“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. 2 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. 3 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.” 1 Corinthians 13:1-3 NIV
Dear Heavenly Father – Please show us love. Teach us to love. Fill us with love. PLease open our understanding so that we may learn your ways. – Amen
Love – This world needs love. Love has the power to transform, unite, heal, cast out demonic forces and accomplish the will of God. Just one simple thing. Love.
While the spirit of fear still runs rampant over the Earth – it is love that overcomes! The human response to fear is to fight back – but God’s ways are not our ways and He says our response to fear should be to love:
“There is no fear in love, but perfect love casts out fear. For fear has to do with punishment, and whoever fears has not been perfected in love.” 1 John 4:18 ESV
Heavenly Father, perfect us in love – please, please, because we need Your love is a real and powerful way. –amen
We do not battle against flesh and blood (Ephesians 6:12) and we are fighting to win souls for Christ – bring people into the kingdom of God. God wishes that none should perish but all can be restored to Him (2 Peter 3:9). So we should love the sinner and not the sin. Fight on our knees and hug the humans. Forgive them of their offenses against us (so we may stand forgiven by God) and love. And what of those who have hurt our family and friends – those also and all the more need us to forgive and love to restore us to the full grace upon grace wherein you are meant to be.
“For God has not given us a spirit of fear, but of power and of love and of a sound mind.” 2 Timothy 1:7 NKJV
It takes more strength and power to love despite being hurt than it takes to harden our hearts. This opening verse in 1 Corinthians shows that it is possible to do a work for the Lord, to be in a ministry, to act obedient to the tasks God has for us – but to lack love.
To speak with the tongue of angels – filled with the Holy Spirit and the power thereof and yet be hardened and callous.
To have the gift of prophecy and knowledge yet lack the ability to show love.
“For this people’s heart has grown dull, and with their ears they can barely hear, and their eyes they have closed, lest they should see with their eyes and hear with their ears and understand with their heart and turn, and I would heal them.” Matthew 13:15 ESV
With hardened hearts, you and I have left open a weak spot for the demons to get in – we have created away for them to build stronghold and slowly convince us to walk away from God. You and I can harden our hearts from God yet still look like Christians – still routinely go through the motions.
“Because of the increase of wickedness, the love of most will grow cold,” Matthew 24:12 NIV
“But mark this: There will be terrible times in the last days. 2 People will be lovers of themselves, lovers of money, boastful, proud, abusive, disobedient to their parents, ungrateful, unholy, 3 without love, unforgiving, slanderous, without self-control, brutal, not lovers of the good, 4 treacherous, rash, conceited, lovers of pleasure rather than lovers of God— 5 having a form of godliness but denying its power. Have nothing to do with such people.” 2 Timothy 3:1-5 NIV
Did you catch verse 5? “Having a form of godliness but denying its power.” Jesus told us to love, heal, cast out demons, raise the dead, and preach the gospel. So, when was the last time you showed love to someone you did not want to? When was the last time you laid hands on the sick and they were healed? When was the last time you cast out a demon and delivered someone?
Please consider, is it possible you have hardened your heart? Maybe in one area? Is there something standing in the way of love being perfected? You may be filled with the Holy Spirit yet, there may still be an area that needs work or even deliverance. Love is under attack because it hardens our heart and destroys the pure power of God. The devil may still have strong holds even in the lives of spirit filled Christians. He comes to steal kill and destroy (John 10:10).
“Be sober-minded; be watchful. Your adversary the devil prowls around like a roaring lion, seeking someone to devour.” 1 Peter 5:8 ESV
The spiritual battle is real and on Earth the enemy is currently winning – I know ultimately Jesus has already won the victory. How many lives can we bring in to the kingdom before the end? Be sober-minded and watchful, that your love is not hardened, stolen or even devoured.
The disciples asked Jesus:
“36 “Teacher, which is the greatest commandment in the Law?”
37 Jesus replied: “‘Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind.’ 38 This is the first and greatest commandment. 39 And the second is like it: ‘Love your neighbor as yourself.’ 40 All the Law and the Prophets hang on these two commandments.” Matthew 22:36-40 NIV
Why? Why is love the greatest? What is so important about love?
