the love of God is shed abroad in our hearts by
the Holy Ghost which is given unto us."
(Romans 5:5 Message Bible)
you were saved, or Born Again, Almighty God became your
Father. The Bible says that God is love. (1 John 4:8) This
means that you are the love offspring of a Love God. Because you are
born of God and God is love, you are born of love. You are now a part
of a love family.
is not possible to be a part of God's love family and not have a brand new
love in your heart for all people. As our text Scripture says, "... the love
of God is shed abroad in our hearts by the Holy Ghost which is given unto
you may not be walking in love to the degree that the Bible says that you
can and must, but that love is still there living on the inside of
you. This is why you feel badly each time you have a chance to
express love towards someone and you don't follow through.
family is a love family and love is to be the basis for all we think, say
and do. As Believers we are actually commanded to love other
Believers. We are to treat them with deference, dignity and
respect. We are to act compassionately towards one another.
"Let me give
you a new command: Love one another. In the same way I loved you, you love
one another." (John
children of love we are also commanded to love our enemies.
"... I'm telling you
to love your enemies. Let them bring out the best in you, not the worst.
When someone gives you a hard time, respond with the energies of prayer,
for then you are working out of your true selves, your God-created selves.
This is what God does. He gives his best--the sun to warm and the rain to
nourish--to everyone, regardless: the good and bad, the nice and nasty. If
all you do is love the lovable, do you expect a bonus? Anybody can do
that." (Matthew 5:44-46 Message Bible)
is completely supernatural that it is even possible for someone to love
their enemies but we are the offspring of a supernatural God. Once
the Believer makes the decision to cooperate with the resident love of God,
the way is now prepared for supernatural results in
it is completely up to you whether or not you will let loose the love that
resides within. It's a daily decision, particularly when it comes to
loving your enemies. Anyone can love those who treat them cool and
favor them, but it takes true grit and just plain ole guts to love the
nasty and unlovable.
is what Jesus has done for us. While we were still sinful, so
unlovable and even repulsive to God, He allowed His precious Son to
die for our sins, in our place. Now, in the
same way Jesus walked in love towards us while we were His enemies, we are
called to walk in love towards our enemies.
unconditional love for us is what hooked us and reeled us in. His
unconditional love demonstrated through us is what will hook the lost
people of the world and reel them in. This is what He meant when He
said, "Follow Me and I'll make you fishers of men."
oftentimes involves a great degree of suffering.
It's not always easy to walk in love towards the hateful, hurting people of
the world. It can be quite difficult indeed but this is exactly what
it means to enter into Christ's sufferings.
"For unto you
it is given in the behalf of Christ, not only to believe on him, but also
to suffer for his sake." (Philippians
are to suffer with Christ as we walk in love towards the unlovable, unreached, sinful people of the world. Jesus
suffered tremendous persecution, rejection, false accusation and injustice
in order to reach humanity with God's Word and God's love. We
will suffer in all the same ways with Him as we reach out with God's
Word and God's love.
is suffering and sacrifice involved when we choose to lay down our own
wills in order to reach others with the message of Jesus Christ. God
gave Jesus. Jesus gave of Himself. We, too, must give of
ourselves and the simple fact of the matter is that sometimes this
just flat out pains our flesh and our emotions.
who say "Christianity is for wimps" are
simply exposing their own ignorance of what it takes to walk in love.
Christianity is definitely not for the faint of heart.
Jesus yielded to love, or compassion, the
supernatural always occurred, as it will for you.
went forth, and saw a great multitude, and was moved with compassion toward
them, and he healed their sick."
"So Jesus had
compassion on them (2 blind men), and touched their eyes: and immediately
their eyes received sight ..."
compassion always brought supernatural results. When we choose to
yield to compassion, we, too, will see supernatural results when we pray
for ourselves and others.
I encounter skepticism, criticism and just plain ole fashioned rudeness and
unbelief in people when they discover that I am a Pastor. I always try to bring
the conversation around to an area of need in their lives, particularly
bodily healing. I then ask them, "If I pray and Jesus heals you
of your affliction, will you believe then? Will you release your defensiveness
and give God the credit when He heals you?"
always the answer is "Yes, but I'll believe that when I see
it." Almost always when I pray for them, the supernatural occurs
and I've hooked another fish for Jesus. I call this "Power Evangelism".
place of exchanging cursing for cursing, I exchange blessing for cursing
and the end result is Hell is plundered and Heaven is populated. Try it. It works.
Love never fails. (1Corinthians 13:8)
always says, "But Pastor John, what if I try that and nothing
happens?" To which I always answer, "What if you do it and
something does happen?"
God. Walk in love. You do a little thing, releasing
your love and your faith. God will do a big thing and move
supernaturally. Heaven will be populated. Hell will be
plundered. God will get the Glory and you'll come out looking pretty
love always produces supernatural results.