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Thursday, May 1, 2008

Can nonchristians "really" love?

Originally Posted by ChoirBoy I am
talking to one of my co-workers today and she asks me a question that at first
seemed simple but the more I thought about it I was unsure. So I will ask you
all. Here it is.

If God is Love, can someone who is unsaved really love?

Thats it...what do you say?

What do you mean by "really"?

Do you mean "to love others"? When the notion of love is brought into the picture the idea of "selfishness" must also be put into the picture.

So do you mean "loving others"?

Even in regards to Loving others, one must keep in mind what the Lord said:

Matthew 5:45-47
"that you may be sons of your Father in heaven. He causes his sun to rise on the evil and the good, and sends rain on the righteous and the unrighteous. If you love those who love you, what reward will you get? Are not even the tax collectors doing that? And if you greet only your brothers, what are you doing more than others? Do not even pagans do that?"

Luke 6:32
"If you love those who love you, what credit is that to you? Even 'sinners' love those who love them."

So it's not saying they can't love. I think it means that God wants a greater love from us. He wants to expand it's boarder....from loving only those who love you, to loving both those who love & hate you.....Loving all men.

Luke 6:27
""But I tell you who hear me: Love your enemies, do good to those who hate you,"

And when Add the Love of God to the mix then you sum up the level of Love that God is asking for.

LOVING JESUS more than family

Matthew 10:37
"Anyone who loves his father or mother more than me is not worthy of me; anyone who loves his son or daughter more than me is not worthy of me;"

THE WHOLE man must LOVE God

Mark 12:30
Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind and with all your strength.'

But the gift of greater LOVE(to love more than just those who love you) comes from God.

If man accepts it, then his love will grow. If man rejects it then His love will grow cold.

So I would say that it is God's Love that we are able to love others in an extraordinary way.

Originally Posted by ChristNDC
unconditional love is only what God gives us - believers - the grace to
accomplish. So, I totally agree with Az...

Ultimately all forms of love comes from God. Because all good things come from Him.



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