Christian Character and Living, Love, Machaira with Apostle Bennie

EPISODE 31 – THE PRACTICE OF LOVE 6

By Benjamin Nana Amissah Ansah

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Wednesday 22nd February, 2023
 
THE PRACTICE OF LOVE 6
“Love suffers long and is kind; love does not envy; love does not parade itself, is not puffed up; does not behave rudely, does not seek its own, is not provoked, thinks no evil; does not rejoice in iniquity, but rejoices in the truth; bears all things, believes all things, hopes all things, endures all things. Love never fails… 1 Corinthians 13:4-8 (NKJV)
 
The knowledge of Christ is the communication of the truth of God. Anything in God you want to experience and enjoy is packaged in Christ.
The only way to demonstrate God, is to receive Christ. Christ in you, is all of God’s essence dispensed into you.
 
You cannot demonstrate the love of God outside Christ. Christ is the embodiment and the revelation of the love of God. The love of God which is fully revealed through Christ is poured into our hearts, by the Holy Spirit (Romans 5:5).
 
 
Now with the love of Christ in your heart, you have the endless stream of love within you, to nourish others. You don’t have to try to be patient, kind, bear all things, believe all things and hope all things.
You don’t have to attempt not to envy, not to parade yourself, not to behave rudely, not to think evil, not to be easily provoked and not to behave rudely.
You practically demonstrate these things because the love of God is already in your heart.
 
 
Now let’s look at the remaining practical items of love mentioned in the opening scripture.
 
 
14. Love endures all things
Have you ever been in a place and felt or thought to yourself:
 “This is where I know God wants me to be. I have done all I could, I have not been appreciated, I am overburdened and there are too much more expectations for me, therefore, I quit or want to quit.”
You are not alone. There are many more people who might have had that thought or made such decisions before. But there is something that makes the difference in other instances, THE LOVE OF GOD.
To ENDURE is from the Greek word, hupomenō, this is a compound word, hupo (means under) and menō (means stay). Thus, hupomenō, means to stay under. It also means to remain even as you bear great trials; to have fortitude and to persevere.
Interestingly, it also has the characteristic to endure patiently and to tarry behind. It depicts steadfastness and constancy; It is a quality that makes progress against a trial, rather than merely waiting for a moment to jump out of a difficult challenge.
To endure all things means you don’t and cannot be swerved from a definite accurate purpose.
This is what the Love of God is.
Concerning our Lord Jesus, it was not just in Gethsemane, he endured the decision of His death on the cross, for all men. All through His lifetime on earth, He had to persevere and remain steadfast even unto His death. It was a battle of Love. Love does not quit.
From the revelation thoughts in 1 Corinthians chapter 12 into 13, I can ask you this question, will you remain in your service to the Lord and to the brethren, even when you have not had the opportunity to “showcase” your gift?
Most people fail even in the season of their ministerial training just by not exercising the STAYING POWER of the Love of Christ.
You quit because it has always been about you and not truly the Love of Christ at work in you. You quit because of what you seek to gain, (the fame, the praise of men, the self pleasure, etc).
 
 
Beloved, the secret to having the ability to remain steadfast in your walk with God and fellowship with the brethren, is not merely to have a strong mind. The secret is the GOD KIND OF LOVE.
Do you now see how God doesn’t give up on you? His love is steadfast, it endures forever!
Oh glory to God.
 
As you practice the love of God, you don’t quit nor throw in the towel even when you are under a heavy load. You refuse to move regardless of the pressure or inconvenience.
Beloved, remain steadfast in your love towards the saints.
 
15. Love never fails
As this statement is true, it is not speaking of your self-generated love. Any kind of love apart from the Love of God fails. The only kind of love which cannot fail is the GOD-KIND OF LOVE.
To say love never fails, means, it cannot be inefficient and it is endless.
After all things have ended, the greatest thing, which will remain is LOVE. (1 Corinthians 13:13).
This God-kind of Love exists as perpetual as God is; for God is LOVE (1 John 4:8)
This is why all through our discussion I have emphasized on the truth that, you can only love by the empowering ability of the God-kind of love poured into you. Your self-generated love is imperfect. It’s just like that of Peter, who denied Jesus. He boasted in his love for Jesus.
 
He said, “Lord I will lay down my life for your sake”.
 
But that love was not an outflow of the love of Christ. It was his “selfish-love” which couldn’t stand the test of time. Yep!
He denied Jesus three times. (John 13:30-38; John 18:25-27).
This was even after Jesus had spoken of the new commandment, “…as I have loved you, love one another” (John 13:34).
Right there in John 13, we see the difference between the Love of God revealed in Christ and the love of man revealed in Peter.
But after the outpouring of the Holy Spirit, on the day of Pentecost; Peter stood before the multitudes who were mocking their experience of the Spirit, ministered to them and got 3000 people saved. He declared the love and the power of Jesus to these multitudes, yet before the death of Jesus, he denied the Lord Jesus, three times. This is the compelling force of love of God in Christ.
 
The only love which cannot fail is the love of God in Christ. Thanks be to God that now we have the ability to love as Christ loves us. God has poured His love into us through the Spirit, that, He can spill-out His love through us unto others.
 
