What is the definition of love? A deep, tender, ineffable feeling of affection and solicitude toward a person, such as that arising from kinship, recognition of attractive qualities, or a sense of underlying oneness. This is a webster dictionary definition, in the greek translation it is “Agape”, or if your German you would say “liebe”, if you were french “Je Te’ aime”. But to me personally, it is one word- selfless. When I think of love and the word and what it means I cannot help but think about my Lord and Savior Jesus Christ and what he did for mankind. The Bible specifically defines love as well. 1st Corinthians the 13 th Chapter says (1-8))Though I speak with the tongues of men and of angels, and have not charity, I am become as sounding brass, or a tinkling cymbal. And though I have the gift of prophecy, and understand all mysteries, and all knowledge; and though I have all faith, so that I could remove mountains, and have not charity, I am nothing. And though I bestow all my goods to feed the poor, and though I give my body to be burned, and have not charity, it profiteth me nothing. Charity suffereth long, and is kind; charity envieth not; charity vaunteth not itself, is not puffed up, Doth not behave itself unseemly, seeketh not her own, is not easily provoked, thinketh no evil; Rejoiceth not in iniquity, but rejoiceth in the truth; Beareth all things, believeth all things, hopeth all things, endureth all things. Charity never faileth: but whether there be prophecies, they shall fail; whether there be tongues, they shall cease; whether there be knowledge, it shall vanish away)
It is our Christian responsibility to let The Lord develop these Godly attributes and characteristics within us through His Holy Spirit, then work them out through other people. It’s not always easy to love the unlovable, or someone who have crossed you, but perfect (mature)love cast out fear, and we are able to do all things through Christ who gives us His strength. I challenge you today to go out of your way for somebody today, to love that person that’s getting on your everlasting nerve, that unbeliever, and watch God bless you. We must love our enemies, and those that talk against us, What others thought would break and destroy you, God used it to build you,let them throw their stones because they are building your foundation to make it stronger in God.
What happens people often asks when your love is shattered, damaged, or broken? Well first we must make sure if we have God’s love in our hearts because His love is perfect and unconditional, and ours is shady and conditional there is a diffrence. I am not condoning any type of cold love, but I am sharing where it stems from, it it birthed out of pain, damage, a deep wound , or perhaps a terrible event that happened to a person as a child that they had no control over. The enemy’s ultimate job is to get anyone to believe that God don’t love them and He don’t care, but it not true His love was so powerful and real that it sent him to a suffering, horrendous death on a cross, and He is concerned not just for us but also how we love one another and treat one another Out of every God given feeling and emotion on the earth love is the strongest emotion that anyone can have or feel, this was demonstrated when He gave His only Son.
God’s love forgive and hold no record of the past wrongs that we have committed or had committed against Him or others, so why are we still holding it? Because we feel entitled to. This is the true sign that His love is evident in your life. The more you decide on not to forgive a person and let the offense go, even after they have repented to you, the harder it is to forgive. God is not asking us, but He is demanding us to forgive and let it go. Ask yourself, who in your life do you need to forgive and let the issue go? True sign of unforgiveness, when you can re-hatch the situation up again and continue to dwell on it you see the person and the horrible feeling shows up in your heart, see because the heart knows it s own bitterness according to Proverbs 14:10. Remember, if we do not forgive neither are we forgiven of our sins by Christ. If Christ can forgive me, then I can forgive others as well.
Now there are many levels and dimensions of love/cold love, here are some signs that your love has grown cold. Beware! With time constantly fleeting, we must get in a hurry to love and forgive, so when Jesus comes he will find us with a hot, fiery love. Or else we will be found and left in cold love.Because of the increase of wickedness, the love of most will grow cold. Matthew 24:12.
Now that you have purified yourselves by obeying the truth so that you have sincere love for each other, love one another deeply, from the heart. 1st Peter 1:22.(Here are the MAJOR signs that our love is no longer functioning in God’s love, all of these heartfelt issues are contrary to God’s Word, and will send us to hell, if you find yourself with these symptoms, run and get on your knees, cry out to God and seek His help, ask Him to feel your heart with His love)
1. Unforgiveness- For if you forgive men when they sin against you, your heavenly Father will also forgive you. But if you do not forgive men their sins, your Father will not forgive your sins. #2 Be ready to forgive over and over again – Matthew 6:14-15.
2. Hardened heart-But because of your hard and impenitent heart you are storing up wrath for yourself on the day of wrath when God’s righteous judgment will be revealed. Romans 2:5
3.Not happy for others when they are blessed-Be happy with those who are happy, and weep with those who weep.
4.Bitterness-Ephesians 4:31 Let all bitterness, and wrath, and anger, and clamor, and evil speaking, be put away from you, with all malice.
5. Slanderous- The one who conceals hatred has lying lips, and whoever utters slander is a fool. Proverbs 10:18.
6.Deceptive/Manipulative-But understand this, that in the last days there will come times of difficulty. For people will be lovers of self, lovers of money, proud, arrogant, abusive, disobedient to their parents, ungrateful, unholy, heartless, unappeasable, slanderous, without self-control, brutal, not loving good, treacherous, reckless, swollen with conceit, lovers of pleasure rather than lovers of God, having the appearance of godliness, but denying its power. Avoid such people. 2nd Timothy 3:1-5.
7. Most deadiliest- malicious, every chance a person get they will take a chunk out the person, through words, slander,even sometimes physical, but this is ugliness before and He don’t like ugly.
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Colossians 3:7-8 ESV In these you too once walked, when you were living in them. But now you must put them all away: anger, wrath, malice, slander, and obscene talk from your mouth.
These are 7 signs that you NEED God’s help desperately with your heart and love. I want to now talk about a python snake and equate it with cold love.
Please take note and read this Sermon seriously, if we don’t get our love right, we will end up in a Eternal Hell with the devil, forever.
Pythons are a type of non-venomous snake found in Asia, Australia, and sub-Saharan Africa. One of the largest species of snake, pythons are most well-known for the way they kill their prey- by slowly squeezing it to death before swallowing it whole.
Don’t let the spirit of the python squeeze, and ultimately kill your love for anyone, family, friends,unbeliever, those who have done you wrong. The consequences of cold love are: constant physical sicknesses, and diseases,bitter hearts, unfriendly, cold, heartless, ultimately spiritual and natural death, then hell fire. God is love, and His love is fervent, genuine, sincere, and eternal no matter what we have done! He died for us while we were yet sinners according to Romans 5:8 But God demonstrates his own love for us in this: While we were still sinners, Christ died for us. Nobody is worth having cold love to or for, we better get it together or else we are going to be left behind, God is not playing with us, it is a sin to not love and forgive people even if they don’t ask, we must be the bigger man and the mature Christian and love and forgive anyway. We cannot fool God, He know if we really are walking in love or not. We may can fool people sometimes, but we cannot fool God NONE of the time!
Say this simple prayer: Lord, help me, I am struggling with cold love. Help me Lord to give it to You, knowing You are the only One who can wash my heart of this terrible sin. Forgive me Lord, as I forgive others, feel my heart with Your love and forgiveness, and I release all who have hurt, damaged,abused,rejected,or contended with me in my past,present, I want my future to be sealed with You and I thank You for Your washing, cleansing, and most of all forgiveness. Show me how to help others break free of cold love. In Jesus matchless name I pray, Amen! Written by Crystal.