Greatest Message You have Ever Heard
Dear Children, I ask that we love one another. Let us not love with words or tongue, but with actions and in truth. And this is love: that we walk in obedience to His commands. As you have heard, His command is that you walk in love. Watch out that you do not lose what you have worked for, but that you may be rewarded fully. If you speak in the tongues of men and of angels, but have not love, your words are only as a clanging cymbal.If you have and use the gift of prophecy and can understand all mysteries of God and possess all knowledge, and if you have faith that bears fruit in the removal of all mountains, if you do not have love (obedience to God) you are nothing. If you give all that you possess to the poor and even if you give yourself as a martyr for the sake of the gospel of Jesus Christ, if you do not have love, you have done it for nothing.
This is love: Not that we love God but that He loved us and sent His only begotten Son as a sacrifice for our sins. And Jesus demonstrated His love for us by laying down His life for us. And we ought to lay down our lives for our brothers in Christ. If anyone possesses this world's goods and sees his brother in need but has no pity on him, how can the love of God be in him?
How do we know if we are deceived? And how do we know if we belong to the truth? Our heart (thoughts, feelings, emotions) will either condemn us or not. God is greater than our hearts and He knows all things. So if our hearts do not condemn us, we have confidence before God and receive from Him anything we ask, because we obey His commands and do what pleases Him. And this is His command: Believe in the Name of His Son Jesus the Christ and secondly, to love one another as Jesus commanded us to do. Those who obey His commands live in Him and He lives in them.
Let us love one another. This love comes from God. God in us releases His love given to us by His Holy Spirit. We live through Him. Since God has given us His love, therefore we ought to use it to love one another. No one has ever seen God, but if we love one another, God lives in us and His love is made complete in us. We rely on the love God has for us. God is love. Whoever lives in love, lives in God and God lives in him. In this way love is made complete among us because in this world we are like Him. There is no fear in us when we are filled with His love. His perfect fear in us casts out all fear. Fear has to do with punishment. The one who fears is not yet made perfect in love.
We love others because He first loved us. If you say "I love God" yet hate your brother, you are a liar. For anyone who cannot love his brother cannot love God. Whoever loves God must also love his brother.We are all born of God. Anyone who loves the Father must also love his brother(s), God's son (s). We love one another ~ God's dear children ~ by loving God and carrying out His commands.His commands are not burdensome. Loving others is not a burden.
I write these things to you who believe in the Name of Jesus, the first born Son of Almighty God. This is the confidence we have in approaching God: that if we ask anything according to His will, He hears us – whatever we ask – we know that we have what we asked of Him.
Anyone born of God does not continue to sin. The one born of God is kept safe and the evil one cannot harm him. (There is no foothold for satan to climb into our lives) We know that the whole world is under the control of the evil one. We know also that the Son of God has come and given us understanding, so that we may know Him and know the truth. Through Him Who was without sin, Who gave His life for us, we too are cleansed from all unrighteousness and in the sanctification of this truth, the wicked one touches us not.
Dear children, I pray that you may enjoy good health and that all may go well with you, even as your soul is getting along well. The greatest gain one may obtain in life is to please the Father. The greatest attribute man may possess is the love of God. The greatest miracle is the God-given ability to love God and to love others. Loving God because He is perfect and loving others who God sees as perfect, through the cleansing blood of Jesus.
As we allow the Spirit of God to possess us, we react out of His Spirit of love rather than the unregenerate flesh of our old nature. It is impossible for us to love our neighbors as ourselves unless we see both as filled with His righteousness and filled with His love. Jesus could not love people out of His own human efforts. He could do nothing without the in pouring and empowerment of God's Spirit within Him.
The challenges we face in our dealing with people should be viewed as a greater need for God's miracle working power than when we are faced with needs such as disease, poverty, etc. A Spirit-led believer should find miracle working power of love in all his God ordained relationships.
This must be our highest goal. This is the prize that we are to contend for. The love of God overflowing to me and through me and for me.Taking possession of this incredible gift of God must be my highest gain in life.
