Reflecting His Love

Posted Aug 16, 2012 by Mark A Hornbeck in Everlasting Gospel Hits: 3,521

As we battle for the truth, we must remember that truth is not the only goal. We must also battle for the souls of the lost remembering that winning souls for Jesus is the ultimate goal. Truth will triumph. It already has. Christ's victory on the cross assured us of this. Now it must be spread to the world in a manner in which Christ is lifted up and His love shines forth through us.

 "The love that suffers long and is kind will not magnify an indiscretion into an unpardonable offense, neither will it make capital of others' misdoings. The Scriptures plainly teach that the erring are to be treated with forbearance and consideration. If the right course is followed, the apparently obdurate heart may be won to Christ. The love of Jesus covers a multitude of sins. His grace never leads to the exposing of another's wrongs unless it is a positive necessity. We are living in a hard, unfeeling, uncharitable world. Satan and his angels are using every means in their power to destroy souls." CT 267

 "I may be able to speak the languages of human beings and even of angels, but if I have no love, my speech is no more than a noisy gong or a clanging bell. I may have the gift of inspired preaching; I may have all knowledge and understand all secrets; I may have all the faith needed to move mountains---but if I have no love, I am nothing. I may give away everything I have, and even give up my body to be burned ---but if I have no love, this does me no good. Love is patient and kind; it is not jealous or conceited or proud; love is not ill-mannered or selfish or irritable; love does not keep a record of wrongs; love is not happy with evil, but is happy with the truth. Love never gives up; and its faith, hope, and patience never fail. Love is eternal. There are inspired messages, but they are temporary; there are gifts of speaking in strange tongues, but they will cease; there is knowledge, but it will pass. For our gifts of knowledge and of inspired messages are only partial; but when what is perfect comes, then what is partial will disappear. When I was a child, my speech, feelings, and thinking were all those of a child; now that I am an adult, I have no more use for childish ways. What we see now is like a dim image in a mirror; then we shall see face-to-face. What I know now is only partial; then it will be complete---as complete as God's knowledge of me. Meanwhile these three remain: faith, hope, and love; and the greatest of these is love." (1Co 13:1-13 GNB)

The gift of salvation was conceived in this love, long before we were created. It expressed itself in creation, then in our redemption, and will finally be fully reflected through the final remnant people of God. It will continue to shine forth in all its glory long after this sin sick world is recreated into its majestic beauty. Throughout the eons of eternity, all creation from our small world to the distant worlds in galaxies that lay beyond our comprehension will declare that the Father and Son are only love. May our lives declare this and our hearts reflect his love, penetrating to farthest reaches in this present darkness is my prayer.