January 11, 2022

2022 and More: Loving God, Loving Others

Is it possible to love others in this world of ours? How do I show love to others in the required way to love them this year? Is unconditional love possible today?

If this you, take your seat, and let’s have a discussion.

The subject of love is scattered, well-discussed all over the pages of scriptures. How God shows us His love, how we should love Him, and love others.

When we get saved, God’s Spirit—the Spirit of Love makes His dwelling in our hearts (2 Corinthians 1:22, 6:16, Ephesians 1:13, 4:30) and sheds abroad His love in our heart (Romans 5:5) giving us the ability to express this love to others.

However, loving others begins with recognition the acknowledgment of the love of God in us.

Philemon 1:6

[6]That the communication of thy faith may become effectual by the acknowledging of every good thing which is in you in Christ Jesus.

Recognition proceeds knowledge—learning.

The learning is achieved by consistently praying in the Spirit (Jude 20) and studying the word (2 Peter 3:18, 1 Peter 2:1-2). But, first, he must learn to know that “Loving God is the same as loving others”.

The believer must learn to love before he can love. You’ll agree with me that man is a product of influence. It is what you give your most attention to that you will likely express.

One of Paul’s prayers to the Philippians brethren is to abound more and more in knowledge.

Philippians 1:9-11

[9]And this I pray, that your love may abound yet more and more in knowledge and in all judgment; [10] That ye may approve things that are excellent; that ye may be sincere and without offence till the day of Christ; [11] Being filled with the fruits of righteousness, which are by Jesus Christ, unto the glory and praise of God.

You don’t seek knowledge—as a believer—outside the word of God. Seeking counsel outside the word of God is dangerous. This will lead us out of the will of God. If you want to love in God’s way, then you must desire to be taught God’s word.

Many find it difficult to love because they seek love outside the WORD. They seek answers and opinions from counselors, family, and friends and from experiences rather than rely on the word. And all this information affects how they see and perceive others.

The truth is, experiences can teach you how to love, your feelings can teach you the proper way to love others. But, don’t rely on your experiences and emotions to love others. Your feelings will fail you. You can’t depend on them.

Oh! I don’t feel I should not love this man, and my instinct does not let me.

You can’t always trust your instincts—they will fail you. So you have to learn to trust to love others based on the word.

See, your feelings will come and go, but God’s love cannot. That is why you must learn to love in God’s own way—the Bible way.

Love is unconditional. You don’t show love to others because of the benefits you will get from them.

Sadly this is what some people do. This isn’t good. Let’s repent of it.

Genuine love exists only when good works are done in a context where God rather than the doer gets the credit. When we take credit for what we do for others—maybe, we expect them to be submissive to us—we don’t have God’s love in us yet.

God’s love does not demand any things from others; it only seeks their best (1 Cor. 13).

Don’t say you love someone without showing it out to him.

1 John 3:17-18

[17]But whoso hath this world’s good, and seeth his brother have need, and shutteth up his bowels of compassion from him, how dwelleth the love of God in him? [18]My little children, let us not love in word, neither in tongue, but in deed and in truth.

Unless it’s acted out, love is worthless—nothing and useless—until it’s expressed in deeds and behavior.

You can’t love God and hate your brother. You can’t love God and hate your sister. No, it is not possible.

If you do, you have not seen God. To love God is to love your neighbor as yourself. If you hate your neighbor, you hate God.

This is so simple.

God’s love pushes us to love others—both our friends and enemies. It is what you owe them.

Romans 13:8

[8]Owe no man anything, but to love one another: for he that loveth another hath fulfilled the law.

You must love every man.

We have received this commandment from the beginning, that you should love one another (1 John 3:11).

Love is the fulfilment of the law.

You don’t have to keep the whole law—the ten commandments—and the ordinance anymore. When you show love, you have fulfilled them all.

Matthew 5:44-45

[44]But I say unto you, Love your enemies, bless them that curse you, do good to them that hate you, and pray for them which despitefully use you, and persecute you;

[45]That ye may be the children of your Father which is in heaven: for he maketh his sun to rise on the evil and on the good, and sendeth rain on the just and on the unjust.

Do you want to be like your Father in Heaven?

Love your enemies.

Bless them that curse you.

Do good to those who hate

And pray for them who despise and persecute you.

One of the major ways to love your neighbor—enemy inclusive—as ourselves is by praying for them—by interceding for them.

