Love is large and incredibly patient. Love is gentle and consistently kind to all. It refuses to be jealous when blessing comes to someone else. Love does not brag about one’s achievements nor inflate its own importance. Love does not traffic in shame and disrespect, nor selfishly seek its own honor. Love is not easily irritated or quick to take offense. Love joyfully celebrates honesty and finds no delight in what is wrong. Love is a safe place of shelter, for it never stops believing the best for others. Love never takes failure as defeat, for it never gives up. 1 Corinthians 13: 4-7
Love is the Heart of Our Faith- God is the Heart of Our Faith.
Greetings! My dear friends. We have pulled through this week and are full of hope to finish this week with the power and strength of the Lord; if not, you will pick up during the weekend and keep working till we achieve the goals and dreams we have set for ourselves.
Today I want to talk about the topic, I believe you have already heard preached repeatedly in our churches. “Faith working through love.” this portion of the scripture is found in Galatians chapter five, verse 6. I understand the believers in this town started well living by faith and not by works. Along their Christian journey, they received another doctrine that was pointing them back to living according to the Law and not through faith in Christ Jesus.
As we study this chapter, I gained an understanding that their diverse beliefs did not produce faith in them as they lived according to the flesh and not according to the Spirit, and they battled with sin, and the works of the flesh were evident in their lives. Many found themselves involved in adultery, fornication, Uncleanness, Idolatry, witchcraft, hatred, jealousy, outbursts of wrath, selfish ambitions, etc.
That did not represent any of the attributes of God. As we study in 1 Corinthians chapter 13 and 1 John chapter 4, we understand God is Love. When we define love from its original Greek text, love is agape- the God kind of love, as listed in the next mentioned reference scripture:
Love never gives up.
Love cares more for others than for self.
Love doesn’t want what it doesn’t have.
Love doesn’t strut,
Doesn’t have a swelled head,
Doesn’t force itself on others,
Isn’t always “me first,”
Doesn’t fly off the handle,
Doesn’t keep score of the sins of others,
Doesn’t revel when others grovel,
Takes pleasure in the flowering of truth,
Puts up with anything,
Trusts God always,
Always looks for the best,
Never looks back,
But keeps going to the end, Love never fails. 1 Cor. 13: 3-8 MSG
That tells me that faith works through the Love of God, the God kind of love, agape. My faith will only be at work once I accept the agape in my life and learn to live according to the attributes of love (Agape).
Witnessing God’s grace in my life will fill my heart with an overwhelming sense of His Love, and that will protect me from living according to the flesh but the Spirit. Satan works through fear, but God through love. Love never fails, and it casts out fear, which will mean it is the only weapon that can defeat fear and let faith overcome. It covers a multitude of sins because it seeks for the betterment of others, not-self.
God is the heart of our faith because God is love. In 1 John 5, verse 4-5, Says
For whatever is born of God overcomes the world. And this is the victory that has overcome the world—our faith. Who is he who overcomes the world, but he who believes that Jesus is the Son of God?
We are born of God, born of Love, and we overcome the world. Our faith working through God (Love) will conquer, not our fleshly works, but the fruit of the Holy Spirit, having the foundation of love, and also paying attention to the fact that the fruits of the Spirit build up from the foundation of love which is God Himself.
May I encourage you this day to accept the love of God in your life! May you acknowledge and appreciate this love and allow it to be the foundation of everything aspects of your life. There is no battle greater than the love of God. We find this encouragement in the book of Romans chapter 8, verses 37-39; in all kinds of circumstances that we might be facing, we are more than conquerors because nothing will ever separate us from the love of God, which is in Christ Jesus.
God is the heart of our faith, and He is the One who will defeat and win the battle for us, for the battle belongs to Him. Let us fill our hearts with His love, and bear the fruit of the Spirit, and learn live according to the description of love in 1 Corinthians 13.