In this thesis, we are not speaking of eros. We are speaking of agape.
Love is the power of the presence of God’s compassion.
The love of God which comes from God is entirely separate and different from self-love. You must rightly divide this great difference.
THIS IS A HARD AND DISTURBING LESSON to those who do not understand the nature of God’s love.
1 John 4:7-217 Beloved, let us love one another: for love is of God; and every one that loveth is born of God, and knoweth God.
WOW!! Everyone that loves is born of God! What does that mean? It seems like a lot of sinners love someone. Can a sinner love? According to the Word of God, a sinner is under the over-riding control of self-love. They may seem to love others, but their self-love is greater and dominant. Therefore, God does not recognize their affection for others as equal to that holy love which emanates from God only. God’s love will not mix with self-love. You can not be both good and evil simultaneously. The love which the Apostle John is writing to us about is the pure love of God which cleanses away all the corruption of self-love. The love of God is a sacrificial love which puts the welfare of others and the commandments of God above the self-serving desires of one’s own heart.
The love of God is perfect, pure, pious, powerful and precious.
A sinner's love is limited. It only extends to that point wherein it is beneficial to himself. Outwardly it may appear admirable, heroic and worthy of commendation. However, if it does not emanate from the Spirit of God, it is imperfect and will fail at the limit of the person's consecration.
9 In this was manifested the love of God toward us, because that God sent his only begotten Son into the world, that we might live through him.
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.
11 Beloved, if God so loved us, we ought also to love one another.
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.
13 Hereby know we that we dwell in him, and he in us, because he hath given us of his Spirit.
14 And we have seen and do testify that the Father sent the Son to be the Saviour of the world.
15 Whosoever shall confess that Jesus is the Son of God, God dwelleth in him, and he in God.
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.
17 Herein is our love made perfect, that we may have boldness in the day of judgment: because as he is, so are we in this world.
18 There is no fear in love; but perfect love casteth out fear: because fear hath torment. he that feareth is not made perfect in love.
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?
21 And this commandment have we from him, That he who loveth God love his brother also.
Where Love is ruling, there is no respect of persons.
Where Love is ruling there is no prejudice. Prejudice is defined as: injury or damage resulting from some judgment or action of another in disregard of one's rights.
People become prejudiced because of unresolved disagreements.
Disagreement is not a justification for condemnation.
Where love is ruling, there is no disrespect.
Where love in ruling, there is no spirit of dominion. DOMINION is defined as “supreme authority” and “absolute authority.”
Jesus Christ alone has dominion in the Kingdom of God. All of us are servants. In our positions of leadership and having administrative rule in the church of God, we are still servants of one another. We do not have dominion over one another’s faith.
Genesis 1:26-2826 And God said, Let us make man in our image, after our likeness: and let them have dominion over the fish of the sea, and over the fowl of the air, and over the cattle, and over all the earth, and over every creeping thing that creepeth upon the earth.
27 So God created man in his own image, in the image of God created he him; male and female created he them.
28 And God blessed them, and God said unto them, Be fruitful, and multiply, and replenish the earth, and subdue it: and have dominion over the fish of the sea, and over the fowl of the air, and over every living thing that moveth upon the earth.
There is no mention of men having dominion over one another.
Men and women having dominion over others is a sure sign of self-love. It is pride in disguise. A child of God is a servant of others. A child of God is a servant to their spouse, their children and their neighbor. Jesus taught us who are neighbor is.
Matthew 20:25-2825 But Jesus called them unto him, and said, Ye know that the princes of the Gentiles exercise dominion over them, and they that are great exercise authority upon them.
26 But it shall not be so among you: but whosoever will be great among you, let him be your minister;
27 And whosoever will be chief among you, let him be your servant:
28 Even as the Son of man came not to be ministered unto, but to minister, and to give his life a ransom for many.
Jesus did not ordain any one of His disciples to exercise dominion over the others.Jesus always emphasized that the disciples should be servants of the church. Self-love produces the attitude of superiority which leads to dominion.
2 Corinthians 1:20-2420 For all the promises of God in him are yea, and in him Amen, unto the glory of God by us.
21 Now he which stablisheth us with you in Christ, and hath anointed us, is God;
22 Who hath also sealed us, and given the earnest of the Spirit in our hearts.
23 Moreover I call God for a record upon my soul, that to spare you I came not as yet unto Corinth.
24 Not for that we have dominion over your faith, but are helpers of your joy: for by faith ye stand.
The Apostle Paul clearly states that he did not have dominion over the faith of the people.
Love will cause you to manifest a burden to serve, to teach and to be a guide and a healer in the church of God.
Self-love will lead you to trespass against others.