Thursday, February 14, 2013

Love is not a feeling it's a choice

If we read Genesis 1:28a and 31a. It says God blessed them(Adam and Eve) and all whatever He created was good. It means whatever God created on the Earth was holy, free from decay and nothing was cursed.
But in Genesis 3:6 and 7 tells us The first man and woman sinned. The result from sin revealed God's love and God cursed the land and allowed man to toil and care his surrounding as a part of training for the uplifting plan of God's redemption because man's love was replaced with selfishness.
God gave His son Jesus for us, who is our healer and redeemer
His work gave evidence of His divine anointing
Love, mercy and compassion were revealed in every act of His life
The same son gave His spirit to us and made us His dwelling place.
Hebrew 13:8 says, Jesus Christ is the same yesterday, to day, and for ever .
Today Jesus needs our body to show the same love to the needy
1 Corinthians 6:19 says you are the temple of Holy Spirit
Do you think God will give us His gift and fruit for His kingdom?
What type of love God wants to show others?
Read Luke 4:18, "The Lord's Spirit has come to me, because he has chosen me to tell the good news to the poor. The Lord has sent me to announce freedom for prisoners, to give sight to the blind, to free everyone who suffers,
Jesus tendered His heart
Jesus took man's nature
Jesus approached to them in love
How did people react to Him?
They were attracted towards Him
They were encouraged by Him
They loved Him
what about you, do you call yourself the temple of Holy Spirit?
Read 1 Corinthians 6:19-20, You surely know that your body is a temple where the Holy Spirit lives. The Spirit is in you and is a gift from God. You are no longer your own. God paid a great price for you. So use your body to honor God.
I repeat my previous question, Do you think God will give us His gift and fruit for His kingdom?
Yes!, it means there is a demand of taking care of our body
It means taking care of body, soul and spirit.
Above scripture tells us He has given His spirit that means his own nature to us
I will show you one example-
When my son was born, he was born with some of the nature of mine and Arun. As he grew he talked and behaved like us, because he was having fellowship with me and Arun.
You are born again, you are the dwelling place of God, it means God is having fellowship with you
If you allow God, you will have His nature but remember, maturity is a process
Say -Maturity is a process!
Take a moment and Examine your self-
Have you tendered your heart?
Have you taken His(Jesus) nature?
Do you approach people in love?
Will you allow Him to transform you with His nature?
Say - yes!
What is His nature?
Read Galatians 5:22-23, But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, long-suffering, gentleness, goodness, faith, Meekness,temperance: against such there is no law.
Do you know there are not 9 but 12 flavors of the fruit of the Holy Spirit.
Read Revelation 22:1-2, The angel showed me a river that was crystal clear, and its waters gave life. The river came from the throne where God and the Lamb were seated.
Then it flowed down the middle of the city's main street. On each side of the river are trees that grow a different kind of fruit each month of the year. The fruit gives life, and the leaves are used as medicine to heal the nations
Read Ezekiel 47:9-12, Wherever this water flows, there will be all kinds of animals and fish, because it will bring life and fresh water to the Dead Sea. From En-Gedi to Eneglaim, people will fish in the sea and dry their nets along the coast. There will be as many kinds of fish in the Dead Sea as there are in the Mediterranean Sea. But the marshes along the shore will remain salty, so that people can use the salt from them. Fruit trees will grow all along this river and produce fresh fruit every month. The leaves will never dry out, because they will always have water from the stream that flows from the temple, and they will be used for healing people
After reading these scriptures from two different books, we can see for sure that God is concern about our body and nature and He has 12 kinds of different flavor(quality) of His spirit
Are you ready to explore God's nature?
Let's begin with love!
Who will teach you to love?
Read 1 Thessalonian 4:9
Now about your love for one another we do not need to write to you, for you yourselves have been taught by God to love each other
Love is well abused word in today's society, which speaks mostly carnal ways
We can define love this way
Agape - God's Love which is unconditional
