WHAT IS THE MOST SEARCHED FOR THING IN LIFE?
That my friends, is the question that has plagued mankind from the beginning of time. To answer that question follow me into the court room as the facts are presented to the jury of mankind. I wish to begin slowly, therefore bear with me; for there is much to be presented. Let me begin with a question. What is the most searched for thing in life, All over the world? Have you even given it a thought? Could it be fame? How about money or power? Perhaps it is material things? What do you think? I don’t believe it truly is any of those things, although it surely seems that way when so very many are putting such great effort in obtaining such things in life. Yet we see every day the emptiness in the lives that have obtained so much. In their emptiness, they have turned to sex, drugs, theft and suicide; which leads me to believe there must be something unknown thing that mankind is missing. What can it be? How might it be found? That my friends, is the question that has plagued mankind form the beginning of time. It began in the Garden of Eden with Adam and eve. They had it all, but when they were offered to be as gods knowing good and evil they just had to want more. They must have felt something was missing, for they wanted more when they had it all. What are you not satisfied with? You can give mankind everything possible and will he truly be satisfied? Let us look at such a man. His name is King Solomon and with all that he had what did he say? Ecclesiastes 1:2-3 “Vanity of vanities, saith the preacher, vanity of vanities; all is vanity.” (3) “ What profit hath a man of his labor which he taketh under the sun?” We can see that even Solomon, in all, he had experienced, built, gained and possessed in life found it all so empty. What than is there that man must find to truly put real meaning and fulfillment to all there is in life? If and only if, you truly want the answer to that question; then it is a must that you read every word carefully from the beginning to the end and find the perfect fulfilling thing in life. Now I am going to take you into the court room where the facts shall be presented and proven beyond the shadow of a doubt. As I do so, I ask that you have the utmost patience with me, for I must surely prove without a shred of doubt. As the jury was being seated I looked around the room and I could see the puzzlement on every face. Let me begin by saying: We have talked about mankind searching for something, never knowing just what it is, therefore never being able to find it. Well then, I think it is time we began to see if we can discover what it might be, so that we may be able to find it and have a fulfilled life; giving meaning to all that we set our hands to. Mankind looks for love, but does he truly know what love is or does he just think he knows? Would you like a perfect Love? Is it possible to find?
JEHOVAH GOD’S LOVE IS A PERFECT LOVE
Mankind had been searching for love from the beginning of time, but do they truly understand just what it is they are looking for? I am sure that sometimes it might seem that you might as well ask someone to find out what a clod is. I say that, because the only thing a Doctor can tell you is the symptoms and that it is a virous, yet cannot truly describe it, only what it causes. Now doesn’t that sound just like man trying to tell someone what love is? Well, look at this and perhaps you’ll see just what I am speaking about: Merriam Webster’s dictionary of 1974 said love is: “1. Strong affection. 2. Warm attachment. 3. Attraction based on sexual desire.” My oh my, I just don’t believe that is the meaning that God, himself was, expressing when he said, in John 15:12, “this is my commandment, that you love one another, as I have loved you.” Think on this, before Merriam Webster’s dictionary, it was Noah Webster’s dictionary of 1828 that has taught the American Language to how many countless people that were trying to find out what love is and did they find out, truly find out what it is? I present you the facts of Noah Webster’s 1828 dictionary. Let me read it to you, it reads: “Love, an affection of the mind excited by beauty and worth of any kind,” Worth of any, just any kind? That really sticks in my craw, as I am sure it does with you the jury. How about this, “or by the qualities of an object which communicate pleasure, sensual or intellectual, it is opposed to hatred,” I must interject and note the half-truth, opposed to hatred. That seems to make a lot of people accept the statement as all truth. You the jury, let us not be fooled. Today I will reveal the whole truth and nothing but the truth with facts that can be checked. I will proceed with the definitions. “Love between the sexes, is a compound affection, consisting of esteem, benevolence, and animal desire.” As I have presented the truth on the screen and read to you, I believe I have surely communicated to you the jury that an animal desire is not the love Jehovah God was speaking of. Again, he said: “…as I have loved you.” I know I am being redundant, but I cannot stress enough the miss usage of the word love. For Jehovah God is surely apposed, to animal desire being equated with love as he loves. We can go on, but I believe that you can clearly see, that mankind has not found the true meaning of Jehovah God’s love. Then what shall we do, for if we cannot find out just what love is; how shall we know what we are looking for? Moreover, how shall we do what God has commanded us to do? I contend, you won’t find the answer in the Noah Wester’s dictionary of years ago or today, but by the Word of Jehovah God and a willingness to deeply study the characteristics of God, for love is the highest characteristic of Jehovah God, to one attribute in which all others harmoniously blend. Jehovah God’s love is much more than just kindness or benevolence and in our limited understanding so very hard to comprehend, but not impossible; if we do what Jehovah God instructed us to do. 2Timothy 2:15 “study (not just read) to show thyself approved unto God, (not men) a workman that needs not to be ashamed, rightly dividing the Word of truth.” That means: not taking the Word out of context, but staying within the parameters of the subject. We have read how that King Saul chased after David in Jealousy, fear, and hatred; yet at his death David laments over Saul just as he did over Jonathan who was the dearest and most loyal of friends. Here is what David said of Jonathan his friend. 2 Samuel 1:26 “I am destressed for thee, my brother Jonathan: very pleasant hast thou been unto me: thy love to me was wonderful, passing the love of women.” To understand this statement, we must look at the love Jonathan had for David and how it was expressed.
