Do We Love Jesus Or Our Sin
My Pastor Kent McBay has more than once raised this issue: Do we love Jesus more than we love our sin? If we love Jesus more than our sin we will not commit the sin. If we love the sin more than we love Him we will commit the sin.
Colossians 3:2: Set your affection on things above, not on things on the earth.
1 John 2:15: Love not the world, neither the things that are in the world. If any man love the world, the love of the Father is not in him.
The word love appears three times in the above passage. The first two times the word is agapao. The third time the word is agape. The two different words have two different definitions. Agapao is to love in a social or moral sense. Agape is affection or benevolence; specially (plural) a love-feast: (a feast of) charity(-ably), dear. Agape is a stronger more complete love. It is the love of God. It is everlasting love. Blessedly our love for the world does not need to be permanent. It is produced by our flesh. God is not the source of this kind of love. It is a poor and insufficient substitute for the love of God. He wants to replace it with a more enduring and stronger love, the love of God, which is the fruit of the Spirit.
Galatians 5:22a: But the fruit of the Spirit is love, (agape) . . .
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.
Those without Christ and the Holy Spirit living in their hearts have no choice in the matter. They cannot love with the love of God. Those with Christ in their hearts do have a choice. They can love with the inferior love of their flesh or they can love with the superior love of God.
Hating evil comes with the love of God. This hate has been compared with a loving parent hating a rabid dog that would threaten their child. Sin harms us, God hates it and we should too.
Psalms 97:10a: Ye that love the LORD, hate evil: . . .
Proverbs 8:13: The fear of the LORD is to hate evil: pride, and arrogancy, and the evil way, and the froward mouth, do I hate.
1 John 2:5: But whoso keepeth his word, in him verily is the love of God perfected: hereby know we that we are in him. 4:7 Beloved, let us love one another: for love is of God; and every one that loveth is born of God, and knoweth God. 8 He that loveth not knoweth not God; for God is love. 10 Herein is love, not that we loved God, but that he loved us, and sent his Son to be the propitiation for our sins. 12 No man hath seen God at any time. If we love one another, God dwelleth in us, and his love is perfected in us. Love not the world, neither the things that are in the world. If any man love the world, the love of the Father is not in him. 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. 19 We love him, because he first loved us. 20 If a man say, I love God, and hateth his brother, he is a liar: for he that loveth not his brother whom he hath seen, how can he love God whom he hath not seen? 5:1 Whosoever believeth that Jesus is the Christ is born of God: and every one that loveth him that begat loveth him also that is begotten of him. 2 By this we know that we love the children of God, when we love God, and keep his commandments. 3 For this is the love of God, that we keep his commandments: and his commandments are not grievous.
Matthew 6:24: No man can serve two masters: for either he will hate the one, and love the other; or else he will hold to the one, and despise the other. Ye cannot serve God and mammon.
James 4:4b: . . . know ye not that the friendship of the world is enmity with God? whosoever therefore will be a friend of the world is the enemy of God.
Care to discuss Do We Love Jesus Or Our Sin with Ron?