Daily Walk with the Holy Spirit

Wednesday, November 25, 2009

Love found me!

"And hope does not disappoint us, because God has poured out His love into our hearts by the Holy Spirit, whom He has given us." Romans 5:5 NIV

Nothing but Love lifted me out of the miry clay.

It is His love that lifted me.

Love Found me!

Nothing but His love.

When you have a love for someone you have a patience for them.

Have we in our hearts learned to live by faith?

I'm not talking about things just here and there, but a lifestyle of faith.

"If you do not stand firm in your faith, you will not stand at all." Isaiah 7:9 NIV

We live in a culture where faith has been distorted and twisted to serve man rather than God.

Today's culture has set aside God, and exchanged the Creator for the creature.

Faith is believing for the impossible, becoming possible.

Faith is believing and watching God to do what we cannot do.

Have we learned to love by faith?

Does that agape love reside in you?

Agape - the Greek word in the New Testament is translated love.

This love is the active participation of volition and will.

Simply meaning that love, is not only exercised when it is felt like it, it is exercised when we choose to extend God's love, sacrificially.

"And walk in love, as Christ also hath loved us, and hath given Himself for us as an offering and a sacrifice to God for a sweet smelling savour." Ephesians 5:2

For me to put a sacrificial love another way would also be to say a love by faith.

God has called us to love even when...
We don't want too
We don't feel like it
We get nothing in return
They don't deserve it
They don't even know it
Whether or not you think it makes a difference.

We are called to love by faith.
Love your enemies by faith
Love your neighbors by faith
Love fellow believers by faith
Love family members by faith
Love unruly teenagers by faith
Love spouses by faith
Love in-laws by faith
Love those who are ill and bitter towards us, by faith

Love by faith, not by feeling.

If we loved by feeling we would not be loving in obedience to God's Word.

Too me this is one of the hardest things in which I think I have been tested in.

The very nature of love is sacrificial, we are not to offers a self centered human substitute or a strong fire before God, only sweet aroma.

Love is a fruit of the Spirit of Christ within a believer that surfaces when they filled by Him, and yielded to His authority.

When we get aggravated cause nothing is happening it is because we use resources of our own emotions, rather than relying on our Heavenly Father's love to flow through us.

Living love by faith takes a daily commitment to not let self and affections get in the way.

We must step out of the way, and ask for the love of God to fill us.

When we let His love come in and fill us, then and only then will we begin to love by faith.

Faith and love are inseparable.

Lord, strengthen our hearts by your glory.

"And now abideth faith hope and love, even theses three: but the chiefest of these is love."
1 Corinthians 13:13 Geneva Bible of 1599

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