Dear Ones,
Once we understand the love of God for us, it is important that we not only allow that love to minister to and change us, but we need to allow His love to flow through us and sow it into the lives of others.  Why?  First, we want to walk as Christ walked on this earth.  Without doubt, when we do that, we are fulfilling the Great Commission!  He understood God’s love for Him and He demonstrated that love to others.  Second, nothing in the Kingdom of God works without the love of God!  I will go so far as to say that love is the key that makes everything else in His Kingdom work!
We all know that Scripture tells us that “Faith works by love.”  We discussed that to some extent last week.  In fact, the Word tells us it is impossible to please God without faith (Heb. 11:6).  So, it is impossible to please God without love, because we need love to have faith.  Again, that is both the revelation of His love for us and our demonstration of His love to others.


Let me show you Scripture that tells us that every other spiritual gift or force only works by love, and without God’s love, they will not work.  1 Corinthians 13:1-3 tells us first that we can have the gift of tongues and prophecy, understand mysteries and the knowledge of God, have overcoming faith, and do all kinds of good works, and yet it will all mean nothing and profit us nothing if not done with the love of God.
  
“If I speak in the tongues of men or of angels, but do not have love, I am only a resounding gong or a clanging cymbal.  If I have the gift of prophecy and can fathom all mysteries and all knowledge, and if I have a faith that can move mountains, but do not have love, I am nothing.  If I give all I possess to the poor and give over my body to hardship that I may boast, but do not have love, I gain nothing.” (NIV)

If that weren’t enough to convince us that we need to walk in the love of God to those around us, let’s look at what else this Scripture says.  In verse eight, we are told:  “Love never fails. But where there are prophecies, they will cease; where there are tongues, they will be stilled; where there is knowledge, it will pass away.”  Many have taken this to believe that today’s church should not operate in the gifts of prophecy, tongues, and special wisdom or knowledge.  But my Bible tells me God is the same yesterday, today, and tomorrow, and that He never changes.  Also, when He has given good gifts to His children, He does not take them away.  So, you can disagree with me, but I believe that this Scripture is telling us here that because it is love that never fails and, thus, sustains all other things and keeps them from failing, that “without love” prophecies will cease; “without love,” tongues will be stilled; “without love,” knowledge will pass away.  Conversely, with God’s love, His agape love, these gifts will be demonstrated in our lives to bring us and those around us into the fullness of Christ.  Walking in God’s love is the key!  

You see, God operates every one of these gifts in our lives through His love, and apart from His love, He cannot allow them to function in our lives.  Without His love, each of these gifts could be used with evil intent and for selfish gain.  Men will never profit when they try to masquerade the goodness of God.  So, these gifts will only manifest in our lives when we choose to accept God’s love and operate in His love.  Christ, the exact image of God and the perfect demonstration of His love, dwells in every believer, and because of that, every believer walking in God’s love can walk in these gifts to benefit, bless, and encourage those around him or her.  That is how God intends His gifts to operate in the earth:  to heal, bring encouragement and correction (wisdom), to prosper, restore, and redeem.  He has given us the anointing of His Spirit and every one of His gifts to, “proclaim good news to the poor. . . freedom for the prisoners, and recovery of sight for the blind, to set the oppressed free, to proclaim the year of the Lord’s favor” (Luke 4:18-19).

When we walk in God’s love, that is exactly what we will do,
Lisa Marie

If you have never made Jesus the Lord of your life and desire to, pray this:  Dear God, I believe that Jesus is your Son, that He died on the cross for me and was resurrected for my redemption.  I choose to make Jesus the Lord of my life.  I thank you for forgiving me and for filling me with Your Holy Spirit.  I thank You that I am Your child, that You are my Father, and that You have great things planned for me

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