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What Is Love In A World Filled With Division & Hate Today?

What Is Love In A World Filled With Division & Hate Today?

If humanity will love each other, regardless of color or race, black or white, this world will be filled with peace.

  • Posted on: 14 February 2020
  • By: ucheikpa

Love is the most powerful fruit of the Holy Spirit given to humanity. You can’t dissociate love from God. God is the embodiment of love: whether it is phileo - love between family members, or agape-God’s love towards His children, or erotic love-love between a man and a woman. All these forms of love emanated from God.

It was love that drove God to earth, in the likeness of His son Jesus Christ, and died for us on the cross. The Scripture says:

“For God so loved the world that he gave his only begotten son, that whosoever believeth in Him, should not perish, but have eternal life.”

Jesus says to His disciples:

“By this shall all men know ye are my disciples if ye love one another.”

Jesus says the greatest commandment is to love God with all your heart, and your neighbor as yourself.”

Why is love so profound and extraordinary?

The Scriptures says:

• Love suffers long and is kind
• Love does not envy
• Love does not vaunt itself
• Love does not puff up, not arrogant
• Love does not behave itself unseemly
• Love seeks not her own thing
• Love is not easily provoked
• Love does not think evil
• Love does not rejoice in iniquity, but in the truth
• Love bears all things
• Hopes in all things
• Love endures all things

The Scripture concludes:

“Love will endure forever-will never fail. Prophesies will fail; tongues will cease, and knowledge will vanish away, but love endures forever.” 1 Corinthians 13

“Love does no wrong to her neighbor. Love is the fulfillment of the Law.”
When we have a glimpse of God’s love through the knowledge of Jesus Christ, it opens up a little bit to humanity the transforming power of love towards God and our neighbor. It takes us into realms of joy and peace we never imagined before in our lives.

Even when you genuinely love a man or a woman, you experience deep affection that will do anything for the other person, including forgiving them when they have hurt you: just like God’s love forgives you. When you love, you partake of God’s divine nature, and you will never be the same again. That is why God keeps extending His hand of mercy, grace, and great compassion to woo us to come to know Him: and experience this great love of God that deepens and extends to the way we love others.
A song writer captures it when he said:

1 The love of God is greater far
Than tongue or pen can ever tell.
It goes beyond the highest star
And reaches to the lowest hell.
The guilty pair, bowed down with care,
God gave His Son to win;
His erring child He reconciled
And pardoned from his sin.

O love of God, how rich and pure!
How measureless and strong!
It shall forevermore endure—
The saints’ and angels’ song.

2 When hoary time shall pass away,
And earthly thrones and kingdoms fall;
When men who here refuse to pray,
On rocks and hills and mountains call;
God’s love, so sure, shall still endure,
All measureless and strong;
Redeeming grace to Adam’s race—
The saints’ and angels’ song.

3 Could we with ink the ocean fill,
And were the skies of parchment made;
Were every stalk on earth a quill,
And every man a scribe by trade;
To write the love of God above
Would drain the ocean dry;
Nor could the scroll contain the whole,
Though stretched from sky to sky.

Frederick Marin Lehman: 1868-1953

As we think of Valentine’s day, let us remember to seek God’s love first which ushers us into that beautiful world of love God gave to us, which only few enjoy in of our world of materialism. I wish you God's best in this Valentine’s day.

Reflections of love from my book:
Poems Of Hope For Our Turbulent Time:

Love & Reflections:

What is love?
I love you
The common way
The common thing
The thoughtless thing
but
When my object of love
Fails my desire
My love dies
My love fades
then
I wonder
what is love?
When my love
Is not love
I wonder
Oh
Love is deep
Like the ocean
Deep with pain
Pain of acceptance
Bruises of forgiveness
Endurance of time
A deepening of love
A true friendship
With the one I love
Oh
I wonder
what is love?

Love: & Reflections

Love
Must be true
Love
Must be
Forgiving
Love
Must be unbroken
Love must not be otherwise

Love & Reflections:

Love is a deep longing
Strong and bruising
Bruises of pain and suffering
Waiting a test of love
Deepens or falters
With a test of time

Rev. Uche Ikpa.

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