PURSUING THE LOVE OF GOD | PART 2

Updated: Dec 8, 2020

Part 2: THE SUPERNATURAL POWER OF LOVE


The Christian faith comprises: encountering the love of the Father which is revealed through the sacrifice of His only Son, Jesus Christ; being transformed by His love through which believers are empowered by His Spirit; and expressing the love of God through you unto the world….this is Christianity!


ENCOUNTERING THE LOVE OF THE FATHER

“6 For when the time was right, the Anointed One came and died to demonstrate his love for sinners who were entirely helpless, weak, and powerless to save themselves. 7 Now, who of us would dare to die for the sake of a wicked person? We can all understand if someone was willing to die for a truly noble person. 8 But Christ proved God’s passionate love for us by dying in our place while we were still lost and ungodly!” (Roman 5:6-8)


“Behold, what manner of love the Father hath bestowed upon us, that we should be called the sons of God…” (1 John 3:1)


“16 For God so loved the world, that he gave his only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in him should not perish, but have everlasting life. 17 For God sent not his Son into the world to condemn the world; but that the world through him might be saved (for encounter). 18 He that believeth on him is not condemned: but he that believeth not is condemned already, because he hath not believed in the name of the only begotten Son of God.” (John 3:16-18)


“4 Surely he hath borne our griefs, and carried our sorrows: yet we did esteem him stricken, smitten of God, and afflicted. 5 But he was wounded for our transgressions, he was bruised for our iniquities: the chastisement of our peace was upon him; and with his stripes we are healed.” (Isaiah 53:4-5)

THE TRANSFORMING POWER OF GOD’S LOVE

Each time you encounter the love of the Father you will be transformed. When the Samaritan woman at the well had an encounter with the Father’s love, she was transformed. You cannot be touched by the love of God and not be changed, it is just not possible.


YOU AS AN EXPRESSION OF THE FATHER’S LOVE

Genuine Christianity is when the love of God flows through into the world.


“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.” (1 John 4:12)


· Christianity is not limited to praying in tongues, revelation or displaying of physical results (signs and wonders);

· The apex of Christianity is love;

· The heart-beat of Christianity is the revelation of God’s for men;

· The love of God unexpressed does not profit anyone;

· When love is expressed to people, it is power released to heal, restore and transform their lives.



SIX WAYS WE CAN EXPRESS & DEMONSTRATE THE LOVE OF GOD


1. We must love God with all our heart, soul, strength and mind.

“36 Teacher, which is the great commandment in the law?” 37 Jesus said to him, “‘You shall love the LORD your God with all your heart, with all your soul, and with all your mind.' 38 This is the first and great commandment.” (Matthew 22:36-38)


So he answered and said, "'You shall love the Lord your God with all your heart, with all your soul, with all your strength, and with all your mind,' and 'your neighbor as yourself.' "(Luke 10:27)


We must worship God in the midst of your trials and challenges.

“I will praise the LORD at all times; I will constantly speak his praises.”(Psalms 34:1)

“17 Even though the fig trees have no blossoms, and there are no grapes on the vines; even though the olive crop fails, and the fields lie empty and barren; even though the flocks die in the fields, and the cattle barns are empty, 18 yet I will rejoice in the Lord! I will be joyful in the God of my salvation!”(Habakkuk 3:17-18)

“But as for me, I know that my Redeemer lives, and he will stand upon the earth at last.” (Job 19:25)


“We love Him because He first loved us.”(1 John 4:19)


“Who shall separate us from the love of Christ? Shall tribulation, or distress, or persecution, or famine, or nakedness, or peril, or sword? 36. As it is written, for thy sake we are killed all the day long; we are accounted as sheep for the slaughter. 37 Nay, in all these things we are more than conquerors through him that loved us. 38 For I am persuaded, that neither death, nor life, nor angels, nor principalities, nor powers, nor things present, nor things to come, 39 nor height, nor depth, nor any other creature, shall be able to separate us from the love of God, which is in Christ Jesus our Lord.” (Romans 8:35-39)


2. Through the ministry of intercession for the lost and hurting

As born again believers we are all called to intercede for not only the brethren but more so for the lost. Interceding for others is doing for them what they cannot yet do for themselves. To pray and intercede for those around you is more than just carrying a person to the Lord but rather an act of pure love. Intercession proves your love for others. It is a privilege and an opportunity to love as God loves. Even you are now where they are spiritually because of someone who was praying for you. Real sincere prayer can transform anyone. There are rewards for those who intercede.


