I’d like to start today’s post by drawing your attention to the fact that the word “nature” will be used in this context to refer to your “character or personality”.
In the seventeenth verse of the fifth chapter of Paul’s second letter to the Corinthian Christians, we’re clearly told that “Therefore if any man be in Christ, he is a new creature: old things are passed away; behold, all things are become new”.
The statement “to be in Christ”, suggests “being born again”. According to 2 Corinthians 5:17, when you get born again, you automatically gain eligibility for a brand new nature [character or personality], which is what makes you a brand new person on the INSIDE, even though you still look the same outwardly.
The new nature [character/personality] I’m talking about is “Your True Nature of Love”. As a new creature in Christ, I want you to know that it’s your nature to love. What I mean by this is that, you don’t have to struggle to love; it just flows out of you naturally.
A daily demonstration of love in your outward relationship with people is a biblical proof that you’re born again. John the Beloved tells us this by the Holy Spirit: “If we love other Christians, it proves that we have been delivered from hell and given eternal life. But a person who doesn’t have love for others is headed for eternal death. 15 Anyone who hates his Christian brother is really a murderer at heart; and you know that no one wanting to murder has eternal life within” [1 John 3:14-15 TLB].
Under the Old Covenant, God gave the children of Israel several commandments, which they had to obey, in order for their obedience to serve as a condition for enjoying God’s blessings emanating from the Covenant. The reason for such a deal was because the Old Covenant was an agreement between God and Israel, with Moses acting as the mediator. John the Beloved sheds light on this when he says “For Moses gave us only the Law with its rigid demands and merciless justice, while Jesus Christ brought us LOVING FORGIVENESS as well” [John 1:17 TLB].
However, John didn’t end with what Moses brought; he pressed further to state that when Jesus came, He brought us “LOVING FORGIVENESS” [John 1:17].
As a matter of fact, while teaching His disciples Jesus didn’t hesitate to spell out that He brought LOVE, which He referred to as a NEW COMMANDMENT. “A new commandment I give unto you, that ye love one another; as I have loved you, that ye also love one another” [John 13:34].
You see dear friend, when Jesus made this statement to his disciples, it was before His crucifixion. The implication of this is that the command to love one another was to be an outside force, given that at the time of speaking, the New Covenant that was to be sealed by His blood hadn’t been enacted. This explains why He had to give them a “Law” to walk in love.
Unlike the Old Covenant, the New Covenant is different, because it’s an agreement solely between the Father [God the Father] and His Son [God the Son]. All of us are just beneficiaries. We had no part to play for it to be enacted. It’s a Covenant of Love.
Today, by virtue of Christ’s death, burial and resurrection, anyone who believes in His person and finished work, will receive eternal life instantly into their reborn human spirit, and that’s all what they need to make them a part of God’s new creation in Christ.
To become a new creature in Christ simply means that your born again spirit is indwelled by the Holy Spirit – God’s own Spirit; not the spirit of this world. This is God living in and with man.
One of the responsibilities of the Holy Spirit in your born again spirit, amongst others, is to fill your spirit with love. That’s exactly what God’s Word teaches in Romans 5:5. Though referred to as “The Love of God”, yet it’s drawn from three different supernatural dimensions, namely: the Love of God [the Father]; the Love of Christ [the Son]; and the Love of the Spirit [Holy Spirit].
Now, let’s see what the Bible teaches about this:
1 John 4:9
In this was manifested THE LOVE OF GOD toward us, because that God sent his only begotten Son into the world, that we might live through him.
A new commandment I give unto you, that ye love one another; as I HAVE LOVED YOU, that ye also love one another.
Now I beseech you, brethren, for the Lord Jesus Christ’s sake, and for THE LOVE OF THE SPIRIT, that ye strive together with me in your prayers to God for me
The truth is, at the new birth, as God’s new creation, we receive a new nature from God; it’s God’s very nature – LOVE. It’s a full dose of the love of the Godhead – the love of the Father, the love of the Son, and the love of the Holy Spirit – poured into our born again spirit by the Holy, because that’s where He lives.
With this new experience, love isn’t alien to us; it’s no longer an outside force like in the case of Israel under the Old Covenant, and the Disciples of Christ before they got born again; it’s our nature, our character and personality.
My dear friend, the point I want to establish is that being born again means you’re born of God [John 1:12-13], and since “God is love” [1 John 4:8], the implication is that you’re born of love.
This means you can love the same way He does, considering that it’s your new nature to love. Love is your real personality.
So what should you do? Just go ahead and love people. Don’t try to walk in hatred, bitterness, malice, unforgiveness, and grudge, because that’s someone else’ nature – the devil – John 8:44.
In Rev. Kenneth Copeland’s book “The Blessing of God Maketh Rich and Added no Sorrow”, he said something that I’d like to show you in the light of your new birth: “You’re love just like God is love; you’re full of compassion just like God is full of compassion”.
Now this is my take: just go ahead and love people because that’s what God would do if He were here physically.
The words of Jesus in John 13:34 that “love one another; as I have loved you” leave us with something very interesting – “Our standard for loving people is Jesus’ love for us”.
You’re not expected to love people the same way they love you or the way you love yourself; it’s “as I have loved you”. As far as demonstrating your love nature in your relationship with people is concerned, make Jesus your standard.
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You’re deeply loved, highly favoured and greatly blessed because you’re a life-giving spirit just like Jesus.
Jesus Is Lord!