Greetings everyone!! I pray as you’re reading this all is well with you and your loved ones. If not, hopefully it will be a little better by the time you finish reading this blog. The world we live in, is a world where people are so full of hate, perversion, greed, backbiting and corruption, all done with no regards to consequences. How then can we operate in love?
Matthew 5:44 says, “Love your enemies, bless them that curse you, do good to them that hate you, and pray for them which despitefully use you, and persecute you.” To love someone who despitefully use and abuse you! To love someone who has purposely caused harm to you and your family! How Lord, how can I do this is what most of us are asking. The answer is with prayer. Ask God to show you the importance and the benefits of love. Ask him to show you the importance and benefits of obeying and keeping his commandments. Isaiah 33:6 says, “Wisdom and knowledge shall be the stability of thy times, and the strength of salvation.” If you don’t know or understand, ask. If you want to please God, but need help and guidance to do so, then God will make sure you understand and have the tools needed to keep and obey his word. To remain stable, and keep the strength needed to walk this Christian walk, we need Spiritual wisdom and knowledge to do so. Obeying the word of God may not be easy all the time and can even be challenging, but it is possible. Matthew 5:46 says, “For if ye love them which love you, what reward have ye?” Meaning, with a reward comes a challenge. If you love or be kind to only those who show love and kindness to you, what have you really done? A challenge that deserves a reward would be to love someone who has offended you time and time again. Forgiving those who have caused harm to you and your family. Loving those who show you just the opposite is not easy but it is required if we expect to enter and stay in the Kingdom of God. If we refuse to operate in love, then what example of Christ are we setting? To be a Christian means to be Christ like. Christ loves us so much he gave his life for us. Before being nailed to the cross, he was beat, whipped, spit on, mocked and called everything except the Son of God. Even after all of that, while he was on the cross Luke 23:34 says, “he prayed saying Father, forgive them; for they know not what they do.” Close your eyes, picture YOU on the cross and say Father, forgive them; for they know not what they do. Could you do it? Could you really endure all Christ had to endure? I’m sure if you’re being honest with yourself, the answer is no! Well, if nothing else maybe the answer is “I don’t know.”
1 Peter 4:8 amplified version says, “Above all things have intense and unfailing love for one another, for love covers a multitude of sins [forgives and [a]disregards the offenses of others].” God’s word tells us not to entertain or pay no attention to the sins of the world when we still have to love one another regardless of the sin or offense that was committed. Yes, this is easier said than done when most of us have the mentality of I’ll do unto you as you have done unto me and I’ll repent later. Oh, but the reward for showing and giving love is so awesome! Who can reward us better than our Father? Nobody! When we forgive and love as Jesus did, we are rewarded with joy, peace, happiness and strength. Hatred and unforgiveness will drain you. The word says the joy of the Lord is our strength. Philippians 4:7 says, “The peace of God which passeth all understanding, shall keep our hearts and minds.” God will guard our hearts and minds when we turn our burdens, pain and grief over to him. I can speak from experience, when we ask God to take something away he will. His word tells us to ask, and he will give it. Ask him to take those feelings and replace them with his love and I promise you he will. It may not happen overnight, but we must be persistent. Keep asking, keep knocking and God will open your heart for forgiveness. Matthew 7:7 says “Ask, and it shall be given, seek and ye shall find, knock and it shall be opened unto you.” God is truly a God of his word. If God said it, then he will do it! Just like he said he would.
I now pray that you will be filled with God’s love, peace, joy and happiness. May your reward be blessings overtaking you like never before.