“A new commandment I give to you, that you love one another; as I have loved you, that you also love one another. By this all will know that you are my disciples, if you have love for one another. John 13: 34-35 (NKJ)
There are principles that work in the kingdom of God as we practice the disciplines of our faith in our lives as individuals, but also in our lives, when gathered together as the body of believers.
The highest principle and the greatest gift given to us by The Christ Spirit, is that we as Christians are to emanate, is the preciousness discovered in our Father God’s love.
Christ teaches love in the midst of humanities greatest plights. Christ enters into our lives by the Father’s love graced upon our hearts who has infused into our human fabric, the gift of His Holy Spirit, who in the holiness of the Godhead, desires to make his home, to dwell, to reside, in the deepest regions of our being.
It is only when we surrender our own thoughts, minds, methods, and desires before the throne of our Merciful, Loving Father God, that in each moment we are granted this precious life, that his compassionate, caring love, is who will be manifested in and through of all of whom we are becoming in and by his ability.
In order to have the Christ spirit activated in us, who modeled love in all he did while on this earth, in all he practiced, and in all he spoke, we must come to the place, where our desire for his life, and his love to be spiritually rooted, deeply ingrained within us, takes precedence over anything else we purpose to do in our pilgrimage in seeking to become the vessels where Holiness reigns.
This occurs, moment by moment, when we learn to be humble in servitude, bending and lending our hardened hearts, each day, throughout our day, in allowing this same spirit whose resurrection life is alive in us, to continually and radically transform the very human nature we were born into with the glory of the divine nature of the Godhead.
We must realize our need to nurture above all, our spiritual life, that we remain open vessels, who are willing to have the Spirit of Christ, move intricately, into every area of our life; thoughts, attitudes, behaviors, speech, conversations, interactions, behaviors, so that those deeds and acts we accomplish in and by this holy divinity who is at work in us, will be carried out in the purest of intentions, motivated by the same love.
The work of the resurrected power of the Christ spirit, is able to take our human hearts of resistance, and mold, forming and creating new hearts, where His true love is who overflows in all we do, as He continually performs this life altering change in us, birthing us into God hearts.
“As the body is one and has many members, but all the members of that one body, being many, are one body, so also is Christ. For by one Spirit we were all baptized into one body- whether Jews or Greeks, whether slaves or free- and have all been made to drink into one Spirit. For in fact the body is not one member but many.
If the foot should say, “Because I am not a hand, I am not of the body,” is it therefore not of the body? And if the ear should say, “Because I am not an eye, I am not of the body,” is it therefore not of the body? If the whole body were an eye, where would be the hearing? If the whole were hearing, where would be the smelling? But now God has set the members, each one of them, and the body just as he pleased. And if they were all one member, where would the body be?
But now indeed there are many members, yet one body. In the I cannot say to the head, “I have no need of you”; nor again the head to the feet, “I have no need of you.” No, much rather, those members of the body which seem to be weaker are necessary.
And those members of the body which we think to be less honorable, on these we bestow greater honor; and are on representable parts have greater modesty, but our presentable parts have no need. But God compose the body, having given great honor to that part which lacks it, that there should be no schism in the body, but that the members should have the same care for one another. And if one member suffers, all the members suffer with it; or if one member is honored, all the members rejoice with it.” 1 Corinthians 12:12-26 (NKJ)
This high calling to walk in the image of Christ, is not something we can attain by human effort, by our own designs, through our own methods, or in our human ways.
This type of love is only developed in the intimacy of relationships as we enter fully into communion and union with the fellowship of the Godhead, our Father God, His son Jesus Christ, and His Holy Spirit, day by day, in our earnest desire, for His radiance to flow in genuineness, not neglecting anyone in the body, offering respect, giving value to each person we relate with, realizing we as the body are also bound in this same love, to walk as the blood sisters and brothers who have been birthed into this new way of being
When we relate from our flesh, from our own nature, we are denying the resurrection power of Christ to be who takes precedence in our relationships. It is in those secret, hidden areas we hide from others, the He desires for us to give over to His authority, so He becomes our Lord and Savior in our relationships and in all of whom we interact with, whether of God or not.
Living in the integrity of carrying the gospel truth in our human frame, recognizing our weaknesses, our frailty, brings us to the place of humility, in a realization how strong our need is, to rely on, depending and allowing the Holiness of God, space to move in ways His life becomes completely immersed into our human ways, exchanging them for His divine nature, so that our interactions will align inside and out, passionately revealing His caring compassionate love in the most intimacy found in our relations with one another as the body of Christ.
We do not want to grieve God’s holiness who is the force working in us in the ways we relate to others. When we give deference to one over another, we fail to have Christ Love be who is revealed. When we judge instead of offering Mercy, we grieve our Father God, who is all merciful to all souls. When we condemn another either in our thoughts or by our words, we are hindering the miracles the Spirit desires to perform in lives, setting people free from illnesses, bondages, and those things that come from this world that enslave us.
When we think we know how God should act in another’s life, we are restricting the God who performs the impossible, birthing the possible into lives. Our attitudes towards one another are powerful predictors of God’s ability to bring forth His life in others as when we are not walking in love, we are blocking His Power to be revealed.
Our Faith and the power of the Godhead is released into lives when love is the motivating entity we give preference to and it is in and by this love, the Father’s love is made known, and is it is when we become this love in our relations with one another where His miracles will be shown.
Our Father God desires to rain upon us, His holy balm of healing, restoring souls and reconciling all peoples to His love, releasing lives from suffering of deep wounds and hurts, loosing persons from illnesses, freeing those bound in demonic forces, raising the dead, where He will pour upon us, His fullness, releasing Mercy from the storehouse of heaven, and the fire of His Holiness will burn our fleshy remains, where His greatest acts will be seen and His power made known when we respond in graciously loving all persons, in offering His Mercy, Grace and Forgiveness to all of whom we encounter.
This is what follows us as we walk in the sincerest of love towards one another. The extraordinary, the wonderfully amazing, supernatural works of our Father are made manifested when our love is realized and manifested in our relationships, as we enter into being doers in this highest calling upon our lives to be graced in the love of the Godhead, passionately being this same love, in the empowerment and ability granted us by the Holy Spirt.
Lorraine Taylor – Lay Minister