Walking on the Love Line
Gal. 5:6 – For in Jesus Christ neither circumcision availeth anything, nor uncircumcision, but faith which worketh by love.
For some time now I’ve been asking the Lord, “Where am I falling short? I’ve been sowing seeds, confessing and standing on Your Word that I shall receive what I believe”. “What am I missing?” It was through a devotional written by Kenneth and Gloria Copeland called Limitless Love that I came to realize I was missing the most important thing. Even though I thought I was doing what I was doing in love, I was failing to walk in love on a consistent basis.
It was during the end of 2017 that I heard someone preaching or teaching on the Love of God and how faith works by love. I heard what was being taught, but I didn’t comprehend how faith worked by love. Through study and wisdom from the Spirit I have come to truly know what Galatians 5:6b means to the Body of Christ. I realized now that no matter what I’ve done through what I believed was obedience to the Word of God, if my motive behind it was not Love I had missed the mark. When our words and actions are unloving we prevent faith from doing its work.
First Corinthians 13:3 says, “If I give all my goods to feed the poor, and if I give my body to be burned, and have not love, it profits me nothing”. The Body of Christ must understand the importance of obeying the Great Commandment, Matthew 22:36-40. In verse 39b Jesus stated, “Thou shalt love thy neighbor as thyself. Our faith cannot manifest anything when our actions aren’t motivated by Love.
As you meditate on your life as a Christians, imagine there is a line you have to walk on called a “Love Line”. In our daily activities, whether we’re alone or in the mist of others there is a standard we must hold. That standard is Love. We must realize that we have to be God-inside-mined. In other words we have to understand that if we’re a born again Christian we have the Spirit of Christ living in us, therefore, we have the Love of God in us. And if He is in us then we have to be an example of God’s Love to others just as Jesus was an example to us.
Jesus came into the world with a mind to do the will of the Father. Everything He did he did in Love. Everywhere He went people were drawn by that Love. When we wander off the “Love Line” we tend to be selfish, hard-hearted, rude, inconsiderate, and downright hateful and therefore, walking in the flesh. When we walk in the flesh we restrict the flow of God’s Love and cause our faith to fail in the things we’re believing God for.
Jesus always stayed on the “Love Line”. No one had to earn the Love that Jesus gave. He came to Love and as His representative we are to give that same Love. It won’t be easy at times and we may have to repent often when we first determine to walk in Love, but knowing the Love is within us will cause us to quickly repent and get back on the Line.
The Body of Christ has to realize that we are to be an expression of God’s Love in the earth. It was because of God’s great Love for us that Jesus gave His life, we are to continue to be that expression of Love in what we do and say, so that the unbeliever will see God’s Love flowing through us. In John 13:35 Jesus states, by this (Love) everyone will know that you are my disciples, if you love one another”.
So, as you move about your day, be very conscious of who you are in Christ Jesus and who you represent whether you’re in the marketplace, grocery store or at home. Stay on the “Love Line” and share a smile, give a hug or encourage someone and let God’s Love be perfected in you.
Elder Debra Kerney