CHILD OF GOD.........You Have but One Profession "To Love One Another"



LOVE - THE DEBT WE OWE ALL MEN


Introduction

The issue of love is so important to a believer that without love in your DNA, all your services in the house of God is in vain.  It is such that anything you do to your brother without love from your heart, will not pay you.  There is no reward for anything you do to the poor, orphan or brothers and sisters without love from your heart.

And so, God takes time to train His children in love, faith and other areas of life where carnality hinder us from receiving His blessings.  The reason why God invest so much in our training is for us to last in the gospel and be established in Christ. The Lord knows the enemy we are fighting, Satan is a cunning, wicked and desperate fellow.

God's Training:
God knows also that the enemy deliberately counters everything good, and so the Lord guides us wittingly through situations of life, teaching us and building us up in His word and obedience.  The Lord makes His will and plans known to us, and chastises us for our profiting, that we may be partakers of His holiness.  

Holiness is a necessary ingredient in the life of a believer because God is holy and no believer can depend on God without holiness.  However, the holiness that comes through chastisement is usually a painful experience, when you have to stop drinking because of a health condition. In the early nineties, many men were forced to abstain from promiscuity by the HIV/Aids scourge.  They did not want to die as there was no cure or remedy for HIV.

Resisting the Devil:
For a believer to walk well before God, he must learn how to resist Satan and the works of Satan.  But before you can resist the devil and his works, you should have some knowledge about spiritual things, so you can discern a satanic act when you see one.  This is one of the reasons why diverse things happen to us, so that we may learn from good and bad experiences and be able to discern actions and words that are not of God when we see them.

The works of Satan is everywhere around us, but largely unseen because they are done in the dark, but its effects cannot be denied.  The stagnancy that people suffer in their career and business despite doing their best, failures at the edge of a breakthrough, sicknesses and disease, suicide behaviours etc.

Believers must understand that the primary fields of satanic operations are in the mind, body and conscience. The enticing words to make people sin are spoken into the heart of people and often times canal Christians cannot resist the devilish instruction to do many things that bothers on fleshly pleasure like “ go and take a drink, just one bottle of beer”.  The same way for smoking, womanizing etc.

Rejecting Fear, the Knock of the devil:
Beloved, fear is the knock of the enemy.  God through faith in Him and the finished work of Jesus Christ teaches us to resist the knock of satan, fear.  This is why our faith in God must not fail or waiver.  It must be settled in our heart that God is with us and near us always to help us and so, when the devil introduces fear in any area of life, we reject it with the word of God and nothing will come out of it.

But if you answer the knock, you will receive a visit from him. If fear is accepted, then things will soon start happening in a negative direction.  That is when the devil floods people's minds with suicidal thoughts to persuade them to accept the solution to their suffering is to kill themselves. The devil will give reasons why it is normal for anyone that meets hardship and frustration to commit suicide.

Through the word of God, such thoughts are rejected and resisted at once and thrown out of the mind the same way it came, as it not in accordance with the word of God. You shall not die but live is God’s agenda for your life.

Every situation around us is allowed by God for us to learn something in life that will build us up into the image of our master Jesus Christ and if we are not learning from the hardship and prosperity around us, then we are not being built up.

Forgiveness:
Again, the Lord teaches us to forgive offences. Forgiveness is an integral part of love.  It is at the centre of our receiving mercy from God.  Jesus said “If you forgive men their trespasses, your heavenly Father will also forgive you, but if you forgive not, neither will your heavenly Father forgive you Math 6:14-15.

If you can forgive, you can love.  Before you speak about your love for God and all the things you are doing, learn to love your brothers and sisters in Christ for the love of God is manifested through our love for the brother and sisters.

Transformed to Love:
When you gave your heart to Jesus Christ and became His own, your profession changed that day without you knowing. Though you are still a Teacher, Lawyer or Accountant, Your profession of faith changed your profession and your love life, from love of self, love of money, love of possessions, power and influence…to love of God and His service. 

Outwardly, you are still working in the bank, or struggling in your business, but inwardly, you are before God and serving Him.  All who serve God must receive the grace for ‘Big souls’.  This is called ‘large heart’.  You must love all like Jesus did.  You are called to love and embrace all men in your heart, whether they be his friends or not

Brotherly Love:
Unity in the body of Christ is based on forsaking sin.  With sin, the body of Christ is divided and no longer facing the same direction.  When you see much division in the house of God, they are only dividing according to their many sins.  In the place where there is unity in the house of God, there will also be forsaking of sin.