We must pray for our enemies.

Jesus did.

His enemies said, “His blood be on our children and on us.”

They mocked him, “He saved others; he cannot save himself. If you are King of Isreal, come down, and we will believe you”.

Rather than curse them, he prayed to God to forgive them, “Father, forgive them, for they do not know what they do.”

He prayed for His enemies.

Stephen learned this much later.

“Lord, laid not sure this sin to their charge (acts 7:30).”

This is Love—agape—in action. God’s kind of love. We must learn to walk in this love as His dear children.

Ephesians 5:1-2

[1]Be ye, therefore, followers of God, as dear children; [2]And walk in love, as Christ also hath loved us, and hath given himself for us an offering and a sacrifice to God for a sweetsmelling savour.

Love is our nature—our character and being—now.

We have lost all the ability to hate others—because of the Spirit of God in us.

Romans 5:5

[5]And hope maketh not ashamed; because the love of God is shed abroad in our hearts by the Holy Ghost which is given unto us.

Love is our hope—when we love, we exercise our hope in God.

To love means, we are without hope in this world.

Hatred is not our nature.

If we love only those who love us, what is the difference between unbelievers and us?

Matthew 5:47-48

[47]And if ye salute your brethren only, what do ye more than others? do not even the publicans so? [48]Be ye therefore perfect, even as your Father which is in heaven is perfect.

Love is what differentiates us from the unbelievers.

Love is not based on perfection—whether the person is good or bad. Love is unconditional; it makes us see the good in others. It brings perfection.

Love is the doorway through which the human soul passes from unselfishness to service. To love others is to serve them.

And thank God, we have His Spirit in us to help us—for it is God which worketh in you both to will and to do of his good pleasure (Phil. 2:13).

His Spirit is capable of helping us to love others.

The truth is, we can’t love others with our strength and might. However, this comes through acknowledging our Faith.

Philemon 1:6

[6]That the communication of thy faith may become effectual by the acknowledging of every good thing which is in you in Christ Jesus.

Love is the expression of our Faith.

The believer must acknowledge EVERY GOOD THING in him, in Christ. And one of them is love—he must first recognise that he can love.

Say: I can love others because I have the spirit of God.

Amen!

January 11, 2022

2022 and More: Loving God, Loving Others

Is it possible to love others in this world of ours? How do I show love to others in the required way to love them this year? Is unconditional love possible today?

If this you, take your seat, and let’s have a discussion.

The subject of love is scattered, well-discussed all over the pages of scriptures. How God shows us His love, how we should love Him, and love others.

When we get saved, God’s Spirit—the Spirit of Love makes His dwelling in our hearts (2 Corinthians 1:22, 6:16, Ephesians 1:13, 4:30) and sheds abroad His love in our heart (Romans 5:5) giving us the ability to express this love to others.

However, loving others begins with recognition the acknowledgment of the love of God in us.

Philemon 1:6

[6]That the communication of thy faith may become effectual by the acknowledging of every good thing which is in you in Christ Jesus.

Recognition proceeds knowledge—learning.

The learning is achieved by consistently praying in the Spirit (Jude 20) and studying the word (2 Peter 3:18, 1 Peter 2:1-2). But, first, he must learn to know that “Loving God is the same as loving others”.

The believer must learn to love before he can love. You’ll agree with me that man is a product of influence. It is what you give your most attention to that you will likely express.

One of Paul’s prayers to the Philippians brethren is to abound more and more in knowledge.

Philippians 1:9-11

[9]And this I pray, that your love may abound yet more and more in knowledge and in all judgment; [10] That ye may approve things that are excellent; that ye may be sincere and without offence till the day of Christ; [11] Being filled with the fruits of righteousness, which are by Jesus Christ, unto the glory and praise of God.

You don’t seek knowledge—as a believer—outside the word of God. Seeking counsel outside the word of God is dangerous. This will lead us out of the will of God. If you want to love in God’s way, then you must desire to be taught God’s word.

Many find it difficult to love because they seek love outside the WORD. They seek answers and opinions from counselors, family, and friends and from experiences rather than rely on the word. And all this information affects how they see and perceive others.

The truth is, experiences can teach you how to love, your feelings can teach you the proper way to love others. But, don’t rely on your experiences and emotions to love others. Your feelings will fail you. You can’t depend on them.

Oh! I don’t feel I should not love this man, and my instinct does not let me.

