hallelujah! Hallelujah!
Hallelujah!

With True Humility and Obedience…

“Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, who has blessed us in Christ with every spiritual blessing in the heavenly places, even as he chose us in him before the foundation of the world, that we should be holy and blameless before him. In love he predestined us for adoption as sons through Jesus Christ, according to the purpose of his will, to the praise of his glorious grace, with which he has blessed us in the Beloved.  In him we have redemption through his blood, the forgiveness of our trespasses, according to the riches of his grace, which he lavished upon us, in all wisdom and insight making known to us the mystery of his will, according to his purpose, which he set forth in Christ as a plan for the fullness of time, to unite all things in him, things in heaven and things on earth. In him we have obtained an inheritance, having been predestined according to the purpose of him who works all things according to the counsel of his will, so that we who were the first to hope in Christ might be to the praise of his glory. In him you also, when you heard the word of truth, the gospel of your salvation, and believed in him, were sealed with the promised Holy Spirit, who is the guarantee of our inheritance until we acquire possession of it, to the praise of his glory.  Ephesians 3-14

The Prayers of John Calvin

Grant, Almighty God, that as thou hast not only of late adopted us as
thy children, but before we were born, and as thou hast been pleased to
sign us, as soon as we came forth from our mother’s womb, with the
symbol of that holy redemption, which has been obtained for us by the
blood of thy only begotten Son, though we have by our ingratitude
renounced so great a benefit, — O grant, that being mindful of our
defection and unfaithfulness, of which eve are all guilty, and for
which thou hast justly rejected us, we may now with true humility and
obedience of faith embrace the grace of thy gospel now again offered to
us, by which thou reconciles thyself to us; and grant that we may
steadfastly persevere in pure faith, so as never to turn aside from the
true obedience of faith, but to advance more and more in the knowledge
of thy mercy, that having strong and deep roots, and being firmly
grounded in the confidence of sure faith, we may never fall away from
the true worship of thee, until thou at length receives us in to that
eternal kingdom, which has been procured for us by the blood of thy
only Son. Amen.

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*TheologyGirl-ReformedWomen,  Editor-Publisher Copyright: Heavenly Notes & Devotions From The Heart ©1984-2017