- Parent Category: Bible Reference
- Category: What the Bible Teaches - R.A. TORREY
- Published on Monday, 21 May 2007 22:11
IV. HOW LOVE TO MAN IS MANIFESTED. Romans 13:10 — "Love worketh no ill to his neighbor: therefore love is the fulfilling of the law."
First Proposition: Love is manifested when we abstain from everything that would injure another. "Love worketh no ill." There is much here for reflection. The applications are countless. Galatians 6:10 — "As we have therefore opportunity, let us do good unto all men, especially unto them who are of the household of faith."
Second Proposition: Love is manifested in doing good as we have opportunity.
It is not merely negative (abstaining from doing injury), it is also positive, doing positive good. Galatians 5:13 RV — "For ye, brethren, were called for freedom; only use not your freedom for an occasion to the flesh, but through love be servants one to another."
Third Proposition: Love is manifested by becoming a servant to others.
This is illustrated in Jesus Christ. John 13:1-5 — "Now before the feast of the passover, when Jesus knew that the hour was come that he should depart out of this world unto the Father, having loved his own which were in the world, he loved them unto the end. And supper being ended, the devil having now put into the heart of Judas Iscariot, Simon's son, to betray him; Jesus knowing that the Father had given all things into his hands, and that he was come from God, and went to God; he riseth from supper, and laid aside his garments; and took a towel, and girded himself. After that he poureth water into a basin, and began to wash the disciples' feet, and to wipe them with the towel wherewith he was girded." Philippians 2:4-7 — "Look not every man on his own things, but every man also on the things of others. Let this mind be in you, which was also in Christ Jesus: Who being in the form of God, thought it not robbery to be equal with God: But made himself of no reputation, and took upon him the form of a servant, and was made in the likeness of men."
The man who wishes to be served but will not serve does not love. Love seeks lowly places of service. 1 Corinthians 10:24 RV — "Let no man seek his own, but each his neighbour's good."
Fourth Proposition: Love is manifested when we seek not our own, but rather our neighbor's good. Philippians 2:4 RV — "Not looking each of you to his own things, but each of you also to the things of others."
Fifth Proposition: Love is manifested in our not looking to our own things, but rather to the things of others.
We are not to be concerned about our glory and honor, but the honor of others. (See the context in verses 5-8.) Galatians 6:2 — "Bear ye one another's burdens, and so fulfill the law of Christ."
Sixth Proposition: Love is manifested by our bearing one another's burdens. Romans 15:1-3 RV — "Now we that are strong ought to bear the infirmities of the weak, and not to please ourselves. Let each one of us please his neighbor for that which is good, unto edifying. For Christ also pleased not himself; but, as it is written, The reproaches of them that reproached thee fell upon me."
Seventh Proposition: Love is manifested (a) by our bearing the infirmities of the weak; (b ) in not pleasing ourselves; and (c) in pleasing others to edify them.
Christ is the great example here also. 2 Corinthians 2:7-8 — "So that contrariwise ye ought rather to forgive him, and comfort him, lest perhaps such a one should be swallowed up with overmuch sorrow."
Eighth Proposition: Love is manifested when we forgive and comfort the wayward.
In this particular instance, the man had gone deeply into the vilest sin. Galatians 6:1 RV — "Brethren, even if a man be overtaken in an), trespass, ye which are spiritual, restore such a one in a spirit of meekness; looking to thyself, lest thou also be tempted."
Ninth Proposition: Love is manifested when, in a spirit of meekness, we restore the one overtaken in any trespass. 1 Thessalonians 5:14 RV — "And we exhort you, brethren, admonish the disorderly, encourage the fainthearted, support the weak, be longsuffering toward all." (Note context.)
Tenth Proposition: Love is manifested by (a) admonishing the disorderly, (b ) encouraging the faint-hearted, (c) supporting the weak, and (d) being longsuffering toward all. Romans 14:15,21 RV — "For if because of meat thy brother is grieved, thou walkest no longer in love. Destroy not with thy meat him for whom Christ died .... It is good not to eat flesh, nor to drink wine, nor do anything whereby thy brother stumbleth."
Eleventh Proposition: Love is manifested when we avoid what causes a brother to stumble. Romans 14:19 — "Let us therefore follow after the things which make for peace, and things wherewith one may edify another."
Twelfth Proposition: Love is manifested when we pursue the things that make peace and things whereby we may edify another. Romans 12:15 — "Rejoice with them that do rejoice, and weep with them that weep."