“When Job prayed for his friends, the Lord restored his fortunes. In fact, the Lord gave him twice as much as before!”(Job 42:10)


3. Speak well to and about others

“To speak evil of no man, to be no brawlers, but gentle, shewing all meekness unto all men.” (Titus 3:2)


One of the ways to show love is to speak well about and blessing over people, refraining from evil speech. Friends you are to look for and see the good and positive traits of others, making that your focus point about people. Use the power of your words to bless and prophecy the heart of God over people. To judge others is usually you judging through the lenses of your own personal frustrations.


Let all bitterness, and wrath, and anger, and clamour, and evil speaking, be put away from you, with all malice:…”(Ephesians 4:31)


To not discuss the flaws you see in others is a sure sign of your maturity in the faith. Pray for what you see.

Always be truthful avoiding criticism and negativity by all means. Learn to encourage people instead of tearing them down.


4. Love through giving

My little children, let us not love in word, neither in tongue; but in deed and in truth.” (1 John 3:18)

In John 3:16 it says that God so loved the world, that he gave…

Open hands is a reflection of an open heart. Jesus is the perfect example, showing His love by giving.


5. Being a peacemaker

“If it be possible, as much as lieth in you, live peaceably with all men. Let us therefore follow after the things which make for peace, and things wherewith one may edify another.”(Romans 12:18-19)


“Depart from evil, and do good; seek peace, and pursue it.”(Psalms 34:14)


“8 And when Herod saw Jesus, he was exceeding glad: for he was desirous to see him of a long season, because he had heard many things of him; and he hoped to have seen some miracle done by him. 9 Then he questioned with him in many words; but he answered him nothing. 10 And the chief priests and scribes stood and vehemently accused him. 11 And Herod with his men of war set him at nought, and mocked him, and arrayed him in a gorgeous robe, and sent him again to Pilate. 12 And the same day Pilate and Herod were made friends together: for before they were at enmity between themselves.”(Luke 23:8-12)


6. Obedience to God’s Word

"If you love Me, keep My commandments. And I will pray the Father, and He will give you another Helper, that He may abide with you forever,…” (John 14:15-16)

“Judas (not Iscariot) said to Him, "Lord, how is it that You will manifest Yourself to us, and not to the world?" Jesus answered and said to him, "If anyone loves Me, he will keep My word; and My Father will love him, and We will come to him and make Our home with him.”(John 14:22-23)


WITHOUT LOVE WE REALLY ARE NOTHING


The Word of God breaks open love for us so beautifully:

“Though I speak with the tongues of men and of angels, but have not love, I have become sounding brass or a clanging cymbal. 2 And 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, but have not love, I am nothing. 3 And though I bestow all my goods to feed the poor, and though I give my body to be burned, but have not love, it profits me nothing. 4 Love suffers long and is kind; love does not envy; love does not parade itself, is not puffed up; 5 does not behave rudely, does not seek its own, is not provoked, thinks no evil; 6 does not rejoice in iniquity, but rejoices in the truth; 7 bears all things, believes all things, hopes all things, endures all things. 8 Love never fails.” (1 Corinthians 13:1-8)


Therefore Love is:


· Slow to question - quick to trust;

· Slow to condemn - quick to justify;

· Slow to offend - quick to defend;

· Slow to reprimand - quick to forbear;

· Slow to belittle - quick to praise;

· Slow to demand - quick to give;

· Slow to provoke - quick to calm;

· Slow to hinder - quick to serve;

· Slow to resent - quick to forgive.


“Now may the Lord direct your hearts into the love of God and into the patience of Christ.”(2 Thessalonians 3:5)


Pray with me

Heavenly Father, let Your love be established in my heart. May I begin to experience the reality of Your love as I learn to express it as well.

Lord, take away every negative spirit from my life and open my eyes to see myself and others the way you created us to be. Help me to see people through the eyes of Jesus. Grant me the grace to see the good in people and to pray for them when I see their wrongs.

Lord, flood my heart with unspeakable joy. I now open my soul gates to receive this joy like a river.

Jesus I believe that You are the gateway through which I experience the supernatural power of love and I now enter in and pursue this love now in Jesus Name.


Amen.



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