Eros - Husband wife Love
Storge - Family Love
Ph ilia - Brotherly and friendly Love,
Who will teach you love?
Say - Holy Spirit
Remember - Gifts are given but Fruits are developed
In natural if you decide to plant a Fruit Tree what will you do?
1. Choose a Fruit Tree
2. Choose a Location
3. Prepare the Soil
4. Plant
5. Stake, Mulch, Feed, and Water
6. Maintenance
It means pruning your fruit tree at planting and taking care of it during the first 4 to 5 years
Then it can set the structure and growth pattern of your fruit tree.
That shows us clearly that maturity does not come overnight. Even as maturity is not sudden, so also is the fruit of a tree or fruit(quality) of a person
It will be produced naturally and spontaneously. Gifts of the Holy spirit is the result of your faith but fruit of the Holy spirit is the result of your action. It takes time to grow. It is your product.
Jesus spoke about the man's character
Read Matthew 7:16-20
You will know them by their fruits. Are grapes gathered from thorns, or figs from thistles? So, every sound tree bears good fruit, but the bad tree bears evil fruit. A sound tree cannot bear evil fruit, nor can a bad tree bear good fruit. Every tree that does not bear good fruit is cut down and thrown into the fire. Thus you will know them by their fruits.
It is very easy to say some one I love you but it is very hard to love some one.
We have to show
1. our love towards God-
Malachi 3:8, says You people are robbing me, your God. And, here you are, asking, "How are we robbing you?" You are robbing me of the offerings and of the ten percent that belongs to me
If you cannot give to God it shows you do not trust in Him. Where is your love for God!
2. our love towards man-
when someone is favoring you or doing as per your will you feel all joy and love and happiness, what about when situation goes little not favorable?
We react annoyed, and even we stop praying for our brothers rather we speak adverse about them
Where is your love for people gone!
3. our love towards Holy Spirit-
Read Galatians 5:19-21, The acts of the sinful nature are obvious: sexual immorality, impurity and debauchery; idolatry and witchcraft; hatred, discord, jealousy, fits of rage, selfish ambition, dissensions, factions and envy; drunkenness, orgies, and the like. I warn you, as I did before, that those who live like this will not inherit the kingdom of God.
Are you infected with any of theses sicknesses?
You need to find out yourself, where do you stand today,
Your love towards Holy Spirit will lead you to make yourself pure and holy before God
Your right standing with God will make all evil to run from you and you will experience God's mighty hand upon you as it was with Elijah
Read 2 King 18:30-38, Then Elijah said to all the people, "Come here to me." They came to him, and he repaired the altar of the LORD, which was in ruins. Elijah took twelve stones, one for each of the tribes descended from Jacob, to whom the word of the LORD had come, saying, "Your name shall be Israel." With the stones he built an altar in the name of the LORD, and he dug a trench around it large enough to hold two seahs of seed. He arranged the wood, cut the bull into pieces and laid it on the wood. Then he said to them, "Fill four large jars with water and pour it on the offering and on the wood." "Do it again," he said, and they did it again. "Do it a third time," he ordered, and they did it the third time. The water ran down around the altar and even filled the trench. At the time of sacrifice, the prophet Elijah stepped forward and prayed: "O LORD, God of Abraham, Isaac and Israel, let it be known today that you are God in Israel and that I am your servant and have done all these things at your command. Answer me, O LORD, answer me, so these people will know that you, O LORD, are God, and that you are turning their hearts back again."Then the fire of the LORD fell and burned up the sacrifice, the wood, the stones and the soil, and also licked up the water in the trench.
Notice the word altar, ruin and Israel,
Let me tell you today, if you are ready to prepare your self as an holy altar of God, His fire is willing to consume all troubles from you but you have to come to an agreement with the spirit of God
God is ready to teach you His love
Are you ready to learn?
Are you ready to make love your choice?
"Lord, may I bear good fruit for your sake.  Help me to reject whatever will produce evil fruit.  And help me grow in faith, hope, love, sound judgment, justice, courage, and self control."
In Jesus' name

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