Matthew 5:44 But I say unto you, 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;
Mt 5:45 That ye may be the children of your Father which is in heaven.
To be called a Christian is in itself inconceivably blessed and glorious. To say "I am a Christian" is to say, "I belong to the family of God. It's important that we don't disgrace that name.
In Matthew 22:39 Jesus said the second greatest commandment is: Thou shalt love thy neighbour as thyself.
He didn't say it was a suggestion, but a commandment.
Ephesians 5:1 Be ye therefore followers of God, as dear children;
Eph 5:2 And walk in love, as Christ also hath loved us.
When Stephen was stoned he said the same thing as Jesus.
Romans 5:5 the love of God is shed abroad in our hearts by the Holy Ghost which is given unto us.
It is in there.
1 Timothy 4:8 For bodily exercise profiteth little: but godliness (obeying His commands and keeping His statutes which would include walking in love) is profitable unto all things, having promise of the life that now is, and of that which is to come.
I believe Paul was inspired by the Holy Ghost when he wrote these words and he said that godliness is going to have an effect in this life and the life to come.
Why does the Bible say bodily exercise profiteth little?
Because it is only beneficial in this life. But godliness is beneficial in both this life and the life to come. The Bible says godliness is profitable in all things: In business, in relationships, in the home; ALL THINGS.
Godliness - What's Love Got To Do With It?
You can't walk in godliness without walking in the God-kind of love. Animosity, ill-will, offence, jealousy, wrong feelings, and unforgiveness will stop the work of faith in our lives, because these things are not godly.
Peter tells us how to practice what the Word says about walking in love.
1 Peter 3:8 Finally, be ye all of one mind, having compassion one of another, love as brethren, be pitiful, be courteous: 1pe 3:9 Not rendering evil for evil, or railing for railing: (Now watch this. There is a special word here.) but contrariwise blessing; knowing that ye are thereunto called, that ye should inherit a blessing.
Those who are born of the Spirit are called (summoned) to bless. Remember Jesus came not to condemn.
Right here in this text Peter gave another instruction to help us walk in love, because walking in love is not easy, but we are called to that walk.
I Peter 3:10 For he that will love life, and see good days, let him refrain his tongue from evil, and his lips that they speak no guile:
1pe 3:11 Let him eschew evil, and do good; let him seek peace, and ensue it.
The ASB says let him turn away and seek peace.
Peter was quoting from Psalm 34:12-15, The eyes of the LORD are upon the righteous, and his ears are open unto their cry.
As I read this I began to wonder what my tongue is doing to the quality of my life. James tells us our tongue is like a rudder. It sets the course for our life.
Probably one of the most important steps we can take toward walking in love is to bring our tongue under subjection to speak no guile. We are only going to tame the tongue by the power of the Holy Ghost.
James 3:8 But the tongue can no man tame; it is an unruly evil, full of deadly poison.
Love refrains from speaking evil.
We cultivate unforgiveness by the words of our mouth, and unforgiveness stops the effectiveness of our prayer life.
Mark 11:25 And when ye stand praying, forgive, if ye have ought against any: that your Father also which is in heaven may forgive you your trespasses.
Mr 11:26 But if ye do not forgive, neither will your Father which is in heaven forgive your trespasses.
If we don't forgive, He won't forgive us.
We have met people who tried and tried to use their faith. They were faithful to the church, read the Word, tithed, but couldn't seem to receive and were being tossed to and fro in the storms of live.
Why? In some cases it was because they were deactivating their faith by the words of their mouth or by harboring ill-will or unforgiveness.
I wonder how many blessings have been forfeited because we fell into the trap of criticizing, backbiting or speaking evil of others.
Love worketh no ill toward his neighbor.
An old preacher once said, "Putting out the other fellows candle won't brighten your own."
What's love got to do with it?
Galatians 5:6 For in Jesus Christ neither circumcision availeth any thing, nor uncircumcision; but faith which worketh by love.
Paul told these Galatians, "Ye did run well. Who did hinder you that ye should not obey the Truth?" They started in love, but were falling back into the law. They were in strife over circumcision. Paul told them in: Galatians 5:14 For all the law is fulfilled in one word, even in this; Thou shalt love thy neighbour as thyself.
When we depart from love, faith's work is stopped.
1 John 4:18 There is no fear in love; but perfect love casteth out fear.
Now we know that's true. A man will lay down his life without even thinking to protect someone he loves. But we have trouble laying down our lives. I don't mean dying physically, but putting our desires on hold for the needs of another. Sometimes we are afraid we may lose out somewhere.
The love walk is a fearless walk.
I don't know if you can receive this or not, but I believe that: Selfishness is the foundation of fear. Love is the foundation of faith.
What's love got to do with it?
* Love is the doorway to godliness and godliness is profitable in all things.
* Love keeps our faith in working order.
* Love casts out fear, so we can be fearless in our witness.
* 1 John 3:14 saysWe know that we have passed from death unto life, because we love the brethren.
Turn with me to I Corinthians chapter 13.
1 Corinthians 13:1 Though I speak with the tongues of men and of angels, and have not charity, I am become as sounding brass, or a tinkling cymbal.
1co 13:2 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, and have not charity, I am nothing.
1co 13:3 And though I bestow all my goods to feed the poor, and though I give my body to be burned, and have not charity, it profiteth me nothing.
1co 13:4 Charity suffereth long, and is kind; charity envieth not; charity vaunteth not itself, is not puffed up,
1co 13:5 Doth not behave itself unseemly, seeketh not her own, is not easily provoked, thinketh no evil;
1co 13:6 Rejoiceth not in iniquity, but rejoiceth in the truth;
1co 13:7 Beareth all things, believeth all things, hopeth all things, endureth all things.
1co 13:8 Charity never faileth: but whether there be prophecies, they shall fail; whether there be tongues, they shall cease; whether there be knowledge, it shall vanish away.
What's love got to do with it? Verse 8 says charity (love) never faileth.
Remember who our adversary is: The devil, not men.
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