1 Corinthians 13:4-5
4 “Love suffers long and is kind; love does not envy; love does not parade itself, is not puffed up;
5 does not behave rudely, does not seek its own, is not provoked, thinks no evil...”
Today’s Inspiration: Love has always been in the heart of God. Particular attention is the word in 1 Corinthians 13:5 where we are not to take offenses against negligent word of others who tend to assert their right and always makes record of wrong. This would lead first to mild resentment and then gradually will puff up to bitterness and finally temptation to sin through violent acts. Love surpasses all understanding.
We should discard from our spirit the tendency to judge, a sin that quickly take prominence in our heart if we do not choose to humble ourselves before the Almighty God. Sin of the flesh loves to dwell with us leading us to destruction.
Therefore, take heed of every emotion that arises out of offenses. It’s a landmine that we must avoid. Once allowed to explode to our face, it is disastrous.
Tendency to slander, gossip, condemn and judge are the baits of demonic torments and harassment that leads to defilement of the spirit, deceit and enslavement. Do not be deceived by what is sown in formative years. If allowed to linger we reap destruction of self. Galatians 6:7. Satanic entrapments are bound to get at us if we do not resort to change our attitude to that of loving attitude. It’s this loving attitude that we are able to redeem our relationship with God and others.
Therefore, refrain from anger and bitterness which are poisonous to our soul. It’s a form of wickedness and lawlessness. This is where the cycle of destruction of relationships keep surfacing.
The key to overcome is to get back into the promises of God of not allowing the devil to have a foothold of our life by causing us to respond to temptations of anger. Ephesians 4:26-27. Secondly, we are to manage our anger well. Thirdly know full well that we are more than conquerors and one of the keys to be a conqueror is to be at peace with God and with all men. To love is Divine. To be prone to anger is a partnership principle with Satan to make ourselves toxic. Finally guard our thoughts and our heart. Let them be connected in the spirit. To respond to anger is a divisible spirit that led to unnecessary afflictions. So take on the fullness of measure of His love that all be well with you. Success is assured in love. God be praised.
Prayer: Lord I long to be in Your presence as in Your presence there is liberty. It was for our freedom that Christ has set us free. Therefore, we push away anger from our spirit that we may receive the fullness of the spirit that brings us everlasting life. In Jesus’ name, Amen.
1 John 4:18
18 There is no fear in love; but perfect love casts out fear, because fear involves torment. But he who fears has not been made perfect in love.
Today’s Inspiration: Fear is our greatest enemy and has to be conquered by love for love casts out fear. 1 John 4:18. To nurture the damaged trees of wrong done to us is to be a prisoner of the past. To refuse to forgive is also destructive. Unforgiveness choked the life out of marriage or out of family relationship and friendship. To avoid forgiving would mean imprisoning your emotions.
It costs the Lord Jesus at Cavalry to bring us forgiveness. If we are to bear the image of God we cannot afford not to forgive our offender. Forgiveness carries a condition that it starts with us first to forgive the offender. To accept God’s forgiveness and to refuse to forgive our offenders is a wicked act as Jesus explained in the parable of unforgiven servant in Matthew 18:21-35. When you don’t forgive and you choose to be bitter against the offender, you have made yourself a slave to the offender.