True love towards God and others, compassion and kindness to fellow believers can only come from a heart that is truly devoted to God.
Spiritual gifts without love are useless.
A believer can have the gift of tongues and the power to pray all day long, but without love, prayers are meaningless. Preaching at people without tender affection towards its listeners is pointless. Praying and preaching without a heart is like preaching with a heart of bronze. It’s like a clanging cymbal when it is struck. It makes a tremendous amount of noise, it’s also painful to the ears.
Pride and ego drives people away, the opposite is love, which draws people close. It is out of the abundance of the heart the mouth speaks.
“Love is the queen of graces.”- Thomas Watson
“He who loves not, lives not.” – Raymond Lull
God inspired love, Agape love, has only one source: Almighty God. It is not selfish, it does not seek what it can get, rather, it seeks what it can give to others. Love, in God’s economy spells
S-A-C-R-I-F-I-CE. It does not come cheap. Love and sacrifice are intricately bound together.
As the world celebrates this month of love, February, let every believer demonstrate the “Agape” kind of love. Pursue , follow, and go after God. Show this “Agape” love to others.
©Ruth Dickson Author UK Christian Author 3.2.16
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