The Meaning Of Love Part 5
he should not “withhold good from him to whom it is due” (lit., to its owners). “Good” refers to any good deed or act of beneficence. The limitation on this command is this: “when it is in the power of your hand to do it,” i.e., when you are in a position to do so and when you have the opportunity to do so (cf. Gal 6:10). The allusion may be to a charity upon which the poor have a claim under the law of Moses. The implication here is that man owns nothing. He is but a steward of that with which God has blessed him (3:27).
Second, when one came seeking help, the disciple of wisdom should not send that person away with promises that help would be forthcoming “tomorrow.” That only adds to a person’s worry. At the same time being forced to ask for help a second time is demeaning.
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Let’s Get Into The Word
The Meaning Of Love
Love does not delight in evil.
“Love does not delight in evil”; loving people do not rejoice when they see people doing wrong things so that then they can keep bringing up such deeds to blackmail them
Love Rejoices with the truth.
Rather, love “rejoices with the truth”; loving people do not try to lie their way out when faced with the truth but accept responsibility for what they have done, for they know that, in the end, Jesus, who is “the way and the truth and the life” (Jn 14:6), triumphs.
Love always protects.
Love “always protects”; loving people are willing to overlook the foibles of others and do not betray them.
Love seeks the best for others.
Lust seeks instant gratification.
Love bears all things.
As we are naturally too much devoted to self, this vice renders us morose and peevish. The effect is, that every one wishes that others should carry him upon their shoulders, but refuses for his part to assist others. The remedy for this disease is love, which makes us subject to our brethren, and teaches us to apply our shoulders to their burdens, (Gal. 6:2.) Farther, as we are naturally spiteful, we are, consequently, suspicious too, and take almost everything amiss. Love, on the other hand, calls us back to kindness, so that we think favourably and candidly of our neighbours.
Love bears all things. “Bears” has the thought of protection. Love puts up an umbrella for others.
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The Meaning Of Love Part 6
a Christian man will reckon it better to be imposed upon by his own kindness and easy temper, than to wrong his brother by an unfriendly suspicion.
Love believes the best of others and hopes the best for them.