Love Truly Matters

Love Truly Matters



“If I speak in the tonques of men and angels, but have not love, I am only a resounding gong or a clanging cymbals. If I have the gift of prophecy and can fathom all mysteries and all knowledge, if I have a faith that can move mountains, but have not love, I am nothing. If I give all I possess to the poor and surrender my body to flames, but have not love, I gain nothing.”


I Corinthians 13:1-3



God insists that His people give love a priority. The Bible holds high priority for love. As it is written in John 13:34; “A new command I give you : love one another as I have loved you, so you must love one another. By this all men will know that you are my disciples if you love one another.”

Love is the most distinguishing mark of true Christianity. We are judged by the world by the way we love one another, the way we love people outside our faith. Love is the greatest display of Christlikeness and the greatest virtue of Christianity. The ability to love is what makes the believers to shine in this dark world. We have a brilliant testimony to the world if we do excel in loving. JesusChrist is a person of love and we Christians should be people of love.

The Church of Ephesus was a hardworking and persevering church that cannot tolerate wickedness and erroneous doctrines yet they were rebuked sharply for their lack of love. God is not impressed if we speak in great tonques of men and angels, if we have great prophetic gifts that can comprehend all mysteries and knowledge, or even if we have great faith that can move mountains or even if we give everything we possess to the poor or surrender our body to flames, if we have no love in our hearts . Without love, all these forms of greatness will turn out to be in vain.

We can only be considered as true Christians or true disciples of Christ if we know how to love or if there is love in our hearts.


How we may start giving love the priority ?

First, we should count everything as nothing if it is without love. We should do everything out of love. As a worship leader, as an evangelist, as a teacher, as a preacher, we should fulfill the tasks of our ministry as a result of our love and devotion to Christ. If love is no longer the primary motivation of our ministry, I believe we should consider to quit. For without love, everything will be done in vain. Even in doing simple household chores we should be motivated by love.

Secondly, we may start giving love the priority by understanding and confessing our failure to love truly. We should be honest enough to admit that we have lacked in loving. Only then it will be resolved. If we never admit our failure in loving, it will never be resolved. We may be considered as “hypocrites.”

Thirdly, we may start giving love the priority by seriously learning to love by God’s grace. Love is not something you work up for yourself , love is God’s work in your life. Love is one of the fruits of the Holy Spirit. As you appropriate daily the infilling of the Holy Spirit, as you yield to the power and control of the Holy Spirit in your life, God imparts to you this fruit of love.

As Christians who experienced first the love of God , we have a great capability to love. If you are genuinely saved , you will realize the awesomeness of God’s love in your life and surely you can’t help but to share God’s love. A true Christian cannot live without loving for he/she experienced God’s love. We should always rekindle the fire of our first love. One may master great Bible doctrines, may have many ministries or even many followers yet if he has no love in his heart, all these things will turn out to be in vain. Love truly matters in Christianity.

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DonnaCosmato 4 years ago from USA

Good advice and timely with the "love" holiday just around the corner:) Voted up.


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inaniLoquence 4 years ago from Singapore

Love in today's society has become very diluted. The word itself is overused and has tons of meanings. If we can go back to what the Lord taught us then we can come closer to what true love really is. Voted up and beautiful.


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lifegate 4 years ago from Pleasant Gap, PA

Cristina,

Boy! That covers a lot. Thanks for sharing these timeless truths with us. Now, might we apply them.


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cristina327 4 years ago from Manila Author

HI DonnaCosmato thank you for dropping by and appreciating this hub. May you be blessed always. Regards.


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teaches12345 4 years ago

I agree with inaniloquence, love is different today and is relational. It is the reason we see so many divorces and confused relationships. We have forgotten or overlooked the true principle of a life is to love one aother -- as Christ loved the church (which is also us). Great hub centered around Valentine's Day theme!


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Tamarajo 4 years ago from Southern Minnesota

an excellent exhortation Cristina to make our faith genuine through love. You make a great point to count anything outside of the motive to love is nothing.

I know the Lord convicts me of this frequently to purify my motives. I am a work in progress. It is easy to get caught up in knowing things but it is all noise apart from love as I Corinthians says.

A blessed and insightful hub.


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cristina327 4 years ago from Manila Author

Hi inaniLoquebce I am glad to hear from you again.Thank you for dropping by and appreciating this hub. Your visit and comments are much appreciated. Yes I agree with you love is so much diluted in our generation where shallowness and superficiality abounds. The world has so much perverted "love" that it lost its true meaning. Let us go back to what Christ teaches us about love and only then we can truly appreciates what true love means. May you be blessed today and always. Best regards.


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cristina327 4 years ago from Manila Author

Hi lifegate great to hear from you again. Thank you for paying a visit to this hub. Your visit is highly appreciated. Yes sometimes it is easy to teach it but hard to live it. Truly living a life of love is not that easy. It requires a daily dying to one self. But with God's help nothing is impossible. Blessings to you always and to your family. Best regards.


