God’s Love is the only true love; and as the mighty Kaieteur Falls among the other falls, it stands out among all other love.
As part of our InJew Culture in Christ Jesus, we obey a distinct and unequivocal (clear) order or command of the Creator and Most High God, that is, all people of faith in Christ Jesus love not only Him, and one another, but also, our neighbor; in this case, say, the person next door. [Deuteronomy 6:4; I John 4:7; Matthew 22:37- 40] But you may ask yourself, “How can I like a person who has hurt and embarrassed me not even once, but several times, or perhaps any enemy who has been a ‘pain in my neck’ for several years now, much less to love that person.
About God’s Love
Unlike most, who think that their love for others must be intimate and erotic: God Almighty’s love is unique in that it is unilateral, (one sided) and has nothing to do with his likes or dislikes about a person. This is actually God’s love and it is known as AGAPE love. Unlike man’s love in the natural or the emotional ways man loves his fellowmen, God’s love is definitely supernatural, and rightly so, because He is supernatural. And God’s love was, is, and will always be the same in every Epoch to come. This is why in our modern day societies, His love is relevant. God the Father is still merciful and forgiving to all mankind, and He is with open arms reaching out to all who would come humbly to Him for help. Interestingly, in spite man’s short comings, God Almighty commanded that believers must love Him, as well as, and themselves. [Deuteronomy 6: 4] In Matthew 22:37- 40 Jesus the Christ confirmed His Father’s command whe He told the inquiring Pharisees thus, “Thou shalt love the Lord thy God with all thy heart, and with all thy soul, and with all thy mind. this is the first great commandment. And the second is like unto it, thou shalt love thy neighbor as thyself.”This is possible because believers in Christ can access the love of God Almighty, knowing that it can be released by the Holy Spirit who indwells the believers. If you are a backslider, or one who never accepted Christ Jesus as your Lord and Savior, but acknowledge that you are a sinner, who needs a Savior because you want to be saved and to receive God’s Holy Spirit within you; don’t despair. Please follow the seven steps below:-
Seven Steps to ensure you are saved and to Holy Spirit within you
- First, remember that God’s love is released by His Holy Spirit only, and does not have whom to like, or to dislike
- Second, Know that to have access to God’s love, the Holy Spirit must dwell within you
- Third, for the Holy Spirit to dwell within you, you must voluntarily repent of your sins, ask God to forgive you of your sins, and to cleanse you from all unrighteousness through the blood of Jesus, [1 John 7:-10]
- Fourth, invite Christ into your heart and life, by faith : You may say, Jehovah, my heavenly Father, I come before your presence believing that I am a sinner, who need a savior because I cannot save myself. I repent of my sins, and I ask you to forgive me my sins. By faith, I invite Christ into my life. Come into my heart and life Christ Jesus, save me, and live my life for yourself. I surrender my all to you. Grant it Holy Father, In Jesus’ name. Amen.
- Fifth, know that when you invite Christ into your life, you also receive the Holy Spirit automatically
- Sixth, know that Holy Spirit has one fruit divided into nine parts of which the first part is love, [ Galatians 5: 22-24], and
- Seventh, as you read, pray and study the Word of God , you will experience the love of God more and more if you follow the leading of the Holy Spirit.
Understand the term following the leading of the Holy Spirit
In Galatians 5: 17-26, we read about the battle within man, that is, between his flesh and the Spirit, so much so, that he (degenerated man) is hindered from doing the things that he wants to do. But if you relate this condition to your own experience, you will do all things through Christ who gives you the strength to do so. This is why you must put your total dependence upon God Almighty, through Jesus Christ, to lead you to the next level, and the next, as you read, study and apply Galatians 5: 19-21 to your life. It is all up to you. Are you ready? Let us get ready to “Rambo” in Jesus’ name. It is a fact, a biblical fact that these sins mentioned in Galatians 5: verses 19 to 21 stem from the fallen nature in man, and that this fallen nature is the root cause of sins working and manifesting themselves in our members. So we have desires and yield to them as well. But if we follow the leading of the Spirit of God within the context of Galatians 5:19-21, we will soon understand that the greatest battle on earth that is currently taking place is in none other part of the Globe, but that part of our inner world 24/7 per individual on a daily basis. It is a bitter battle between the flesh, or man’s lower nature, and the Spirit of God; who has Jehovah’s divine nature and strongly apposes the fleshly lust in the believer, so he cannot do as he well pleases without being convicted by Him (the Holy Spirit).