In order to become a vessel of honour before God, we need to purge ourselves of every work darkness that dishonours us. In the house of God, to love fellow believers is to sacrifice all and serve them and help them to stand firm in the Lord.  We should remember that:

  • All men are created by God to be loved.
  • All who view people with annoyance and despise them have no love in them.
  • When there is love, forgiveness becomes easy.
  • Whoso mocketh the poor, “reproacheth" his maker Prov 17:5, 

  • Grace:
    You are saved by grace to live, work and serve Him by grace.  Grace saved you and it is grace that enables us to serve God effectively. This is why no man will be justified by the works of the law.  Remember the Pharisee and the publican that entered the temple to pray. The Pharisee boasted of his work of law – fasting, but the other man humbled himself,  asking God to have mercy on him.  He left the temple justified.


    What to Do:

    Finally, to love your brother-in-Christ, neighbours and friends like yourself will always require the help of the Holy Ghost.  You were not born that way, a man was born in iniquity and all his natural thoughts are towards evil continually.  But, when we receive Christ, we are renewed in our inner mind by the Holy Ghost, and we need the Holy Ghost continually to love like God.

    Anytime the flesh takes over the person, or worldly cares and fear, such a person cannot show brotherly love.  We need to remain prayerful and humble before God and man.  Remember that Love is one of the gifts of the Spirit, so you need the giver of the gift - Holy Spirit if you truly want to manifest love.  Receive the grace to love your neighbour and brethren today in Jesus Christ name.

    Love is the New command 
    This is His commandment, that we believe in the name of his Son Jesus Christ and love one another, just as he has commanded us. You shall love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your might. The second is this: ‘You shall love your neighbour as yourself.’ There is no other commandment greater than these.”

    A new commandment I give to you, that you love one another, just as I have loved you, you also are to love one another.  By this, all people will know that you are my disciples if you have a love for one another.” This was Jesus Christ speaking to His disciples, to me and you.

    1. If anyone says, “I love God,” and hates his brother, he is a liar; for he who does not love his brother whom he has seen cannot love God whom he has not seen. 
    2. Jesus Christ says: “If you love me, you will keep my commandments. 

    3. Beloved, let us love one another, for love is from God, and whoever loves has been born of God and knows God. Anyone who does not love does not know God, because God is love. In this, the love of God was made manifest among us, that God sent his only Son into the world so that we might live through him. In this is love, not that we have loved God but that he loved us and sent his Son to be the propitiation for our sins.

    4. Beloved, if God so loved us, we also ought to love one another. Live in harmony with one another. Do not be haughty, but associate with the lowly. Never be wise in your own sight.

    5. Owe no one anything, except to love each other, for the one who loves another has fulfilled the law.  let us not love in word or talk but in deed and in truth and through love serve one another.  Above all, keep loving one another earnestly, since love covers a multitude of sins.

    6. If you speak in the tongues of men and of angels but have not love, you are a noisy gong or a clanging cymbal. And if you have prophetic powers, and understand all mysteries and all knowledge, and if you have all faith, so as to remove mountains, but have not love, you are nothing. If you give away all you have, and if you deliver up my body to be burned, but have not love, you gain nothing. Love is patient and kind; love does not envy or boast; it is not arrogant or rude. It does not insist on its own way; it is not irritable or resentful.

    7. But you are to love your enemies, and do good, and lend, expecting nothing in return, and your reward will be great, and you will be sons of the Most High, for he is kind to the ungrateful and the evil.

    8. You shall not take vengeance or bear a grudge against the sons of your own people, but you shall love your neighbour as yourself: I am the Lord.

    9. But if anyone has the world's goods and sees his brother in need, yet closes his heart against him, how does God's love abide in him?  With all humility and gentleness, with patience, bearing with one another in love,

    10. Greater love has no one than this, that someone lay down his life for his friends.

    11. Bear one another burdens, and so fulfil the law of Christ. Show hospitality to one another without grumbling.

    12. Be kind to one another, tenderhearted, forgiving one another, as God in Christ forgave you.  Now concerning brotherly love you have no need for anyone to write to you, for you yourselves have been taught by God to love one another. 
    13. These things I command you so that you will love one another. let us consider how to stir up one another to love and good works.  Love does no wrong to a neighbour; therefore love is the fulfilling of the law.

    14. Do nothing from rivalry or conceit, but in humility count others more significant than yourselves.

    15. Love is patient and kind; love does not envy or boast; it is not arrogant or rude. It does not insist on its own way; it is not irritable or resentful; it does not rejoice at wrongdoing, but rejoices with the truth. Love bears all things, believes all things, hopes all things, endures all things. Love never ends. As for prophecies, they will pass away; as for tongues, they will cease; as for knowledge, it will pass away.

    16. See that no one repays anyone evil for evil, but always seek to do good to one another and to everyone. 


    FIRE...


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