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Matt 24:12-13
12 And because lawlessness will abound, the love of many will grow cold. 13 But he who endures to the end shall be saved.

Do you really know how much God loves you?  No, go back and read that again.  Whoa, you passed by that much too quickly.  Ok, once again, go back and read it again. Can you hear Him saying it to you?  "I love you".  If so then you're ready to go on.   Do you even understand love?  Do you think love is a feeling?  Is love merely an emotion?  Is love a sexual experience?  

Fifteen years ago I was in the midst of one of the hardest trials I could imagine.  I had been sick with a mysterious malady for a long time, and when I thought nothing could get worse my husband decided our marriage was over and was about to leave me for another woman.  My parents wanted me to come back home with them, my brother (a two time divorcee) had no answers so I began reaching out for  God's answer.  The day my husband was going to leave I went walking around the block in our neighborhood.  I called out for His answer and for only the second time in my life I heard an answer in my physical ears, "Love them, they don't know what love is".  His answer made my blood run cold, but I knew His answer was the only answer.  He was very kind in that he failed to mention that I had no clue to love either.  I seriously thought I had been loving, that I knew what He meant.  Only after time in the word did I discover that love is an action word, a word wrapped up in a walk that requires faith.  I was again facing the greatest challenge ever in walking out His answer.  

I Corinthians 13 is where we will find exactly what love, real love is all about. 

13:1 Though I speak with the tongues of men and of angels, but have not love, I have become sounding brass or a clanging cymbal. 2 And though I have the gift of prophecy, and understand all mysteries and all knowledge, and though I have all faith, so that I could remove mountains, but have not love, I am nothing. 3 And though I bestow all my goods to feed the poor, and though I give my body to be burned, but have not love, it profits me nothing. 4 Love suffers long and is kind; love does not envy; love does not parade itself, is not puffed up; 5 does not behave rudely, does not seek its own, is not provoked, thinks no evil; 6 does not rejoice in iniquity, but rejoices in the truth; 7 bears all things, believes all things, hopes all things, endures all things. 8 Love never fails. But whether there are prophecies, they will fail; whether there are tongues, they will cease; whether there is knowledge, it will vanish away. 9 For we know in part and we prophesy in part. 10 But when that which is perfect has come, then that which is in part will be done away. 11 When I was a child, I spoke as a child, I understood as a child, I thought as a child; but when I became a man, I put away childish things. 12 For now we see in a mirror, dimly, but then face to face. Now I know in part, but then I shall know just as I also am known. 13 And now abide faith, hope, love, these three; but the greatest of these is love.
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If we dissect these verses we will get to the very element of what God is for God is love.  We have heard that "God so loved the world that He gave His only begotten son", but this scripture goes even further in that we know that God is love.

One of the things I like to do is put God in the place of love in this scripture:

God suffers long and is kind; God does not envy; God does not parade Himself, is not puffed up; He does not behave rudely, does not seek His own, is not provoked, thinks no evil; He does not rejoice in iniquity, but rejoices in the truth; God bears all things, believes all things, hopes all things, endures all things. God never fails.

When you understand that we are made in the likeness and image of God, we can have confidence that we can be like Him.  Since Yeshua is the high priest of our confession, the first thing we need to do is begin by confessing these scriptures.  "I am long suffering and kind, I don't envy, I don't parade myself, and I'm not puffed up.  I don't act rudely or seek my own.  I'm not easily provoked or do I think evil.  I don't rejoice in iniquity but I do rejoice in the truth.  I bear all things to the cross, believe all things and hope all things.  Through Yeshua I can endure all things and I never fail when I walk in love.  

I meditate on these scriptures and on I John and make them part of my life by practicing them as well.  It takes practice and I admit that I let them slip from time to time, but because God is in me by His Holy Spirit I can stir them up again.  The really exciting and challenging thing is that God requires us to love the really unlovely people.  It is the ultimate sacrifice that makes us most like Him.  Remember, "when we were yet sinners Christ died for us".  

If we again look at the beginning scripture, you will notice that lawlessness abounding is what causes the love of many to grow cold.  Men don't want to be told what to do, and don't want to do what makes them uncomfortable.  The love walk is an uncomfortable walk.  The word is full of commandments, I said commandments and not suggestions.  Too many "Christians" look at the commandments as suggestions and because of it love is waxing colder and colder.  The more of the word we put into practice, the better we will understand love.  One really wonderful thing we need to remember is that "Love NEVER fails". This love that I began practicing to my husband and to the "other woman" turned my situation around.  They couldn't fight the love of God.  My husband and I now have the closest relationship of any couple I know.  When putting God's answer into practice I succeeded, where many of my friends have failed.  Whenever I get into a really impossible situation I put love into practice and watch God go to work.  

It's up to you, but if you are in a mess and tired of the world's answers, why not try love?

One more time, let's say it and think about it.  God loves you.  He is your real Father.  He can not lie.  He isn't a man.  God is love and he wants you!  He also wants you to prosper, to have what it takes to succeed on this planet.  He's not a deaf Father, but one who listens intently to His children and creates what it takes to make you win the battles that come to steal your life.