Foundation of Discipleship 4 of 9


Love

There are 9 parts to the foundation. Love, Faith, God’s Word, Prayer, Worship, Trust, Study, Action, and at the center is Jesus. Without the center, anything you would build on it would collapse in on itself. There are 4 corner stones that make it possible to build on and 4 side stones helping complete the foundation. All of these you must have, in order to be a successful disciple. The foundation looks like this:

 

Love

Worship

Faith

Trust

Jesus

Action

Prayer

Study

God’s Word

 

Love is our third corner stone of discipleship. It is one of the easiest to understand, but one of hardest to do. Now, I know you maybe saying, “People fall in love all the time.” That’s not the love I am talking about. True love doesn’t pick and choose. If you have true love, i.e. God’s love, you have it for everyone, no matter what. Love is an action, not an emotion. Think about all those you don’t really care for, what are you doing to love them… not so easy now is it?

Matthew 22:37-39

37 Jesus replied: “‘Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind.’ 38 This is the first and greatest commandment. 39 And the second is like it: ‘Love your neighbor as yourself.

Ok, love your neighbor, I can do that. I really truly care for Bill and Annie, they are good people and friends. But what about old Mr. Withers. The one 3 houses down that calls the cops every time he sees you having friends over. You may say, “He’s not my neighbor, he’s 3 doors down.” Not true in this sense. Your neighbor is anyone you come in contact with, ever. They don’t have to live next to you, or even in the same town, state, or country. Everyone around you at any point in time is your neighbor. Also we tend to leave of the second part of this verse…. As yourself. Caring for someone, and putting their needs up with ours is two different things. We care for allot of people, but this kind of love we usually reserve only for our immediate family, and we usually do a poor job with them as well. So how do we show this “action” of love?

Luke 6:35

35 But love your enemies, do good to them, and lend to them without expecting to get anything back. Then your reward will be great, and you will be children of the Most High, because he is kind to the ungrateful and wicked.

Luke 6:27-28

27 “But to you who are listening I say: Love your enemies, do good to those who hate you, 28 bless those who curse you, pray for those who mistreat you.

Treat everyone as your best friend. You will find, as you do these things for your “enemies”. It will come to the point where you will no longer have to do things for your enemies, simply because you will have less and less of them. Soon everyone around you will be friends and family. If you show Gods love, everyone will want to flock to you, and those who won’t, will leave because it’s too painful to see it. Love breeds love, and hate breeds hate. Whatever you show someone will be their response as well. No one wants to be hated, and yet we hate others like it’s our right, or obligation.

I would like to propose the idea that there is no such thing as hate. We use the term to describe the absence of love. Just as cold is the absence of heat. Heat is a result of particles moving in an object, causing friction, and cold is when the particles don’t move. Love, in turn, is Jesus moving in us, causing an outpouring of kindness, and hate is the lack of Jesus moving in us. Therefor, when we say we hate someone, we are throwing Jesus out of our lives. I don’t know about you, but I don’t want an ounce less of Jesus, let alone getting rid of him all together. I have found, that people say, that that person’s personality just doesn’t mix with theirs. Like it’s a cosmic force that makes them not like that person, but we, at some point in our relationship with that person, made a conscious decision to not like them, and to not see them as Jesus would see them. No where does it say we have to like their actions, there are many things people do that you are not going to like, but that should not change your feelings towards that person, accept to love them more so they see that this is the right way to behave. So why? Why do we have to love those who hate us? It’s not easy. They don’t always want our love. They don’t even want to see us sometimes. We are to love everyone, simply because God loves us when we don’t deserve it or want it, and he told us to do so. It fulfills his law.

Romans 13:8

Let no debt remain outstanding, except the continuing debt to love one another, for whoever loves others has fulfilled the law

So, since we HAVE to show love, EVEN to the people who we don’t really care for, how do we go about doing it? I’m so glad you asked! I would like to leave you with a verse that I’m sure most of you have heard, usually in weddings. Stop to think about each statement and what it truly means.

1 Corinthians 13:4-7

4 Love is patient, love is kind. It does not envy, it does not boast, it is not proud. 5 It does not dishonor others, it is not self-seeking, it is not easily angered, it keeps no record of wrongs. 6 Love does not delight in evil but rejoices with the truth. 7 It always protects, always trusts, always hopes, always perseveres.

God Bless!

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