Cultivating Love in Our Service of each Other

Cultivating the love of God in your life and sharing it with others is the key to us experiencing the fullness of His power. Without love, the gifts of God are useless. And without those gifts in operation in your life or the church, we are ultimately useless to God.

In the last days, the love of many will grow cold (Matthew 24:4-12, AMP). 4 Jesus answered, “Be careful that no one misleads you [deceiving you and leading you into error]. 5 For many will come in My name [misusing it, and appropriating the strength of the name which belongs to Me], saying, ‘I am the Christ (the Messiah, the Anointed),’ and they will mislead many. 6 You will continually hear of wars and rumors of wars. See that you are not frightened, for those things must take place, but that is not yet the end [of the age]. 7 For nation will rise against nation, and kingdom against kingdom, and there will be famines and earthquakes in various places. 8 But all these things are merely the beginning of birth pangs [of the intolerable anguish and the time of unprecedented trouble].

9 “Then they will hand you over to [endure] tribulation, and will put you to death, and you will be hated by all nations because of My name. 10 At that time many will be offended and repelled [by their association with Me] and will fall away [from the One whom they should trust] and will betray one another[handing over believers to their persecutors] and will hate one another. 11 Many false prophets will appear and mislead many. 12 Because lawlessness is increased, the love of most people will grow cold.

  • Many people, including Christians, are abandoning the "love realm" in order to operate in the "sense realm."

  • It’s hard to serve if we have a hard time loving. If it’s hard to love than it will be hard to serve!

  • It’s only in and by the love of Crist that we will serve people who have various types of problems and personalities. There’s an anointing on each of us to handle or resolve problems or complaints!

Let’s look at a Complaint verses Criticizing!

Webster’s states: a complaint is a statement that you are unhappy or not satisfied with something or an expression of grief, pain, or dissatisfaction.

Criticism is the act of passing severe judgment; censure; faultfinding. The act of judging the quality of aliterary or artistic work, musical performance, art exhibit, dramatic production, etc.

A human rights organization website I visited said, a complaint is a description of your problem and all the procedures you have followed in order to resolve it before reaching the point where you no longer know how to proceed. That’s why we have and need process and procedures for department as well how we do things within the ministry.

  • In order for us to reach a level of excellence there must be things we address in order to make improvements.

Many are convinced that walking in love is useless because of the sinful and lawless times they are living in and how some people are a trip and hard to get along with! Here’s the insight and wisdom we need:

  • Your vertical relationship with God will determine the effectiveness of your horizontal relationship with others.

  • By perfecting your love walk with others, you ultimately perfect your love walk with God.

  • When you choose not to love others, you allow fear to affect you, thereby giving Satan access to your life.

  • Love helps us address a complaint or concern that someone has.

  • Fear is an enemy to any relationship or organization! Because it’s a dark spirit!

How can we perfect our love and service? Here are a few steps for us all:

  • Always keep God as the focal point of everything that you do.

  • Pray in tongues in order to keep yourself in the love of God (Jude 1:20-21). 20 But you, beloved, build yourselves up on [the foundation of] your most holy faith [continually progress, rise like an edifice higher and higher], pray in the Holy Spirit,21 and keep yourselves in the love of God, waiting anxiously andlooking forward to the mercy of our Lord Jesus Christ [which will bring you] to eternal life.

  • Practice loving everyone, especially those of your own household and within the ministry is important.

  • The God-kind of love is not human. His love is supernatural and "Holy Spirit-injected."

  • The human kind of love is conditional. God's love is unconditional.

(Romans 5:5, AMP). When you become born again, the Holy Spirit "injects," or pours, God's love into your heart.

Prepared By Anthony McFarland

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