THE FAITH SERIES:11
And now abideth faith, hope, charity, these three; but the greatest of these is charity. (1Corinthians 13:13 KJV)
Welcome back! In this capsule we would discuss the interplay and interaction between love and faith. For me this is the granddaddy of them all. Let's put it this way, everything , absolutely everything works through the love of God. Love must always be your motive, if it isn't, your faith is fake, useless and you will struggle and run out of steam (1Corinthians 13:1-7). However if you are motivated by love, expect results (1Corinthians 13:8). Now, I will have to assume that you know or at least understand the LOVE I am talking about, because there is not enough space in this blog, suffice it to say GOD = LOVE, LOVE = GOD. So I say the more revealed knowledge of love you have, the more of God you can express or manifest. I am not talking about the wishy washy, mamby pamby....Hollywood stuff, of course you know what I mean. I am talking about agape, the UNCONDITIONAL LOVE of God (Romans 5:6-10)
The reason why people are fearful is not because we have any doubt in the power of God, the nagging question is 'Does God love me enough?' They then become fearful. The reason why a lot of people don't have confidence that when they pray for healing for themselves or others is because they have this question in their hearts 'does God love me enough to do it for me, have I done enough to deserve it? This poor self image is due to the fact that they don't understand the love of God (1John 5:14-15). When you understand the love of God, when you have a revealed knowledge of what it is, faith becomes a by product.
There is no fear in love; but perfect love casteth out fear: because fear hath torment. He that feareth is not made perfect in love. (1John 4:18 KJV)
1John 4:18 says the antidote for fear is the love of God, in fact it chases out the fear or torment or doubt about any ifs or buts that you may have, subsequently this breeds uncommon confidence. Where there is no fear faith will flourish . The more you appreciate the love of God the more you walk in faith, this is the whole thrust of Ephesians 3:17-20 that is often quoted.
Usually when I give testimonies about healing, it gets people excited, but once you ask them to lay hands on somebody who is sick and command healing in the name of Jesus , their excitement turn into dread, why? Because they don't know that God loves all of us equally, He is not a respecter of persons .
For in Jesus Christ neither circumcision availeth any thing, nor uncircumcision; but faith which worketh by love. (Galatians 5:6 KJV)
The second part of Galatians 5:6 says 'faith works by love'. In my own experience , when I'm struggling in the area of faith concerning certain issue, I spend time and meditate on the Love of God, as this swells in my heart, faith rises automatically (Romans 5:5). When you are backed into a corner and it seems there is no place to go and you feel all alone, shut every other voice out and remember God, the almighty God, Creator of the heavens and Earth and everything in between Loves you unconditionally, meditate on it and faith will rise like Incredible Hulk in your heart!
BELIEVE THE LOVE AND FAITH WOULD FLOW