THE BENEFITS OF WALKING IN LOVE

Exploring The Riches of God’s Grace mp3 By Bishop David Abioye

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TOPIC : THE BENEFITS OF WALKING IN LOVE

Scripture :Proverbs 17: 22. A merry heart doeth good like a medicine: but a broken spirit drieth the bones.

Beloved, I welcome you to another Moment of Daily Encounter! It has been confirmed that walking in love is a choice and walking in offence is also a choice. Today, we shall briefly outline few of the benefits of walking love and living an offence free life

What are the benefits of saying no to offences and yes to love?

1. Unending joy(Habk. 1,2 &3:17-19): Habakkuk was a prophet that was praying but was seeing the opposite. His prayer seemed not be receiving heaven’s attention! He wept and lamented:

Habakkuk 1: 2. O LORD, how long shall I cry, and thou wilt not hear! even cry out unto thee of violence, and thou wilt not save! 3. Why dost thou shew me iniquity, and cause me to behold grievance? ..

Beloved, how many times have you prayed like Habakkuk and there was no answer? Infact, it seemed like the more you prayed, the more there were undesirable results.

Please don’t be discouraged and don’t allow it to make you walk in offence.

Rather, walk in love even when your expectations were not forth coming. Habakkuk had every reason to be offended with God but he made a choice to walk in love and rejected the way of offence :

Habakkuk 3: 17. Although the fig tree shall not blossom, neither shall fruit be in the vines; the labour of the olive shall fail, and the fields shall yield no meat; the flock shall be cut off from the fold, and there shall be no herd in the stalls: 18. Yet I will rejoice in the LORD, I will joy in the God of my salvation.

One beautiful thing about joy is that it is medicinal:

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Proverbs 17:22 A joyful heart is good medicine, but a crushed spirit dries up the bones.(ESV).

The health benefit of joy outweighs the cost of sorrow. You save yourself from depression when you maintain joy as a result of refusing to keep offences:
Proverbs 15:13. A merry heart maketh a cheerful countenance: but by sorrow of the heart the spirit is broken.

Beloved, you can’t be offended and still have strength to serve the Lord. However, when you put away offences and embrace love, joy will flows and your strength will glow(Hab.3:19, Neh. 8:10)!

2. Sound health (Prov. 15:13, 22:17): There’s a connection between your joy and your health! So if you keep offence in your heart your health will fail! Even if pastor prays for you, as long as you refuse to walk in love, the sickness will go and return back.

Please note the following:
a) the reflection on your face is a product of your heart. A sick heart can never produce a smiling face. Offence in the heart is sometimes read on the countenance of a person.
b) When sorrow is in the heart, the spirit can break! And whatever breaks the spirit also breaks the body! The spirit cannot be broken and the body be in good shape because the spirit is what controls the body!

Therefore, you must ensure you get rid of offence as soon as it is coming! Failure to do so is to invite anger and bitterness with attendant affliction and diseases such as :
i. Liver and kidney damages.

The frontal lobe of our brains serves an important role in controlling rage. When offence generates anger, it makes the nervous system become overexerted, which leads to a weakened heart, stiffer arteries, as well as liver and kidney damage
ii. Increases risk of heart disease. Frequent anger “causes wear and tear on the heart and cardiovascular system,” says Jerry Kiffer, MA, a heart-brain researcher at the Cleveland Psychological Testing Center. An overworked heart, constricting blood vessels, and surging blood pressure can cause damage to artery walls
iii. Ulcer. There are many people suffering from ulcer today, most of which are caused by offence.
iv. It can also cause depression. Etc

Beloved, you can get rid of offences by willingly forgiving, never expecting much from people and handling self. Maintain an atmosphere of joy always and your immune system will be boosted and you will live healthy life.

Remember this: Heaven is real and hell is real!

Prayer points:
– Father thank you for your word to me today.
– Lord I receive the grace to walk in love by all means in the name of Jesus.

Prophetic Declaration:
– I prophesy your lost joy has just been restored
– That turmoil in your soul is over as I speak peace be still in the name of Jesus.

From your brother Alex
God bless you.

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