If you don’t have love, you aren’t engaging the spirit that God gave you

As I finished writing yesterday’s post, I left you with the passage 2 Timothy 1:7:

For God has not given us a spirit of fear, but of power and of love and of a sound mind.

2 Timothy 1:7

What I did not spend a lot of time on, was the part about love – and it is absolutely critical to making the wholeness and completeness of the Spirit work as intended. Once I write this, you will see it isn’t rocket science, but what we do as a society is exhibit an utter misunderstanding of what love looks like and how we show it to others who are not wives, husbands, or family and friends. Let’s first look at what happens when husband and wife become father and mother. Does their love not grow big enough that no obstacle is too big to engage in a fight (win or lose)? Now impose this scene on the incredible stories we sometimes read in the news where a person saves a stranger (adult or child) from some kind of calamity. Is this not love as well? Your damn right it is! But love is not only shown in risking your life for someone. This is what Jesus said in Matthew 25,

34 Then the King will say to those on His right hand, ‘Come, you blessed of My Father, inherit the kingdom prepared for you from the foundation of the world: 35 for I was hungry and you gave Me food; I was thirsty and you gave Me drink; I was a stranger and you took Me in; 36 I was naked and you clothed Me; I was sick and you visited Me; I was in prison and you came to Me.’

Gospel of Matthew 25: 34-36

Let’s add opening the door for someone, saying hello to the person who looks down on their luck, or standing up for their rights. Love takes on many forms and it quenches every need. The Kingdom of God is at hand, says Jesus, but do you think we will have a single need or is God’s love so big that he will take care of everything in heaven? You certainly know the answer to that one. That being said, none of us are God but each of us has a purpose and a role to play in the Body of Christ in order to meet the needs of people. To show love. Imagine discovering your purpose, your unique set of God given skills, and then using them to help people (which is showing love). Pretty amazing.

How important is the love part? Not only does it make your spirit big enough to take on almost any challenge to guard your loved ones or your rights, or the faith – it makes all the actions you do worthwhile.

13 Though I speak with the tongues of men and of angels, but have not love, I have become sounding brass or a clanging cymbal. And though I have the gift of prophecy, and understand all mysteries and all knowledge, and though I have all faith, so that I could remove mountains, but have not love, I am nothing. And though I bestow all my goods to feed the poor, and though I give my body [a]to be burned, but have not love, it profits me nothing.

1 Corinthians 13: 1-3

Discovering our purpose and using it to show love is one of the most important things we can do in life, and for God. The most important thing is to know God (John 17:3). Ladies and gentlemen, it is critical for happiness and wholeness in your life that you find your purpose and let your love impact the world around you. I used these steps to discover mine and I hope it helps you find your purpose too. The steps to finding your purpose can be found here at Heaven’s Catalyst https://heavenscatalyst.org/discover-purpose/discover-your-purpose/

Peace be with you.

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