JONATHAN’S COVENANT WITH DAVID
1 Samuel 18:1-4 “And it came to pass, when he had made an end of speaking unto Saul, that the soul of Jonathan was knit with the soul of David, and Jonathan loved him as his own soul.” (2) “And Saul took him that day, and would let him go no more home to his father’s house.” (3) Then Jonathan and David made a covenant, because, he loved him as his own soul.” (4) And Jonathan stripped himself of the robe that was upon him and gave it to David, and his garments, even to his sword, and to his bow, and to his girdle.” What is the significance in the giving of these things? The robe was the mark of being a king’s son and heir to the thrown and Jonathan gave the heirship to David. May I pause here for a brief moment? This surely is a physical demonstration of loyalty, that a king’s son would give up the heirship to the throne. I must say, that is truly an act of Forgetting one’s self totally. But you the jury be the judge of it. Now, the garments of Jonathan where the showing of his submission to the will of David. That is hard to imagine even giving up your own will to the will of another. Is that not Forgetting one’s self totally? Now, the giving to David of the sword, was his relinquishing his power or authority as first born son of the king, and the last is the girdle or belt that held all these things as the word of Jonathan was the belt of his covenant that would hold all things with David.” Now, that is the love that Jehovah God in Christ Jesus is talking about and is better than woman. You the jury be the judge of it! I give you the facts of it with John 15:13 “Greater love hath no man than this, that a man lay down his life for his friends.” Jonathan surely laid down his life for David in many ways, for as Saul sought to kill David, Jonathan stood by his steadfast love for David. Men and women get married and divorced in life in the name of love and where is the steadfast love? Does mankind even know the true definition of Love? That is what you the jury must give a verdict on when all the facts are in. Let me continue with the facts. Hear the very words to the kind of love that Jehovah God loves mankind with, coming from Jonathan’s own mouth. 1 Samuel 20:4 “Than said Jonathan unto David, whatsoever thy soul desireth, I will even do it for thee.” Whatsoever truly is just that, whatsoever. No picking and choosing. That sounds like Jesus; John 14:14 “If you shall ask anything in my name I will do it.” To me that surely sounds like whatsoever. Are you willing to be like that with others or do you think of your own interest first or if it will benefit one’s self? Jehovah God didn’t, Christ Jesus didn’t, and Jonathan didn’t. Stop and take an honest look at yourself before Jehovah God, for what shall a man hide from Almighty God? Can your words be trusted? David trusted in the words of Jonathan, look at 1 Samuel 20:8 “Therefore thou shalt deal kindly with thy servant; for thou hast brought thy servant into a covenant of the Lord with thee….” David and Jonathan knew the vow that was made between them was done in the sight of God Almighty and bound forever in their love for Jehovah God, who binds words. Jonathan’s love was, Forgetting one’s self totally. Is this not the same kind of love God, in Christ Jesus has for us when he said: Hebrews 13:5 “…I will never leave thee nor forsake thee.” God always keeps his word and here is his Word: Numbers 30:2 “ If a man (woman) vow unto the Lord, or swear an oath to bind his soul with a bond; he shall not break his word, he shall do according to All that proceedeth out of his mouth.” Jonathan’s love never forsook David all the days of his life and this is why David said at the death of Jonathan: 2 Samuel 1:26 “ I am distressed for thee, my brother Jonathan: very pleasant has thou been unto me….” Does mankind truly know love according to the Dictionaries? My heart cries out that in this court room you the jury will come to know the true definition of love and your judgement will be true. Agin let me present to you, What does mankind truly know about love when he can’t even define the word correctly as I will surely prove with fact today. Does Jehovah God’s love derive from a self- pleasure of any kind and more so from a sensual or intellectual desire of gratification? That’s what mankind’s dictionary definitions all say. Do you truly want to know love? Philippians 4:19 “My God shall supply all your need according to his riches in glory by Christ Jesus.” According to his riches is: in proportion to His unlimited resources. In Glory is, He will meet your need in a glorious or splendid manner and it will be by Christ Jesus. You have been patient with me, but I am sure that you are asking yourself, what does all that have to do with love? Well, the definition of love that is not found in mankind’s Dictionary is: Forgetting one’s self totally. Yes, totally! I have taken you into a COURT OF LAW WHERE THINGS MUST BE PROVEN BEYOND THE SHADOW OF A DOUBT. I will continue to present the facts and you the jury must weigh them and find a true verdict. Let’s look at the facts thus far. Mankind has said love is based on Strong affection, warm attachment, attraction based on sexual desire, excited by beauty, worth of any kind, pleasure, sensual or intellectual and animal desire. You the jury judge. Is that the kind of love God commanded us to love one another with? I present to you that this is true love: John 15:13 “Greater love hath no man than this, that a man lay down his life for his friends.” I contend, Did Jonathan lay down his heirship to the