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Re: Can we Love without being saved first?
« on: June 18, 2019, 04:21:08 pm »
Many people take the stand that people can love without God...that is to say that they can show kindness, grace, mercy, etc. without God.
Others take the stand that Love, real Love is from God and we can only Love with His power.i

In light of I Cor. 13 especially the highlighted portion I would have to say that we cannot really Love without God but there is more to the discussion than that, for Love has a goal and that goal is reconciliation first to God and then to one another....the unsaved person cannot share this goal for the unsaved do not care if we are reconciled with God or not. What are you alls thoughts?

I Corinthians 13:
1 Though I speak with the tongues of men and of angels, and have not charity, I am become as sounding brass, or a tinkling cymbal.

2 And though I have the gift of prophecy, and understand all mysteries, and all knowledge; and though I have all faith, so that I could remove mountains, and have not charity, I am nothing.

3 And though I bestow all my goods to feed the poor, and though I give my body to be burned, and have not charity, it profiteth me nothing.

4 Charity suffereth long, and is kind; charity envieth not; charity vaunteth not itself, is not puffed up,

5 Doth not behave itself unseemly, seeketh not her own, is not easily provoked, thinketh no evil;

6 Rejoiceth not in iniquity, but rejoiceth in the truth;

7 Beareth all things, believeth all things, hopeth all things, endureth all things.

8 Charity never faileth: but whether there be prophecies, they shall fail; whether there be tongues, they shall cease; whether there be knowledge, it shall vanish away.

9 For we know in part, and we prophesy in part.

10 But when that which is perfect is come, then that which is in part shall be done away.

11 When I was a child, I spake as a child, I understood as a child, I thought as a child: but when I became a man, I put away childish things.

12 For now we see through a glass, darkly; but then face to face: now I know in part; but then shall I know even as also I am known.

13 And now abideth faith, hope, charity, these three; but the greatest of these is charity.

1 John 4:19
We love because he first loved us.

This is agape of course and how can we know agape without God?

[shadow=[=blue,left]Does a child just beginning the "age of Knowing" still love her parents or stop at this point until she is saved?

Of course, God loves the whole world. Thus As Grace-Accepted said, He loved us first.

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1 Cor 15:3-4.."For I delivered unto you first of all that which I also received, how that Christ died for our sins according to the scriptures; And that he was buried, and that he rose again the third day according to the scriptures:"

Acts 17:11.."These were more noble than those in Thessalonica, in that they received the word with all readiness of mind, and searched the scriptures daily, whether those things were so."
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