How Love Behaves – Part 6

Love does not rejoice at injustice and unrighteousness, but rejoices when right and truth prevail. Love bears up under anything and everything that comes, is ever ready to believe the best of every person, its hopes are fadeless under all circumstances, and it endures everything [without weakening]. 1 Corinthians 13:6-7

We are supposed to love the truth more than anything. You might say, “But Brother Steve, I thought we were supposed to love Jesus more than anything.” That’s what I said. Jesus is the way, the truth, and the life. The Holy Spirit is the Spirit of truth. Jesus also said, “Thy word is truth”.

Any deception, any falseness, is acting just like our enemy. God cannot lie. Satan is the father of lies. Lying is one of the worse things any Christian could do.

Love is ready to believe the best of every person. Let’s don’t be quick to participate in gossip. Don’t believe everything you hear about someone. When we walk in love we won’t be involved in this sort of behavior.

Some people are concerned that if they walk in love they are walking in weakness. But love endures everything [without weakening]. Its hopes are fadeless under all circumstances. Now that sounds pretty strong to me!

As a child of God you have the Holy Spirit living in you. He is the third person of the Godhead. You have more power on the inside of you than you’ll ever be able to use in your whole lifetime. You are fully equipped to handle everything that comes across your path.

The love of God has been poured out into your spirit by the Holy Spirit. We, as Christians, all have God’s love in us. Are we accessing that love on a continual basis?

How Love Behaves – Part 5

1 Corinthians 13:5 Love takes no account of the evil done to it [it pays no attention to a suffered wrong].

Now this is when we really find out how strong we are in our love walk. Unless you are really established in your love walk, when someone does you wrong, it’s not easy to pay no attention to it.

Too many times what we do is take that wrong that’s been done to us and put it in our “been done wrong” account. And we will keep that account active for years.

But again, love takes no account of the evil done to it [it pays no attention to a suffered wrong]. This doesn’t mean you won’t feel anything when you have been done wrong. But you don’t have to act the way you feel. You can be pretty upset and nobody knows it.

Then you get in the secret place alone with God and allow the Holy Spirit to take care of the hurt. And you don’t want to go in there bad mouthing the one who has hurt you. This is not tattle tale time. You go in there and pray for them.

Jesus told us to love your enemies, do good to those who hate you, bless those who curse you, and pray for those who spitefully use you. (Luke 6:27-28)

Faith works by love. And for our faith to work properly we will have to walk out these scriptures. Not just know them. But if we will just yield to the Holy Spirit, He will help us.

How Love Behaves – Part 4

Love (God’s love in us) does not insist on its own rights or its own way. 1 Corinthians 13:5

In the last three articles we have been looking at the love chapter, in the Amplified translation. In verse 5 of first Corinthians 13 we see the Holy Spirit conveying a strong message to us. Love does not insist on its own rights or its own way.

It is in this area that the home gets in so much trouble. Husband and wife insist on their own way and the children learn from them. This carries on over into the church. If we don’t get our way then we will just go to another church. Never mind that God has called us to a specific church.

Spouse will divorce spouse simply because they think they have a right to. Yet the Holy Spirit says that love does not insist on its own rights. People leave churches simply because the church they just knew God had called them to is not doing things their way. But God says love does not insist on its own way.

Let’s examine our hearts. Let’s examine our motives. Let’s get into the secret place with God and allow the Holy Spirit to send in a probe deep into our spirits and show us where changes need to be made. Be determined to be a man or woman of God and make the changes necessary to line up with this verse.

Remember that faith works by love. (Galatians 5:6) And love does not insist on its own way. If your faith has not been getting any results check out your love walk. Read all of 1 Corinthians 13 and see if your love walk lines up with this chapter. The Holy Spirit is ready to help us make the changes.

How Love Behaves – Part 3

Love is not boastful or vainglorious, does not display itself haughtily. 1 Corinthians 13:4

There is a big difference between being boastful and giving your testimony. The definition of “boast” according to Webster’s dictionary is “to talk about deeds, abilities, etc., either ones own or those of someone close to one, in a manner showing too much pride and satisfaction”.

