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CHRISTIANS TO PRACTICE TRUE LOVE

 

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True love is good for everyone. It is good for God and it is good for humans.

Christians (out of all people on earth) must understand the importance of true love and practice it.

Christians must understand that God requires genuine love from us.

We must consider the practice as our basic essential requirement for inheriting God’s kingdom.

Each believer must appreciate the love of God and express it.

God expects his children to demonstrate true love notable as Agape Love – Which is void of an imperfection.

No Christians should find basis in hatred.

The scripture stated,

“Anyone who claims to be in the light but hates a brother or sister is still in the darkness” (1 John 2:9 NIV).

God fulfilled his portion of love mandate by sending his beloved Son Jesus Christ to die for the world.

“For God so loved the world, that he gave his only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in him should not perish, but have everlasting life” (John 3:16 KJV).

God fulfilled his love obligation; we humans are now left with task to fulfill ours!

Will it be easy to express true love at all times? Absolute not.

However, the Spirit of God that dwells in us can help us overcome temptation of hated and motivate us to live in love.

A Christians who desires to obey God and live in love should not focus on any hateful or hostile circumstance that surrounds him (or her).

A good Christian is expected to focus on God who is able to empower him to obey his commandment of living in True Love.

Christians should focus on Jesus Christ who abandoned his adorable heavenly home to live among wicked people on earth for the sake of saving their souls.

 

Why Should a Christian focus on Jesus Christ to Demonstrate True Love?

 

    • Christ loved the world that hated him.

 

    • Christ reciprocated love for hatred.

 

    • Christ died for the wicked world.

 

  • Christ commissioned his followers to keep showing his true love to the wicked world.

The call for Christians to live in true love must not only be demonstrated towards the wicked world.

Believers must also demonstrate true love towards one another.

Christians must love each other dearly!

“Anyone who claims to be in the light but hates a brother or sister is still in the darkness” (1 John 2:9 NIV).

Paul admonished Christians to live and operate in love that symbolizes God’s required Agape Love.

Paul stated,

“Finally, brethren, farewell. Become complete. Be of good comfort, be of one mind, live in peace; and the God of love and peace will be with you.

Greet one another with a holy kiss. All the saints greet you.

The grace of the Lord Jesus Christ, and the love of God, and the communion of the Holy Spirit be with you all. Amen” (2 Corinthians 13:11-14).

 

 

Christians need to be watchful of Factors that Derail True Love

It is important that children of God take caution not to fail on the subject of true love.

 

    1. Christians must ensure that the expression of our love is without reservation.

 

    1. Christians must allow the Holy Spirit to motivate and rule our love activities

 

    1. Christians must avoid selfishness when exercising love

 

    1. Christian must avoid partiality when exercising love

 

  1. Christian must allow God to be at the center of our activities, and let him take due glory.

 

Advantages of True Love

Some advantages are bound to come with expression of true love.

 

    1. Love and unity will help Christian community stay strong.

 

    1. Christian body will experience growth with true love affirmation.

 

    1. Christian community will experience God’s demonstrative power like bible time.

 

    1. More people will be added to God’s kingdom. Unbelievers will sense the presence of genuine love and be gravitated to it.

 

  1. Those who persecute Christianity will be challenged to drop batons and be converted to the faith.

Beyond the success of gospel evangelisation that comes with True Love, the practice will also open a pathway of prosperity for believers.

That is, people who demonstrate true love are bound to prosper in this life, and the one to come!

So much joy await believers that demonstrate true love to glorify God!

 

 

Pray for God’s Empowerment to Demonstrate True Love

Dear God I am determined to live in true love!

I want to represent you well on earth with the required true love so that I can qualify for your kingdom.

Please empower me through your Holy Spirit to live in true love!

I also pray for all believers throughout the world to receive your grace and power needed to sincerely love, as you required.

Please help my brothers and sisters in Christ to stay together and love each other dearly.

Help Christians to share and practice common love that meet your expectations.

Let believers throughout the world lay aside selfishness and segregation.

Help the church to promote activities that will solidify our relationship with you so that we can prosper!

Please let your Holy Spirit bind brethren together so that we can remain fit to inherit your eternal kingdom.

For in the name of Jesus Christ I have prayed. Amen!

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GOD DESIRES OFFERING FROM A WILLFUL HEART

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God expects his children to present their offerings to him from willful hearts. The Creator is only interested in offerings that are presented to him from liberal hearts.

He is not interested in receiving anything that comes from a grudging heart!

The scripture stated,

“But this I say: He who sows sparingly will also reap sparingly, and he who sows bountifully will also reap bountifully. 

