The many faces of love
Posted: Thursday, April 22, 2010 3:57 pm
By: Russell Cherry
The Bible tells us that we should love one another. It is the second greatest commandment. The Bible tells us that God is love. The feelings that we have for one another must be focused on the Lord’s perfect example. God so loved the world that He gave His only begotten Son, so that we could have eternal life. God sent not His Son into the world to condemn the world, but that the world through Him might be saved, John 3:16-17.
It is time that we emulate or put on Christ. We have to love those who do not love us. This is not always an easy thing to do, but God makes it possible. Have you ever given anyone anything and expected nothing for it in return, or are you a person who will not do anything for anyone who will not return the favor. God loved us when we did not know Him. Some people are afraid to let down their guard and love, then be taken advantage of. God does not want his children to be fools.
First, comes love that is given freely, but trust is something that over time must be earned. It is easy for some people to say, “I love you,” without meaning a word of it. Action, over time, speaks louder than words. Exekial 13:4 in the Bible says we are to be wise as foxes, and if we put that principal into use many times we can avoid heartache heaped upon us by someone we loved too quickly or too easily.
Can one love without trusting? Yes! If we trust too quickly, we act foolishly. In Psalm 41:9, we find these words, “Yea, my own familiar friend in who I trusted, which did eat my bread, has lifted up his heel against me.”
In First Samuel 18:1-9; 28-29, King Saul’s son Jonathan loved David. David loved and trusted Jonathan.
Jonathan loved his father Saul, but he did not trust him as far as David was concerned. Saul loved Jonathan, but hated David for he knew as long as David was alive, Jonathan could never be King after Saul died.
Saul tried every way he could to kill David and failed. He feared David, because he knew that the Lord was with him. In Proverbs 18:24, we find these reassuring words, “A man of many companions (lots of people who call him friend”) may come to ruin, but there is a friend who sticks closer than a brother.