In the World Book Dictionary it says, “to praise oneself”. Pride comes before destruction. We need to change. Sometimes we need to make some little changes; little adjustments in our thinking, attitude, the way we live and do things. Sometimes we need major adjustments. Sometimes we have to do a 180.

And the ability to perceive and make these changes makes all the difference in your ability to receive from God. How much you can receive is going to determine how quickly you develop. The degree of your humility will determine your usefulness to God!

Likewise you younger people, submit yourselves to your elders. Yes, all of you be submissive to one another, and be clothed with humility, for God resists the proud, but gives grace to the humble. Therefore humble yourselves under the mighty hand of God, that He may exalt you in due time. (1 Peter 5:5-6)

Without God’s grace can we be a true success? The humble get the grace. The more proud you are the more full of yourself you are. The more full of yourself you are the less full of God you are. By God’s grace you have redemption, wisdom, favor, strength, innovative ideas, ability, anointing, and on and on.

The opposite of humility is pride. The most proud is the most blind. When you run out of humility that is as far as God can use you. Pride is the nature of the flesh. When you realize you are talking about yourself stop and ask yourself why. Are you being led by the Holy Spirit to do this?

This does not mean you can never talk about yourself or your achievements. Just check inside yourself first to see what the Holy Spirit would have you say. Here are three evidences of pride.

Pride is not a good listener/Pride is an interrupter.

Some people seem to be listening but really they are thinking about what they are going to say next and when they speak, it will be in the form of an interruption. I’ve done a bit of counseling and I noticed a large percent of the time counseling was not being received because they would not listen.

Talking about yourself all the time.

Are you the subject of all your conversations?

Pride has to be noticed.

Does the music have to stop because you entered the room? Pride also shows up in embarrassment, hurt feelings and anger. How well do you handle being ignored? Do you have to be center of attention? Do you have to tell your experience all the time?

When we walk in love we will not be boastful. We will not think of ourself more highly than we ought to.

How Love Behaves – Part 2

Love does not envy.

“Love never is envious nor boils over with jealousy”.

(1 Corinthians 13:4 AMP) The definition of envy is “a feeling of discontent and ill will because of another’s advantages, possessions, etc.” How many times have we seen this, even in our churches?

If I am walking in love I will be thrilled when I see you excel. Anything less is ungodly. What is ungodly? Well, what is uncola? Uncola is a soda that doesn’t have cola in it. When our actions do not have any God in them we are acting ungodly.

We are all called to minister to somebody and we will not be able to minister effectively if we have envy and jealousy. The Holy Spirit tells us in Matthew and Mark that Jesus was handed over to Pilate because of envy.

The Pharisees and Sadducees could not handle Jesus getting the crowds. Jesus was having multitudes come to Him to hear and be healed. There religious leaders were so envious of this they began planning to kill Jesus.

If the religious leaders had been walking in love they would have been thrilled that people by the masses were being healed. They could have humbled themselves and got with Jesus to find out where they were missing it in this area.

Envy starts in our thinking. We begin thinking why does Sister So and So always get to sing. Why doesn’t Pastor let me sing as much as her. I can sing as good as she can.

You will have to cast down those envious imaginations with the words of your mouth. But even if you have not been effective at walking in love recently, do not allow yourself to be condemned!

Confess your sin and God is faithful and just to forgive you of your sin and to cleanse you from all unrighteousness. (1 John 1:9) Then go on and don’t let the devil or yourself condemn you because God counts you as His very own child and remembers your sin no more!

A house that has been condemned has been declared unfit for use. So you must not allow yourself or anyone else to declare you unfit for use. God still has great things in store for you!

How Love Behaves – Part 1

Let’s take a look at the way love behaves. There are plenty of examples in the bible concerning the behavior of love. 1 Corinthians 13 is known as the love chapter. The Amplified translation really brings it home and makes it abundantly clear how the Christian is to behave in life.