The question is, are you loving others as you love yourself?
That will fail…!!!
What cannot fail is, LOVING OTHERS AS CHRIST HAS LOVED YOU.
You don’t love people by what you like or don’t like. You don’t love people according to your own preference.
You love others according to the LOVE OF CHRIST IN YOU. This is the love which cannot and never fails.
The most significant thing, dear one in the Lord, is not your talent, your gift nor skill. The most significant thing in your life in Christ is THE LOVE OF GOD.
 
How do you receive and enjoy His love? How do you love the Lord? And how are you demonstrating His love towards others?
This love of God in Christ is supernatural, high-level love which never fails.
This divine love is already in you as a life-changing river of love; allow it to flow forth from you to others.
Glory to God.
 
“Therefore, my beloved brothers, be steadfast and immovable. Always excel in the work of the Lord, because you know that your labor in the Lord is not in vain” (1 Corinthians 15:58)
Shalom
 
DIG DEEPER
 
(John 13:30-38; John 18:25-27; Psalm 118:1-29; Psalm 136; Lamentations 3:22-24; )
 
WE PRAY
 
– Lord thank you that your love bears all things, believes all things, hopes all things, endures all things, and that your love never fails in us.
-That we may be steadfast, unmovable, always abounding in the work of the Lord and the expression of His love in us towards others.
– Our Lord Jesus Christ Himself, and God, even our Father, which has loved us, and given us everlasting consolation and good hope through grace, comfort our hearts, and establish us in the consistency of demonstrating His love towards one another no matter the burdens.
 
BIBLE READING IN THE YEAR 2023
Day 23: Genesis 39-41
 
DECLARE THESE WORDS:
This love of God that has been shed abroad in my heart never quits, never surrenders, and never gives up on other people.
I bear all things, believe all things, hope all things, and endure all things!
The love of God in my heart compels me to strain forward with all the might of Christ in me, to believe the very best in every situation and the best about every person.
 
Hallelujah.

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Francis
Francis
1 year ago

The love of God in my heart compels me to strain forward with all the might of Christ in me, to believe the very best in every situation and the best about every person. Glorrrreeeeeyyyyyy

Akporhor Cynthia
Akporhor Cynthia
1 year ago

Anything in God I want to experience and enjoy is packaged in Christ.

The only way I can demonstrate God, is to receive Christ. Christ in me, is all of God’s essence dispensed into me.

Ooh what a reality.

Thank you Jesus

Thanks you Apostle for the enlightenment

 

Samiratu Sulley
Samiratu Sulley
1 year ago

The GOD KIND OF LOVE is what compels me
I demonstrate the steadfast love of the Lord unto others.
This is so warming
Hallelujah

Diana Sagoe
Diana Sagoe
1 year ago

I have the capacity and the ability to love as Christ Jesus did.. I expressed the love of God towards others.. Glory to God..

Macharias
Macharias
1 year ago

The love God indeed coax me to do more for the lord

EDWARD ATIASE
EDWARD ATIASE
1 year ago

today’s Machaira has taught me to Love others how Christ loves me. God’s love never fails, thank God his Love is shed abroad in my heart, it means i can now love as Christ does.

EDWARD ATIASE
EDWARD ATIASE
1 year ago

today’s Machaira has taught me to Love others how Christ loves me. God’s love never fails, thank God his Love is shed abroad in my heart, it means i can now love as Christ does.
Thank you Apostle Bennie

Sophia opare
Sophia opare
1 year ago

I bear all things, believe all things, hope all things and endure all things. Oh thank You God for love

Emmanuel Opoku
Emmanuel Opoku
1 year ago

I love others, not as myself, but as Christ has loved me.
The Love of Christ never fails. It cannot be inefficient and it is endless.

Thank you Sweet Jesus!

Vincent Mensah
Vincent Mensah
1 year ago

These words have quickened the Love of Christ in me. I am awake unto my disposition of love for the Lord and for the brethren.
I endure unto the very end
I believe the very best of everyone
I don’t quit for the Love of God in me never fails

Sulley
Sulley
1 year ago

Love NEVER FAILS! The God – kind of Love is victorious throughout anytime any day . This epistle is a relic

Natalia
Natalia
1 year ago

I demonstrate the God kind love……
The only kind of love that can never fail
I love others according to the love of Christ in me

Oh! Thank you Jesus .

GMAJOMBANE EMMANUEL
GMAJOMBANE EMMANUEL
1 year ago

The love of God in Christ is supernatural, high-level love Which never fails.
The devine love of Christ is already in me. Harrssh?. Gloryyyy to God.

DOTSE SIMON
DOTSE SIMON
1 year ago

wow what an experience.

DOTSE SIMON
DOTSE SIMON
1 year ago

wow what an experience

Felicia
Felicia
1 year ago

Wow, I allow the life changing river of love to flow from me to others.

Nkrumah Sarkodie Charles
1 year ago

Loving others as yourself fails but loving others as Jesus loved you never fails. Hallelujah!

Afful Kennedy
Afful Kennedy
1 year ago

The love of God in Christ Jesus never fails. The overflow of His love compel me to do more not my selfish love. I love others as Christ loved me.Thank you Lord.??

Wisdom Elvis
Wisdom Elvis
5 months ago

The love of God in my heart compels me to strain forward with all the might of Christ in me, to believe the very best in every situation and the best about every person.

Wisdom Elvis
Wisdom Elvis
5 months ago

I bear all things, believe all things, hope all things, and endure all things!

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