Walking in Love
Now hope does not disappoint, because the love of God has been poured out in our hearts by the Holy Spirit who was given to us.
For us to grow spiritually, for us to fellowship with God, for us to walk with God, we must learn to walk in the Love of God. Not natural human love but God’s Divine love.
God is Love and when we got born-again, God became our Father. He is a Love God and we are love children of a Love God. So if we are born of God and God is Love. Then we are born of Love. The nature of God is in us. And the nature of God is Love.
So we have this Divine Love in us. Say; “I have God’s Divine Love in me”. We can’t say we don’t have this Divine Love. It’s in us. Everyone in the family has it or else they are not in the family. They may not be exercising it. They may not be practising it. They may be like the one guy who buried his talent in the ground.
But the Bible says that the Love of God has been poured out in our hearts by the Holy Spirit. That means the God kind of Love is in our spirits. So it is natural for us, spiritually, to Love. But if I let my outward man and my mind dominate me, that Love nature in my heart is kept prisoner. We must learn to release the Love of God that’s within us.
Do you realize that when you release the Love of God into a situation, you are releasing God, because God is Love? And automatically God becomes responsible for fixing it.
But if you choose to fight back and you choose to give them a piece of your mind, then you will fight alone. But if you release the Love of God towards that person, then all of Heaven will back you up.
Repay no one evil for evil. Have regard for good things in the sight of all men. If it is possible, as much as depends on you, live peaceably with all men.
Beloved, do not avenge yourselves; but rather give place to wrath; for it is written, “Vengeance is Mine, I will repay”, says the Lord.
Therefore; “If your enemy is hungry, feed him; If he is thirsty, give him a drink; For in so doing you will heap coals of fire on his head.”
Do not be overcome by evil, but overcome evil with good.
David chooses to walk in love.
Saul was jealous of David, he hated him and wanted to kill him but David chose to honour Saul and walk in love towards him. As a result, God established David as the next king.
1 Samuel 24:12-20
If you want God to raise you up and set you in high places then you need to do it God’s way. You need to do it Love’s way.
This is the more excellent way.
1 Corinthians 12:31
But earnestly desire the best gifts. And yet I show you a more excellent way.
It might look as if you are weak. You’re not standing up for yourself. You are allowing others to walk all over you.
But No! It’s strength. Jesus is standing up for you. He has your back. You choosing the more excellent way and you will not fail. This is a Love family.
A new commandment I give to you, that you love one another; as I have loved you, that you also love one another.
By this all will know that you are My disciples, if you have love for one another.
How are people going to know that we are God’s children? If we have love for one another!
They will not know by our prophesying or by our speaking in tongues for one hour or by our going to church every week. They will know that we are part of the Family by the love we have for one another.
The key indicator of spiritual growth in the life of a Christian is his or her love walk. To say that you are a believer and not demonstrate the fruit of love in your life is a contradiction.
Love is what distinguishes your salvation.
No man has seen God but when you walk in love, man sees God through your life.
1 John 4:12
No one has seen God at any time. If we love one another, God abides in us, and His love has been perfected in us.
You have to evaluate your salvation if the fruit of love is not seen in your life.
1 John 3:14
We know that we have passed from death to life, because we love the brethren. He who does not love his brother abides in death.
The evidence that you are born again is when the love of God is displayed through your life.
The love law of the family of God is “..that you love one another; as I have loved you..” (John 13:34)
How did He love us? Because we deserved it? No! He loved us while we were still sinners. He loved us while we were still unlovely.
But God demonstrates His own love toward us, in that while we were still sinners, Christ died for us.
God now requires us to love our brothers and sisters with that same love and in the same way that He loved us.
Sometimes they don’t deserve to be loved; sometimes they don’t deserve to be treated well.
But neither did we deserve it. God wants us to extend the same grace to others that we expect to receive.
However God enables us through His Love to love the unlovable. Not in our own strength but in His Strength. Not in our ability but in His Ability. Not in our natural human love but through His supernatural Love that is in us.
But I say to you, love your enemies, bless those who curse you, do good to those who hate you, and pray for those who spitefully use you and persecute you.
Let us talk about some of the characteristics of the Love of God.
