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17 June – Stay in love

faith works by love

God wants us to walk in power. But He wants us to use that power in love. He wants to know that we won’t take it and mix it with judgment and criticism.

Imagine if you had everything you said just like John 15:7 says “If you abide in Me, and My words abide in you, you will ask what you desire, and it shall be done for you”.

God wants to use us to bless this world, to bring heaven to earth, but can He trust us? Too often if He gave us what we desired and asked for we’d get on the freeway and blast someone off the road which is why the power of God without love is dangerous.

The Bible teaches us that the greatest commandment is, “To love the Lord your God with all your heart, with all your soul, and with all your mind and to love your neighbor as yourself” (Matthew 22:37)

Jesus teaches us that… “What things you so desire, when you pray, believe that you receive them, and you shall have them. And when you stand praying, forgive, if you have anything against anyone: that your Father also who is in heaven may forgive you your trespasses” (Mark 11:24-25).

That means that our Faith works by love.…Galatians 5:6), which is why we mustn’t allow anyone or anything to ruin the rest of our lives by short-circuiting our faith because we are walking in un-forgiveness and holding onto things?

God asks us to “STAY IN LOVE”. That’s a commandment. Why? Because love makes everything else work. For faith without love is going nowhere. That’s why Jesus instructed us to forgive when we pray. He wants our prayers to be powerful, and that when we pray we will receive what we ask for. But we have to stay in love for that to happen. The one thing that makes it all work is Love.

Love bears up under anything and everything that comes…its hopes are fadeless under all circumstances and it endures everything [without weakening]. Love never fails—never fades out or becomes obsolete or comes to an end…” (1 Cor: 7-8).

God wants us to walk in love because love never fails. He wants the best for us, and the best is found in love.

We cannot pick and choose what we want to believe from God’s Word and disregard the rest. It’s all connected, and it all centres around love.

Today make love your focus. Pursue it, practice it, and study it. Let Love and the one who is love, be your focus. (1 John 4:8) “God is Love”. 

Prayer: Lord I forgive those who have hurt me, and I ask for your love to fill my heart. I choose to walk in love knowing that “my faith works by love.” In Jesus Name. Amen.

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