You can’t always trust your instincts—they will fail you. So you have to learn to trust to love others based on the word.

See, your feelings will come and go, but God’s love cannot. That is why you must learn to love in God’s own way—the Bible way.

Love is unconditional. You don’t show love to others because of the benefits you will get from them.

Sadly this is what some people do. This isn’t good. Let’s repent of it.

Genuine love exists only when good works are done in a context where God rather than the doer gets the credit. When we take credit for what we do for others—maybe, we expect them to be submissive to us—we don’t have God’s love in us yet.

God’s love does not demand any things from others; it only seeks their best (1 Cor. 13).

Don’t say you love someone without showing it out to him.

1 John 3:17-18

[17]But whoso hath this world’s good, and seeth his brother have need, and shutteth up his bowels of compassion from him, how dwelleth the love of God in him? [18]My little children, let us not love in word, neither in tongue, but in deed and in truth.

Unless it’s acted out, love is worthless—nothing and useless—until it’s expressed in deeds and behavior.

You can’t love God and hate your brother. You can’t love God and hate your sister. No, it is not possible.

If you do, you have not seen God. To love God is to love your neighbor as yourself. If you hate your neighbor, you hate God.

This is so simple.

God’s love pushes us to love others—both our friends and enemies. It is what you owe them.

Romans 13:8

[8]Owe no man anything, but to love one another: for he that loveth another hath fulfilled the law.

You must love every man.

We have received this commandment from the beginning, that you should love one another (1 John 3:11).

Love is the fulfilment of the law.

You don’t have to keep the whole law—the ten commandments—and the ordinance anymore. When you show love, you have fulfilled them all.

Matthew 5:44-45

[44]But I say unto you, Love your enemies, bless them that curse you, do good to them that hate you, and pray for them which despitefully use you, and persecute you;

[45]That ye may be the children of your Father which is in heaven: for he maketh his sun to rise on the evil and on the good, and sendeth rain on the just and on the unjust.

Do you want to be like your Father in Heaven?

Love your enemies.

Bless them that curse you.

Do good to those who hate

And pray for them who despise and persecute you.

One of the major ways to love your neighbor—enemy inclusive—as ourselves is by praying for them—by interceding for them.

We must pray for our enemies.

Jesus did.

His enemies said, “His blood be on our children and on us.”

They mocked him, “He saved others; he cannot save himself. If you are King of Isreal, come down, and we will believe you”.

Rather than curse them, he prayed to God to forgive them, “Father, forgive them, for they do not know what they do.”

He prayed for His enemies.

Stephen learned this much later.

“Lord, laid not sure this sin to their charge (acts 7:30).”

This is Love—agape—in action. God’s kind of love. We must learn to walk in this love as His dear children.

Ephesians 5:1-2

[1]Be ye, therefore, followers of God, as dear children; [2]And walk in love, as Christ also hath loved us, and hath given himself for us an offering and a sacrifice to God for a sweetsmelling savour.

Love is our nature—our character and being—now.

We have lost all the ability to hate others—because of the Spirit of God in us.

Romans 5:5

[5]And hope maketh not ashamed; because the love of God is shed abroad in our hearts by the Holy Ghost which is given unto us.

Love is our hope—when we love, we exercise our hope in God.

To love means, we are without hope in this world.

Hatred is not our nature.

If we love only those who love us, what is the difference between unbelievers and us?

Matthew 5:47-48

[47]And if ye salute your brethren only, what do ye more than others? do not even the publicans so? [48]Be ye therefore perfect, even as your Father which is in heaven is perfect.

Love is what differentiates us from the unbelievers.

Love is not based on perfection—whether the person is good or bad. Love is unconditional; it makes us see the good in others. It brings perfection.

Love is the doorway through which the human soul passes from unselfishness to service. To love others is to serve them.

And thank God, we have His Spirit in us to help us—for it is God which worketh in you both to will and to do of his good pleasure (Phil. 2:13).

His Spirit is capable of helping us to love others.

The truth is, we can’t love others with our strength and might. However, this comes through acknowledging our Faith.

Philemon 1:6

[6]That the communication of thy faith may become effectual by the acknowledging of every good thing which is in you in Christ Jesus.

Love is the expression of our Faith.

The believer must acknowledge EVERY GOOD THING in him, in Christ. And one of them is love—he must first recognise that he can love.

Say: I can love others because I have the spirit of God.

Amen!

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