Everything, as far as our existence on earth is concerned, depends on love. I’ll explain why I say so later.
You see beloved, at the new birth, God’s love is shed abroad in our born again spirits. That’s what God’s Word teaches us in Romans 5:5, “… the love of God is SHED abroad in our hearts by the Holy Ghost which [who] is given unto us” [KJV].
The Amplified rendition of this verse makes what’s said in Romans 5:5 very clear: “… for God’s love has been POURED out in our hearts through the Holy Spirit Who has been given to us”.
The Living Bible leaves us with a clearer picture of what Romans 5:5 teaches us about our relationship with God’s love at the new birth: “… for we know how dearly God loves us, and we feel this warm love everywhere within us because God has given us the Holy Spirit to FILL our hearts with his love”.
In all three instances, the word “heart” is used here to refer to the man’s “Born again spirit.” What Romans 5:5 teaches is that anyone who gets born again receives a full [complete] dose of God’s love. This speaks of God’s personality, considering that “God is love” [1 John 4:8]. If God’s love, and the Holy Spirit fills our born again spirit with God’s love when we’re born again, it means that one of the greatest privileges we receive at the new birth is to be filled with God. This is a huge investment on the part of God, which even cost Him the life of His only begotten Son. This may seem too big to be real, but it’s the simple truth. It’s important I show you HOW and WHY God decides to fill our born again spirits at the new birth.
Before I do that, I mentioned earlier that I was going to explain later why I said “Everything, as far as our existence on earth is concerned, depends on love.” I’m going to do that right away by comparing two different scriptures written by the same person – Paul; Romans 5:5 and Galatians 5:6. Don’t forget that I want to establish the fact that everything depends on love.
Romans 5:5 [KJV]
“And hope maketh not ashamed; because the love of God is shed abroad in our hearts by the Holy Ghost which is given unto us”
Galatians 5:6 [KJV]
“For in Jesus Christ neither circumcision availeth any thing, nor uncircumcision; but FAITH WHICH WORKETH BY LOVE”
The first thing I want to point out is that, Romans 5:5a tells us that “Hope” doesn’t put us to shame. In other words, it doesn’t disappoint. The only condition that guarantees such an assurance for hope is when it’s founded on God’s love. So Paul’s not just talking about any kind of hope, but hope that’s founded on God’s love. He’s referring to hope in God and nothing else. That’s the only hope that doesn’t put to shame.
Backing up your reading from Romans 5:1-4, you’ll find out that expressions such as “… boast in the hope of the glory of God” [Romans 5:2 NIV],” “… hope of eternal salvation” [Romans 5:4 Amplified], and “And hope maketh not ashamed; because the love of God is shed abroad in our hearts by the Holy Ghost, which is given unto us” [Romans 5:5], are used to point us to the fact that the kind of hope that doesn’t put to shame is the hope that’s traceable to God’s love.
It’s imperative to draw your attention also to the fact that the Greek derivative for “hope” in Romans 5:5 is “elpis”, which means “to anticipate with pleasure, expectation and confidence”. The reason why this hope doesn’t put us to shame is because it’s fed and strengthened by God’s love for us that has been poured into our born again humans spirits by the Holy Spirit. This is also the reason why God’s Word teaches us that “the EXPECTATION – hope – of the righteous shall not be cut off”.
The second thing I want to show you, why I believe that everything depends on God’s love is that the efficacy of the Christian Faith is in love. That’s what the Holy Spirit, speaking by Paul tells us: “For in Jesus Christ neither circumcision availeth any thing, nor uncircumcision; but FAITH WHICH WORKETH BY LOVE” [Galatians 5:6 KJV].
The word “worketh” used in the KJV rendition of this verse, is from the Greek word “energeō”, which means to be active, efficient, effectual, and be mighty in. This thought is what is conveyed in the Amplified rendition of Galatians 5:6 “For [if we are] in Christ Jesus, neither circumcision nor uncircumcision counts for anything, but only faith ACTIVATED AND ENERGIZED and expressed and working THROUGH LOVE”. The simple implication to this is that your faith can only actively demonstrate its might, efficiency and fervency in an atmosphere of God’s love.
Now look at this: Hope doesn’t put to shame [disappoint] when it’s founded on God’s love. This leaves us with just one conclusion, and it’s what 1 Corinthians 13:13 [Amplified] tells us – “And so faith, hope, love abide [faith – conviction and belief respecting man’s relation to God and divine things; hope – joyful and confident expectation of eternal salvation; love – true affection for God and man, growing out of God’s love for and in us], these three; but THE GREATEST OF THESE IS LOVE”.
