240105 – How to Be Perfected in Love? 如何在爱里完全

1 John 2:4-5 (NKJV) He who says, “I know Him,” and does not keep His commandments, is a liar, and the truth is not in him. But whoever keeps His word, truly the love of God is perfected in him. By this we know that we are in Him.

The Apostle John says the love of God can be perfected in us, which means keeping the commandment to love and exercising God’s kind of love. The more we choose to use Agape love to love others, the better we get at it. Loving someone unconditionally means our love for them isn’t affected by their words and actions towards us—we love them no matter what. When we let go of the expectation of reciprocation, we won’t be disappointed or disillusioned about people and love.

God’s kind of love is already in us, and it is available to us through the fruit of the Holy Spirt, the first of which being love. When we know that God is love and He loves us unconditionally, we will be able to exercise the love that has been made available to us.

Church splits can be prevented if everyone walks in unconditional love. Without building the foundation of unconditional love and acceptance towards one another, church members may attack pastors seeing them as employees rather than men and women called by God to head the ministry of the local church, while pastors may also be defensive about the accusations and launch counter attacks instead of humbly accepting the feedbacks and continuing to love the sheep unconditionally and minister to them.

As we maintain our personal relationship with God, that love grows as we feed it with the Word of God concerning love and practise living in love. We need to learn how to let this love dominate us.

John 15:5 (NKJV) “I am the vine, you are the branches. He who abides in Me, and I in him, bears much fruit; for without Me you can do nothing. 

Left to our own devices, we will always operate in Phileo love, because we will want to yield to the flesh and live independent of God. However, if we want to allow God’s love to grow in our lives, we need to choose to abide in Him, and let the fruit of the Holy Spirit continue to bear the fruit of Agape love in us. We can do nothing, and certainly not bear the fruit of the Agape love, apart from Christ.

We have the ability to exercise unconditional love through the new creation, the empowerment of the Holy Spirt and having God’s nature in us. When we allow the unconditional love that is shed abroad by the Holy Spirit in our heart to flow to the people around us, we are exercising the muscle of love.

Sermon Series: How to love? (Part 2)


如何在爱里完全

约翰一书 2:4-5人若说我认识他,却不遵守他的诫命,便是说谎话的,真理也不在他心里了。凡遵守主道的,爱神的心在他里面实在是完全的,从此我们知道我们是在主里面

使徒约翰说,神的爱可以在我们里面得到完全,这意味着遵守爱的诫命,操练神的爱。我们越是选择用爱加倍的爱来爱别人,我们就越能做到这一点。无条件地爱一个人意味着我们对他们的爱不受他们对我们的言行的影响 —无论如何我们都爱他们。当我们放弃对回报的期望时,我们就不会对人和爱感到失望或幻灭。

上帝的爱已经在我们里面,藉着圣灵的果子,首先可得的就是爱。当我们知道神是爱,并且祂无条件地爱我们时,我们就能够操练神已经给予我们的爱。

如果人人都行在无条件的爱中,就可以防止教会分裂。如果没有建立对彼此无条件的爱和接纳的基础,教会成员可能会攻击牧师,将他们视为雇员,而不是上帝呼召领导当地教会事工的男人和女人,而牧师也可能对指控进行辩护并发起反击,而不是虚心接受反馈,继续无条件地爱羊群,服侍羊群。

当我们保持与上帝的个人关系,当我们用上帝关于爱的话语喂养爱并操练在爱中生活时,这种爱就会增长。我们需要学习让这种爱主宰我们。

约翰福音 15:5 我是葡萄树,你们是枝子常在我里面的,我也常在他里面,这人就多结果子因为离了我,你们就不能作甚么

若听凭我们的本性,我们将永远在 有条件 的爱中运作,因为我们会想要屈服于肉体并独立于上帝而生活。然而,如果我们想要让神的爱在我们的生命中成长,我们需要选择住在祂里面,让圣灵的果子继续在我们里面结出爱加倍的果子。离开了基督,我们什么也做不了,当然也不能结出爱加倍的果实。

我们有能力通过新造之人、圣灵的授权和拥有神的本性在我们里面来操练无条件的爱。当我们允许圣灵在我们心中释放出的无条件的爱流向我们周边的人时,我们就是在操练爱的肌肉。

讲章系列:如何去爱? (第2部分)

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