Of Utmost Importance

There is one gift from God that has been given to the child of God that sets them apart from the world. One thing that is opposite to the wicked, fallen, or even the normal person that roams this planet. It is the greatest and most powerful characteristic that is given by God. It is what can change the vilest of sinners to become compassionate, merciful, kind, and gentle. What is it? It is the great love of God.

Beloved, let us love one another, for love is from God, and whoever loves has been born of God and knows God. Anyone who does not love does not know God, because God is love. 1 John 4:7-8

You will know and recognize His children by their love. It is different and unique from anything you have experienced before. That is compared to the love of man. It causes wars to end, enemies to become friends and broken hearts to be healed. In addition, it will change those who experience it from being empty to being whole through Jesus Christ.

Let the morning bring me word of your unfailing love, for I have put my trust in you. Show me the way I should go, for to you I entrust my life. Psalm 143:8 I wait for the LORD, my soul waits, and in His word, I hope; my soul waits for the Lord more than watchmen for the morning, Psalm 30:5-6

But understand this one thing, only His love can change the world. It is only His love that can motivate the worst of enemies to make amends and truly come together in peace. It is very true about what has been written that a gentle answer turns away wrath and love can cover a multitude of sins. 

A soft answer turns away wrath, but a harsh word stirs up anger. Proverbs 15:1 Above all, keep loving one another earnestly since love covers a multitude of sins. 1 Peter 4:8 Owe no one anything, except to love each other, for the one who loves another has fulfilled the law. Romans 13:8 

Those who are lost, especially your enemies need to hear the Gospel of Jesus Christ. They need to see the love of the Lord and it must be displayed in your words and actions.  

Indeed they need to hear the truth. The truth is that they are sinners and that they have broken God’s Law. They need a healthy amount of fear for the Lord. Knowledge of the judgment to come and that they will be held responsible for their wrongdoing. But it must be communicated and expressed with love, gentleness, and truth.

It is God’s love expressed through us with the Gospel that will motivate the Spirit of the Lord to move upon their hard heart. If you walk in the love of the Lord and in His Spirit with humility and boldness to help those who are lost. God will work powerfully through your work for the kingdom of God. But if done without His love it will just fall on deaf ears without any power to change.

But in your hearts honor Christ the Lord as holy, always being prepared to make a defense to anyone who asks you for a reason for the hope that is in you; yet do it with gentleness and respect, 1 Peter 3:15

Listen, if you have great exploits in this life, built great things, are successful by the measure of the world, or become world-renowned but you have not done them for the Lord and with His love. It will be as if you did nothing at all in the end.

Without hope in God, you will never seek His will to be done. Without faith in God, you will never please Him with your deeds. Without God’s love abiding within you, you will never achieve those things He has planned for you to do or the rewards He wants to give you. So seek the love of the Lord so that you may have what He has planned for you.

If I speak in the tongues of men and of angels but have not love, I am a noisy gong or a clanging cymbal. And if I have prophetic powers, and understand all mysteries and all knowledge, and if I have all faith, so as to remove mountains, but have not love, I am nothing. If I give away all I have, and if I deliver up my body to be burned, but have not love, I gain nothing. So now faith, hope, and love abide, these three; but the greatest of these is love. 1 Corinthians 13:1-3,13

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