This is our love gauge. It is very easy to find out whether we are walking in love or not based on the following characteristics.
It is found in:
1 Corinthians 13:4-8 Amplified
Love endures long and is patient and kind;
God’s love in us should cause us to be kind and considerate towards others. To be patient with each other’s flaws and weaknesses.
(Love) never is envious nor boils over with jealousy…,
Do not become envious and jealous of other people’s blessings. Rejoice in what you have and in what God has given you.
It’s not trying to keep up with the Joneses that causes so much trouble – it’s trying to pass them.
Richard Evans says;
May we never let the things we can’t have or don’t have, spoil our enjoyment of the things we do have and can have!
What makes us discontented with our personal condition is the absurd belief that others are so much happier than we are.
Don’t compare yourself to others.
2 Corinthians 10:12
For we dare not class ourselves or compare ourselves with those who commend themselves. But they, measuring themselves by themselves, and comparing themselves among themselves, are not wise.
You are not being wise when you compare yourself to others.
Count your own blessings.
“Do you count your blessings or do you think your blessings don’t count.”
Instead of comparing our lot with those who are more fortunate than we are, we should compare it with the lot of the great majority of our fellowmen. It then appears that we are among the privileged.
Most people know who are the top ten richest people in the world but nobody knows who are the top ten poorest people in the world.
Love rejoices with those who rejoice and Love weeps with those who weep.
But instead we rejoice when others weep and we weep when others rejoice. So learn to be happy when others succeed.
Don’t throw mud at other people’s successes. Your hands will always get dirty first.
..(Love) is not boastful or vainglorious, does not display itself haughtily. It is not conceited (arrogant and inflated with pride)..
Pride is when you overestimate yourself and you underestimate others.
The only reason pride lifts you up is to let you down.
Pride is like bad breath, everybody knows it besides the one who has it.
The Love of God helps us to assess ourselves correctly.
When it comes to serving, proud people cannot serve others. They think that serving is beneath them.
Jesus left us an example of serving one another through the love of God.
Jesus, knowing that the Father had given all things into His hands, and that He had come from God and was going to God, rose from supper and laid aside His garments, took a towel and girded Himself.
After that, He poured water into a basin and began to wash the disciples’ feet, and to wipe them with the towel with which He was girded.
So when He had washed their feet, taken His garments, and sat down again, He said to them, “Do you know what I have done to you?
You call Me Teacher and Lord, and you say well, for so I am.
If I then, your Lord and Teacher, have washed your feet, you also ought to wash one another’s feet.
For I have given you an example, that you should do as I have done to you.
Most assuredly, I say to you, a servant is not greater than his master, nor is he who is sent greater than he who sent him.
If you know these things, blessed are you if you do them.
So let us purpose to walk in humility and serve one another.
…(Love) is not rude (unmannerly) and does not act unbecomingly.
God’s Love is polite and God’s love has manners. It is courteous. It is respectful.
God’s Love sees others. God’s Love is aware of others. God’s Love smiles at others. God’s Love greets others.
And it all starts at home. Oddly enough, home is often the most difficult place to be loving!
I think the reason for that is we don’t have our guard up when we’re at home. We are not worried about our reputation. We are not trying to impress anyone. We are not trying to keep up an image.
Ps. Ray McCauley
Image is who people think you are but character is who you really are.
At home we relax and nothing stops us from being selfish except our commitment to walk in the love of God. So let us not be fooled into thinking that it doesn’t matter how we act at home. It matters a great deal.
God told Gloria Copeland!
If you allow Satan to stop you with strife at your front door, you’ll be no threat to him anywhere else.
Proverbs 17:1 Amplified
Better is a dry morsel with quietness than a house full of feasting on offered sacrifices with strife.
You will never have a happy home if you don’t resist strife. You have to avoid strife at all times in your life especially at home.
So what is the answer to avoiding strife?
You must purpose to yield to the Love of God. If you want peace in your life, then give peace to others. Walk in love. Be quick to forgive and overlook an offense. Don’t repeat matters that cause strife.
Proverbs 17:9 Amplified
He who covers and forgives an offense seeks love, but he who repeats or harps on a matter separates even close friends.
We can also avoid strife through forgiveness.
