Posted by: Rina | October 22, 2009

Love Never Fails

It would not be proper to leave off a discussion about Christian identity and not discuss love.  Love is the centerpiece of all that we do with God and God with us. Indeed, God is love and when abiding in love, we abide in God and God in us (1 John 4:16).  When God is living on the inside, we respond to the world according to the way that He would respond. God is love and when we experience Him we experience love.  This lifestyle of love keeps us centered in God and helps us conform to His Image.  He is love and when we walk in love we walk with God and as God would walk.  We faithfully represent Him on earth when we live our lives according to His standards of love.  Examine this section carefully and put it into action in the way that you feel God treats you and the way you treat others.  This will help maintain our identity.  Jesus told the disciples that the world would know that they were His disciples because of the way that they loved. (John 13:35) Love is what identifies the Christian, it is the mark of identification.  Love never fails, this is a biblical promise. (I Corinthians 13:8)  Biblical love is one of the most powerful forces in the universe.

Love is superior to all spiritual gifts, martyrdom, charity, and giving to the poor. (1 Corinthians 13:1-3) Love is a choice.  Perfect love prevents and casts out fear. (1 John 4:18) Love is superior to the Law, in that, the goal of the Law is love, first toward God and then toward our neighbors.  Love fills up the Law and brings it to its fullness.  Humans were given a free-will because it is the only way for love to exist.  Love requires us to make a choice about it.  God wants us to choose Him above all other things.  This is what God created us for, relationship with Him.  Him loving us and us reciprocating it towards Him.

Love is the exact opposite of selfishness, thus, it prevents satanic strategies from getting a root.  When we walk in the God-kind of love, it protects us from satanic strategies. (1)   Let us examine biblical love. Let us really define it as much as possible, and discuss a strategy to walk in it.

“Love suffers long, and is kind.  Love does not envy, love does not parade itself, is not puffed up; does not behave rudely, does not seek its own, is not provoked’ thinks no evil; does not rejoice in iniquity, but rejoices in truth. Bears all things, believes all things, hopes all things, endures all things.  Love never fails…” (1 Corinthians 13:4-8)

Examine the following breakdown of these verses: (2)

Love suffers long:  It endures evil without complaining. It is not easily provoked or revengeful.  Love waits with confidence and calmness and without discontent. It suffers afflictions without murmuring and without discontent.

Love is kind:  Love does good to others and desires to make them happy by granting their requests, supplying their wants and assisting them in their distress.  Love delights in contributing happiness to others.

Love does not envy:  Love does not fell uneasy or discontent at the happiness of others.      Love does not desire to bring others down to se them depressed.  Love does not desire to possess what someone else has obtained.

Love is not boastful:  Love does not brag or make vain displays of its own worth, attainments, or decorations.  Love does not display its own merits or speak pridefully of itself.  Love is modest.  It has moderate estimation of its own worth.   Its concedes even more respect to others than they require.  It assumes less to itself than others are willing to give.
Love is not prideful:  Love is not scornful of others or conceited of it won superiority or accomplishments.  Love does not have a high opinion of itself or contempt for others.  Love is humble.

Love does not behave rudely:  Love is not discourteous or disrespectful.  Love is always polite, gentle and obliging.

Love does not seek its own:  Love is not selfish.  Love is not concerned with its own welfare above the needs or desires of others.  Love puts others wants/needs above its own.  Love is willing to be inconvenienced in order to grant the request or fulfill the desire of another.

Love is not easily provoked:  Love is not easily angered or offended or revengeful.  Love is not easily irritated or displeased or annoyed.

Love thinks no evil:  Love does not look at the bad or wrong in others.  Love is always ready to see the best in someone else…love focuses on the good and does not think f the bad.  Love doesn’t think badly of others.

Love does not rejoice in iniquity but rejoices in truth:  Love is not happy when someone else does something wrong.  Love is not pleased to see someone else in trouble for wrong actions.  Love is not happy to see someone else fail but rejoiced to see them lifted up and acting in ways pleasing to God.

Love bears all things:  Love suffers without resentment.  Love bears the burdens of others and supports them.  Love suffers without interference to prevent the wrong but endures with patience.

Love hopes all things:  Love expects good from others and waits with confident expectation for the good.  Love exhibits qualities that inspire hope in others.  Love knows and expects that things will be better.  Love looks and treats a person in light of what he will be, not as he is.

Love believes all things;  Love has no doubts about others.  Love believes in others and their worth and word.  Love is trusting and not suspicious.

Love endures all things:  Love bears trials and suffering without resistance but also without yielding (as in yielding to wrong).  Love endures all things with patience and keeps no record of wrongs.

“Love worketh no ill to his neighbor…” (Romans 13:10 KJV)

Love works no ill to another:  Love does nothing that would cause someone else to stumble or be town down.  Love does not hurt others but looks for ways to help, encourage, and uplift others.

LOVE NEVER FAILS

It was suggested to my wife and I that we write all this out and put it up in a spot in our house.  We were told to place it in a spot  where we would be able to read it frequently.  We did and it has yielded results in the way that we both walk in love.  Reading this over and over gets it working in your soul.  Once there, it becomes part of the nature and identity. It is the same premise as meditating, or speaking the word, over yourselves.

Let us walk in love, secure in our identity and setting our face toward our destiny.  Christians should destroy the works of the devil in whatever capacity the Lord has called.  Not all are preachers, pastors, and teacher, but all have the same Spirit at work in them.  Wherever you go, God will send you out with authority. Be secure in who you are, perform great exploits for the Kingdom of God. Walk in your identity and you will fulfill your destiny.

Endnotes
1.  This is not a comprehensive study on the subject, for that, please read Kenneth Hagan’s, Love, the Way to Victory.

2.  All definitions have been taken from Noah Websters, American Dictionary of the English Language 1828 edition, San Francisco, CA, Foundation for American Christian Education, 2006.  The credit for this section goes to my wife, Rina, she was the one who did the research and I’m very grateful for it.

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