November 21, 2018
1 Corinthians 13:4-8 (NASB) Love is patient, love is kind and is not jealous; love does not brag and is not arrogant, does not act unbecomingly; it does not seek its own, is not provoked, does not take into account a wrong suffered, does not rejoice in unrighteousness, but rejoices with the truth; bears all things, believes all things, hopes all things, endures all things. Love never fails; but if there are gifts of prophecy, they will be done away; if there are tongues, they will cease; if there is knowledge, it will be done away.
2 Timothy 3:1-4 (NASB) But realize this, that in the last days difficult times will come. For men will be lovers of self, lovers of money, boastful, arrogant, revilers, disobedient to parents, ungrateful, unholy, unloving, irreconcilable, malicious gossips, without self-control, brutal, haters of good, treacherous, reckless, conceited, lovers of pleasure rather than lovers of God
From the two periscopes above, I surely want to manifest the love written in 1 Corinthians 13. However, I also realize that regardless of all, I am living in the difficult days in this end times. If I’m not ‘careful’, the love in my life could still be shifted by the harshness of this world. If I’m not careful, I could become a lover of self, money and this world!
After investigating, I find the way to manifest such kind of love in the following passage:
1 John 2:15-17 (TLB) Stop loving this evil world and all that it offers you, for when you love these things you show that you do not really love God; for all these worldly things, these evil desires—the craze for sex, the ambition to buy everything that appeals to you, and the pride that comes from wealth and importance—these are not from God. They are from this evil world itself. And this world is fading away, and these evil, forbidden things will go with it, but whoever keeps doing the will of God will live forever.
It turns out, “not really loving God” is the cause of being easily being molded by the evil days, difficult times, and the devil’s deception! In other words, we are yet to be “willing to die, to believe God even when it doesn’t make sense, and to let everything go for Him”. In short, we are still lukewarm as believers.
From what was written above, a strong urge arises from within. I want to make sure that I always experience the work of the Word and Spirit.
So, my focus is not to “manifest love with my own strength and effort”, because I will surely be frustrated. Instead, I will focus on meditating & declaring the word and praying in tongues until my inner man is blazing! Once lukewarmness is gone, divine love will automatically manifest!
Notice when there’s a strong urge to meditate His word! Because it is the work of the word and Spirit which will blaze our inner man. When we follow the urge, an even stronger urge to meditate the word will rise. “Becoming addicted to God’s word” is the right sentence to describe it. Once someone is addicted to the word, their desire is only one; God and His word!
Whatever the world offers will no longer appeal to us. Because our addiction to the word has made our eyes clear. Now we can compare God’s glory and this world’s glamor. We could realize that God and His word is incomparable to anything this world could offer!
The statutes of the Lord are right, rejoicing the heart;
The commandment of the Lord is pure, enlightening the eyes;
The fear of the Lord is clean, enduring forever;
The judgments of the Lord are true and righteous altogether.
More to be desired are they than gold,
Yea, than much fine gold;
Sweeter also than honey and the honeycomb.
(Psalms 19:8-10, NKJV)
When our heart’s earnestness to God and His word has reached this point, divine love will automatically manifest in our daily life without struggle. In opposite, the decreasing manifestation of divine love signifies lukewarmness in our inner man. Quickly overcome it, and divine love will fill our hearts and manifest again! #iLoveGod
Ps. Steven Agustinus