Power of Love
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Power of Love
There is no
doubt in my mind that the quality of love is the #1 quality that
God would like to get worked into our souls and personalities. Even
nonbelievers, atheists and agnostics can see the power of love and
how it has the ability to change people and change lives when it
is properly walked out and handled.
made tons of movies just on the power of love - especially the special
love that occurs between a man and woman in a romantic relationship.
Even hard, tough grown men can be brought to tears when watching
a real well made movie made about the power of love.
of love is truly universal - as it literally transcends peoples,
nations and religions. Love is truly the universal language of this
world and people from all different walks of life recognize it for
what it truly is and understand the power that is in it.
Then when you
read and study the Bible - you see the major emphasis God the Father
is placing on it when He tells all of us that He wants us to love
Him, to love ourselves and to love one another.
So if the quality
of love is recognized by all peoples and all nations - then why
is it that throughout the course of our human history there has
been so many wars, so much hatred, so much crime and so much inhumanity
done to our fellow man? If everyone knows what love is - then how
could so many people throughout the course of human history commit
the evil and atrocious acts they have committed?
Even in our
day and age people still have not learned from the past - as there
is just as much hatred and evil operating in this world as there
has ever been. The Bible even tells us that the love of many will
grow cold in the latter days - which means things are going to actually
go from bad to worse in the coming years.
If man really
knows what love is - then why can't more people act, operate and
walk in love so they we can all live in peace and harmony with one
another? Why do people have to rob, rape, kill, plunder and steal
from one another? No matter what one's religious beliefs and ideologies
may be - there is simply no excuse for some of the horrible barbaric
acts of murder, assaults, abductions, robberies and rapes that we
see on an everyday basis.
we all know that part of the answer as to why men can't love one
another in the way and to the degree that God would like from us
in this lifetime is due to our fallen natures - our sin natures
that we have all been born with as a result of the curse of Adam
and Eve. That is why Jesus had to come to die for all of us - because
we have all sinned and have fallen way short of the glory of our
saved and born again believers have problems in being able to walk
in the quality of love to the degree that God would like in our
everyday lives. We all know that God is expecting us to be able
to walk in His love - but we still have problems in loving our God,
our families, our friends and even ourselves to the degree and to
the intensity that He would like from us.
We read in the
Bible about all of the verses that God wants us to walk very strongly
in this quality - but we still seem to fall short of being able
to actually do it in our real lives. If we all have the Holy Spirit
living and operating in us - then why is it that we cannot seem
to draw more of His love up into our personalities so that we can
all walk with more of this quality operating in our lives?
I believe that
the answer lies in the last article I did under this section titled
"The 9 Fruits of the Holy Sprit." Too many Christians are trying
to walk in the quality of love operating out of their own strength,
out of their own emotions and out of their own flesh. Granted -
God the Father wants us to do the best we can to put this quality
on into the core of our personalities. But our best is not going
to be good enough in this area to get the job done with the way
God would like.
The reason for
that is that we have all been born with these fallen, imperfect
and sinful natures. This means that we are not capable of walking
in perfect love - no matter how hard we try in our own natural strength.
So what is the answer if we are not capable of walking in perfect
love like God is?
To those believers
who are really wanting to learn how to truly walk in the real love
of God in their lives - there is only one way to be able to do this
- and that is learning how to draw that love from the Holy Spirit.
And the only way that you can get the Holy Spirit to release His
love to you as one of His 9 fruits is that you have to be willing
to enter into a true sanctification process with the Lord where
God can start the process of making you to become more holy like
He and His Son Jesus are.
There is no
other way! There are no other shortcuts that you can take to get
this accomplished. It is only when the love of God Himself starts
to flow into your personality can you even begin to love God, love
yourself and love other people to the degree and to the intensity
that He would really like from you.
Once the Holy
Spirit begins this sanctification process in your life - your job
will be to learn how to walk, live and operate in the qualities
and attributes He will start to transmit into your personality.
Once the Holy Spirit starts to transmit His quality of love up into
you - your job will then be to learn how to walk in that love in
your words and actions with others.
the Holy Spirit starts to transmit His love into you - it will become
much easier for you to really love others in the way God wants you
to be able to love them. Once you start to feel God's love for His
people - you won't be able to help yourself in feeling that same
love for them since God's love will start to mesh with your own
love. Once God's love starts to flow and mesh into what limited
love you already have - then you will be able to start to really
love other people in the way that God had initially intended for
all of us to be able to.
ingredient in all of this is obviously the love of the Holy Spirit.
It is only when the Holy Spirit starts to release His love into
your personality as one of His 9 fruits can you truly begin to love
your God, love yourself and love other people in the way God intended.
Trying to love others with what limited, imperfect love you may
already have operating in you will never get the job done - either
to your own satisfaction or to the satisfaction of God Himself.
That is why Jesus has told us that without Him we can do nothing
- especially in the area of being able to get properly sanctified
I will give
you some of the best verses from Scripture on the quality of love,
and why God the Father is placing such a strong emphasis that we
learn how to walk in it in our relation to Him, ourselves and to
other people. God the Father is really raising the bar on this one
specific quality as you will be able to see with the way that He
has some of these verses worded out. He is making some extreme and
radical statements with what He is expecting from us with just this
When you first
read what these verses are telling us to do in reference to this
particular quality - you will really be able to feel and sense your
own shortcomings in this area. But again - realize that this is
where the Holy Spirit will be coming in big time. Just realize that
God knows that you cannot reach the level that He is looking for
from you in this area - and that it will only be possible for you
to reach this level only if the love of the Holy Spirit Himself
is operating through you.
When you really
study and meditate on the verses I will list below - you can sum
all of them up in one simple statement. God is looking for you to
be able to love in 6 different areas - all with the love of the
Holy Spirit being available to you to help you out in each of these
areas. God wants you to be able to fully love in all 6 of these
realms. You are to learn to:
Love God Love
yourself Love your family Love your friends Love your neighbors
Love your enemies
You will notice
that there are 6 specific areas that God will want you to be able
to love in. Bottom line - God will want you to love right across
the board - from loving Him down to being able to love the worst
of your enemies. The first 4 areas are much more easier to learn
how to do than the last two - especially the last one in being able
to love your enemies and love those who will try and hurt you in
family and friends is easy and comes very natural for many of us
because of the strong bonds that we have already established with
them. But learning to love some of your other neighbors who you
have no real special bond with or complete total strangers will
be much harder for you to do - especially with the way that our
world has become with so many more people keeping to themselves
and being afraid to trust anyone anymore.
However - this
can be done with the help of the Holy Spirit. Once you start to
feel the love of God Himself for some of these people - it will
become much easier for you to befriend some of these people and
help them when the need may arise. Again - Jesus is the perfect
example of someone who was always helping out total strangers. When
you study what He did as He was walking on our earth, He was always
stopping and talking to people, along with helping, teaching, saving,
healing and delivering some of these people when the need would
arise. He was always there to meet their needs - especially their
Just as Jesus
was able to walk in perfect love in His words and actions with other
people - so to can we learn how to walk in that same Godly love
if we allow the Holy Spirit to enter us into this sanctification
process where God the Father can then begin to work all 9 fruits
of His Holy Spirit up into the very cores of our personalities.
Though we can
never become as perfect as Jesus is in His walk with all of us -
we can all still try to do and be the best we can be in God in our
dealings and relationships with others.
written by Michael Bradley of Bible Knowledge Ministries. www.bible-knowledge.com.
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