thrown? Did he submit his will to the will of David? Did he remain loyal unto death? I believe that is Forgetting one’s self totally. Jehovah God proved His love for mankind by the giving of His only begotten Son. Jesus Christ proved His love for the Father in the garden when he said: Luke 22:42 “…Not my will, but thine, be done.” Is that Forgetting one’s self totally? Jonathan told David, 1 Samuel 20:4 “Whatsoever thy soul desireth, I will even do it for thee. ” Again not my will, but thine be done. Forgetting one’s self totally. In this,proving his love for David. Not convinced yet? Then let me introduce you to another man called Abraham and how he proved his love for God, by the willingness to offer his only son. Genesis 22:12 “...Now I know that thou fearest God, seeing thou hast not withheld thy son, thine only son from me.” Again, an act of Forgetting one’s self totally. Just think How the very thought of taking the life of his son must have deeply tore at his heart, but he haled not back for his own desires and yet mankind’s definition of love is all about self- desires. Here is God’s definition: “ No man has greater love than this, then to lay down his life, (one’s self) for another.” Yes, totally. I submit, as we read the Word of Jehovah God we are seeing again and again that love for another was laying down one’s life for another and isn’t that truly forgetting one’s s self totally? You weigh the evidence in Jehovah God’s Word against all the dictionaries from Noah Webster’s of 1828 to the Webster’s New World Dictionary of the American language college edition, copyrights including encyclopedic edition from 1951 – 1960, then Meriam Webster’s copyright 1974 by G & C Merriam Co.; and how about the New Concise Webster’s Dictionary, composite edition, especially compiled for home, school, and office use 1984 edition. LIE OR FACT YOU BE THE JUDGE In a court of Law the case is judged on the evidence presented, therefore let’s take a look at some of the evidence given by Mankind’s Dictionaries to see if mankind truly knows what God’s love is and if he truly understands the love of God or does he only have the understanding dictionaries have taught over generations and is that understanding the truth. 1. Noah Wester’s dictionary of 1828, Love: “ An affection of the mind excited by beauty and worth of any kind, or by the qualities of an object which communicate pleasure, sensual or intellectual. Love between the sexes, is a compound affection, consisting of esteem, benevolence, and animal desire.” I just cannot imagine for a moment that Jehovah God almighty is basing His kind of love on, just any kind of worth, pleasure and most assuredly not having anything to do with sensual pleasure or an animal desire. Do you? 2. Webster’s New World Dictionary, Love: “A strong affection for or attachment or devotion to a person or persons.” Well, that is what love will cause, but again what is the definition of love that causes that to happen? Can, this be it? 3. “A strong liking for or interest in something: as, her love for acting.” 4. “Attraction based on sexual desire.” Wow ! I have no doubt, that is not Jehovah God’s definition of His love. I don’t believe we have found God’s definition for love yet, so let’s continue by trying another dictionary, like the New concise Webster’s Dictionary of 1984 Edition. Love: “Strong and deep feeling of attraction; passionate attraction and ardent affection, especially for one of the opposite sex.” I believe that definition would get everyone in a lot of really hot water with God, don’t you? There is much said about that kind of love, but again I doubt sincerely that is the love that Jesus is speaking of. LIE OR FACT YOU BE THE JUDGE: In a court of Law the case is judged on the evidence presented, therefore let’s take a summarized look at some of the evidence given by mankind’s dictionaries to see if mankind truly knows what love is and if he truly understands it or does he only have the understanding that dictionaries have taught over many generations? I know I may sound a bit redundant, but I want to make this very clear; that there is not a shadow of a doubt. 1. Noah Webster’s dictionary of 1828. Love: “ An affection of any kind, or by the qualities of an object which communicate pleasure, sensual or intellectual. Love between the sexes, is a compound affection, consisting of esteem, benevolence, and animal desire.” Now you the jury be the judge. Does that truly sound like some or anything that God, Himself would command mankind to love one another with? I have presented the evidence from mankind’s Dictionaries, but some might say; that is from the secular side and what about the biblical side of Dictionaries that man has written? Well then, to be fair and prove beyond the shadow of a doubt let’s go there and began with, Vine’s Expository Dictionary of Biblical Word, last Edition 1985; Love: 1. “ Agapao, Greek for Love present, the Characteristic word of Christianity, and since the Spirit of revelation has used it to express ideas previously unknown, inquiry into its use, whether is Greek literature or in the Septuagint, throw, but little light upon its distinctive meaning in the New Testament.” This is very true, for once again all that is written or said, sheds little light on the Definition for the Love that Jehovah God almighty and Christ Jesus are speaking of. As of yet, we have not proven beyond the shadow of a doubt, therefore I will continue to present all the facts, therefore I humbly beseech you to be tolerant with me.
HOW IMPORTANT IS IT TO KNOW TRUE LOVE?
