Keepers of The Home
A religious spirit works death in the lives of those who have entertained it. This spirit leads people to be consumed with the laws and judgments of God while leaving out the love and mercy that God offers. It is exactly what Jesus rebuked in the religious Pharisees when He walked the earth. Unfortunately, this spirit still fills many believers’ hearts today. Let us look at 1 Corinthians 13 to see how very important love is and ought to be for all of us who believe in God--
“Love never ends. As for prophecies, they will pass away; as for tongues, they will cease; as for knowledge, it will pass away. For we know in part and we prophesy in part, but when the perfect comes, the partial will pass away.” (1 Corinthians 13:8-10, ESV)
How profound that much of what many of us pride ourselves in, the gifts of God, won’t even be necessary in eternity. Yet love will… so how are we doing with this “gift” of God?
“So now faith, hope, and love abide, these three; but the greatest of these is love.” (1 Corinthians 13:13, ESV)
Holy Spirit, come into our hearts and show us the areas where we are lacking love and help us to repent and seek love above all else!
I have been surprised at how God has shown me what His love looks like; it is not always soft and gentle as we are taught by the world. Along with the soft and gentle aspect of love there are boundaries and limits and even uncomfortable confrontation. Consider how God loves us—all of us are saved by no works of our own, yet we are held accountable for what we do with God’s grace if we abuse it or misuse it.
“How much worse punishment, do you think, will be deserved by the one who has trampled underfoot the Son of God, and has profaned the blood of the covenant by which he was sanctified, and has outraged the Spirit of grace?” (Hebrews 10:29, ESV)
We can be guilty of loving without mercy and also of loving with too much mercy. Surely we need the discernment of the Lord to help us know which to apply in each relationship.
May God help us all to walk more in His love towards others and to be able to discern which kind of love He wants us to show to those with whom we come in contact.