Proverbs 19:11 Amplified
Good sense makes a man restrain his anger, and it is his glory to overlook a transgression or an offense.
God says you have good sense when you restrain your anger.
The devil is always trying to make us think the way the world thinks. The world says, “If someone mistreats or insults you, the only ‘macho’ response is to give him one right between the eyes.”
That’s because the devil operates and thrives on strife since strife gives him an open door.
James 3:16 KJV
For where envying and strife is, there is confusion and every evil work.
Satan likes that kind of atmosphere because it breeds evil. So don’t be a person of strife. Make the commitment to keep strife out of your life.
The moment you slip up and get into strife; make it right. Go to the other person and say, “Please forgive me. I love you and I don’t want to be in strife with you”.
Then say, “Father, I repent of strife. I refuse to be a person of strife. I choose to walk in love”.
So don’t partake of strife. Resist it. Avoid it. Choose to walk in the Love of God. It will keep you free from the trap of the devil.
Learning to speak the truth in Love helps us to grow up.
But, speaking the truth in love, MAY GROW UP in all things into Him who is the head – Christ.
God does not want us to just speak the truth but to speak the truth IN LOVE.
When you speak from the Love of God, when you say something from the Love of God, then people will listen and receive from you. The Love of God makes the truth receivable.
We need to follow in the footsteps of Jesus.
1 Peter 2:21-23
For to this you were called, because Christ also suffered for us, leaving us an example, that you should follow His steps:
“Who committed no sin, nor was deceit found in His mouth”
Who, when He was reviled, did not revile in return; when He suffered, He did not threaten, but committed Himself to Him who judges righteously.
Your heavenly Father is your Righteous Judge. We do not need to defend ourselves when we are insulted. Love will save us and Love will raise us up.
Love [God’s love in us] does not insist on its own rights or its own way, for it is not self-seeking; it is not touchy or fretful or resentful; it takes no account of the evil done to it [it pays no attention to a suffered wrong].
God’s love does not insist on having its own rights or own its own way.
People say, “Well, I know what’s mine. I’ve got my say-so and I’m going to have it. I’ve got my rights and I’m going to have them.” No matter how much they may hurt someone else.
This love does not insist on its own rights. God’s love gives and forgives.
Don’t pay attention and keep a record of the evil done to you. When you begin to take account of the evil done to you, then you are not walking in love.
But we walking in love when we walk in forgiveness and we forgive those who have wronged us, those who have hurt us.
As long as you walk in God and stay full of the Spirit, you won’t take account of the evil done to you. Just stay full of the love of God and you’ll come out on top in the long run.
It might look as if you have a weakness in your character but no it’s a strength because love never fails.
Many people have failed and have even died prematurely because they lived so in the natural and by the flesh.
They could not take advantage of the privileges and rights of a child of God which belonged to them. They were always fussing and fighting until it had an effect on their bodies.
Therefore I say to you, whatever things you ask when you pray, believe that you receive them, and you will have them.
And whenever you stand praying, if you have anything against anyone, forgive him, that your Father in heaven may also forgive you your trespasses.
But if you do not forgive, neither will your Father in heaven forgive your trespasses.
Forgiveness is an act of our will. We choose to forgive. We don’t wait for our feelings to change before we forgive.
Forgiveness is like setting a prisoner free and then discovering that the prisoner was you.
Bitterness does more damage to the vessel in which it is stored than the object on which it is poured.
You keep your faith and prayers working when you walk and keep yourself in the love of God.
For in Christ Jesus neither circumcision nor uncircumcision avails anything, but faith working through love.
Let all bitterness, wrath, anger, clamor, and evil speaking be put away from you, with all malice. And be kind to one another, tenderhearted, forgiving one another, even as God in Christ forgave you.
God forgives and forgets when we sin against Him. We must forgive even as Christ has forgiven us. Therefore we forgive and forget. Do not be an emotional bookkeeper who keeps record of people’s wrongs against you.
(Love) does not rejoice at injustice and unrighteousness, but rejoices when right and truth prevail.
Love stands up for what is right. Love does not allow evil to prevail. Evil prevails when good men keep quiet. Love rejoices when right and truth prevails.
