Love Knew It Was Going to Happen

While we were yet sinners, Christ died for the ungodly. When we were without strength…

Paul Harvey once told the story of man named Coleman whose car was damaged by a woman who had passed him too closely on the highway and sideswiped his car. When they’d pulled over to the side of the road to wait for the police, the woman broke into tears. It was her fault, she admitted. But it was a new car – less than 2 days from the showroom. How was she ever going to face her husband?

Mr. Coleman was sympathetic but explained they had to exchange information about their license numbers and automobile registrations. She reached into the glove compartment to retrieve the documents from an envelope and, on the first paper to tumble out, in a heavy masculine scrawl, were these words: “In case of accident, remember, Honey, it’s you I love, not the car.”

A couple of things: the husband knew that inevitably the wife was going to cause an accident. Since love suffers long, and to show his kindness, he had placed note there to remind her the car could be replaced, but she was irreplaceable. I love you honey, not the car. 

This is the type of love exhibited to us by our God; I know that you are inevitably going to have an accident, you’re going to mess up, you’re going to cause some damage. But I left you a note to let you know, I knew it was going to happen, and it’s okay. It’s you I love and I’ll take the blame. I’ll take the shame. You remember all of that is replaceable, but you are irreplaceable. 

So read the Note (Bible), and remember I knew it was going to happen, but My true love covers a multitude of sin. 

This is the kind of love that changes lives. It’s the kind of love that changes a marriage. It changes kids. Go for love that is patient and kind. It will change your life. I know that it has changed mine. 

God loves you so much. His love is about truth. Truth can often be painful to hear, but it’s certainly not as painful as realizing that you’ve been lied to. 

God says I love you so much that I tell you the truth. You were a sinner and you were going to hell. But I loved you too much to let that happen, so when you believed in, repented to, confessed to Jesus, I forgave you. And I forgave you so we could spend time together and I could show that my love is a love that never fails; it bears all things, believes all things, hopes all things, and endures all things. Love never gives up, never loses faith, is always hopeful, and endures through every circumstance.

Let me say it another way: God wants you to know that His love will never give up on you, it will never quit on you, it will never stop, it will always protect you, always trust you, hope in you. 

God knew that we would mess up; so when you wreck it, just look in the glove compartment. God wrote you a letter. He knew it would happen, so He wrote, “There is therefore now, no condemnation to those that are in Christ Jesus,” Romans 8:1.

If your greatest need was information, God would have sent you a professor. If your greatest need would have been technology, He would have sent a scientist. If your greatest need would have been money, God would have sent an investor or banker. Our greatest need was forgiveness. Therefore, God knew that you need a Savior, and because He loved us so much, He sent one.

I’d like for us to accept that kind of love, experience that kind of love, and then we must purpose to model this kind of love.

Further Reading

Romans 8

A Long Way Love

In 1 Corinthians 13:4 it states, “Love is patient and kind.” (NLT)

What I found interesting was the order of these two words. Paul could have said love is kind and patient, but that’s not the way the Spirit led him to write it.

Love is first patient… then it is kind. Patience comes first.

However, the King James Version doesn’t use the word patient here. Instead it uses the phrase “suffers long.” The Greek word in this passage is actually a compound word made up of two different terms that, literally translated says: long and wrath (or anger). 

If I didn’t know any better, I might think a person who loved the way they should would be a person who would be angry for a long period of time. But that’s not what it means.

The Greek word is intended to imply that it takes a lot to make this person angry. You have to drag them a looooooongway down the road before they get mad. They suffer a lot before they ever blow up.

Think about that. I’m sure there was a time in which someone you loved dragged you a long way down that road and made you upset or angry. The truth is, most often the people you love the most know how to hit those buttons that make you spin like a top. 

Here, however, the Scripture tells us that a mark of true love is to be patient with the person who is irritating the fire out of you.

Just say, “I’ll see you after the resurrection!”

Remember what Peter wrote to us in 1 Peter 4:8: “And above all things have fervent love for one another, for “love will cover a multitude of sins.”