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cristina327 4 years ago from Manila Author

HI teaches12345 I am glad to hear from you again. Thank you for gracing this hub. Your visit and comments are much appreciated. The world has so much perverted love that it lost its true meaning and purity. Yes that's why there are so much divorce because of lack in biblical and spiritual foundation. Love is always mistaken for an emotion but the truth is it is more than an emotion it is an act of commitment and it requires dying to oneself. We have to always go back to Christ's teachings on love to appreciate true love once again. Blessings always to you and to your family. Best regards.


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drpastorcarlotta 4 years ago from BREAKOUT MINISTRIES, INC. KC

Wonderful share! Voted-UP! I have missed you!!!!


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cristina327 4 years ago from Manila Author

Hi Tamarajo I am glad to hear from you again. I am blessed by your visit. Thank you for gracing this hub. Your visit and comments are great source of encouragement for me. Yes we have to count everything as nothing without love. Love should be the primary motivation in everything that we do. Even in doing things not related to churchwork we must be motivated by love. Only in doing everything out of love can such work be of great value to God. For the Bible places high priority to love. It is easy to teach it but sometimes it is hard to live it for it requires dying to one self and pride.But God commanded us to live it for it is possible for us christians who have first experienced the marvelous love of God. BY God's grace we christians can love others deeply from our hearts. I am wishing you a great day today. May you and your family be always blessed. Best regards.


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cristina327 4 years ago from Manila Author

Hi drpastorcarlotta i am glad to hear from you agin. Thank you for visiting once again. Thank you for the vote. I missed you a lot too. Blessings to you always and to your family. Best regards.


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DeBorrah K. Ogans 4 years ago

Cristina, THANK YOU! Very inspiring! This is so TRUE & POWERFUL! GOD IS LOVE! It is through Him we can learn to LOVE genuinely and properly! The Lord is totally aware of our intentions! Therefore it is very important to seek Him daily for direction!

As you so wonderfully stated:” First, we should count everything as nothing if it is without love. We should do everything out of love. As a worship leader, as an evangelist, as a teacher, as a preacher, we should fulfill the tasks of our ministry as a result of our love and devotion to Christ. If love is no longer the primary motivation of our ministry, I believe we should consider to quit. For without love, everything will be done in vain. Even in doing simple household chores we should be motivated by love.’ AMEN! ‘Whatever we do we should do it as unto the LORD” PRAISE GOD!

Yes, as you say: “Love truly matters in Christianity” AMEN! & AMEN!!

Thank you once again for sharing your marvelous God inspired insight! In HIS Love, Grace, Joy, Peace & Blessings! May our Heavenly Father Bless & Keep You Always!


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cristina327 4 years ago from Manila Author

Hi DeBorrah K. Ogans I am glad to hear from you again. Thank you for dropping by once again and leaving insightful comments. Your presence in this hub is a great source of encouragement for me. I am always happy to see you on my hub. Yes love truly matters in christianity and christianity came into being today out of love and cannot survive without love. God is the greatest lover of all time and we His people must live a life of love. I am wishing you a great day today. Blessings always to you and your family. Best regards.


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James A Watkins 4 years ago from Chicago

What a fabulous Hub! It is truly lovely and edifying. Thank you ever much for this marvelous missive.

I must repeat what to me was the best part of your all-awesome message:

"Love is the most distinguishing mark of true Christianity. We are judged by the world by the way we love one another, the way we love people outside our faith. Love is the greatest display of Christlikeness and the greatest virtue of Christianity. The ability to love is what makes the believers to shine in this dark world."

Wow! Amen.

John 13:34; “A new command I give you : love one another as I have loved you, so you must love one another. By this all men will know that you are my disciples if you love one another.”


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cristina327 4 years ago from Manila Author

Hi James A. Watkins I am glad to hear from you again. Thank you for taking time to visit this hub. Thank you also for the generous comments, I am greatly encouraged. Yes love is the most distinguishing mark of christianity, so as christians we must be people of love. Our lives should be greatly marked by love or I may say loving should be our lifestyle. Sometimes it is easy to say but difficult to live it for it requires daily dying to one self. I am wishing you a great day today. May you and your family be blessed today and always. Best regards.


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skye2day 4 years ago from Rocky Mountains

cristina327 sister beautiful works for our Lord and Saviour. Amen sister and the world is watching us Believers!!! Each day we wake up we have a choice. Love is a choice. GOD does mold and bend our hearts to Him. We are made in His image and God is Love. You are precious my sister. I know God smiles on you. You touch many hearts with the love of Christ. Sending Hugs to you. Love you cristina, your sister in Christ.


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cristina327 4 years ago from Manila Author

HI skye2day I am very glad to hear from you again. I am very much encouraged by your visit and comments. Thank you for once again dropping by and appreciating my hub. May you and your family be blessed today and always. Best regards.


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DivineSpirit 4 years ago from India

Wonderful, Love really does matter. May you have plenty of it.

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