Kingdom Of Love

" "KINGDOM LOVE" written by AJ Rasmussen

Beings I have chosen to write about Love, you may be thinking that I will be covering 1 Corinthians 13:4-13. Although that is a wonderful piece of scripture, and one should read it frequently, I am going to jump backwards in the bible to Romans 12:9-21 "Let Love be without hypocrisy. Abhore what is evil. Cling to what is good. Be kindly affectionate to one another with brotherly Love, in honor giving preference to one another; not lagging in diligence, fervent in spirit, serving the Lord; rejoicing in hope, patient in tribulation, continuing steadfastly in prayer; distributing to the needs of the saints, given to hospitality. Bless those who persecute you; bless and do not curse. Rejoice with those who rejoice, and weep with those who weep. Be of the same mind toward one another. Do not set your mind on high things, but associate with the humble. Do not be wise in your own opinion. Repay no one evil for evil. Have regard for good things in the site of all men. If it is possible, as much as depends on you, live peaceably with all men. Beloved, do not avenge yourselves, but rather give place to wrath; for it is written, 'Vengence is Mine, I will repay,' says the Lord. Therefore 'If your enemy is hungry, feed him; If he is thirsty, give him a drink; For in so doing you will heap coals of fire on his head. 'Do not be overcome by evil, but overcome evil with good." (NKJV) These verses define the person God wants us to be as a self-proclaiming christian. These are the traits that Christ exemplified. The Word teaches us to '...put off the old man and put on Christ...' We are to continually strive to become more like Christ, a journey that with the Holy Spirit within us, is possible. To further define this Kingdom Love, freely given to us from above, not to hoard, but to pass on to others, we can look to probably the most well known verse in the bible, John 3:16. "For God so Loved the world that He gave His only begotten Son that whoever believes in Him shall not perish but receive life eternal." This is an example of truly sacrificial Love, or otherwise put, laying down one's life for another (1 John 3:16). Jesus asked Peter in John 13:38, 'Peter, will you lay down your life for me? He is asking us the same question. What does He mean by this? Mainly, I believe, He wants to know if we will Love Him and our neighbors. He goes on to tell us in Matthew 6:19 to not store up treasures on earth, but rather to store up treasures in heaven. We do this by paying it forward, giving of our time, finances and 'things'. God doesn't ask us to give unto debt, but He does ask us to give until it hurts. That is true sacrificial Love, just like the sacrifice Jesus suffered on the cross. He gave until it hurt. That is Love. Another example of Kingdom Love, is shown in the story of the Good Samaritan in Luke 10:29-37. Upright men - a preacher, a Levite, passed by this hurting man, laying along the roadside, but this one man, a Samaritan, came upon this man and bandaged his wounds, showed him compassion, set him on his own animal and brought him to an inn to be cared for, paying the innkeeper to care for him when he had to leave.This hurting man could be anyone. You, me, your mother, your child. The person may have been hungry, spiritually dead, poor, in prison, ill in the hospital, a 'lepper'. But this Samaritan, he didn't care who this man was, what he may have done. A Samaratin wasn't a man of God, yet he, not the supposed men of God, is the one who knew how to treat his 'neighbor', he knew Love, that the 'men of God' did not. Let us not be 'too good' for those in need. Let us know who our neighbor is, let us know Kingdom Love. Don't be a Peter. Let's not deny Christ, by denying our neighbor, as Peter denied Christ. Let your Love be genuine, as displayed in 1 John 3:17-18. "But whoever has this world's goods, and sees his brother in need, and shuts up his heart from him, how does the Love of God abide in him? My little children, let us not Love in word or in tongue, but in deed and in truth. And by this we know that we are in truth, and shall assure our hearts before Him." "Beloved, let us Love one another, for Love is of God; and everyone who Loves is born of God and knows God. He who does not Love does not know God, for God is Love. In this the Love of God was manifested toward us, that God has sent His only begotten Son into the world, that we might live through Him. In this is Love, not that we Loved God, but that He Loved us and sent His Son to be the propitiation for our sins. Beloved, if God so Loved us, we also ought to Love one another." (1 John 4:7-11) "And this I pray, that your Love may abound still more and more in knowledge and all discernment, that you may approve the things that are excellent, that you may be sincere and without offense till the day of Christ, being filled with the fruits of righteousness which are by Jesus Christ, to the glory and praise of God." (Philippians 1:9-11)-Amen

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