Defined And Known By Love

1 Corinthians 8:1 Now about food sacrificed to idols: We know that We all possess knowledge.” But knowledge puffs up while love builds upThose who think they know something do not yet know as they ought to knowBut whoever loves God is known by God.

This pretty much tells us about the nature of love if you can see it from this perspective. Your love for God makes you known to God. It makes you known to others too. For the scriptures says by their fruits ye shall know them! Matthew 7:16-27

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Matthew 7:16-20 By their fruit you will recognize them. Do people pick grapes from thorn bushes, or figs from thistles? 17 Likewise, every good tree bears good fruit, but a bad tree bears bad fruit. 18 A good tree cannot bear bad fruit, and a bad tree cannot bear good fruit. 19 Every tree that does not bear good fruit is cut down and thrown into the fire. 20 Thus, by their fruit you will recognize them.

God knows who loves Him. We should also know who loves us. If a supposed representative of God bears no good fruits that you can see amongst all virtues then you must know such is not of God. Do not be deceived. False Christians abound! Don’t be one either!

There is chaos in Texas and a Senator thinks this is the time to go on vacation? What fruit is this folks?

Talk is cheep! Action speaks louder!

It is time Christians begin to look at the fruits a tree is bearing. Talk is cheep! Action speaks louder! But when words are backed up by action, good or bad, you will know who is on the Lords side! We must be intentional in doing good! And for all! Not a selected few!

In our individual lives, we must take stock and weed out every greed, bitterness of Spirit, negativity, selfishness, and egocentrism most especially. Jesus Christ is our model! Be Christlike!

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The story of the good Samaritan should teach each and everyone of us valuable lessons. It does no matter if the needy got themselves into their predicament, our duty as Christ’s beloved is to help. In the last 11 months or thereabout, how many of your Church member did you check upon man of God? How many did you send word of encouragement to woman of God? Christians should care for one another!

Love builds up! Love God, love yourself, and love others like yourself!

Shalom!

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Expressions Of Faith

According to Galatians 5:6: For in Jesus Christ neither circumcision availeth any thing, nor uncircumcision; but faith which worketh by love. KJV

NIV: Galatians 5:6 For in Christ Jesus neither circumcision nor uncircumcision has any value. The only thing that counts is faith expressing itself through love

Therefore, any faith that is not expressed in love is a gimmicks. A faith exercised outside of love for God and man is no faith. Faith in God must of necessity reflect love for God and His creation – other people.

In our daily living then, in our endeavors, how much of our faith walks and work reflect love for God and others?

Going back to basics will realign us with the Truth of the Gospel. Self-centered faith ask for this and that for self gratification, aggradizement, and what not, failing to seek for the good of God and others.

I pray we all reexamine ourselves, ask for mercy where we have failed, and receive grace for realignment.

Thank you Lord for your faithfulness.

Love Conquers All Ills!!!

Luke 6:27 “But I say to you who hear: Love your enemies, do good to those who hate you, 28 bless those who curse you, and pray for those who spitefully use you. 29 To him who strikes you on the one cheek, offer the other also. And from him who takes away your cloak, do not withhold your tunic either. 30 Give to everyone who asks of you. And from him who takes away your goods do not ask them back. 31 And just as you want men to do to you, you also do to them likewise.

img_20161219_074243Friends, do you want to be loved? Then love another, give love! Love in this context is the agape kind of love, the love of Jehovah. You want to be understood, then understand another. You need a friend, be a friend! Do you want to shine like the stars of heaven? Then do not attempt to quench the light of another. You see love, iron sharpens iron! God has made humanity in such a way that we are interdependent! No single person can thrive and be effective in all areas of life without the input of another at every stage, phase of life.

We need each others love and understanding. We all crave to be understood for we all are a complicated work of art, woven majestically by the hand that is not of mortals. His ways are far beyond our ways.He has a plan for us and has apportioned each and everyone of us to specific tasks, scene, and phase and these overlaps. Absolutely!! God makes it so much that we are not self sufficient even though we act so, we are not!!!  God controls everything for He is sovereign and only when we realize this can we begin to function effectively with greater impact in that which has been apportioned to us.

The engine which drives us to the fulfillment of God’s plan and purpose friends, it also happens to be the greatest commandment is love! Love for God, love for self, and love for one another – Matthew 22:36-40. Love stops evil in its track ‘cos you will think twice if you would like to receive what you were about to met out/give. If we all think with the heart of love always, we would definitely act and react differently. 

Friends, will you begin to see also with the eyes of love? Then sow seeds that will yield love in your hearts. Watch your thoughts and you would begin to think differently, see differently, and act differently. Even as the scriptures admonish us in  Philippians 4:8 Finally, brothers and sisters, whatever is true, whatever is noble, whatever is right, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is admirable—if anything is excellent or praiseworthy—think about such things.

Lord we thank you for loving us. May the light of your love continue to penetrate the recess of our heart until every and any form of darkness dissipate from our hearts. May we become truly an embodiment of your love, blessed to be a blessing, a conduit of the light of your countenance to all on our path to fulfilling destiny in Christ Jesus mighty name. Let the light of your love fall upon every heart and the words of life take root downward and bear fruit upwards in every heart. Amen.

Shalom! Shalom! Shalom!