The greatest gift God gave was His love. The greatest sign of God's love was Jesus. My greatest gift to the world is God's love. Not prayer, not teaching and knowledge. Not building big ministry operations to help people. My greatest contribution must be loving others as I love myself.
The number one message that the apostle John emphasized was love. Our instructions from his gospels are very clear. God is light. In Him there is no darkness. Walk in the light, as He is in the light. "Then we enjoy fellowship with one another, and the blood of Jesus cleanses us from all sin."
When someone does me a perceived wrong, I must refuse to respond and react from my flesh. I must immediately turn my attention to the sin which in times past has so easily beset me. Hatred, hurt feelings, resentment, wounded heart, unforgiveness must be bound, the devil must be resisted and the devil must flee. I never have any right to ever harbor sin.
God gave Jesus as a living sacrifice for THEIR sins. Jesus died and suffered tremendous loss for their sake. We are commanded to love them. This command is not unreasonable or required for us to do in and of our own efforts. The Holy Spirit takes hold together with us against this weakness of anger, unforgiveness, offenses, etc.We have the greatest force of power in the entire universe on the inside of us ~ the love of God!We must confess our sin against people and acknowledge that our THOUGHTS against people are ALREADY DONE in God's sight. Lust has already committed adultery. Hatred has already killed that person.Unforgiveness has already condemned that person to judgment.
"Everyone who hates his brother is a murderer. If we say we enjoy fellowship with God while we are walking in darkness, we are lying and not practicing (not in words or tongue but with actions) the truth. If we say "we have no sin when we hate a brother, we are deluding ourselves and the truth is not in us." If we say "I have not sinned" we make Him out to be a liar and His Word is not in us.
This command was not given to us so that we would not sin, but if we do sin, we have counsel for our defense in the Father's presence, Jesus Christ the Righteous One. By this sign, the basis of our works, we are sure that we know Him, if we observe and do His commands. Whoever observes His Word, in Him the love of God has truly reached maturity. In this way we are sure that we are in Him: one who claims to remain in Him ought himself to live as Jesus lived. Jesus laid His life down for the sheep. He led others along the path of eternal life. He discipled those that God assigned to Him. He taught at every opportunity. He went about (free from all bondage), doing good and healing all who were oppressed of the devil. Not in a emotional love feeling but as led by the Holy Spirit to those that we looking for Him.The Spirit of God rested upon Jesus and anointed Jesus to walk in love, respond to all things in love and to perform the acts of love. To demonstrate the Fathers love to His people. Not that we love Him, but that He loved us and gave Himself as an atoning sacrifice for our sins.God's message stays in your hearts and you have conquered the evil one. Jesus said in John 17 "sanctify them in truth, for Your Word is truth and the wicked one touches them not."
Having the ability to help people and not taking any action to help them is not love. Whoever possesses the worlds resources and notices his brother in need and then locks his heart against him, how is the love of God in him? It is easy to love one another when we abide vitally connected to the vine. We bear the same good fruit of love. "Let us love one another, because love springs from God and whoever loves is born of God and knows God." God is love. As we allow His love to be perfected in us, we are allowing ourselves to be perfected in God. He abides in us as we love one another.Are you bearing the good fruit of His love? Are you obtaining the promises through faith that works by this love? Faith alone will not bring you what you require. Faith that pleases God is this; we love Him as He first loved us. "Christ in us, the hope of glory." We are the only source of God's love for this hurting world. The only consolation this world has is to be found in us, His children. There is nothing else that God would have us pursue that is higher than the call to know the love of God, to experience His love, to yield to and obey His love. How do we do this? Pleasing God means that we love others in action and in truth.
Take these words to heart and meditate on them, searching the scriptures to judge the truths herein, allowing the Holy Spirit to work truth in you, to the renewing of your mind. Find rest for your soul. Have a light and easy week as you accomplish great things for His Kingdom!