Matthew 22:37-40 “…Thou SHALT LOVE THE LORD THY GOD WITH ALL THY HEART, AND WITH ALL THY SOUL, AND WITH ALL THY MIND.” (38) “This is the first and great commandment.”(39) “And the second is like unto it, THOU SHALT LOVE THY NEIGHTBOR AS THYSELF.” (40) “ on these two commandments HANG ALL the law and the prophets.” I would say that is extremely important to every living being on this earth. All the word of God is hinging on being able to Truly Love as Jehovah God and Christ Jesus loves. Then I submit to you the jury it is imperative that mankind know and understand the definition of true love. You be the judge. Look at what we have learned so far from Dictionaries: love is trying to fulfill one’s pleasures, and love is trying to fulfill one’s own desires. I believe that will cause more sin than cover a multitude of sin, but you are the jury, so judge it in your own heart well before you make a verdict in your mind. I’m not finished presenting all of Jehovah God’s evidence. Let’s look into the New Unger’s Bible Dictionary by Merrill F. Unger; last Edition 1988. Love: “(Hebrew “Ahaha”; Greek “agape”. English “Love”.) Chiefly represented in the Scriptures as an attribute of God and as a Christian virtue.” This is quite true, but yet, gives no clear definition as to what it is. Unger says, “We must derive our conceptions of God from the special revelation that He has given of Himself, and this declares His love.” Yet, we have no clear definition of it to help us understand just what it is. Unger also says: “As strongly as His existence. It is held by some to be inadequate to speak of love as a divine attribute.” I find that I must ask again, How important is true Love? 1 John 4:8 “He that loveth not knoweth not God; for God is love.” “The Scriptures contain no equivalent statement with respect to other qualities of the divine nature. i. e. Unger.” All of this is true, just as this is also true; love is the highest characteristic of God, the one attribute in which all others harmoniously blend, the love of God is more than kindness or benevolence. After all of that, we are yet without understanding just what love is? Dictionary after Dictionary, word after word and we have not a definition that will cover a multitude of sin as it is written in 1 Peter 4:8 “… charity (love) shall cover the multitude of sins.” I tell you by the end of this day when we leave this court room you shall surely know what the love of God is and you will be given the choice to preform it before God Almighty or not. We can see and read all the Scriptures and see the attributes of that love, but again just what is, that love that God possesses? What defines it? His love underlies all that he had done and is doing, although many facts exist that we cannot reconcile with his love on account of our limited understanding. The highest disclosure and most complete proof of divine love is in Redemption; Romans 5:8 “…God commendeth his love toward us, in that, while we were yet sinners, Christ died for us.” Now that is love, even when we didn’t have a lawn mower he could borrow, he still loved us. Remember how Jonathan’s love could not be separated from David. So-called love that is based on excitement and beauty never last, for the excitement ends and the beauty turns to wrinkles and that love is gone; but look at the love of God. Romans 8:32 “ He that spared not his own Son, (like Abraham) but delivered him up for us all, how shall he not with him also freely give us all things?” I propose to you that there is but only one kind of love, that is love that never fades or wrinkles and that is the God kind of love that Jonathan had for David. Let me submit these facts: Romans 8:35, 37-39 “ Who shall separate us from the love of Christ? Shall tribulation, or distress, or persecution, or famine, or nakedness, or peril, or sword? Here is your answer to love: (37) Nay, in all these things we are more than conquerors through him that loved us.” Love is not and excitement of some kind, it is a persuasion of one’s self. (38) For I am persuaded, that neither death, nor life, nor angels, nor principalities, nor powers, nor things present, nor things to come.” (39) “ Nor height, nor depth, nor any other creature, shall be able to separate us from the love of God which is in Christ Jesus our Lord.” After all these facts, can you the jury deny that true love must possess the quality of steadfast locality that never ends, but is unto death? Then when we say, Christian love, it is also important to make note, it is made possible only by divine grace. Again, we are here today to prove whether man’s definition of love is honestly love or not, therefore look at Galatians 5:22 “…The fruit of the Spirit is love.” If an apple can only come of an Apple tree, then if love is of the Spirit of God; mankind cannot have it apart from God. You the jury be the judge of the truth. 1 John 3:16 ”Here by perceive we the love of God, because he laid down his life for us: and we ought to lay down our lives for the brethren.” In the fear of sounding redundant: after all this knowledge we are left asking our- selves once again, what is God’s divine love? Is there a definition? Mankind has a definition for his kind of love. I have presented evidence from book after book and given definition after definition from over many generations that the verdict must be that mankind does not clearly know or understand what love truly is, therefore in the name of love they are using one another to extract excitement and pleasure for one’s own self. How than shall there be a definition to explain what it is that mankind might truly know what he is looking for and find it. If I told you to do something and could not explain just what it is that I wanted done, how could you do it? All the works and words of man have not been able to truly give a clear definition of love, as you can well see. Do you really want to know? Do you have the patience to find the answer and give a true and lasting verdict? Then, let me continue with the facts in the Word of God, for there we can and will find the answer to the question that has plagued mankind from the beginning of time. I am now prepared to open to you the only definition that will surely cover a multitude of sin. The definition of God’s divine love is: FORGETTING ONE’S SELF TOTALLY. THAT IS SURELY SOME DEFINITION ! I have no doubt that you are right now asking yourself, is it even possible for mankind to do that? I must say: Romans 2:11 “For there is no respect of persons with God.” Then the answer is yes, for others have done it and I will present the facts to confirm it. LAYING THE FACTS BEFORE Y0U, THE JURY.
