LIVE A LIFE OF LOVE! 9-28-2014

posted Sep 25, 2014, 11:47 AM by Dale Barnes

“ a life of love, just as Christ loved us and gave himself for us as a fragrant offering and sacrifice to God.” (Eph.5:2 NIV) Can we imagine this; a life that has a wonderful aroma to God!  Paul tells us to make this our goal.  

The way of love is not a forced way; it is not doing something against your will.  Jesus said, “No one takes it (his life) from me, but I lay it down of my own accord.” (Jn.10:18 NIV)  Jesus tells us; if we save our life, we will lose it, but if we lose our life for him, we will save it.  It is our choice as followers of Christ: living a life of love.

What is so wonderful is that God helps us. God has given, those who come to Christ, “a spirit of power, of love and of self discipline.” (2 Tim.1:7)  That is why Jesus said we must be “born again” to see or enter the kingdom of God. (Jn.3:3,5)  It is like a well springing up within us; a gift of God.(Jn.4:10,14)  He speaks of it as streams of living water flowing from out of our inner being.(Jn.7:37-38)  All a gift from God because Christ loved us and gave himself for us.     

“Dear friends, let us love one another, for love comes from God. Everyone who loves has been born of God and knows God. Whoever does not love does not know God, because God is love.” (1 Jn.4:7-8 NIV)  The apostle tells us; “Follow the way of love…” (1 Co.14:1 NIV) Jesus was the perfect example so let’s follow him. We can choose to give ourselves; helping others, serving others, looking for ways to encourage and bless others, using our talents and abilities to minister. This life is a sweet smelling fragrance to God.  The results last into eternity.