I urge you to walk in the Spirit that you will not fulfill the lust of the flesh. [Galatians 5:1]
Understand through the scriptures that man has a lower nature, also known as the fallen nature, or the Adamic nature. This fallen nature has desires which are totally against the Sprit of God Almighty, within man, and the manifestation of it, is seen in the various behavioral patterns of people in every stratum of society, worldwide. I would list them shortly, but I cannot at this time provide you with a full explanation of each, for this is beyond the scope of this instructional post. I urge you to walk in the Spirit that you will not fulfill the lust of the flesh. Renounce these (lusts) where applicable in your life now, in the name of Jesus, and instead, walk in the Spirit that you will not fulfill the lust of the flesh. Stay under the blood of Jesus, by faith, it will cleanse you and make you whole. Below, are the manifestations of some desires of the flesh clearly spelt out in Galatians Chapter 5: 19-21, termed “works of the flesh.” Adultery, fornication, uncleanness, lasciviousness (lust), idolatry, witchcraft, hatred, variance, (disagreeing) emulations (jealousy), wrath, strife, seditions, (divisions), heresies (opinions contrary to the Word of God), envying, murders, drunkenness, and revellings (ungodly merry makings) etc.
The Spirit of God Almighty as restrainer and character builder
Interestingly, the Spirit of God in the believer acts as the restrainer to the above mentioned desires of his flesh, and thus restrains the believer in Christ from such indulgences. He also convicts him/her of righteousness and judgment to come [John 16:8], and with no little conviction if the believer sins against Him (the Spirit of God). You may now understand why the believer “cannot do the things according to his will,” as a result of this constant tug-o-war between “flesh” and “Spirit” within him/her. The Spirit of God Almighty develops character in men and women, even in those who did not have any moral or ethical values and self respect at one time in their lives. He does not only builds character in us believing men and women, but also, empowers us for service. And sends us out as role models and living examples to God Almighty’s saving grace and keeping power through Christ Jesus; and, as well as, His “burning and shining lights;” in the midst of this present dark world of sin, wickedness, and in this rebellious generation to win some (including the unlovable) to Christ; through His love, His Word, Effective fervent Prayer, Daily Lifestyle and Faith in Christ Jesus. As the believer in Christ, let us reach the unlovable with the love of God Almighty. The unlovable have a right to know and understand God Almighty’s love, too, but how would unlovable men and women know it, if they are shunned? How can God Almighty build character in the unlovable, if believers act like the unlovable? Certainly, if some among the unlovable humble themselves before God Almighty, believe the Word of God, and yield themselves to the leading of the Holy Spirit, they too should be delivered: and further, manifest such characteristic traits, and graces of the fruit of the Holy Spirit, as mentioned below:-
The Walk and the Fruit of the Holy Spirit
The fruit of the Holy Spirit is: —love, joy, peace, long-suffering, gentleness, goodness, faith, meekness, and self control. It is only one fruit, but it is divided into nine parts. The onus is now the reader’s, to choose either to be lead by his/her own fleshly desires and works of the flesh, or, instead, choose and follow the leading of the Holy Spirit, through whom God’s love is released.
That you follow the leading of God Almighty’s Holy Spirit, is my earnest prayer on your behalf. May God richly bless you. Amen.
Stay under the Blood of Jesus!
Serving in newness of spirit, Pastor: Elder Wilfred A. Wilson