FAITH BLOG

LOVE ONE ANOTHER

Galatians 5:13-14 says "For you, brethren, have been called to liberty, only do not use liberty as an opportunity for the flesh, but through love serve one another. For all the Law is fulfilled in one word, even in this: you shall love your neighbor as yourself." We have been freed from the Law as the way to obtain eternal life and to find favor with GOD. We as believers have been given the Grace of GOD. The Grace of GOD gives us what we do not deserve. As believers, we are alive in Christ Jesus. We are possessors of the very life of GOD. His presence lives in us. Oh, bless His Holy Name.  

But the Spirit of Christ teaches us that we are to love one another. We do that by becoming servants of Christ and servants to one another. Love seeks ways to help others.  Love encourages one another. Love is kind. Love is gentle. Love is pure. Love is generous. Love is thoughtful. Love is patient. Love reaches out to those who are hurting. Let me ask this question. How are you doing? Is this the atmosphere in your home? Do you practice love to your brothers and sisters in Christ? Do you harbor bitterness and a lack of forgiveness toward others? Are you walking in the Spirit? If you are walking in the Spirit the love of Christ will flow through your life.  "For all the Law is fulfilled in one word, even in this: You shall love your neighbor as yourself."     

Matthew 22:35-40 says, "Then one of them , a lawyer, asked Him a question, testing Him, and saying, Teacher, which is the great commandment in the Law? Jesus said to him, You shall love the LORD your GOD with all your heart, and with all your soul, and with all your mind. This is the first and great commandment. And the second is like it; You shall love your neighbor as yourself. On these two commandments hang all the Law and the Prophets. Do this and you will walk in the Spirit and fulfill the Law of Christ."   

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SHADOW OF HIS WINGS

As I consider Psalm 63:1-8, can I really say that the Lord is my God – do I truly act like it? Do I really love the Lord my God with all my heart, with all my soul, with all my mind, and with all my strength, as we are exhorted in Mark 12:30?  

I know how I act starts in my heart, soul, and mind…

 However,

  • Do I Earnestly seek the Lord?
  • Do I Thirst for Him? Does my flesh faint for Him as in a dry and weary land without water? (Also, Ps 143:6; Mt 5:6)
  • Is my soul satisfied as with rich food?
  • Do I remember Him upon my bed and meditate on Him in the watches of the night?
  • Does my soul cling to Him?

Wow…how convicting? I can honestly say I struggle with all of these things. As Paul says in Romans 7:24, “Oh, wretched man that I am! Who will deliver me from this body of death?”

However, we have a HUGE hope, because His steadfast love is better than life (v3) and in the shadow of His wings we will have joy while his right hand upholds us (v.7-8).

This day I encourage you to consider Isaiah 30:18.

"Therefore the Lord waits to be gracious to you, and therefore He exalts Himself to show mercy to you.  For the Lord is a God of justice;  blessed are all those who wait for Him."

Think about that…the Lord is waiting to be gracious to us and exalts Himself to show us mercy. However, the key is waiting for Him. This requires dependence on Him. Thank God our joy and peace does NOT depend on us! 

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