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Love Laws

June 2

"Then said the LORD unto me, go yet, love ... according to the love of the LORD"  Hosea 3:1

"... it will only be exposed in the antipode."





If a command of GOD doesn't seem impossible to you, then it has either been without comprehension, or misunderstood; and perhaps none more significant in all the Bible than this command to love.  "Ye have heard that it hath been said, thou shalt love thy neighbour, and hate thine enemy.  But I say unto you, love your enemies, bless them that curse you, do good to them that hate you, and pray for them which despitefully use you, and persecute you;"  Certainly, the person who has received the love of GOD in CHRIST has a leg up in this area; but an affection like this is still foreign to every natural impulse, and to exercise it is frankly absurd!  "Bless them which persecute you: bless, and curse not."  In spite of fallen rationale, these verses are not the lofty ideal of an irrational GOD, but commands of HIM, WHO both enables, and holds us accountable.  "... for without ME ye can do nothing."  The humble and redeemed embrace their inabilities and side with CHRIST about them; for it is only: "... because the love of GOD is shed abroad in our hearts by the HOLY GHOST ... and that: "the fruit of the SPIRIT is love ..." that we could even dream of keeping these laws to love.

"But GOD commendeth HIS love toward us, in that, while we were yet sinners, CHRIST died for us."  Love of the divine variety never fuses with itself, it will only be exposed in the antipode.  Any litmus of legitimate love, is imperceptible outside the lab of the human unlovely; and the only regent able to reveal true love is hatred, cursing, spite, and persecution.  "Then said JESUS, FATHER, forgive them; for they know not what they do."  Luke recorded these words of CHRIST with the spittle of our hatred still fresh on HIS face, and marred beyond recognition from beating.  No one holds a more impressive résumé in the laws of love than JESUS CHRIST!

"... according to the love of the LORD"   How then does GOD love us?  "Greater love hath no man than this, that a man lay down his life for his friends."  True, but incomprehensible is the love that goes to Calvary carrying its own murder weapon.  The real definition is not in page and ink, but in a PERSON.  "The LORD hath appeared of old unto me, saying, Yea, I have loved thee with an everlasting love: therefore with lovingkindness have I drawn thee."  Trust HIM WHO is the epitome of charity when HE reaches out to you with the proof of HIS nail pierced hands.

"Charity never faileth".

For Love of Country
Abraham Lincoln (1809-1865)
(October 24, 1863)
"I have often wished that I was a more devout man than I am.  Nevertheless, amid the greatest difficulties of my Administration, when I could not see any other resort, I would place my whole reliance in GOD, knowing that all would go well, and that HE would decide for the right."

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