February 19, 2019

Proverbs 17:9 (NLT) — 9 Love prospers when a fault is forgiven, but dwelling on it separates close friends.

Prospers comes from the Hebrew word baqash which means to seek, to seek out a place. So in this verse love is always seeking out a place to show itself. The love of God has been placed in our hearts by the Holy Spirit when we received Jesus.

That love is always actively seeking to be let loose from us out into the situation that we find ourselves in. It always wants to show itself. We are the containers and we are the ones who have to release this love. This Love is like a dog on a leash who is always straining to be let loose so it can bring itself to wherever it wants to go. This love is not a feeling or an emotion but an act of the will. This type of love is not concerned with how it will be received. It isn’t looking for a certain response. It is not reciprocal love. This Love wants to run where a fault has occurred and show forgiveness but the question is, will we let it? If it is not released friends divide rather than unite.

This is the type of love that God had for the world. This love unleashed Jesus into the world and as Jesus’ followers he unleashed us from sin so that we could go into the world and bring it Love. This is the type of Love we ought to be celebrating on Valentine’s Day.

2 Corinthians 5:14–17 (CEV) — 14 We are ruled by Christ’s love for us. We are certain that if one person died for everyone else, then all of us have died. 15 And Christ did die for all of us. He died so we would no longer live for ourselves, but for the one who died and was raised to life for us. 16 We are careful not to judge people by what they seem to be, though we once judged Christ in that way. 17 Anyone who belongs to Christ is a new person. The past is forgotten, and everything is new.

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