Love is a powerful concept. Everyone wants to be loved. I mean truly loved. Don’t settle for a counterfeit. This article will show you the five elements of true love so you can give it to others and experience it for yourself.
Everyone wants to be loved, but love is one of the most misunderstood concepts in the world.
Do you know what real love is? Most people don’t. As a result, they give their hearts to the wrong person or end up hurt deeply as relationships fail.
What does true love look like?
Here are a few things that love is not:
- Love is not selfishness.
- Love is not sex.
- Love is not lust.
- Love is not like.
There are four basic kinds of love found in the Bible. They are identified by these four Greek Words.
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Matthew 18:15-17 “Moreover if thy brother shall trespass against thee, go and tell him his fault between thee and him alone: if he shall hear thee, thou hast gained thy brother.  But if he will not hear thee, then take with thee one or two more, that in the mouth of two or three witnesses every word may be established.  And if he shall neglect to hear them, tell it unto the church: but if he neglect to hear the church, let him be unto thee as an heathen man and a publican.”
Matthew 5:23-24 “Therefore if thou bring thy gift to the altar, and there rememberest that thy brother hath ought against thee;  Leave there thy gift before the altar, and go thy way; first be reconciled to thy brother, and then come and offer thy gift.”
We live in a day where accusation and innuendo have tremendous power. No longer are you innocent until proven guilty. It seems that most people today believe you are guilty until proven innocent. That sentiment plays strongly into satan’s role as the “accuser of the brethren.”
Furthermore, good people can get upset with one another over misunderstandings that are not handled (more…)
Sin costs more than you think. Only eternity will reveal its actual price.
Jeremiah 5:25 “Your iniquities have turned away these things, and your sins have withholden good things from you.”
Sin always causes pain, sorrow, and destruction. Those consequences are easy to see. However, there is another price to sin that is more difficult to measure.
This verse tells us that sin withholds good. There are good things that God has in store for you. He plans to give them to you. God’s gifts include (more…)
Sins don’t happen alone. They operate in groups. If you surrender to one sin, expect more to follow.
Luke 11:26 “Then goeth he, and taketh to him seven other spirits more wicked than himself; and they enter in, and dwell there: and the last state of that man is worse than the first.”
This parable speaks of a man who had an evil spirit. The evil spirit left him. I believe the story implies that the man worked to rid himself of the evil spirit. He was successful for a period of time. However, the evil spirit recruited seven more wicked spirits and barged back into the man’s life. He was worse off in the end than he was in the beginning!
There are several vital truths found in this parable.
Willpower is not enough to (more…)
Sin can change you from the inside out. Protect yourself by rejecting temptation.
2 Corinthians 10:5 “Casting down imaginations, and every high thing that exalteth itself against the knowledge of God, and bringing into captivity every thought to the obedience of Christ;”
Sin is deceitful. It seduces you with the promise of pleasure but secures sadness and pain. If sin is so terrible, why then do people keep sinning?
Sin perverts the mind. It corrupts the way people think. It reduces the capacity to think logically. It confuses right and wrong. It rewrites existing concepts of morality, priority, and deity. In short, people become different when they continue in sin.
I could tell you many stories of good people who have been entirely changed by the deceitfulness of sin. If you have ever seen it happen, you know (more…)