The facts are found in the very word of God we will see. Let us go to the beginning. Genesis 3:4-6 (4) “ And the serpent said unto the woman, ye shall not surely die.” Oh, as if God had lied to her. Building doubt first, for there can be no love without trust. (5) “ For God doth know that in the day you eat thereof, then your eyes shall be opened, and you shall be as gods, knowing good and evil.” Be as gods and knowing good and evil, Wow, to be and have something you didn’t have before. Sounds exciting. (6) “ And when the woman saw that the tree was good for food, and that it was pleasant to the eyes, (beauty ) and a tree to be desired to make one wise, ( self greatness ) she took of the fruit thereof, and did eat, and gave also unto her husband with her; and he did eat.” Here is the beginning of mankind’s love as the dictionaries explain: Love is: excited by pleasing qualities of any kind, such as an affection of the mind excited by beauty and worth of any kind, or by qualities of an object which communicate pleasure, sensual or intellectual. 1. Distrust, doubt in what God had said. 2. Pleasant to the eyes. 3. A tree to be desired. 4. Make one wise. 5. Communicated pleasure of being intellectual. There we surely have mankind’s definition of love plain as can be from the very beginning. That my friends, is the direct opposite of Forgetting one’s self totally. I may sound a little redundant with what I am about to say, but I want this to be embedded deeply in your hearts and minds that you may judge well. It began with, Genesis 3:1, “…Yea, hath God said, ye shall not eat of every tree of the garden?” 1. Building doubt that builds distrust and with which there can be no love without trust. “…and it was pleasant to the eyes.” 2. Pleasing qualities of any kind. “ And when the woman saw that the tree was good for food, and that it was pleasant to the eyes,….” 3. Qualities of worth. “…and a tree to be desired to make one wise….” 4. A tree that communicated pleasure of being intellectual. Therefore, completing all of mankind’s definitions of love. You say that you, yet have a doubt and cannot give a verdict without the shadow of a doubt, yet. Here is another example of pleasing someone else or is it pleasing one’s self? Genesis 4:3-7 “And in process of time it came to Pass, that Cain brought of the fruit of the ground an offering unto the Lord.” (4) “And Abel, he also brought of the firstlings of his flock and of the fat thereof and the Lord had respect unto Able and to his offering.” (5) “ but unto Cain and to his offering he had not respect and Cain was very wroth, and his countenance fell.” What was Cain’s Problem? Thinking of one’s self, and was not pleased. Think, if he had not been seeking self – gratification before the Lord, his feelings would not have been hurt, but mankind’s love is about pleasing one’s self , therefore his problem surely was, self. Mankind’s love is excited by pleasing qualities and this was not pleasing to Cain and soon turned to hatred and murder. Yet, here is God’s love: He made no accusations. God than gave Cain the opportunity to do well, that is, to make the right kind of sacrifice with the right, attitude in his heart. God did this out of love for Cain, God warned Cain that an offering of god works would not be accepted. Genesis 4:7 “ If thou do well, shalt thou not be accepted? And of thou do not well, sin lies at the door. And unto thee shall be his desire, and thou shall rule over him.” God gave him every opportunity, but good works is when we do something we don’t mind doing and that is no sacrifice at all and only thinking of one’s self with the thought of it being or not being pleasing to one’s self. All too often that is the love mankind gives to God and each other. That is why there are so many divorces, children without homes, and fussing and fighting as so very many are only concerned with pleasing self. I have presented the facts that mankind calls love and I have no doubt you the jury must be tired, but I implore you, be patient with me as I now present the facts confirming that Forgetting one’s self totally is and has always been God’s definition of love that he spoke of when he asked us to love one another. Can mankind truly preform such a love? I would like to first present to you a man called Enoch, Genesis 5:24 “ And Enoch walked with God: …” Walked with God meant, followed God and did and said whatsoever God would have him to say and do. If you think that is something impossible then, think on this; Enoch did that for three hundred and sixty-five years. I think it is just shameful that mankind can’t even seem to do it for three hundred and sixty- five days. “…and he was not; for God took him.” And he was not; means that no one could find him, for god just took him home. I would say, that is the reward for totally forgetting one’s self and doing what God says to do, when he says to do, and how he says to do and to do that for three hundred and sixty-five years is surely love that has forgotten one’s self totally. Mankind says, I love you and a man asks for help and the reply is: I am in the middle of something, maybe I can help tomorrow. That is not forgetting one’s self and we miss the mark of love God asked us for. You might say, well that’s just one man. Ok, how about a man call Noah? Did he walk in man’s kind of love, seeking self-pleasure and notoriety? Oh yes, he surely obtained notoriety, for being a fool, that is building a big boat when it doesn’t even rain and telling people there is going to be a flood. I just don’t believe that kind of notoriety would be very pleasurable or pleasing to the eye to see all those people laughing at you. Surely not constituting love by any dictionary definition. I believe Noah’s love for Jehovah God was a Divine love that enabled him to Forget himself totally. Genesis 6:9 “…Noah was a just man and perfect in generation, and Noah walked with God.” Let me remind you, again we see those same words that were spoken of Enoch, walked with God, and he was called just and perfect.” The root word for just basically means conformity to an ethical or moral standard. Not someone or something tossed with the whims of pleasure. Men of God, such as Noah, Enoch, Abraham, Shadrach, Meshach, Abednego, (whom we will be speaking of in time), and many others were conformed to the will of God’s ethical and moral standard and not their own and God call them just or righteous. what does that have to do with the definition of love, you might ask? Well, is it not clearly evident that these men Forgot themselves totally? You be the judge, but judge you wisely before Jehovah God. Ezekiel 14:14 “Though these three men, Noah, Daniel, and Job were in it, they should deliver but their own souls by their righteousness, saith the Lord God.” Do you think that Jehovah God would call anyone righteous if they were only thinking of self- pleasure? How about being called perfect: it has the idea of completeness of that which is entirely in accord with truth and fact. That, my dear friends, can only happen when you forget one’s self totally. Noah’s reward was to live through the flood with his whole family also. Jehovah God said, Luke 6:38 “Give, and it shall be given unto you;….” The definition of God’s kind of love is “Forgetting one’s self totally.” Therefore we are instructed of God to Give in this manner: Luke 6:38 “…For with the same measure that you mete with all it shall be measured to you again.” We see that loving God with the love that forgets one’s self totally is returned with the same measure by God, the rewards of these men, were; to live through the flood and to escape the judgment that came upon Jerusalem. Can we truly say expressing love by forgetting one’s self is returned in like manner? I would most certainly say so, but you be the judge of the evidence placed before you.