Now you can see why I said earlier that everything about our lives here on earth depends on God’s love. Having said this, I hope you can still remember what we’re talking about? It’s about the believers’ supernatural protection that stems from the love of God. At the new birth your born again spirit is filled with God’s love. What I intend doing at this point is to show you HOW and WHY.
Romans 5:5 tells us exactly HOW God does that: it’s by the Holy Spirit who indwells our born again spirit at the new birth. Jesus paid the price to secure God’s love for mankind; but it’s through the indwelling Presence of the Holy Spirit in the born again human spirit of the believer that this God-kind of love is poured into man; and this experience isn’t progressive, it happens instantly when any human gets born again. So, in case you’re born again, I want you to know, in the light of God’s Word, that your born again spirit has been filled with the very God-kind of love. To this end Paul quipped: “Will you be my prayer partners? For the Lord Jesus Christ’s sake and because of your love for me – GIVIEN TO YOU BY THE HOLY SPIRIT…” [Romans 15:30 TLB]
The next question that I’d like to answer is WHY would God get into such a huge investment on man? In order to understand why God has decided to fill our born again spirit with His love at the new birth, through the indwelling Presence of the Holy Spirit, I’m going to show you one of the primary responsibilities of the Holy Spirit’s Presence in our born again spirit. Apostle James spells this clearly in James 4:5, reading from The Living Bible rendition: “Or what do you think the Scripture means when it says that THE HOLY SPIRIT, WHOM GOD HAS PLACED WITHIN US, WATCHES OVER US WITH TENDER JEALOUSY? Did you see that? The Holy Spirit has been placed within us [that is, in our born again spirit] by God, and His primary assignment is to WATCH over us with tender jealousy. Wow! That’s awesome and full of assurance. It’s important to know how the Holy Spirit watches over us from inside-out. To understand this, I’d like to show you something that Apostle Paul said to the Christians in Thessalonica, in 1 Thessalonians 5:8 [The Living Bible]: “But let us who live in the light keep sober, PROTECTED BY THE ARMOR OF faith and LOVE, and wearing as our helmet the happy hope of salvation.” Did you see that again?
Now let’s put these two scriptures together: James tells us that the Holy Spirit, who lives in our born again spirits, protects us, and Paul tells us that the medium through which He does that is God’s love that He has poured into our hearts. The love of God in our born again spirit is a defensive and offensive armour that’s designed to protect us 24/7. Being filled with the love of God at the new birth implies maximum protection. That makes you unstoppable and untouchable.
God’s saying today that, there’s no need to be worried about your protection in 2017 and beyond, because His love has filled your born again spirit. Your responsibility in this is to remain in that love irrespective of what happens in or around you. This is non-negotiable; either you’re in or not. This is what Jesus meant when, emphatically, he told His disciples, “I have loved you even as the Father has loved me. LIVE WITHIN MY LOVE” [John 15:9 TLB]. Did you hear that? He was giving His disciples their responsibility in order to enjoy maximum supernatural protection. God’s love for you isn’t just the source of your supernatural protection, but your supernatural protection itself. Living within His love means remaining within the reach of His supernatural protection for you, given that there’s a place where He can’t protect you, and that’s outside the spiritual jurisdiction of His love.
You see, dear friend, a step outside the scope of His love is a step away from your supernatural protection. It doesn’t matter what people have done against you; it doesn’t matter how badly you have been treated; it doesn’t really matter; you have no excuse for not living within His love. What matters is to live within His love. To show the spiritual relevance of His love in our lives, and why we must make it our ultimate calling to remain within His love, Jesus tells us the following: “Give to those who ask, and don’t turn away from those who want to borrow. There is a saying, ‘Love your friends and hate your enemies.’ But I say: Love your enemies! Pray for those who persecute you! In that way you will be acting as true sons of your Father in heaven. For he gives sunlight to both the evil and the good, and sends rain on the just and on the unjust too. But you are to be perfect, even as your Father in heaven is perfect” [Matthew 5:42-45, 48 TLB].
Why would Jesus ask us to love our enemies, and even pray for those who persecute us? It’s simple: God’s love is our protection and anytime we walk in His love, we become untouchable and unstoppable because we live in His supernatural protection. Walking in love does more good to you than those to whom you show love. It’s 100% in your own interest to live within God’s love.