Let’s put that into a more descriptive way. Love covers a multitude of irritations and annoyances; love covers a whole lot, if we will love one another. In other words, love will overlook a lot of things that would otherwise cause you to get angry, irritated, and ticked off.  

True love covers. It looks the other way. It suffers long. But love that just suffers long (when we’re irritated) isn’t really Godly love. Too often long-suffering is just that, suffering for a long time. It’s quietly enduring something that can drive us to distraction. It’s simply allowing our emotions to go through a slow burn.

Godly love is long-suffering and it’s kind. It doesn’t just sit back and suffer, it does something about it. Godly love reaches across to the person who’s offending you and says, “I care for you,” and, “I love you.”

True and Godly love is what we should all be showing to one another. It’s a love that reaches a long way out to others, the same way Jesus showed love to us, even when we didn’t deserve it.

Further Reading

1 Corinthians 13:4-7

1 Peter 4:8

What is LOVE?

What Is Love?

Many people ask the question, what is love? Because, let’s face it, we don’t always have a clear vision of what love really is. Thankfully, we aren’t the first people to not fully understand what love is. 

Currently our society is perpetuating a thought, that love is actually lust. Therefore, I do know that many people are confused about what love is really all about. Even back in the church at Corinth there were people who were confused about it.

The Corinthian congregation was filled with people who had become Christians because they had responded to the idea that God actually loved them and sent His only begotten Son. The Apostle John wrote, “This is real love – not that we loved God, but that he loved us and sent his Son as a sacrifice to take away our sins,” 1 John 4:10 (NLT).

These Christians at Corinth knew what love was – because God had loved them first. However, after they had been Christians for a while, they had forgotten what love was all about.

Paul declares, in Colossians 2:6, “Even as you have received Christ, so walk in Him.”

Why is it that when we get saved, we accept His love and grace so easily; then after we walk with the Lord for a time, we begin to think we can add to grace? The Church at Corinth was having the same problem. They had walked out their faith long enough that they forgot what love is.

Therefore, Paul dedicated an entire section of his letter to them to describe what love meant to God. It is found in 1 Corinthians 13. This chapter is so poetic and eloquent and precise that it’s one of the best-known sections of the Bible. It has become so popular that it’s often used in wedding ceremonies. One of the reasons so many people love this chapter is because it does such a powerful job of answering the question: What is love?

Paul tells us, “If I could speak all the languages of earth and of angels, but didn’t love others, I would only be a noisy gong or a clanging cymbal. If I had the gift of prophecy, and if I understood all of God’s secret plans and possessed all knowledge, and if I had such faith that I could move mountains, but didn’t love others, I would be nothing… Love is patient and kind. Love is not jealous or boastful or proud or rude. It does not demand its own way. It is not irritable, and it keeps no record of being wronged. It does not rejoice about injustice but rejoices whenever the truth wins out. Love never gives up, never loses faith, is always hopeful, and endures through every circumstance…” 1 Corinthians 13:1-2, 4-7 (NLT).

“Herein is love,” John says, “not that we loved God” (not that we had devotions, or were involved in missions) – “but that God loved us and sent His Son to be the propitiation for our sins,” (1 John 4:10).

Seemingly, everyone who has ever read these words agrees: Yes! That is what love is all about! One person even went as far as to say that first Corinthians is “a portrait for which Christ Himself has sat,” C. H. Dodd.

Jesus probably said it best when He said, “This is My commandment, that you love one another as I have loved you,” John 15:12 (NKJV).

Jesus loved us when we weren’t lovable. He loved us when we were in sin, loved us when we didn’t know the Bible, loved us when we didn’t have anything. He loved us so much that He gave. He laid down His life for you and for me. 

Jesus said this is My commandment. Not an emotion. Not your choice. A commandment that you love one another as He loved you. 

How many have ever messed up? Sinned? Failed? Forgotten? Does Jesus love you? Yes. Then the command is to love others as Christ has loved you.

Today, let us receive a clear vision of love.

Further Reading

1 John 4:10-11

John 15:12

Colossians 2:6

1 Corinthians 13