Thirteenth Proposition: Love is manifested when we rejoice with those who rejoice and weep with those who weep. Luke 6:35 — "But love ye your enemies, and do good, and lend, hoping for nothing again; and your reward shall be great, and ye shall be the children of the highest: for he is kind unto the unthankful and to the evil." (Compare to RV: "But love your enemies, and do them good, and lend, never despairing; and your reward shall be great, and ye shall be sons of the Most High: for he is kind toward the unthankful and evil.") Fourteenth Proposition: Love is manifested when we lend, never despairing (or despairing of no man).
Lend and keep on lending, hoping against hope. Ephesians 4:2 — "With all lowliness and meekness, with longsuffering, forbearing one another in love."
Fifteenth Proposition: Love is manifested in forbearing one another — in suffering wrong and ill without vengefulness and retaliation, or overcoming evil with good. Ephesians 4:32 RV — "And be ye kind one to another, tenderhearted, forgiving each other, even as God also in Christ forgave you."
Sixteenth Proposition: Love is manifested when we: (a) are kind, (b) are tenderhearted, and (c) forgive one another as God in Christ forgave us. 2 Corinthians 8:24 "Wherefore shew ye to them, and before the churches, the proof of your love, and of our boasting on your behalf." (See context.) 1 John 3:17 — "But whoso hath this world's goods, and seeth his brother have need, and shutteth up his bowels of compassion from him, how dwelleth the love of God in him?"
Seventeenth Proposition: Love is manifested when we give of our means to meet another's need. Romans 12:10 — "Be kindly affectionate one to another with brotherly love; in honor preferring one another."
Eighteenth Proposition: Love is manifested (a) in being kindly affectionate one toward another; (b ) in seeking the higher place for someone else, the lower place for oneself.
It is easy to do this in little conventionalities, say, in the matter of passing through a door first; but do we do it in the important affairs of life? 1 Corinthians 13:4-7 RV — "Love suffereth long, and is kind; love envieth not; love vaunteth not itself, is not puffed up, doth not behave itself unseemly, seeketh not its own, is not provoked, taketh not account of evil; rejoiceth not in unrighteousness, but rejoiceth with the truth; beareth all things, believeth all things, hopeth all things, endureth all things."
Nineteenth Proposition: Love is manifested when we suffer long; are kind; envy not; do not vaunt ourselves; are not puffed up; do not behaving unseemly; do not seek our own; are not provoked; do not take account of evil; do not rejoice in unrighteousness; rejoice with the truth; bear all things; believe all things; hope all things; and endure all things. Leviticus 19:17 — "Thou shalt not hate thy brother in thine heart: thou shalt in any wise rebuke thy neighbor, and not suffer sin upon him." Proverbs 27:5 — "Open rebuke is better than secret love." Ephesians 5:11 — "And have no fellowship with the unfruitful works of darkness, but rather reprove them."
Twentieth Proposition: Love is manifested to those who do wrong when we rebuke them.
QUESTION: How are we to rebuke them?
ANSWER: Matthew 18:15-17 — "Moreover if thy brother shall trespass against thee, go and tell him his fault between thee and him alone: if he shall hear thee, thou hast gained thy brother. But if he will not hear thee, then take with thee one or two more, that in the mouth of two or three witnesses every word may be established. And if he shall neglect to hear them, tell it unto the church: but if he neglect to hear the church, let him be unto thee as a heathen man and a publican." Personal wrong, first privately, then before one or two witnesses, then before the church. Timothy 5:20 RV — "Them that sin reprove in the sight of all. (This public reproof is by an elder.) Titus 1:12-13 RV — "One of themselves, a prophet of their own, said, Cretans are always liars, evil beasts, idle gluttons. This testimony is true. For which cause reprove them sharply, that they may be sound in the faith." Sharply, when necessary. Matthew 5:44 RV — "But I say unto you, Love your enemies, and pray for them that persecute you."
Twenty-first Proposition: Love for others is manifested when we pray for them. There is no other way we can do more for them. 1 John 5:2 RV — "Hereby we know that we love the children of God, when we love God, and do his commandments.
Twenty-second Proposition: Love for the children of God is manifested when we love God Himself and do His commandments. John 15:13 — "Greater love hath no man than this, that a man lay down his life for his friends. 1 John 3:16 RV — "Hereby know we love, because he laid down his life for us: and we ought to lay down our lives for the brethren.
Twenty-third Proposition: Love to the brethren is manifested when we lay down our lives for them.
The manifestations of love specifically and definitely mentioned in the Bible are very numerous. As one goes over them he begins to see how love covers every duty to every class of men, and how true it is, as Paul says, that "love is the fulfillment of the law" ( Romans 13:10 RV).