Faith & Love

December 9, 2013

For [if we are] in Christ Jesus, neither circumcision nor uncircumcision counts for anything, but only faith activated and energized and expressed and working through love. Galatians 5:6 AMP

Faith works through love. Just as oil prevents friction and causes things to flow in a car, operating in love will help your faith to operate. The love of God will cause you to go from good to great to breakthrough.

When love becomes the driving motive in our lives, the atmosphere around us becomes charged with increased potential for higher effectiveness. Why? Because even Jesus was “moved with compassion” (Mark 1:41). He only did what He saw His Father doing. As we learn to yield to those heart promptings, results will take place.

If I speak with the tongues of men and of angels, but do not have love, I have become a noisy gong or a clanging cymbal. 1 Corinthians 13:1

We are able to love because God first loved us (1 John 4:19). The next few weeks, discipline yourself to meditate on the love of God. It takes courage to crucify that Ebenezer Scrooge grumpiness and get over in a place where you are choosing love. But the results of answered prayer, healthy relationships, and breakthrough are worth it!

Pray this prayer:
“Here am I, Lord. I commit my heart today. Today, God, I bridle my tongue. I’m not going to let bitterness or hurt fester. I don’t want any blessing blockers in my heart. Today I forgive. Help me, God, to be kind to others at home, at my job, out in public. Help me to be consistent and to grow with ever-increasing faith and love. I love You, Jesus!”

God bless you,
Pastor Jeff

Love (verb)
In short, we love whatever gives us pleasure and delight . . . and if our hearts are right, we love God above all things, as the sum of all excellence and all the attributes which can communicate happiness to intelligent beings. –Excerpt from the 1828 Webster’s Revised Unabridged Dictionary

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