Love endures with patience and serenity, love is kind and thoughtful, and is not jealous or envious; love does not brag and is not proud or arrogant. It is not rude; it is not self-seeking, it is not provoked [nor overly sensitive and easily angered]; it does not take into account a wrong endured. It does not rejoice at injustice, but rejoices with the truth [when right and truth prevail]. Love bears all things [regardless of what comes], believes all things [looking for the best in each one], hopes all things [remaining steadfast during difficult times], endures all things [without weakening].1 Corinthians 13:4-7 AMP
How do you know if you are walking with God? If agápē love is the motive and intention of your heart. If you have no hint of a selfish agenda as you show genuine care and express real concern for the well-being of another. That’s agápē.
Reread the above Scripture quote and insert your name wherever you see the bolded words love and it. Consider it a prophetic declaration of your true, God-given character, when the Holy Spirit is leading you in the love of God.
Before you protest that it’s impossible, remember that with man this is impossible, but with God, all things are possible. God is the One who molds us and makes us into who we are according to His good pleasure.
Think about it. Jesus’ ministry was always motivated by compassion. He was obedient to love. You can forget every rule and regulation in the Law if you simply love.
One of them, a lawyer [an expert in Mosaic Law], asked Jesus a question, to test Him: “Teacher, which is the greatest commandment in the Law?” And Jesus replied 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 greatest commandment. The second is like it, ‘You shall love your neighbor as yourself [that is, unselfishly seek the best or higher good for others].’ The whole Law and the [writings of the] Prophets depend on these two commandments.”Matthew 22:35-40 AMP
Our love for God should be first and foremost. We should love God more than our own lives. Furthermore, we should love our neighbors as we love ourselves. We shouldn’t elevate ourselves as more important than others. We’re all the same in God’s eyes. He is no respecter of persons. He shows no partiality. His love is absolute and equal for all. Jesus died for all of us, not just the elite.
If we want to turn the corner, we’re going to have to abandon judgment and selfishness. That’s not our calling. We’re called to be just like God in this world, with regards to love. It’s not an unattainable ideal, it’s a manifestation of God’s Spirit because God is love and we are temples of the Holy Spirit.
Abide in Christ. Abide in love. Abiding is remaining. Make your home there. Don’t move out. Let your house be a house of love. You’re a temple, a carrier of the Kingdom, an ambassador of Christ.
Let love rule and reign in your hearts and minds and let it stir you to action. Then you will see revival that is contagious and cannot be stopped. Love never fails.
May the love of God define your remaining walk here on Earth. In the Name of the Lord Jesus Christ I pray. Amen.