Sunday, 9 September 2012
LOVE (Faith, Hope and Love.....Part 1)
And now these three remain: faith, hope and love. But the greatest of these is love. (1 Corinthians 13:13)
Lets go with Love!
Do you know you could give your entire world of possessions to somebody without loving the person? *(If I give all I possess to the poor and surrender my body to the flames, but have not love, I gain nothing. 1 Cor. 13:3)*
Do you know you could have faith a great as to move mountains, the gift of prophecy, speak in diverse tongues, fathom all mysteries and all knowledge and yet lack in love! (1 Cor. 13:1)
Why? The answer is simple. The lesser is contained in the greater. To gather all other individual qualities, Spiritual gifts and other things, all we need do is ask! Listen, God's word is so true that it works for just anybody..I mean anybody! You see, at just the right time, when we were still powerless, Christ died for the ungodly. Very rarely will anyone die for a righteous man, though for a good man someone might possibly dare to die. But God demonstrates his own love for us in this: While we were still sinners, Christ died for us.(Romans 5 vs 6-8). So you see the scripture points out those for whom Christ came to redeem. Note carefully, not the Righteous, but the ungodly! All you need do is apply the word! Jesus said, * WHATSOEVER ye shall ask the father in my name.....do you know what that means. Only the Son of God can talk like that..and the Bible lets us know that by receiving Jesus, we have the power he possesses. The bible tells us that as many as received Jesus, to them he gave power to become SONS OF GOD even to them that believe on his name!(John 1: 12).
Note carefully the two words pointed out by the scripture, RECEIVE AND BELIEVE. That covers two sets of people and means two different things. TO RECEIVE JESUS IS DIFFERENT FROM BELIEVING IN JESUS. THAT IS WHAT DIFFERENTIATES A BORN AGAIN FROM JUST ANYBODY WHO REFERENCES OR BELIEVES IN JESUS. But notice, the bible incorporates the two sets of people. Those that RECEIVE JESUS(BORN-AGAIN) and those that BELIEVE ON HIS NAME(WHICH MAY BE BORN-AGAIN OR NOT) So that means by receiving/believing Jesus, I can ask whatsoever. So do not be surprised that even the word of God works even for "those people". what is my point...Even the devil can prophecy, quote the scriptures(refer to the temptation of Jesus), give gifts to people, but one thing he cannot do or be is Love. Do you know why?
Because God is love and the devil can never be God.
So I can be all the good things and still be lacking in love? YES!
So how do we solve this? That takes us back to the POINT that shows that the Lesser is contained in the Greater". Now love contains all/every other virtue including WISDOM. Why do I say so. The Bible tells us that He that winneth souls is WISE! (Proverbs 11:30) Now you would not want to win a person over to Christ to gain eternal life if you do not love that person.
So I want to possess all these sterling qualities in its entirety, so what do I do?
Instead of asking God to give me each one individually, I ask God to Give me LOVE, which covers them all. That is what the scripture means when it says *asking according to God's Will*. It means asking like God would have asked, thinking like him before asking*. So instead of selfishly asking *God please give me wealth, God would be more pleased if I asked him * God bless me with your kind of Love* because under that umbrella of love, there is wealth in abundance! God is pleased when we ask for things in wider and greater dimensions. That is why God was pleased with the asking of Solomon. Solomon though being a Child, asked for something that encompassed other things *wisdom*. Under Wisdom was wealth, fame, good health etc. So instead of asking God for one of these, he asked God for one thing that had all of those.
That is why Paul in his writing to the church at Corinth emphasized Love as being the Greatest of them all! Because God is love, asking God to bless you with his kind of Love is like literally telling him:
GOD PLEASE MAKE ME YOU! What a request! God will be so pleased because he has always wanted us to be like him. That is why he made us in His own Image and likeness. To further attest to that, he wanted us to have his being, that is why he charged us in Leviticus 19:2 (New International Version)To
'Be holy because I, the LORD your God, am holy".