Where To Find Love
1 John 4:8: He that loveth not knoweth not God; for God is love. 16 And we have known and believed the love that God hath to us. God is love; and he that dwelleth in love dwelleth in God, and God in him.
Galatians 5:22a: But the fruit of the Spirit is love, . . .
Romans 5:5: And hope maketh not ashamed; because the love of God is shed abroad in our hearts by the Holy Ghost which is given unto us.
John 15:18: If the world hate you, ye know that it hated me before it hated you.1 John 3:13: Marvel not, my brethren, if the world hate you.
Shortly after I received Christ, He led me to a Biblical church. Early on I described that church as a place where love comes at me from every direction. I am not very smart but I somehow knew that I needed that love and that I wasn*t getting it from the world. In the three decades plus since I received Jesus, I have been a part of three churches. I would describe all of them in the same way. The Lord has taught me that I have always needed love and I have always needed a Biblical church I will always need one. Have you learned that you need one? If not, you are depriving yourself of the greatest thing you can have in this life, the love of God. It does come directly to you from Him AND it comes to you through His people. He wants to send it to you through His children. It is HIS PLAN to give much of His love to you through His children. If you are a believer who refuses to be a regular part of a Biblical church you are incredibly unwise.
Hebrews 12:6: For whom the Lord loveth he chasteneth, and scourgeth every son whom he receiveth.
I believe that most believers who are not a regular part of a church do not want to be corrected. They want to continue in their sin and they are proud. J. Vernon McGee once told of a little girl who was afraid in the dark at night. Her mother told her that she needn*t be afraid because Jesus was with her. The girl responded I know but I need someone with a face. Are you wise enough to know that you need people with love in their hearts, people with faces?
One of the most loving things anyone can do for me is to teach me what the Bible says and means. It is hard to find that outside the walls of a Biblical church. In fact, I have learned in my churches where I can find love and the teaching of the Bible outside of the church. If I had never been part of those churches I would have missed most of the love that comes to me outside of churches too. I must also say that the places where I have learned how to give love outside of the church was in them. By skipping church you will short-change the neighbours you are commanded to love.
Luke 10:27: And he answering said, Thou shalt love the Lord thy God with all thy heart, and with all thy soul, and with all thy strength, and with all thy mind; and thy neighbour as thyself.