God’s love expresses itself in compassion. It’s wanting for others what we have in ourselves: God through Jesus through the Holy Spirit.
5 Evildoers [those who do according their own understanding] do not understand what is right [the ways and commands of God], but those who seek the LORD [search out His will and ways in His Word] understand it fully. (6) Better the poor whose walk is blameless than the rich whose ways are perverse [the goals of each is different].
Day 10 of 21 Days of Deep
To grasp what love is, we must first understand that God loves us. He has loved us from the beginning. His greatest proof of that love is Jesus Christ. One of my favorite verses is Matthew 9:36, When he saw the crowds, he had compassion on them, because they were harassed and helpless, like sheep without a shepherd. Matthew uses the word, “compassion,” three other times in his letter, all of which refer to Jesus and how He felt and acted toward others. Our desire for others to come to Christ should override all other emotions for or against them. It is our HIGHER DESIRE.
Pay special attention to the bolded verses. They are about Jesus. Remember that John walked and lived with Jesus for three years and knew Him personally.
7 Dear friends, let us love one another, for love comes from God. Everyone who loves has been born of God and knows God. 8 Whoever does not love does not know God, because God is love. 9 This is how God showed his love among us: He sent his one and only Son into the world that we might live through him. 10 This is love: not that we loved God, but that he loved us and sent his Son as an atoning sacrifice for our sins. 11 Dear friends, since God so loved us, we also ought to love one another. 12 No one has ever seen God; but if we love one another, God lives in us and his love is made complete in us.
13 This is how we know that we live in him and he in us: He has given us of his Spirit. 14 And we have seen and testify that the Father has sent his Son to be the Savior of the world. 15 If anyone acknowledges that Jesus is the Son of God, God lives in them and they in God. 16 And so we know and rely on the love God has for us.
God is love. Whoever lives in love lives in God, and God in them. 17 This is how love is made complete among us so that we will have confidence on the day of judgment: In this world we are like Jesus. 18 There is no fear in love. But perfect love drives out fear, because fear has to do with punishment. The one who fears is not made perfect in love.
19 We love because he first loved us. 20 Whoever claims to love God yet hates a brother or sister is a liar. For whoever does not love their brother and sister, whom they have seen, cannot love God, whom they have not seen. 21 And he has given us this command: Anyone who loves God must also love their brother and sister.
Scripture-Read it. Ask the Spirit to speak to you as you read.
Observe– Did you notice anything particular? Did the Spirit highlight anything?
Apply– How does this passage apply to you? Is your overall desire to please Jesus and to look like Him?
Pray– Ask the Lord to help you understand-even deeper-what it means to have Christ in you. Ask Him the what, where, when, why and how concerning this passage.
An in-depth study follows this Proverbs.