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Love will always overcome evil because God is love. Nothing can defeat the power of pure love. We as humans often confuse love and lust. We are carnal so we attempt in our carnal minds to make love an emotional, physical, or sexual thing. Love responds to the needs of others before it seeks to satisfy our own needs.

When the Apostle Paul says "Where sin abounds grace does more abound," he is saying that God has enough love in his being to always find a way to overcome evil. God does not render evil for evil as many would have you believe. Jesus countered the devastating torture and punishment heaped on him by men at his crucifixion by saying, "Father forgive them for they know not what they do." Love overcomes the evil in the hearts of people by showing them the higher ground, not by retaliating. God will eventually judge evil, but every man who ends up in perdition will have had more than enough opportunity to respond to God's loving call.

When Jesus told the Jews to turn the other cheek he was simply telling them not to respond to evil with evil, but to counter it with love. Evil men and women can't fight the power of love because they don't know how to respond. Love looks forward to heavenly reward rather than the fulfilling of earthly desire.

1st Corinthians 13;1 is the famous love dissertation given by the Apostle Paul;

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.

The things that we do in the gospel must be motivated by love rather than fleshly or political desires. Our work must proceed from a pure heart. Pure love will sometimes rebuke, but it will always correct. A person motivated by love will allow himself to be the example in order to help others. Jesus was our greatest example because he had no problem with taking on a fleshly body and enduring the torture and discomfort that it brought in order to show us the way.

2And 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.

We can operate in the gifts of the Spirit and not have love. God utilizes spiritual gifts because of HIS love for the world. Many saints will be used to do great works for God, but end up in hell. People will be blessed by the gifts whether love is genuine or not. If God allowed men to use the gifts as they would it would not be long before they would used only according to their own selfish and political needs.

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

4Charity suffers long, and is kind; charity envies not; charity braggs not itself, is not puffed up, 5Does not behave itself unseemly, seeks not her own, is not easily provoked, thinks no evil; 6Rejoices not in iniquity, but rejoices in the truth; 7Bears all things, believes all things, hopes all things, endures all things.

Love is a Spirit which comes from God. Many will attempt to persuade you that they have love in their hearts but the hearts of men are evil. We must allow the love of God to flow through us so that it can touch the lives of others.

8Charity never fails: but whether there be prophecies, they shall fail; whether there be tongues, they shall cease; whether there be knowledge, it shall vanish away. 9For we know in part, and we prophesy in part.10But when that which is perfect is come, then that which is in part shall be done away. 11When I was a child, I spoke as a child, I understood as a child, I thought as a child: but when I became a man, I put away childish things. 12For 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. 13And now stays faith, hope, charity, these three; but the greatest of these is charity.

Love will never fail because it is the basis of spiritual maturity. When we reach spiritual maturity we will no longer need the gifts which served to help us get there. Maturity is the perfect love which will sustain us throughout all eternity. Paul compares reaching spiritual maturity here to achieving manhood.

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