Good morning DPR, I believe we had a fabulous weekend. I’m glad to announce to you that Character Series ends today, at least for now. I do hope it’s been a blessing to you? The Love of God is the source and producer of all godly virtues and attitudes. With the Love of God in our hearts, we naturally walk in God’s supernatural character. The greatest commandment according to Jesus is loving our fellow brethren even as He has loved us, John 13:34. We can’t possibly love one another as he loves if we don’t know how much He loves us. Do you know how much Jesus loves you? This is where it all starts from. We cannot give what we do not have. Many times we wonder why it’s hard for some folks to grasp the whole idea behind Christianity… The reason is simple, they don’t know how much God loves them, they have no revelation of God’s kind of Love, The kind of Love Jesus has for us actually surpasses the height of all human understanding or imagination. The love walk is an impossible walk… That’s why we need a revelation of that Love in our hearts in order to love the way Jesus loves.
Eph 3:17(KJV) That Christ may dwell in your hearts by faith; that ye, being rooted and grounded in love,18 May be able to comprehend with all saints what is the breadth, and length, and depth, and height; 19 AND TO KNOW THE LOVE OF CHRIST, WHICH PASSETH KNOWLEDGE, THAT YE MIGHT BE FILLED WITH ALL THE FULNESS OF GOD.
Here we see that the path to being filled with the fulness of God is KNOWING the Love of Christ. If there’s anything we should pray for, it’s this prayer Paul prayed for the Ephesian Church. It opens us up to the wide plethora of riches imbedded in Christ Jesus. Entering into the fullness of God is not achieved by prayers, or by fasting only, yes those could get us results… But to enter into the fullness of God in Character and Essence, we have got to KNOW experientially, the LOVE of God. There are some dimensions of God’s power that can only be wielded by those who have entered into a dimension of God’s Love. Stephen was such a man, Bible records that He was FULL of the Holy Ghost and Faith, but we would later realise that what he was really full of, was God’s unfeigned Love. How could you tell God to forgive those who were stoning you to death? What would make a mortal man express such an immortal virtue? He was being stoned and crushed with stones handled by cruel men, but ALL he could mutter out of his mouth was forgiveness. It reminds me of Jesus at the Cross of Calvary, when He had to plead for the forgiveness of those who didn’t been know they needed one. Jesus stood in glory to applaud the beauty of that sight, Acts 7:56; A mortal man putting on for a moment, the garment of immortality and declaring forgiveness on his offenders. For if every other thing fails, Love NEVER fails. For if every other thing passes away, LOVE always abides. Whoever loves and loves genuinely, is writing on the canvas of eternity, the power of God’s very essence.
1 Cor 13:13(ISV) Right now three things REMAIN: faith, hope, and love. But the GREATEST of these is LOVE.
God’s love can be known, but not with human intellect. There’s this story of a woman and her son. He grew up knowing his mother as blind, who couldn’t do much for herself without someone’s help. He was embarrassed whenever she came around to see him in school, he became more and more ashamed of her as he grew older. He became successful and sought every avenue to get out of her “sight”, so he travelled out of the country and never kept in touch. The mother grew older and older yearning for her son and her grand children, she wrote him many letters but he never replied. So she wound up sick and decided to write him her last letter. In it she wrote; “Hello Joe my Son, how are my children and your wife? I’m not feeling too well and I’ve been admitted for sometime now, but I know all these will end very soon. Please take good care of my eyes… Your Mother.” When she had him, he was blind… Yeah, he was born blind. So his mother had the option of either watching her own son grow up with no eyes while she made do with hers. After a deep conversation within herself, she decided to give up her eyes for her son. She thought “What I’ve seen so far, he would never see if I don’t give up my eyes for him”. So the surgery was done, and the boy had a new set of eyes. The boy grew up not KNOWING that the eyes he used to achieve all his successes belonged to his aging and frail mother. He did all he could to go back to his country to reunite with his mum… but hee was too late. What could have happened if only he knew the sacrifice of his mother?
2 Cor 8:9 For ye KNOW the grace of our Lord Jesus Christ, that, though he was rich, yet for your sakes he became poor, that ye through his poverty might be rich.
The good news about Jesus however is that although He sacrificed all for us, He doesn’t get to die again, Rev 1:18. Jesus became poor, so we could be rich. He became sick, so we could be healed. He became blind, so we could see. He died, so we could live. He lost it all, so we could gain it all. That’s the love of Christ. Many people do not know the Love of Christ, and those who know don’t know enough. It’s beautiful to think on the Love of Christ. When we do that often, it’d be practically impossible to treat another person with hatred, prejudice or discrimination. We won’t see people based on race, status, or class, we would see people as those for whom Jesus died. If you really love God, you would love those for whom He died. That’s what it means to DISCERN the Lord’s body. When we hate our neighbours and treat them badly, we’re treating the worth of Jesus’ blood badly. Every single human being deserves that Love you have experienced. Look for opportunities to show love to people around you. That’s the summary of the Christian lifestyle. This would produce godly character effortlessly. Stop trying to understand this love with your mind, it’s way beyond your mind, but you can know it… By REVELATION.
Phil 3:10(KJV) That I may KNOW him, and the power of his resurrection, and the FELLOWSHIP OF HIS SUFFERINGS, being made conformable unto his death;