1 John 5:2-3 “By this we know that we love the children of God, when we love God, and keep his commandments. For this is the love of God, that we keep his commandments: and his commandments are not grievous.”
It is a powerful four-letter word. It can alter the path of a life to success as well as devastate it. It fills a heart and empties it in a moments time. Smiles spread abroad a face because love is shown. Tears flow when love is withdrawn or broken. Love has seen lives taken in its name. Many a fight has been in defense of love.
There are certain things God commands us to do that are far beyond our capacity.
1 Peter 1:16 “Because it is written, Be ye holy; for I am holy.”
My very beginning was in sin, how then can I be holy?
Matthew 5:43-44 “Ye have heard that it hath been said, Thou shalt love thy neighbour, and hate thine enemy. But I say unto you, Love your enemies, bless them that curse you, do good to them that hate you, and pray for them which despitefully use you, and persecute you;”
We all have that ‘someone’ in our life that is harder to get along with than others. But to have to love them, bless them and do good to them – that is asking a bit much, don’t you think? Yet, as a command of God, we must. But how?
Galatians 5:22-23 “But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, longsuffering, gentleness, goodness, faith, Meekness, temperance: against such there is no law.”
These nine ‘fruit’ of the Holy Spirit of God become evident not by my will; not because I possess it but because God exemplifies, demonstrates and quite literally does through me what I cannot do myself.
I cannot be holy – but God CAN through me.
I cannot love my enemies – but God CAN through me.
I acknowledge and know that I do not possess the love needed to do so, but, by faith, I know my God can.
Love, Joy, and Peace. These are fruit formed inwardly.
Longsuffering, Gentleness, and Goodness. These are fruit shown outwardly.
Faith, Meekness, and Temperance. These are fruit only displayed in the life of someone truly transformed by the Holy Spirit of God.
Many of us feel a failure because we cannot do what it is God has said we should do. But the true failure is not realizing that which God has commanded, He will enable.
It is as if my Heavenly Father is saying;
“My child, I know that you cannot love like I am commanding, but allow Me to love them for you; through you; with My love.”
By faith, believing that God can, I begin to love beyond my capacity; beyond my ability; beyond anything I truly possess.
If we, the children of God, do not show this love, our words and our testimony will carry no weight with a world who needs to see God’s love – not ours – lived out among us every day. How we love God and how we love one another – this is the telltale sign of whether or not we are possessed of a love greater than this world has ever seen.
1 John 3:23 “And this is his commandment, That we should believe on the name of his Son Jesus Christ, and love one another, as he gave us commandment.”
Matthew 22:37-40 “Jesus said unto him, Thou shalt love the Lord thy God with all thy heart, and with all thy soul, and with all thy mind. This is the first and great commandment. And the second is like unto it, Thou shalt love thy neighbour as thyself. On these two commandments hang all the law and the prophets.”
When we truly feel a failure – we are not. We must see it for what it is. It is God in us. It is God loving those we cannot through us.
Lastly, we have His promise that we can and will succeed.
Philippians 4:13 “I can do all things through Christ which strengtheneth me.”