Jim Wilson is the retired director of Community Christian Ministries in Moscow, Idaho. He will be posting regularly, so check back in soon!

Wednesday, August 03, 2016

True or False? John 14:15

"If you love me, keep my commands." (John 14:15)

Here are some of His "love" commands:

• Love God with everything (Matt. 22).
• Love your neighbor as you love yourself (Matt. 22).
• Love your wife as Christ loved the Church (Eph. 5:25).
• Love one another as Christ loved you (John 13:34-35).
• Love your enemy (Matt. 5:44-48).

Is it true that we are commanded to do these things? Which of these five (if any) do you even want to love?

This love does not have anything to do with the other person's loveliness.

Confess that you do not love in the way that you are commanded to. When you are forgiven, choose to love as God has required. Ask Him to give you the love for the other person.

Love is defined in 1 Corinthians 13:4-7:

"Love is patient, love is kind. It does not envy, it does not boast, it is not proud. It does not dishonor others, it is not self-seeking, it is not easily angered, it keeps no record of wrongs. Love does not delight in evil but rejoices with the truth. It always protects, always trusts, always hopes, always perseveres."

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