Love bears up under anything and everything that comes
Someone said, “I just can’t take it any longer”. Love can. “I just can’t put up with him any longer.” Think about God. He’s putting up with all of us. “I’ve taken just about all I can take.” That’s old natural human love.
The Love of God in you bears up under anything.
(Love) is ever ready to believe the best of every person
Natural human love is ready to believe the worst of every person. It’s ever ready to believe the worst about the husband, the worst about the wife, and the worst about the children.
But this God-kind of Love is ever ready to believe the best of every person.
Children have the right to be brought up in this love atmosphere.
But when you see the worst in your children, always telling them, “You will never be anything”, “You won’t do this and you won’t do that”, then they will live up to what you say.
Even though they may have missed it, when you see the best in them and love them rightly, it will bring the best out of them. They will amount to something.
(Loves) hopes are fadeless under all circumstances, and it endures everything without weakening. Love never fails – never fades out or becomes obsolete or comes to an end.
If you and I walk in love, then we will not fail. Our hope will not be disappointed because we’ve committed to walk in the love of God that has been poured out in our hearts by the Holy Spirit.
We are interested in spiritual gifts and we should be. But we should be interested in Love first. You can exercise spiritual gifts outside of the Love of God but they will become like a noisy gong and a clanging cymbal.
So the thing is this: Let’s have prophecy. Let’s have tongues. Let’s have faith. Let’s have knowledge. But let’s have Love with it.
Let us put Love first because we are in the family of Love and have become acquainted with our Heavenly Father who is a God of Love.
Wherever the word “LOVE” is, insert your name and begin to confess it personally.
CONFESSION ON THE LOVE OF GOD
Love endures long and is patient and kind. Love never is envious nor boils over with jealousy. Love is not boastful or vainglorious. Love does not display itself haughtily.
Love is not conceited, arrogant and inflated with pride. Love is not rude, unmannerly and does not act unbecomingly. Love does not insist on its own rights or its own way, For Love is not self- seeking.
Love is not touchy or fretful or resentful. Love takes no account of the evil done to it. Love pays no attention to a suffered wrong. Love does not rejoice at injustice and unrighteousness but rejoices when right and truth prevail.
Love bears up under anything and everything that comes. Love is ever ready to believe the best of every person.
Loves hopes are fadeless under all circumstances. Love endures everything without weakening. Love never fails, never fades out or becomes obsolete or comes to an end.
1 Corinthians 13:4-8 (Amplified)
Parent’s Prayer of Blessing for Children
The Hebrew Father’s place in the traditional Jewish home is fittingly shown by the beautiful custom of blessing the children, a custom which dates back to Isaac and Jacob. To this day, in many homes, the father blesses his children on Friday nights, on Rosh Hashanah Eve and on Yom Kippur before leaving for the synagogue.
The following prayer, based on a translation of the traditional Hebrew father’s blessing upon his children, may be used by the head of the household, whether male or female.
Father, I receive, welcome and acknowledge each of my children as a delightful blessing from You. I speak Your blessings upon them and over them.
Children, I bless you in the name of Jesus, proclaiming the blessings of God, my Redeemer, upon you. May He give you wisdom, a reverential fear of God, and a heart of love.
May He create in you the desire to attend to His words, a willing and obedient heart that you may consent and submit to His sayings and walk in His ways. May your eyes look straight ahead with purpose for the future.
May your tongue be as a pen of a ready writer, writing mercy and kindness upon the tablets of your heart.
May you speak the truth in love. May your hands do the works of the Father, may your feet walk the paths which He has foreordained for you. I have no greater joy than this: to hear that my children are living their lives in the truth.
May the Lord prepare you and your future spouse to love and honor one another, and may He grant to your union upright sons and daughters who will live in accordance with His Word. May your source of livelihood be honorable and secure, so that you will earn a living with your own hands. May you always worship God in spirit and in truth.
I pray above all things that you may always prosper and be in health, even as your soul prospers. “I know the thoughts and plans that I have for you, says the Lord, thoughts and plans for welfare and peace and not for evil, to give you hope in your final outcome” (Jeremiah 29:11 Amp) In the name of Jesus.
Ps. Lester Holland