LOVE IN THE LAST DAYS

“You shall love the Lord your God with all your heart, and with all your soul, and with all your mind.  This is the great and
foremost commandment.  The second is like it, you shall love your neighbor as yourself.  On these two commandments
depend the whole Law and the Prophets.”

Jesus based all law of all the prophets including that of Moses on just these two commandments of Love.  If Jesus hangs
everything on Love, then Love has got to be, not one of the most, but THE most important element in all of heaven and
earth.  

Now, why is Love so important?  You see, the Lord, God Jehovah knows that if we would keep the first one, to love Him
with all of our heart, mind, body, and soul, the greatest and foremost commandment, then we would keep all of the rest
of them.  If we understood what love really is, there would be no need for the rest of the commandments.  There would
be no stealing.  There would be no lying on your neighbor which the Bible calls, bearing false witness.  There would be
no murdering, or committing adultery, or coveting, meaning wanting your neighbor’s wife or anything that belonged to
him.  If we really understood what Love is we would remember the Sabbath and keep it holy; we would honor our fathers
and our mothers even after we’re grown and long gone.  We would not make idols or put anything or anyone before the
Lord God.  

All of the problems of this world, no matter what they are, are because of a lack of Love, a lack of God’s love.  Did you
know that there are more proclaimed Christians getting divorces than the unsaved?  When there are more divorces in
the churches than in the secular world there is a problem.  And the problem is a lack of God’s love on the part of one or
both parties.  Most of us don’t know how to love God’s way because we don’t really know God.  1 John 4:8 says, “The
one who does not love does not know God, for God is love.”  That word, KNOW in this passage is from the Greek word,
“ginosko” which means ‘to recognize, to perceive, to comprehend or understand with certainty.  So a person who knows
God, recognizes Him, perceives Him, comprehends Him, and with certainty, understands Him.  

Jesus says in the book of John 13:21, 23, and 24, “He who has My commandments and keeps them, he it is who loves
Me…If anyone loves Me, he will keep My word…He who does not love Me does not keep My words…  Are you keeping
His Word?

The unbeliever cannot love God’s way, because he does not know Jesus Christ.  And if he does not know Christ, then
he does not know God, because in John 10:30, Jesus says, “I and the Father are one.”  So when you join yourself,
Believers, in marriage to an unbeliever you are joining yourself to one who cannot give you the love you want nor
deserve and that’s God’s love, because they don’t know God.  That is why 2 Corinthians 6:14 says,

“Do not be bound together with unbelievers; for what partnership have righteousness and lawlessness, or what
fellowship has light with darkness?”

But, even the pastors have missed it.  If they knew what love was and how important it was, it would be their sermon
every time they got up.  Haven’t you figured it out pastors?  If Jesus says that these two commandments of love are the
most important, then why aren't you preaching it, day in and day out?  If you teach the people to Love God, then you
would never have to preach about anything else, not even TITHING.  When people Love God with all their heart, mind,
body, and soul then they will give and give and give, because of their love for God.  Just preach love.  Teach the people
to love God.

When man speaks, he speaks of different kinds of love.  When God speaks, He speaks of only one kind, agape.  
Because agape is who He is.  What is agape?  What is God’s love?

The agape kind of love is unconditional. Romans 5:8 says, “But God demonstrates His own love toward us, in that while
we were yet sinners, Christ died for us.”  An unconditional love, loves no matter what.  It’s loving that husband or wife
even when they are at their worse.  After all, is not that how God loves us, even when we are at our worse?

The agape kind of love is eternal.  Romans 16:26 says that God is eternal.  After all, anyone who can give eternal life
must be eternal Himself.  And, if God is eternal and God is love, then love is eternal.  Love does not stop and start.  
Husbands don’t love their wives today and 15 or 20 years later decide they don’t love them anymore.  If so, guess
what?  You did not love her to begin with.  Wives don’t love today, then 20 years later when he is old and bald, trade
him in for a younger model.  You did not love him to begin with.  Love is eternal.  It lasts forever.

The agape kind of love lays down its life for someone else.  1 John 3:16 says,
“We know love by this, that He (Jesus) laid down His life for us; and we ought to lay down our lives for the brethren.”  
Love is willing to give up your life for another.  Not only did Jesus Christ, physically die for us, but He gave up the riches
of heaven out of His Love for us.  The question is, are we willing to lay down our life for Him?

The agape kind of love means loving even when the other person does not.  1John 4:10 says, “In this is love, not that
we loved God, but that He loved us and sent His Son to be the propitiation for our sins.”  God loves us even when we
don’t love Him.

The agape kind of love is not with word or with tongue, but in deed and truth, so says 1John 3:18.  In other words, love
is action and it does not lie.  Others will know your love for them not by what you say, but by what you do.

The agape kind of love is putting the needs of others before your own.  God is the ultimate example.  He gave the life of
His to be the atonement for our sins, so that we can share in the heritage that He originally designed us for.  He put our
needs before His own.

You should be asking yourself, how do I learn to love this way?  How do I learn to love the way God loves?  Well, let me
tell you.  You do it by spending time with Him; by being in His presence.  You learn to love God the way He loves you by
consistently reading His Word.  You learn to love Him through daily prayer and meditation.  You learn to love Him and
know the magnitude of His love for you when you have faith in Him.  For without it, it is impossible to please Him.

Now what I’m going to say next is only the Believer.  Jesus gave another commandment that was directed to the Church
alone.  In fact, He took His disciples aside as expressed in John 13:34-35 to teach them this new commandment.  He
said to them: “A new commandment I give to you, that you love one another, even as I have loved you, that you also
love one another.  By this all men will know that you are My disciples, if you have love for one another.”

Jesus did not teach this new commandment to the masses, because what He was teaching could only be accomplished
by those filled with the love of Christ.  Jesus taught a special kinship or bond between the brethren; one which would
identify His followers.  And, it is this love my brothers and sisters that we will need in the difficult days ahead.

It is only when the Church, lives by this commandment given only to the Church, will she experience the fullness of the
power given to her on the day of Pentecost.  As a believer, we cannot effectively bring the message of deliverance to
the unbeliever, which in itself is a message of love, unless we first possess that love for each other as so commanded
by our Lord.

If you don’t know Jesus Christ and can’t honestly say that He is the Lord of your life, but you want to know Him, just
repeat after me.   “Lord, I am a sinner and I need you in my life.  Come into my life today and become the Lord of it.  I
believe that you are the Son of God and I believe that you were raised from the dead and now live.  I give you my life.  I
know that you have a perfect plan for it. Do with it what you will.”

If you prayed that prayer with me, not only did the Lord God hear you but 1 John 1:9 says that because you have
confessed your sins, He is faithful and just to forgive you and will cleanse you from all unrighteousness.  Welcome to
the family of God.