The Nature of Christian Love

The only way that you can be an instrument of healing for others, is whether you truly love them or not.

This week’s message from Ted hit home, like always. Right to the “heart” of the matter. And a matter that God has been dealing with me about for a while. A matter that has helped me become dreadfully ill. WHAT is it about Ted’s messages that just keeps healing the dark dirty corners of my heart?

My son said it best..”he doesn’t nag you, he levels with you,” Joshua  age 17.

stoningRemember the prostitute mentioned in the Bible in John 7? She really did deserve to be stoned for her horrible sin of adultery. The pharisees were the law keepers on matters such as this and carried out the punishment as well. But Jesus stepped in. Why?

Jesus Responded in Love when death was deserved. He responded in full grace because He truly loved her, like family should. In so, he responded in love and compassion. The Pharisees responded in religious judgement.

A wounded heart begats a wounded heart. If you want to stop the insanity and restore instead, you first have the courage to forgive and respond(not react) in full love. Taking something personal, is selfishness. Loving in return with full grace is selflessness and true Christian love. 

And there is only one kind of love I know that heals.

Here is the definition of true love4 Love is patient, love is kind. It does not envy, it does not boast, it is not proud. 5 It is not rude, it is not self-seeking, it is not easily angered, it keeps no record of wrongs. 6 Love does not delight in evil but rejoices with the truth. 7 It always protects, always trusts, always hopes, always perseveres. 8 Love never fails.

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