So let each one give as he purposes in his heart, not grudgingly or of necessity; for God loves a cheerful giver.

And God is able to make all grace abound toward you, that you, always having all sufficiency in all things, may have an abundance for every good work” (2 Corinthians 9:6-8 NKJV).

 

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Lesson on Offerings of Willful Hearts

God will reward people based on the amount of sacrifices that they present unto him.

Since he reserves the storehouses of blessing, the Creator will plentifully reward people who offer him tangible offerings.

Jehovah will sparingly reward people that hold back their resources from him.

Anyone who expects huge blessing from God should learn how to offer his or her plentiful sacrifices to God – without reservation.

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Prayer of Grace to Present Honest Services to God

Dear God, please teach me how to present you my honest sacrifices.

Let my efforts and sacrifice of praise come from open and pure mind, so that they can be acceptable to you.

Do not let me hold back my services from you, but let me use my resources to honor you liberally, so that I can be qualified to obtain your blessings.

Please do these things and many more. For in the name of Jesus Christ I pray. Amen.

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NEW LIFE IN JESUS CHRIST

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Anyone who is a born-again Christian has become transformed from being a sinful person to a person of holiness. Such person is expected to abide by God’s standard of holiness.

The scripture stated,

Therefore if any man be in Christ, he is a new creature: old things are passed away; behold, all things are become new” (2 Corinthians 5:17 KJV).

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Lesson on How to Live New Life in Jesus Christ

Christianity involves spiritual transformation of souls from sinfulness to holiness. Therefore, a person who becomes a child of God must be ruled by the Spirit of God.

He (or she) ought not operate in sin anymore. Since his acceptance of Jesus Christ as Lord and Savior, he must disengage himself from old ways of life.

He must start to demonstrate godly lifestyle. As a born again Christian, he must allow God’s Holy Spirit to comfort, instruct, and direct him so that he can remain qualified to receive God’s blessings on earth and in heaven.

In addition, people who are possessed with the Spirit of God are recognized to be adopted sons and daughters of God.

Meanwhile, people who refuse Jesus’ account of resurrection, and those who fail to confess Christ as their Lord and Savior will not have portions with God in heaven.

Their portions will be with devil in hell fire (Matthew 25:41). Therefore, everyone who aspires to go to heaven must confess Jesus Christ as his/her Lord and Savior.

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Prayer of Confession in Jesus Christ

Dear God I want to go to heaven, therefore I am determined to become a born-again Christian. I confess your Son Jesus Christ as my personal Lord and Savior.

I believe he died for my sins and resurrected. I also believe that I can only receive forgiveness of sins through him. Therefore, I confess my sins and repent from them.

I declare my total life for Jesus Christ as from today. I will serve him today, and throughout the days of my life. Amen.

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UNCONQUERABLE SPIRIT OF GOD

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Christians are ruled by an undefeatable power of God; nothing can subdue their spirits. They will always thrive – even in the midst of tribulations.

Paul boasted on behalf of all Christians and said, “But we have this treasure in earthen vessels, that the excellence of the power may be of God and not of us. 

We are hard-pressed on every side, yet not crushed; we are perplexed, but not in despair; persecuted, but not forsaken; struck down, but not destroyed—always carrying about in the body the dying of the Lord Jesus, that the life of Jesus also may be manifested in our body” (2 Corinthians 4:7-10 NKJV).

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 Lesson on Spirit of God

Christians are God’s children, and they have God’s Spirit that operates in them. No matter what Satan brings their way, they will prevail! No adversity can overcome them, since they have an unconquerable Spirit of God in them.

The Holy Spirit gives believers consolations during crises; he energizes them with remarkable strength to keep going when others have dropped their batons.

In fact, God’s children will ever triumph in all situations. They will triumph on earth, and they will also triumph in heaven.

Meanwhile, since much benefits are available for God’s children, everyone on earth ought to endeavor to become a child of God. Every living soul should confess Jesus Christ as Lord and accept him as his or her personal Savior.

God’s crowns of glory await Christ’ believers in heaven – where they will ever sing songs of victory.

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Prayer of Affirmation

Dear God, I understand that I cannot lose any good thing for being your child, but I can only gain. Therefore, I am determined to be your child today! I confess your Son Jesus Christ as my Lord, and I accept him as my personal Savior.

I confess my sins and I forsake them. Please release your unconquerable Spirit upon me. Let him empower me to be an overcomer! Let him energize me to start living a triumphant life from today.

Let your Holy Spirit empower me to triumph throughout the days of my life. For in the name of Jesus Christ I pray. Amen.

 

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