Apostle Paul caught this revelation, and you need to catch it as well. See what he said: “If someone mistreats you because you are a Christian, don’t curse him; pray that God will bless him. Never pay back evil for evil. Do things in such a way that everyone can see you are honest clear through. Don’t quarrel with anyone. Be at peace with everyone, just as much as possible. Dear friends, never avenge yourselves. Leave that to God, for he has said that he will repay those who deserve it. Don’t take the law into your own hands. Instead, feed your enemy if he is hungry. If he is thirsty give him something to drink and you will be ‘heaping coals of fire on his head.’ In other words, he will feel ashamed of himself for what he has done to you. Don’t let evil get the upper hand but conquer evil by doing good” [Romans 12:14, 17-21 TLB].
This passage is all about how to live within God’s love.
Eight Powerful Truths about Living within God’s Love from Romans 12:14, 17-21 TLB
- If someone mistreats you because you’re a Christian, don’t curse, bless him; that’s because you’re called to bless [Supported by 1 Peter 3:9].
- Repaying evil for evil is a huge step out of love, and that would come with extreme disaster. So to live within His love you should NEVER REPAY EVIL FOR EVIL.
- Walking in honesty [instead of craftiness] in whatever you do is a sign that you’re living within His love.
- Quarrelsomeness is a sign that you’re living outside His love. Staying away from quarrelsomeness even when you have the right to do it is a sign that His love dominates your life.
- The tendency to be so much inclined to wanting vengeance is an indication that you’re not living within His love, considering that it’s impossible to think vengeance and pray sincerely for someone that has hurt you to be blessed as recommended by Jesus.
- Anytime you try to fight back because of what someone has done against you, it’s a sign that you’re taking the law into your hands; and that would also mean pushing God out of your situation, giving that such an act is a trait peculiarto a life that’s lived outside God’s love.
- Feeding your enemy [without grumbling/complaining/mocking behind the scene] is an act that’s borne out of God’s love within you, because it’s in line with His Word; and serves as a mighty offensive weapon that inevitably subjects your enemy to shame.
- To live within God’s love means not letting evil get an upper hand, because it’s the only way to conquer it.
My beloved, I’m glad that you have read this far. My concluding words to you are simple and straightforward: stop praying for divine protection, because oftentimes, it’s a prayer that stems from fear; and you know what, anytime you realize that fear dominates your thoughts, it’s a sign that you’re not living within God’s love, because “Perfect love cast out fear” [1 John 4:18]. Love and fear can’t co-exist.
Stop walking in lies telling, un-forgiveness, malice, grudges, bitterness, hatred, etc. they’re unhealthy habits that if not dealt with, will end up grounding you spiritually. Live within His love, that’s where your life is supernaturally protected. You don’t have to pray for His protection, but you have to do something to unleash His protection; it’s to live within His love. His love can’t be taken from you, but you can choose to walk out of it. Make a good decision this 2017, to live within God’s love, and nothing will ever tamper with your life and destiny. I mean it!
This might be my last post for 2016; my admonition to you is that wherever you’re; whatever happens to you, make up your mind to live within His love, and that act will create room for Him to take care of the rest. Be more concerned about living within His love, and take me for my words, He’ll take care of the rest. Alleluia!
It’s from God’s love in you that you can love others. That’s why Jesus asked His disciples then to “Love each other as much as I love you” [John 15:12 TLB]. What you need right now in case you’re not in a relationship with Jesus is to enter into one with Him, given that the connectivity to God’s love doesn’t reside in you, it’s in Him. You can do that by simply praying the following prayer of faith:
“Dear God, according to Romans 4:25, I believe in my heart that Jesus died for my sins, and rose again to make me right with you, in order to fill me with your goodness. I also confess with my mouth that Jesus is Lord. Today, I accept Jesus into my heart as my Personal Lord and Saviour.
In accordance with Romans 10:10, which say if I believe with my heart and confess with my mouth, I will be saved, I know that from now henceforth: I am born again; I am a new creation in Christ, old things are passed away, behold, all things have become new. I have the very life of God in me; I am God’s righteousness in Christ. I am lifted with Christ and together we are seated in heaven at the right hand of the Father, far, far above principalities and powers. Just as Christ is, so am I in this world, in Jesus’ Name”. Amen.
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You’re deeply loved, highly favoured and greatly blessed.
Jesus is Lord!