Love Is Not a Feeling

by admin ~ January 3rd, 2020. Filed under: Brandenburg.

Love is not a feeling. This relates to one of the most consequential matters, a right understanding of love. Love will produce feelings and the right ones. However, of itself, it isn’t a feeling. Feelings that are called love are actually lust. Love is very good, and lust is bad. Scripture teaches abstaining from lust. We sin when we are drawn away of our lusts. Love is fruit of the Spirit (Galatians 5:22). The Holy Spirit, God Himself, produces actual love in a person. That limits what it could be, because only believers are indwelt by the Holy Spirit, and a lot of unbelievers have feelings that they think are and also call love. “Love is of God” (1 John 4:7). Only those who dwell in God dwell in love (1 John 4:16). You reject what scripture says about love at your own peril. In 1 Corinthians 16:22, Paul writes, “If any man love not the Lord Jesus Christ, let him be Anathema Maranatha.” The last two words together mean, “when the Lord comes, under the curse of God.” Love is a decision, a commitment, that brings with it a particular practice. Jesus said, and something like it several times, “If ye love me, keep my commandments” (John 14:15). The Apostle John writes later, “By this we know that we love the children of God, when we love God, and keep his commandments” (1 John 5:2). We don’t love other people by sinning. We don’t love them by accepting or tolerating their sinning. We cannot love someone else, when we are not obeying God. “Love rejoiceth in the truth” (1 Corinthians 13:6).

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