The Force of Faith

Beloved, if God so loved us, we ought also to love one another. No man hath seen God at any time. If we love one another, God dwelleth in us, and his love is perfected in us. 1 John 4:11‭-‬12 KJV

Love is the overwhelming force of Faith.

For in Jesus Christ neither circumcision availeth any thing, nor uncircumcision; but faith which worketh by love.
Galatians 5:6 KJV

We, as Christians, must love each other as God loves us. It’s the way the world will know us.


Love

But I say unto you which hear, Love your enemies, do good to them which hate you, Luke 6:27 KJV

Christians need to learn to walk in love without condoning sin. Our concept of “love” has been so secularized that we think it means we have to accept all manner of behavior as normal.

The simple truth, however, is:

For the wages of sin is [still] death; but the gift of God is eternal life through Jesus Christ our Lord. Romans 6:23 KJV

Love actually demands that we warn the sinner of the consequences of sin.

It has been said, and rightly so, ” Hate the sin but love the sinner.

For God so loved the world, that he gave his only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in him should not perish, but have everlasting life. John 3:16 KJV


Mindful

The Lord hath been mindful of us: he will bless us; he will bless the house of Israel; he will bless the house of Aaron. Psalms 115:12 KJV

As the old song goes, “When He was on the Cross, I was on His mind”. Jesus has had you on His mind ever since. In fact, He prays for you continuously.

Wherefore he is able also to save them to the uttermost that come unto God by him, seeing he ever liveth to make intercession for them. Hebrews 7:25 KJV

Not only does the Lord have you on His mind but He will bless you and your household.


Love Cares

In this was manifested the love of God toward us, because that God sent his only begotten Son into the world, that we might live through him. 1 John 4:9 KJV

Love gives at its own expense for the benefit of others. If God loved us enough to send His Son then shouldn’t we, who have had His love shed abroad in our hearts, love others enough to go to them?

In this was manifested the love of God toward us, because that God sent his only begotten Son into the world, that we might live through him. Herein is love, not that we loved God, but that he loved us, and sent his Son to be the propitiation for our sins. Beloved, if God so loved us, we ought also to love one another. 1 John 4:9‭-‬11 KJV


Love Feasts

Wherefore whosoever shall eat this bread, and drink this cup of the Lord, unworthily, shall be guilty of the body and blood of the Lord. 1 Corinthians 11:27 KJV

Love demands that we esteem one another more highly than ourselves.

When a group of believers gathers for a shared meal (a potluck) it is to be entered into with the same heart as that which the current Church calls Communion or the Eucharist.

The first Communion took place during a meal and all were included, even Judas Escariot.

When Communion is served it is served to all with the love of God that is shed abroad in our hearts. No one is more and no one is less. Strife and division find no place.

So it should be in our love feasts. All are accepted and all are included.

When ye come together therefore into one place, this is not to eat the Lord’s supper. For in eating every one taketh before other his own supper: and one is hungry, and another is drunken. What? have ye not houses to eat and to drink in? or despise ye the church of God, and shame them that have not? What shall I say to you? shall I praise you in this? I praise you not. Wherefore whosoever shall eat this bread, and drink this cup of the Lord, unworthily, shall be guilty of the body and blood of the Lord. But let a man examine himself, and so let him eat of that bread, and drink of that cup. For he that eateth and drinketh unworthily, eateth and drinketh damnation to himself, not discerning the Lord’s body. Wherefore, my brethren, when ye come together to eat, tarry one for another.
1 Corinthians 11:20‭-‬22‭, ‬27‭-‬29‭, ‬33 KJV

We eat and drink unworthily when we don’t esteem all believers.

You might want to read the whole chapter of 1 Corinthians 11 to see the revelation expressed here.


Love

But God commendeth his love toward us, in that, while we were yet sinners, Christ died for us. Romans 5:8 KJV

He died and rose so that we could live. Yes, Jesus lived, died, and rose from the dead so that you and I could live.

But God commendeth his love toward us, in that, while we were yet sinners, Christ died for us. Much more then, being now justified by his blood, we shall be saved from wrath through him. For if, when we were enemies, we were reconciled to God by the death of his Son, much more, being reconciled, we shall be saved by his life. Romans 5:8‭-‬10 KJV

Why did He do It? Limitless Love.

For God so loved the world, that he gave his only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in him should not perish, but have everlasting life. John 3:16 KJV


Law of Love

And be ye kind one to another, tenderhearted, forgiving one another, even as God for Christ’s sake hath forgiven you. Ephesians 4:32 KJV

This is what it means to walk in the law of Love. Treat others like you want to be treated.

After all, why in the world would you expect God to do what you are unwilling to do for others?

For if ye forgive men their trespasses, your heavenly Father will also forgive you: Matthew 6:14 KJV

But if ye forgive not men their trespasses, neither will your Father forgive your trespasses. Matthew 6:15 KJV