April 07, 2015
Paul was adamant. If we do not have the love of God ruling and reigning in our hearts and flowing through us, all we do is nothing, all we are is nothing, and all we receive from all we do amounts to nothing. (1 Cor. 13:1-3)
But it is often hard to love...even within the walls of our own home.
How do we love like Jesus? Even loving our enemies?
HOLY SPIRIT LOVE
""...the love of God has been poured out within our hearts through the Holy Spirit who was given to us."" (Romans 5:5)
As always, this is the key. We do not have this quality as humans. Only God has this love and God IS love. If we are true followers of Christ, we have His Spirit in us. He is there to flow through us like ""rivers of living water"" and produce the fruit of love in us (John 7:39, Galatians 5:22).
I am the container for the love of God! What a privilege and responsibility. If I will surrender the members of my body to Him for His use, His love will be poured out in me and through me. (Romans 6:12-13)
One of the greatest moments of reality for me came when I faced a person who had hurt me more deeply than I'd ever experienced. I knew I should love them. I had chosen forgiveness, but I had no love for them and I was about to face them. And Christ said we are to even love our enemies!
So, here was my prayer: ""Lord, I do not love this person. You know that. But You live in me. And you ARE love. All the love I need is in me because You are in me. So, right now, I yield my body to You to be an instrument of Your love. Shed abroad Your love in my heart through the Holy Spirit.""
When I got out of the car and faced that individual, I was overwhelmed with love for them. I had no one to thank but God Himself. Could I say, “To Bill be the glory, great things he has done?” God alone received the glory for He was the source of that amazing love.
IS THERE SOMEONE YOU NEED TO LOVE TODAY?
The answer is simple: you need to love everyone, even those who have hurt you! Do you understand that you are incapable of that happening, but that God is more than able? And, will you yield your body to him today to be a conduit for his unfathomable love? If you will, you will be blessed, others will be overwhelmed, and God will be glorified.
October 13, 2021
October 12, 2021
It could not be worse. God is gracious in His offering of forgiveness through Jesus Christ to all who believe. Those who come to know God and obey Him will experience the best in this life and the life to come.
But what of all those who ignore God? Who will not trust Him? Who never follow and obey the one true God? The Bible leaves no ambiguity about this, and its clarity should sober us.
October 07, 2021
My son, who is planting a church in a Northern Colorado city, intentionally took me for a walk through a sculpture garden recently that is located in a prominent spot in his large city. It was beautiful, convenient, and filled with people.
To my amazement, at every 30 yards or so, there was a stone statue. The whole garden was a prayer garden, and each statue was named. The farther we walked, the more I realized it was a garden designed to help you pray to ancestral spirits. This religion is called animism and is no different from the false religions we read of in the Scripture. Paul encountered this in Athens.