In 1 Corinthians 13:3 it says that if you “do not have love, I gain nothing”. Nothing. No thing. Not heaven. Not victory. Not power. Not authority to overcome. Not grace. Not mercy. Not a single thing. And do not say, well, at least I haven’t lost anything. The Bible says we all start out the same – sinner fallen short of the glory of God (Romans 3:23). So if we have gained no thing – we are still hell bound sinners without a real relationship with God. We have only bought a lie from the enemy. (Stop, do not be offended as hardened hearts are offended, instead soften your heart and have ears to hear.)
With hardened hearts there is no power. The power of God is love, the promises are love, the entirety of God everything God is doing is because He loves us so much and He is trying to have a relationship with us.
“For God so loved the world, that he gave his only Son, that whoever believes in him should not perish but have eternal life.” John 3:16 ESV
The whole point is love! The gospel itself can be summarized as love – it is the power that saves us, heals us, unifies us, transforms us and perfects us.
“And above all these put on love, which binds everything together in perfect harmony.” Colossians 3:14 ESV
In a day and age when the spirit of division is splitting apart nations and families – and everyone is looking for a leader who can fix it and bring unity and peace…. And nothing anyone tries to do bring unity and peace – EXCEPT GODLY LOVE which the world has rejected. Let’s read it again:
“But above all these things put on love, which is the bond of perfection.” Colossians 3:14 NKJV
‘Perfect harmony’ and ‘bonds of perfection’ – here in is the power of love, in unity with the will of God. All things are yes and amen within the unity of the brethren inside the will of God – which is love.
“Above all, keep loving one another earnestly, since love covers a multitude of sins.” 1 Peter 4:8 ESV
“But I say to you, Love your enemies and pray for those who persecute you, so that you may be sons of your Father who is in heaven. For he makes his sun rise on the evil and on the good, and sends rain on the just and on the unjust. For if you love those who love you, what reward do you have? Do not even the tax collectors do the same? And if you greet only your brothers, what more are you doing than others? Do not even the Gentiles do the same? You therefore must be perfect, as your heavenly Father is perfect.” Matthew 5:44-48 ESV
You have a relationship with Jesus – then love. And if you are struggling with love then pray:
Pray to forgive others. Pray for forgiveness. Pray to repent for being unloving. Pray for deliverance from any unloving spirit hindering you. Pray.
The kingdom of heaven is at hand. Your relationship with Christ is hindered. In Romans chapter 8 we have read that nothing can keep us from the love of God – so His love to us is never ending and never failing. We however let things block it, let sin and hardened hearts build an imaginary wall that convinces us we are cut off and so we slide away, little by little. Rise up child of God and tear down those walls. Let the love of God pour over you – overflowing onto your friends and family.
It is this very love that drew us to God in the first place and will draw others to Him. What good is a relationship which is not built on and sustained by love. Stay in love with Jesus and show His love to others. You do not want to get to heaven and hear:
“Yet I hold this against you: You have forsaken the love you had at first.” Revelations 2:4 NIV
If you don’t already, and today you would like to, have a relationship with a God who can communicate with you and be part of your life (and protect you) – one who is full of mighty power and tender love, then please know that I have put the “A, B, C’s of Salvation” in my introduction. Please click here to follow the link.**
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“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. 2 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. 3 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.”
4 Love is patient, love is kind. It does not envy, it does not boast, it is not proud. 5 It does not dishonor others, it is not self-seeking, it is not easily angered, it keeps no record of wrongs. 6 Love does not delight in evil but rejoices with the truth. 7 It always protects, always trusts, always hopes, always perseveres.
8 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. 9 For we know in part and we prophesy in part, 10 but when completeness comes, what is in part disappears. 11 When I was a child, I talked like a child, I thought like a child, I reasoned like a child. When I became a man, I put the ways of childhood behind me. 12 For now we see only a reflection as in a mirror; then we shall see face to face. Now I know in part; then I shall know fully, even as I am fully known.
13 And now these three remain: faith, hope and love. But the greatest of these is love.”1 Corinthians 13 NIV