TWO KINDS OF LOVE
If you are not convinced of the facts presented thus far, let me explain the two kinds of love in which there are. The natural love of mankind that is motivated mainly by self-pleasure of some kind and we have seen that so much in life that we truly understand that kind, oh so well. Young mothers raising children by themselves, in the name of love. The prisons being filled to overflowing, from the love of greed in some form, and the list of mankind’s love, goes on and on. Let me remind you of the facts in Noah Webster’s dictionary of 1828 and the definition of mankind’s type of love. “ An affection of the mind excited by beauty and worth of any kind, or by the qualities of an object which communicates pleasure, sensual of intellectual.” That is the kind that has kept sin alive and well. That my dear friends, is the one kind that mankind has learned, practiced, and understood and from 1828 to this present day man had filled book after book with that definition until it is ingrained into the minds; thus we have, in the name of love : self-pleasure. I will present to you facts of two kinds of love: If you make a mistake in life and two people know of it and the one covers it to the point that no one else will ever know and the other runs quickly to tell some else, which of the two, would you say truly loves you? Judge the facts. The one forgets about himself and thinks of what it might do to you and the other laughs inside and thinks of the pleasure he will have by telling. Again, which of the two truly loves? Here is the first example of this in life by the Word of God. Genesis 9:20-23 “And Noah began to be a husbandman, and he planted a vineyard; (21) And he drank of the wine, and was drunken; and he was uncovered within his tent. (22) And ham the father of Canaan, saw the nakedness of his father, and told his two brethren without. (23) And Shem and Japheth took a garment, and laid it upon both their shoulders, and went backward, and covered the nakedness of their father; and their faces were backward, and they saw not their father’s nakedness.” Ham, who said, he loved his father, just couldn’t keep His thoughts of what he had seen to himself, but had to tell his brothers rather than covering the shame as his brothers did. Which is love, covering the shame, or going quickly to disclose it and seen if you will get any pleasure of any kind ? What do you the jury say? Is forgetting one’s self totally, the definition of true love? Which of the two kinds of love do you want in your life? I can’t believe you are having such a hard time accepting this as truth? Then again let me present to you another example that the findings will surely be beyond the shadow of a doubt.
ABRAHAM BEING COMMANDED TO OFFER ISAAC HIS SON
This too, I am sure will be very hard to reason with, so I will come close; that you the jury may listen closely. So I walked across the room and stood in front of the juror’s box and read the facts: Genesis 22:1-3 “And it came to pass after these things, that God did temp: Abraham, and said unto him, Abraham: and he said, behold, here I am.” (note: the word here for tempt is Hebrew; Nacab, prim root; to test.) (2) “ And he said, Take now thy son thine only son Isaac, whom thou lovest, and get thee unto the land of Moriah;’ and offer him there for a burnt offering upon one of the mountains which I will tell thee of.” (3) “ And Abraham rose up early in the morning and saddled his ass, and cleave the wood for the burnt offering and rose up, and went unto the place of which God had told him.”
At this point there is something we really need to ponder upon, for it truly expresses forgetting one’s self. At no time did Abraham cry, kick, moan, or groan and complain at the request God had made of him. How do I know this? I submit to you the jury, would Jehovah God not have recorded it in His Word, as he did with all things of importance? You be the judge of it. Abraham said not one word, but rose up early and went unto the place of which God had told him. I surely would call that Forgetting one’s self totally. I deeply believe the veracity of the Word of God can truly not be denied. Let me ask you the jury. Can there ever be true love without trust? Abraham was given a promise by God Himself and Abraham loved God enough to trust His Word, therefore what reason would Abraham have to carry on as others would? Is that not truly forgetting one’s self totally as he trusted in someone other than one’s self? Oh, I have no doubt, that most people would have been jumping up and down having a fit and wanting a pretty good reason from God, before moving one inch. Mankind says, that doesn’t sound, like, look good, feel good, excite me with any kind of pleasure and that is not love. What do you the jury say? That is what the dictionaries of mankind say it would take some kind of excitement, worth of any kind, or pleasure for it to be love. Isn’t that what those books say? Trust is truly the beginning of love, for can you forget your self totally and put your life in someone or something that you cannot trust? Only a complete fool would do something like that. We hear it all so often, someone is asked to do something and the questions began: Why, What for, and how come? Are there two kinds of love? No! There is but one true love, for the one lays down his life for another and the second picks it up and take the life of others in some way and calls it love. I have presented many facts to that statement and will continue until there is no shadow of a doubt in the findings. All the whys, what fors, and how comes are all the sounds of distrust and self-concern. Is going to benefit me and give me pleasure? I believe a good example of that is those three questions are asked, most often in marriages, then any other relationships, and that distrust is what so many call loving one another and yet ending in divorce, with the distrust there is no more being excited by beauty, worth, or pleasure, but that is mankind’s definition of love. I know that I am being very frank, but I am here to present the facts to the point of not having a shadow of a doubt and I surely want to impress this message to even the most – hard heads and brake down the wall of selfishness that bring destruction to so many in life. The Lord, commanded: Matthew 22:37-40 “Thou shalt love the Lord thy God with all thy heart, and with all thy soul (mind), and with all thy strength.” (38) “This is the first and great commandment.” (39) “And the second is like unto it, Thou shalt love thy neighbor as thyself.” Now wouldn’t that kind of love stop over the fence feuds? Is that kind of love so very important? Look at verse: (40) “ On these two commandments hang all the law and the prophets.” Then if mankind does away with the commandment to love will it truly bring him destruction? To answer that all one needs to do is listen to the daily News or just look around in life. You be the jury and judge the truth. Look again at mankind’s definition of love; filled to overflowing with self-gratification, then look at the love given by the men of God, forgetting themselves totally even unto death. I give you the facts of those Two kinds of Love that have been documented in time from after the flood of this earth to this very day. I submit, the truth of those documents by their very existence in the test of time. Now hear those facts as I sum them up quickly: “An affection of the mind excited by beauty and worth of any kind, or by the equalities of any kind or by the qualities of an object which communicate pleasure, sensual or intellectual.” All having