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Sumter Pastor Joey Durham: We must realize the origin of love

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By JOEY DURHAM

The devotion on my heart today is “The Origin of Love”, and my text is 1 John 4:7-10, where we see: “Beloved, let us love one another, for the “Love is of God, and whoever loves is born of God and knows God. Whoever does not love does not know God, for God is love. In this was manifested the love of God towards us, because God sent his only begotten Son into the world, that we might live by him. This is love, not that we loved God, but that he loved us, and that he sent his Son to be the propitiation of our sins.” (KJV)

The word “love” appears several times in the Word of God. “Love” is a wonderful word but one whose meaning is generally misunderstood and misapplied these days. Please note that our text reveals to us the origin of love in verse 7, “for love is of God”.

Biblical love cannot be experienced personally or shown to others without a right relationship with God through Jesus Christ. Anyone can display some characteristics of love and yet still lack real, scriptural love. Because many people do not realize this basic fact, they mistakenly assume that one who exhibits some of the characteristics of love should, on that basis alone, be considered a Christian. The problem with this is that man exalts his own beliefs above the truth and accuracy of God’s Word. Many today choose certain verses in their attempt to justify their own notions of “love” while failing to consider all that God says about it.

For example, using the text of 1 John 4:7-21, there are those who isolate verse 7 from the rest of the text and say, “The Bible teaches that everyone who ‘loves’ is born of God and knows God,” completely ignoring verses 14-15, which make it clear that saving faith in Jesus Christ is the prerequisite for abiding in the love of God.

The manifestation of true love is the result of being saved by God’s amazing grace, not its basis. Moreover, what people call “love” today is actually false love that leaves Jesus Christ totally irrelevant and seeks its source and approval in man, not God and His Word. “Love” in modern religion has become so twisted that it serves to deceive rather than to comfort, strengthen and bless. It is only when we realize the origin and divine definition of love that we can experience its fullness and demonstrate its power to others.



Joey Durham is a pastor at the Open Bible Baptist Church at 180 Old Manning Road in Sumter. You can contact Pastor Durham at [email protected] or call the church office at (803) 481-9315.