Our faith is built on love. Pleasing my Father–God–is what is most important in our lives. Love is an important ingredient.
When circumstances are up against you, for example, you must respond with love. When you feel “offended” you need to move on, get past what traps Satan has laid out there for you.
Love is the response to feeling offended. The Holy Spirit will ask you to walk in the kind of agape love of the Father.
Learning to walk in the agape kind of love is sometimes difficult. I see a lot of the hurts and sins of the girls I teach in the Jail and they face so much rejection. Their first reaction is not love. So we are always in a learning experience with my ladies in the jail.
There exist six hindrances to faith:
One is a lack of understanding of what you have been given through grace. You are reborn, a new person, not the old person.
Two, we need to transform our thinking, renew our minds to the Word of God.
Three, confession. How strong is it? We will continue on this theme in next teaching.
For this lesson on love and change, Part 3, let’s start with Romans 5:5:5 And hope does not put us to shame, because God’s love has been poured out into our hearts through the Holy Spirit, who has been given to us.
One, in fact has to change to get in line with the Word. Patience, love and hope go together. Love of God is poured out on you by the Holy Spirit.
God is developing character. It’s a process since God is really developing your character to line up with his word.
1 John 3:14 tells us: 14 We know that we have passed from death to life, because we love each other. Anyone who does not love remains in death. John is saying that you can cut your span short. Sin will bring an early demise. But we are responsible for what we do or say, and we ourselves open the door to sin.
1 Corinthians 13 is one of the most wonderful passage in Scripture addressing love:
13 If I speak in the tongues[a] of men or of angels, but do not have love, I am only a resounding gong or a clanging cymbal. 2 If I have the gift of prophecy and can fathom all mysteries and all knowledge, and if I have a faith that can move mountains, but do not have love, I am nothing. 3 If I give all I possess to the poor and give over my body to hardship that I may boast,[b] but do not have love, I gain nothing.
4Love is patient, love is kind. It does not envy, it does not boast, it is not proud. 5 It does not dishonor others, it is not self-seeking, it is not easily angered, it keeps no record of wrongs. 6 Love does not delight in evil but rejoices with the truth. 7 It always protects, always trusts, always hopes, always perseveres.
8Love never fails. But where there are prophecies, they will cease; where there are tongues, they will be stilled; where there is knowledge, it will pass away. 9 For we know in part and we prophesy in part, 10 but when completeness comes, what is in part disappears. 11 When I was a child, I talked like a child, I thought like a child, I reasoned like a child. When I became a man, I put the ways of childhood behind me. 12 For now we see only a reflection as in a mirror; then we shall see face to face. Now I know in part; then I shall know fully, even as I am fully known.
13 And now these three remain: faith, hope and love. But the greatest of these is love.
The passage above from 1 Corinthians 13 is the “love walk.”
Let’s start with Jone 15:9-10: 9 “As the Father has loved me, so have I loved you. Now remain in my love. 10 If you keep my commands, you will remain in my love, just as I have kept my Father’s commands and remain in his love. ”
Talking about the love walk. Abide in his love, important.
When you love another as I have loved you. Love has a lot to do with getting your prayers answered. The “love walk” is among the most important.
“The fruit of the spirit is love. See Galatians 5:22-23: 22 But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, forbearance, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, 23 gentleness and self-control. Against such things there is no law. Love is the character of God
Louise uses the metaphor of an orange. There are segments, which represent the fruits of the Spirit, among them, peace, long suffering (are you silent, or loud in describing your long suffering in love), kindness (is an active act)goodness, morality, wholeness, and faithfullness.
Ministers today are afraid to preach the whole truth or word of God, not just wanting to make your congregation feel good. They fail to address such subjects as homosexuality, etc.
Or, how about girls dressing like hookers, and the subjects of drinking and drugs.
Parents, the above problems are YOUR problems!
Morality is part of the walk of faith.
What NEEDS to be taught in church is NOT being taught. Parents need to step up to the plate.