During the ministry of Jesus, the city of Jerusalem was experiencing a struggle. There was a spiritual battle going on between the religious ideas the people had become comfortable with and the demands of God's powerful presence. The words of Jesus penetrated the people with clear principles ..
Love is the foundational motive of all that God has deemed spiritual and holy. Without love as the central governing force, all other spiritual endeavors produce little and remain very shallow. This point is made quite forcefully by John G. Lake, a man whose healing ministry in the early 20t ..
God's love in us is a gift, but it must be developed before it will help us deal with the pressures we face in every day life. God's love doesn't increase in us by merely trying harder or holding our negative feelings inside. Instead, love grows as a result of entering His presence. The key ..
What motivates our decisions? Do we react in an effort to protect ourselves from the hurts and actions of others — whether they are remembered or anticipated? Do we respond to the circumstances that come against us from the outside? Or does God's gift of unconditional love burn within the ..
How do we distribute our love? Jesus indicated we distribute the God-kind of love by giving away our greatest riches. One of the greatest examples of this love is found in the story of the good Samaritan. When Jesus gave this example, He was responding to a question from an insincere lawyer ..
Can we truly say we are patient and kind as the Bible describes love? Or do we bark and bite at people like a junkyard dog, all the while justifying ourselves as we do? It is easy to justify nearly any action. We can let our anger and temper flare with a sense of total justification using wo ..
When we look at God's covenant love we must not forget to include First Corinthians 13:4-8: "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 iniqu ..
We can tap into the deep, rich reservoir of God's love residing within us even when people rub us the wrong way. Love is a force much more powerful than human emotion. The God-kind of love is the most powerful force in existence. It's even more powerful than any force known in the physical r ..
Always remember, the focus of the New Testament is not on our love for God as much as it is on our coming to know the love He has for us. His love in us will drive out fear and every fear-fed issue in our lives. Consider the various things in life that are driven and fed by fear: Anger can be ..
Typically, the way people love one another is very different from God's love. Natural love is conditional. A person usually has to meet someone's expectations in order to be loved. Then later the recipient of natural love needs to requalify — and requalify again. In fact, in order to be lo ..