to do with self-gratification. I submit to you, there surely was no self-gratification in all the criticism daily coming from all the people as Noah did what Jehovah God wanted him to do, but for years he did it forgetting himself totally. I also don’t believe the thought of having to offer your only son as a burnt offering is a very pleasurable thought, but the love Abraham had for God was one filled with fear (awe) mingled with trust, respect, and esteem; which allowed Abraham to truly Forget one’s-self totally. I present to you, that mankind on the whole, is so filled with greed in, I want, I need, I desire, which is all about: I, me, self. What is your Isaac? Do you love enough to sacrifice it or will you hold on to it in selfishness? Can you daily, do your best to forget yourself totally knowing that God will resurrect what you hold dearly as Abraham’s Isaac. True love takes the highest form of trust! Just what are you willing to sacrifice? Are you willing to truly love God with all your heart and with all your soul (the mind) and with all your strength? In this world it will surely take All your strength to keep your mind from conforming to their thinking. Did Abraham love God with All his heart, and All his soul, and with All his strength? Let’s find out in Genesis 20:4-14 “Then on the third day Abraham lifted up his eyes, and saw the place afar off.” (5) “And Abraham said unto his young men, abide you here with the ass; and I and the lad will go yonder and worship, and come again to you.” Complete faith (trust) that he would be returning with his son. Then why would he be all stressed out over God’s request? You see, true love has no distrust; or desire to please one’s self, making it easy to Forget one’s self totally. The more people will go about trying to forget them self totally, the better they will get at it and God promised to prosper all that you set your hand to, so how can a person fail if they are truly doing their best to forget them self. Consider this. If a man is doing his very best can he be asked to do better or more than his best? That is why God will prosper it for you and consider it a perfect work. The problem is that mankind, in general is deceitful and this is why it will take loving God with All your heart, All your soul, and with All your strength to be able to Forget one’s self totally, as the men of God did. Can it be done? I believe Enoch, Noah, Abraham, Isaac, Shadrach, Meshach, and Abednego, Daniel, Joseph, Job and so many others surely did find in themselves the ability of forgotten themselves totally and they were just human like you and me. Look at Acts 10:34 “…God is no respecter of persons:” Therefore having done it for so very many, will also do it for you and me. How many will it take before it is enough proof, to convince your mind? I have presented much proof that it should cause you to: Romans 12:2 “be not conformed to this world: but be you transformed by the renewing of your mind,….” Take a good look at the loality of the love Abraham has for God and see if you can find any self will or is it all forgetting one’s self and doing what so ever, when so ever, and how so ever God’s ask of him? Genesis 22:6 “ “ And Abraham took the wood of the burnt offering, and laid it upon Isaac his son; and he took the fire in his hand, and a knife; and they went both of them together.”(7) “And Isaac spoke unto Abraham his father, and said, my father and he said, here am I, my son, and he said, behold the fire and the wood; but where is the lamb for a burnt offering?” (8) “And Abraham said, my son God will provide himself a lamb for a burnt offering so they went both of them together.” (9) “And they came to the place which God had told him of; and Abraham built an altar there and laid the wood in order, and bound Isaac his son, and laid him on the altar upon the wood.” I must stop to interject I feel, a very strong point here. I as you, must wonder why nothing is written about Isaac saying one word as he is being bound and laid upon the altar? I have no doubt that if Isaac had fought to keep from being bound, God would have told it in His Holy Word, leaving nothing to be left undone as He does all things perfect and entire. Please allow me to make a submission at this point, one that should be considered greatly by every father and mother seated on this jury. From birth Isaac had seen and heard the very love and trust his father, Abraham had for Jehovah God and learned to love and trust in the judgment of his father, Abraham; for Isaac knew where the judgements truly came from: his father’s , Father; Jehovah God. I present to you: 1^st.^ John 3:18 “ …Let us not love in word, neither in tongue; but in deed and in truth.” 1st John 4:7 “Beloved, let us love one another: for love is of God; and every one that loveth is born of God, and knows God. That my dear friends and members of the jury is the reason we are here today to judge, just what is the truth of Love? I ask you this; will we teach our children the definitions of mankind’s knowledge or the truth of God’s definition by example of scripture after scripture? Let’s continue: Genesis 22:10 “ And Abraham stretched forth his hand, and took the “knife to slay his son..” Note: that is Forgetting one’s self totally! Here is Love returned, (11) “And the angel of the Lord called unto him out of heaven, and said, Abraham, Abraham: and he said, Here am I.” (12) “And he said, lay not thine hand upon the lad, neither do thou anything unto him; for now I know that thou fearest (reverence ) God, seeing, thou has not withheld thy son thine only son from me.” Note: not withheld and thine only son. The most dearest thing to Abraham. Total submission to God. What is the dearest thing in your life? Will you love totally and be willing to give it up? Yes, what is your Isaac that you are with holding and saying you truly love God and man that God created, when the definition of love is Forgetting one’s self totally? Are you, the jury beginning to accept the fact that there can only be one true definition of love and that is Forgetting one’s self totally? You say you’re not ready to make a verdict yet. Then consider the Love it took for this: John 3:16 “…God so loved the World, that He gave His Only begotten Son, ….” Yes, you are loved that much that Jehovah God and Christ Jesus Forgot them-selves totally for all mankind. Isn’t that an act of unselfishness? Isn’t that an act of not looking for self-gratification as all the dictionaries definitions are just the opposite? You the jury judge, is love seeking self-pleasure of any kind, or forgetting one’s self totally? Can you believe that God will never ask you to do anything, he Himself is not willing to do. He never asked Abraham to sacrifice Isaac when not willing to sacrifice His only begotten Son and there is the facts. No man (woman) can do it in their self, but you have the easy part; all you have to do is set your hand to it and God will prosper it. Look at Joseph: Genesis 39:3 “…The Lord made all that he did to prosper in his hand.” You say in your mind, but we are only human. Joseph didn’t succeed by himself, but God prospered all he set his hand to. May I continue to bring you the truth and look at what truth does. 1st. Corinthians 13:6-8 “…rejoice in the truth;” This is what truth does. (7) “ Bears all things, believes all things, hopes all things, endures all things.” (8) Charity (love) never fails….” Mankind’s definitions of love, continues to fail from the beginning to this very day, But I present the facts to you of true love that lives unto death like all the men of God.
