Sunday, July 1, 2018

Let Love Determine Your Boundaries (Love Feast #4)

Love Feast:
 14 days of pure indulgence on the subject of Love. The caterer is the Holy Ghost. The meals are free yet priceless. The results are endless. 

Remember to meditate, speak aloud and do your daily LOVE FEAST verse. Take hold of what it is saying to you. Squeeze out all the nutrients from it, like a juicer extracts juice from an orange. Go ahead drain it dry and every time you put it up to your mouth to partake of its substance you will find it replenished, hot and ready to flow again and again and again into your inner most being.

Feast defined:
• An elaborate meal for many people that celebrates an occasion.
• Something that provides a great deal of pleasure.

1 Corinthians 13:4 (AMP)
Love endures long and is patient and kind; love never is envious nor boils over with jealousy, is not boastful or vainglorious, does not display itself haughtily.

God is a rewarder of those who diligently seek Him. There is no greater quest than to seek to know and grow in Love. God is Love. Your willingness and eagerness to go on this LOVE FEAST is an indication of your determination to please God by letting the love of God in your heart grow, permeate, penetrate and control every fiber of your being. You are on the right course; you are in the right lane, not the vain glory lane that leads to godless gain and pain. You are in the love lane that leads to eternal gain without strain as you rule and reign with Christ.

Today we will delve into our meal with hungry hearts and receptive minds and yielded bodies to receive our impartation and revelation of the Word of Love, by grace.

Day #4 of the LOVE FEAST unveils verse 4 of 1 Corinthians 13. This is a very strong and powerful verse spoken by Paul from the Holy Ghost and we so desperately need to take it to heart. Paul reveals to us that the Love of God, not human love, endures long and is patient and kind. Let’s look at those three elements of love before we proceed with the remainder of the verse.

Many times when I think of the word endure I think of going through hard or difficult situations without quitting the good things; like faith, joy, peace, positive word confessions etc. This includes taking a stand for what is righteous and godly and never backing down off what you believe. Love will always remain stalwart and victorious even when the temptation, test or trial is long gone. Love can not only outlast the devils attempts to defeat, kill, steal and destroy from you, it will bring you out with a shout! Love will never stop half way through the situation and say, “well I guess you’re on your own now, this is as far as I can go.” No, it will stick with you forever, even when you are not faithful, love abides faithfully at your side, making the devil step aside, keeping you from foolish pride as it guides you to certain victory!

Love is patient. The opposite of patient is impatient, which is the same as edgy, intolerant, annoyed and irritated. Patience is not just an acquired mental strength of learning how to courteously wait. The patience that Paul is referring to is a supernatural force that flows out of true love. It cannot be humanly bought or taught because its supplier is God. It is not of this world and should not be confused with human courtesy or etiquette. The bible tells us in the book of James to let patience have its perfect work in us. That tells us that patience has a job or a purpose. It has an assignment or a mandate in our lives.

Love is the originator of perfection, everything it touches it seeks to perfect. One of loves tools or instruments that it uses to help it achieve this perfection is patience. Look at it like this, Love is the surgeon and patience is his scalpel helping to cut away the unfruitful residual of our past that lie dormant in our mind, will, emotions and body waiting for the opportunity to rise up and rob us of our destiny. Patience will cut away every defect and imperfection of your soul, things like; attitudes, dysfunctional coping mechanisms, and faulty traditions of men, being irritable, intolerance, mood swings and many other insignificant things that keep us idle and unfruitful.

Let patience have her perfect work in you so that you may be perfect and complete lacking nothing. Once you have yielded to the work of patience it completes you, then whenever you are faced with a hardship or difficulty patience has already cut away everything that would have hindered the flow of love in you and through you. So part of growing in love is to be pruned by patience. When you are yielding to patience you are in love and everyone around you appreciates that.

The remaining part of verse 4 is pretty simple. Love is kind. It is not mean spirited or moody. It is not sharp tongued or snappy. Love is kind. When I think of kindness I think of compassion because it is not phony it is genuine. You don’t have to have the gift of discerning of spirit to know when someone doesn’t like you. It takes the love of God to root out, pull down and destroy mean attitudes of the flesh. People can fake it for awhile but then it starts creeping out of their pores; you can see it in their face even though they are smiling at you. Love is never envious or boils over with jealousy.

Wow, that is powerful, jealousy and envy are rottenness to the very bones of our flesh, and it is foul and more deadly than a serpents bite. It will strip a person of life and take them to the grave on an early flight. Be on your guard and don’t let it bite, keep it defeated under your feet and send its cousins gossip and slander to flight.

Love does not seek the honor or praise of men for it is not vainglorious. Love is not always thinking and talking about itself; it's needs and it's wants. Love is not big-headed and conceited, always bragging on self. We use to say these kinds of people were “full of it,” just absolutely full of themselves………look at me, look at what I’ve done, lookie, lookie, lookie I got a cookie…………..oops sorry I got carried away :)

Love is not full of pride or haughty. Love compliments others and is sincerely excited when they are blessed. Love is of the heart and can easily be perceived by people saved and unsaved. Many characteristics of love people try to emulate because it makes them look as though they are spiritually mature but the heart knows the genuine from the fake. I remember when I was a young girl not even living for God I could tell when people would treat you with genuine love or just putting on a show for the crowd or just for their own conscience. Love is consistently the same.

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