• Christ and Church Life and Building Spirit and Bride

    基督與召會
    生命與建造
    那靈與新婦



    As a lover of Christ and a pursuer of truth, I write down my joys, memories and reflections.

    May God lead us all into the secret of His presence, and build us into the oneness of His body in love.
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Love

Some previous posts have been about historical creeds, which are theologically important, but maybe a little too formal and rigid. To balance, I want to share something on love.

  1. Love is God Himself, and God is love. Mysteriously, men are capable of comprehending and expressing love. Love is a divine attributes shared by God and men.
  2. Love goes by 3 directions: God loves us. We love God. We love one another. First, God loved us first so we may love Him back. In loving God, we may love others.
  3. God’s love is manifested in His incarnation: to be a Man, to live and suffer as a Man, to be with men, and to identify with men; He revealed and opened Himself to men to the uttermost.
  4. God’s love is manifested in His crucifixion for redeeming us by shedding His precious blood even we were not born and were sinners. In crucifixion, He made Himself extremely vulnerable to men.
  5. Love is the ultimate glue that connects the gap between two sides parties, and joined the two into one, even if the gap is as large and great as between divinity and humanity.
  6. Love denies and overthrew any differences in social status, opinions, backgrounds, preferences, and even the relationship between the Creator and the creation. Love goes beyond the realm of right and wrong, and beyond mere worldly morality.
  7. Love causes the growth. In loving us, God extends Himself into men as His enlargement and magnification. In loving God, men may grow in the divine life unto maturity in God’s image and likeness.
  8. Love builds up. Love builds God into men, and men into God, and love build up people together. Love makes God and men as mutual abode and dwelling place.
  9. Love breaks the self, removes the barrier, heals the wounded, and recovers the sick.
  10. Love is balanced by righteousness and discipline. Love without discipline is spoiling, and discipline without love is harsh. Lacking either would lead to improper growth and building up.
  11. Love is the desire to dispense and extend oneself for the nurturing of the beloved spiritual growth.
  12. Love is unconditional. Unconditional love warms up the cold heart, drives all the fears away, heals the sick, creates confidence, and brings in courage.
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