TRUE LOVE CAUSES OBEDIENCE
You hesitate to accept this new, yet old definition, because of the human element involved, well here are three young men that loved God with all their heart, all their soul, and with all their strength.” They were as human as you and I. Their names are: Shadrach, Meshach, and Abednego. This is their lives. There was a king named Nebuchadnezzar who commanded the three young men, saying; Daniel 3:15-18 “ Now if ye be ready that at what time ye hear the sound of the cornet, flute, harp, sackbut, psaltery, and dulcimer, and all kinds of music, ye fall down and worship the image which I have made; well: but if ye worship not, ye shall be cast the same hour into the midst of a burning fiery furnace; and who is that God that shall deliver you out of my hands? (16) “ Shadrach, Meshach, and Abednego, answered and said to the king, O Nebuchadnezzar, we are not careful to answer thee in this matter.” ( Taking No Thought of themselves.) Forgetting themselves totally. (17) “ If it be so , our God whom we serve is able to deliver us from the burning fiery furnace, and he will deliver us out of thine hand, O king.” At this time I must submit: you can’t have love without trust and is that not trust? You the jury be the judge of it! (18) “ But if not, be it known unto thee, O king, that we will not serve thy gods, nor worship the golden image which thou has set up.” I allege strongly: No human being that is thinking of self would ever gi++++ve such an answer. I content, these three young men must have forgotten themselves totally! Think on this fact: John 15:13 “ Greater love hath no man than this, that a man lay down his life for his friends.” We all know many men have laid down their lives for others, not thinking of themselves. We call them unselfish heroes and they are! What did Jesus say in John 15: 14 “ Ye are my friends, if ye do whatsoever I command you.” Exodus 20:3 “Thou shalt have no other gods before me.” Did they have other gods before them? Did they truly Forget themselves totally? Did they truly show their love and friendship to God and God alone? Will you ? Did they truly love God enough to lay down their lives for him? I would surely say so when they, willing went into the fire! You are the jury, then weigh the evidence, I have set before you; for even mankind, himself , says Action Speaks louder then words. What did their actions say to you? Was it, that love is surely Forgetting one’s self totally? You know their action; now hear their words: Daniel 3:17 “If it be so , our God whom we serve is able to deliver us from the burning fiery furnace, and he will deliver us out of thine hand, O king.” One way or the other they knew they were going to be delivered out of the kings hand. Does it really matter to you how God delivers you out of things. Can you Forget your self enough to just love with full trust as these three young, human, men did? God’s love or man’s, what definition do you trust ? God delivered them just as he provided the Ram for Abraham, but it took both of them, FORGETTING ONE’S SELF TOTALLY. That is loving God with All your heart, All your soul, and with all your strength. With all your strength is when your mind cannot reason with it, you will fight to keep your trust in and He said to love one another . Mankind says, it is just unreasonable to think that someone can just forget themselves totally. I submit to you the jury, was it unreasonable, when Shadrach, Meshach, and Abednego came out of the fire not even having the stench of smoke on them? I ask you what stench is on those that believe mankind’s definitions of love and live by it? There was stench on these young men. You say not enough facts yet to convince you of the definition. Then let me give you another human, called Daniel, the servant of the most high God. Daniel, loved God with All his heart, and with All his soul, and with All his strength. That caused Daniel to worship God three times a day, not just on the sabbath and to even to be cast into a den of lions, and he was delivered, because Daniel’s love for God, was . I ask, you the jury, how long can mankind deny the facts of such a multitude of witnesses such as: Enoch, Noah, Abraham, Isaac, Shadrach, Meshach, and Abednego, Daniel who never moaned, groaned, or complained with one word that it was not fair, not right, that they are children of God and look at what we are having to go through. That is Do you tell your self that God has failed you when you are thrown into the lion’s den in life? I now make my submission: you the jury have heard all the fact given on bout side of the aisle as to the definition of love and I submit that the evidence for God’s definition for love is overwhelmingly that Forgetting one’s self must be truth without the shadow of a doubt, but you the jury must weigh the evidence I have presented today and I must believe it can only be in God’s definition that covers a multitude of sin and does not create sin; therefore I close with this prayer that you Will accept that and you will begain applying it daily the very best that you can trusting that God will prosper it in you. Amen and Amen! What is your verdict ?