What love costs us…….by Laura Grace I feel led to share something today and yes it will have the word of God in it.
The bible says God is not unjust to forget your labor of love, and what you do IN HIM is never in vain (1 Corn 15:58) Which implies that what you do that was not IN HIM might be in vain.
Love costs us, and sometimes it costs us big. It might be financial, it might be forgiving and praying for someone who harmed us.
God has both called me and chosen me, not only to evangelize and get people to Christ but one of the biggest ways he uses me is to get people back to him- who have been deeply hurt.What hurts me (as a minister) is when people feel they need to take endless beatings in the name of love, otherwise they are not walking in love.
Also what bothers me, is this is idea that people never do anything to us, it’s just the devil.
The devil shows up in spiritual form and we can rebuke him and cast him down, bind him up and remind him he is under our feet.
People also can be (unfortunately) trained to do things the devils’ way from an early age. This is why the bible talks about putting away wrath, clamor, get rid of bitterness (and so on) ……They can be clouds without water and spots at your love feast (book of Jude). ON SOME have mercy God says, snatching them out of the fire, hating even their garments defiled by the flesh.
Jesus was not a woosy. He told people in no uncertain terms who was going to be blessed, and who was not. (Look at Matthew 5).
He did not blanket people who hated him (or his words) with his everlastiing blessings. He went to the cross but he was not everyone’s “whipping boy.”
In fact, he made people very angry by pointing out their sin (and exposing it).
So yes, the Holy Spirit does the convicting if they indeed choose to be convictable, but many harden their hearts.
In the last days (it says) some (no matter what happens) will curse God and blame him for everything. (Rev 9:20).I felt it necessary to have this little talk with you about Love.
We love God first. We love his Word. That, alone, will seperate you from many. He will show you who to bless and anoint.
He makes it clear taking care of our brethren (others who love God) is first, then we go out and show and demonstrate love to the poor, the orphans, the fatherless…..
Love will cost you. Financially, and in every other way.We are entering a time of the wise virgin. (That is another sermon)
So I am going to ask you PLEASE seek God about all this.Love him first and don’t wear yourself out trying to show love to everyone, until there is nothing left of you. Ask him for wisdom.
If I have seen one thing over and over the past few years, it’s satan using love AGAINST God’s people and beating them to death with it. He is the great accuser.
Pray with me if you wish “Father in the name of Jesus, show me what walking in love means to me personally. I praise you when I am IN YOU I am never condemned. I command the voice of the enemy to cease and desist NOW in Jesus’ name!“
I do hear from God he is my Father” Thank you Father for showing me personally- by your Spirit how YOU want me to define love and walk in love. I forsake all religious teachings right now Father and ask to be in living covenant with you. in Jesus’ name. amen.” those who are led by the Spirit of God are sons of God. For you did not receive a spirit that makes you a slave again to fear, but you received the Spirit of sonship.”
Stop being afraid of messing up! God will lead you, He promised. –Laura Grace