Copyright © 2012 by Robert Woeger. U.S. Copyright: TX0007484368
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The problem with so many Christians is that they are not walking in the love of Jesus Christ toward other people and toward themselves. The Christian walk requires love, without judging or holding unforgiveness. Paul talks about the greatest thing being love, or charity, and how without love, other things will not work. "And now abideth faith, hope, charity, these three; but the greatest of these is charity." 1 Corinthians 13:13.
Love, or charity, must be given, and demonstrated, to others. "...Thou shalt love the Lord thy God with all thy heart, and with all thy soul, and with all thy strength, and with all thy mind; and thy neighbour as thyself." Luke 10:27. See Matthew 22:36-40. Without love, no other gift, or work that you do, really matters. Many people are unproductive and lose their joy because they have forgotten to love God and to love people. Pray and walk in love, so that your joy may be full. "...continue ye in my love." "These things have I spoken unto you, that my joy might remain in you, and that your joy might be full. This is my commandment, That ye love one another, as I have loved you." John 15:9,11-12. When you demonstrate love, you glorify Jesus.
God is always looking at you, to see if you have the right motivation, in all that you do, imagine, think, and say. You can not deceive God. "...my son, know thou the God of thy father, and serve him with a perfect heart and with a willing mind: for the LORD searcheth all hearts, and understandeth all the imaginations of the thoughts: if thou seek him, he will be found of thee; but if thou forsake him, he will cast thee off for ever." 1 Chronicles 28:9. See Hebrews 4:12. The right motivation always proceeds from walking in love. The Love Of God The Father, coming through Jesus, will transform your life, if you are open to receive it, and demonstrate it, by sharing His Love with others. Ask God to fill you to overflowing with His Love.
The Gifts Of The Spirit are given to those who ask for them with the right motivation, so God's Love may be demonstrated to other people in order to help them. Seek The Gifts, so that they may be properly used to free, heal, deliver, and save those people, who need a touch from God. Spiritual gifts are to bless others.
Walk in love, and desire spiritual gifts. "Follow after charity, and desire spiritual gifts, but rather that ye may prophesy." 1 Corinthians 14:1. "Wherefore I put thee in remembrance that thou stir up the gift of God, which is in thee by the putting on of my hands." 2 Timothy 1:6. "Neglect not the gift that is in thee, which was given thee by prophecy, with the laying on of the hands of the presbytery." 1 Timothy 4:14. The Church is seriously lacking today, in seeing God's Gifts operating, and being demonstrated, in His Power. "For to one is given by the Spirit the word of wisdom; to another the word of knowledge by the same Spirit; To another faith by the same Spirit; to another the gifts of healing by the same Spirit; To another the working of miracles; to another prophecy; to another discerning of spirits; to another divers kinds of tongues; to another the interpretation of tongues:" 1 Corinthians 12:8-10. "Having then gifts differing according to the grace that is given to us, whether prophecy, let us prophesy according to the proportion of faith; Or ministry, let us wait on our ministering: or he that teacheth, on teaching; Or he that exhorteth, on exhortation: he that giveth, let him do it with simplicity; he that ruleth, with diligence; he that sheweth mercy, with cheerfulness. Let love be without dissimulation. Abhor that which is evil; cleave to that which is good." Romans 12:6-9.Let your love for God and for people, be without any pretense, being totally pure in thought, word, and deed. Allow The Precious Holy Spirit to fill you and lead you in all Truth and Wisdom. Worship God in The Spirit, "God is a Spirit: and they that worship him must worship him in spirit and in truth." John 4:24. "This I say then, Walk in the Spirit, and ye shall not fulfil the lust of the flesh." Galatians 5:16. See 1 Peter 4:6-11.