1 Corinthians 13:4 in the Amplified Bible starts out by saying, “love endures long and is patient and kind”. Except, of course, when you get your food at the restaurant and it is not like you ordered it!

Now you can be unkind and impatient and just say anything you want to the wait staff and management because, bless God, you deserve better service than that, right? Wrong. Now is the time to walk in love.

Remember, love is not a feeling. Love is a decision, a commitment, or a way of behaving. You may be upset, but you do not have to show it. We do not have to act the way we feel. When you are really walking in love you can be pretty upset and nobody know it.

Husbands, we may have been placed as head of the house, by God, but that does not give us license to say anything we want, any way we want to say it. We must always be kind to our wives and children even when we have to bring correction. It is best to always be led by God who is love. Remember, if your wife is born again that makes God your father-in-law! Enough said.

When we criticize the pastor and his decisions we are not being kind. We can’t expect the glory of God to manifest in our church services when we have been critical of the pastor during the week.

We wonder why God didn’t show up this Sunday morning and ignore the fact that we have fussed and argued in the car all the way to church. And when we are unkind and not walking in love our protection from God goes out the window. When we fail to walk in love we step out from under the umbrella of God’s protection.

Make the quality decision right now that you are going to walk in love and be kind at all cost. The protection and provision of God are inseparable from walking in the love of God.

Loving God is Obeying God

We can’t exhaust the subject of how much God loves us.  So I won’t try.  Knowing how much God loves us better equips us for loving others.  “A new commandment I give to you, that you love one another; as I have loved you, that you also love one another.  By this all will know that you are My disciples, if you have love for one another.”  These are the words of Jesus found in John chapter thirteen verses thirty-four and thirty-five.

Jesus didn’t say by what denomination we belong to.  He didn’t say by our speaking in tongues.  He didn’t even say by the miracles that happen in our church.  How are people going to know that we are His disciples?  They will know we are His disciples by me loving you and you loving me.  They will know by the way the body of Christ treats each other.

The world has seen our church splits.  They have seen our Christian marriages divorced.  They have seen our ministers sue one another.  It’s time they see us love one another.  When they see us change it will better facilitate the change in their lives.

In order for us to love one another we have to understand what it means to love God.  You shall love the LORD your God with all your heart, with all your soul, and with all your mind.  This is the first and great commandment.  And the second is like it: You shall love your neighbor as yourself. On these two commandments hang all the Law and the Prophets.  (Matthew 22:37-40)

In John 14 verses 21, 23 & 24, Jesus shows us what it means to love God.  Now remember these are His words.  They are in red letters.  In the Bible, red letters trump everything.  “21 He who has My commandments and keeps them, it is he who loves Me. And he who loves Me will be loved by My Father, and I will love him and manifest Myself to him.” 23 Jesus answered and said to him, “If anyone loves Me, he will keep My word; and My Father will love him, and We will come to him and make Our home with him. 24 He who does not love Me does not keep My words; and the word which you hear is not Mine but the Father’s who sent Me.”

The New Living Translation makes it even plainer.  “23 Jesus replied, “All who love me will do what I say. My Father will love them, and we will come and make our home with each of them. 24 Anyone who doesn’t love me will not obey me. And remember, my words are not my own. What I am telling you is from the Father who sent me.”  We can’t begin to love others properly until we learn to obey God!

Introducing Faith Through Love Ministries!

Welcome to Faith Through Love Ministries. We are so excited to be entering a new season of our lives as God has led us to begin a new ministry in which we will teach and preach the life of Faith through love.  We hope you join us in this journey and welcome you to follow along as we begin sharing the way to live your life by using the Word of God in every area of your life!

God’s Word is powerful and means much more than just words on a page.  It is living and breathing.  Every question you have for your life has an answer in His Word! When you begin to read and put into practice the directions He gives us your life will change more than you could ever imagine!

May you begin today to seek Him with all your heart and you will find Him! (Jer. 29:13)

God bless you!

Steve & Trena Jones