Church service today was really “nakakabusog” as Papa put it while we were eating dinner. On our series on “Real Church,” we have reached the 4th part of the 5-part series and have now heard “Real Love,” an exhortation from Romans 12:9-16.
How do you define love? I remember slumbooks would ask these questions and there would be tons of answers, but there would always be the common and popular answers: Love is blind, Love is God. God is love. Love is all you need. Love is crush! Love is romance. People all have definitions of love.
BUT WHAT IS REAL LOVE? Truth is not of the world because the world is sinful. It is ruled by the prince of darkness — the master of lies. To find truth, one must look at the Truth. And so we turn to the Bible, the Word of God.
This is the sermon today in church — shared to you as how I remember it, not looking at my notes lest I try to recreate the sermon. But I’m sharing to you the outstanding insights that obviously etched themselves to my brain today:
1. Real Love discerns. It knows what’s right from wrong. It it not hypocritical. It does not pretend. It hates evil. Yes. LOVE HATES. Real Love hates evil. It clings — in the intense sense of the word — clings on to what is good. And this good is not our own human definition of goodness — it’s God’s goodness.
2. Real Love boils. It is passionate. The Holy Spirit boils in us, allowing us to bubble up with God’s love and steam with goodness towards each other. It is intense. Focused. FERVENT.
3. Real Love hopes. It produces joyful individuals – who in the midst of battles — trials and persecution choose to be joyful. Our hope in Christ is far more greater than the temporary wisps of struggle in the world.
4. Real Love speaks. It is not passive. It is active patience — the type of patience which continues to be busy with the work of God. Real love meets the needs — material, emotional, spiritual needs of others.
5. Real Love empties. Just as Jesus Christ “considered himself nothing” and did not consider his being God something to be considered. He took the form of a man, died on the cross — all because of LOVE. This is the real love that is given to us by our God. And it’s the same sacrificial love that we MUST extend to others.
Was I too vague? I suggest you reflect on these verses and try to make the connection. More importantly, try to pinpoint which areas of “love” as you define and exercise it must be changed?