Friday, 18 September 2015
Someone said loudly, "I DON'T LIKE what she did to me but I will still love her." Is that real or fake? A Bible teacher said, “We have to love. There may be many people we don’t like ... well, we don't have to like them but we have to LOVE them.” What is he talking about?
If we do not spend time with God in His Word, we will never understand what is LOVE. If we are not filled with the Holy Spirit, we will not be able to love people the way God loves them. Christian love comes from the Holy Spirit (Galatians 5:22). If we ask God, He will give us the Holy Spirit. If we yield to the Spirit, He will teach us.
If we are persecuted, we might be thinking of how to get out of danger or get back at the people who are persecuting us. But, God is calling us to love our enemies. Let us look at Jesus on the cross and intercede for our enemies. Many people do not know Jesus. Let us point them to Jesus and let Him love them.
Christian love is a decision to follow Jesus. It is a decision to love in action and attitude. It is not just an emotional moment. In Paul’s letter to the Colossians, he said that Epaphrus was wrestling in prayer for the people that they may stand firm in all the will of God, matured and fully assured. Epaphrus must have wrestled in prayer for the people because he loved them with the love of Christ.
God has poured out His love into our hearts by the Holy Spirit, whom He has given us. (Romans 5:5) Our new life in Christ enables us to love the way Jesus loved. Christian love motivates us to act in the best interests of others. Christian love motivates sincere prayer and intercession. Christian love motivates forgiveness. Christian love motivates change and transformation. Praise the LORD!
Christian love is supposed to have an impact on the world. That is God’s will. Love must be practiced in the church. Jesus said, “My command is this: Love each other as I have loved you.” (John 15:12)
Jesus also said, “You did not choose me, but I chose you and appointed you to go and bear fruit – fruit that will last.” God loves us with an everlasting love. (Jeremiah 31:3) Surely, God is pleased when we are fruitful, bearing fruit that will last. Let us keep our eyes on Jesus. Jesus is the way and the truth and the life. Let us look at the Son and see the Father. Let us study the Word and know the truth. Let us believe and receive everlasting life. My prayer is for all Christians to bear the fruit that will last. Amen!
Lam Yee Ling