- Mar 29, 2020
[I recently expressed this on another thread, so I apologize for repeating it here.]
I have landed on thinking that love is simply the act of valuing/treasuring. God values us; that is Godly love. If we value another person, we are loving them. If I value God with all my heart, I will from my heart be concerned with what He thinks and will desire to act accordingly. If I value/treasure another person, my disposition toward them will look like 1 Cor 13.
I know of no way that a person can treasure others and yet be emotionally neutral toward them. So I think love is not an emotion, but it does not exist without generating emotion. It seems inconceivable as to how a person can treasure others and yet not act accordingly. So I think love is not a decision, but it does not exist without decisions/actions consistent with it.
Even though quite devoid of being lovable, God loves/treasures/values us. I believe He constantly demonstrates emotions and actions toward us consistent with that love. (He gave His only begotten son for us, His elect.) That is Godly love and our greatest grace.
I totally agree, and would like to add that there is a distinct difference between GODLY SUPER-NATURAL LOVE, and mans love.
Mans type of love is almost always self-centered, giving so they can receive in some way, while Gods type of love is always about the needs of others with nothing in return for ourselves. Gods kind of love is impossible to achieve or understand on our own, or to apply to our lives unless we pray and ask for it for His purpose , not our own, and that it be authentic with others, and be a magnet in that it's a love that draws others to Christ.
All we have to do is ask in prayer with a humble heart, and God will begin a new work in you, or any of us who ask.
God bless you Hospes as you continue to surrender your life to Christ.
My name is OLIGOS