TOPIC : THE FOUNDATION OF WALKING IN LOVE
Scripture : Ephesians 5: 2. And walk in love, as Christ also hath loved us, and hath given himself for us an offering and a sacrifice to God for a sweet smelling savour.
Beloved, I welcome you to another Moment of Daily Encounter! Our God who is love personified (1Jn.4:8) instructs us to walk in love as stated in our anchor scripture (Eph 5:2)!
However, the matter of walking in love has a basis! It has a bedrock which I refer to as the foundation of walking in love. Today we shall briefly examine the main foundation of walking in love.
What is the foundation of walking in love?
Agape love, the more excellent way has the following foundations:
1. Forgiveness; The reason why so many people cannot walk in love is because they find it difficult to forgive!
Love and forgiveness go hand in hand. You cannot walk in love and not forgive. The matter of forgiveness is double edged: self and others, let’s examine them one after the other:
A. Forgiveness of oneself. You must learn to forgive yourself before you can forgive others! What you cannot give to yourself, how do you give it to others? Refusal to forgive oneself is one major hindrance to the prayers of many believers.
Even when God has forgiven them yet they refuse to forgive themselves. Look at what the scripture said:
Isaiah 43: 25. I, even I, am he that blotteth out thy transgressions for mine own sake, and will not remember thy sins.
How can God say I have blotted out your transgressions and will not remember your sins again, yet you walk around with the mp3 of “I am a sinner, I don’t think God can ever forgive me” playing in your head! No wonder your heart is full of the guilt of past sin even when you have confessed and forsaken them.
Beloved, I know many at times the pictures of your past sin will flash across your mind when you kneel to pray. Please ignore the picture and let your mind be on what the Bible has said concerning forgiveness. Sometimes you hear the voice of the devil drumming it hard that you are a sinner and God does not answer sinners like you.
This had made you stop praying because you believe that negative voice drumming nonsense into your ears, that your prayers won’t be answered! Infact many have left the place of prayer feeling more condemned than they went in.
Please I beg you today in the name of the Lord, forgive yourself, return to the place of prayer with a justified mentality, don’t stop praying because God loves you and has forgiven you your sins!
Beloved, it is possible you have not experienced God’s love and forgiveness because you have not forgiven yourself. You may say pastor you don’t understand what I’m passing through! Yes I may not but God does! So, forgive yourself of your past mistakes please.
Stop punishing yourself when God is not punishing you. I don’t know your reason of refusing to forgive yourself, it may probably be a case of disobedience! It could be a case where you broke your vow with God. It could be you were put in the family way and abandoned?
It could be refusal to sow seeds, it could be becoming a rape victims, HIV or other veneral diseases etc! Whatever be the sins that the devil is using presently to torment your life, it is time to rise up and forgive yourself:
1 John 3: 21. Beloved, if our heart condemn us not, then have we confidence toward God.
Our heart is the seat of faith, so when you lose confidence there, you can never get answers to prayers! Check your hearts, if it does not condemn you, why are you condemning yourself?
1 John 5: 14. And this is the confidence that we have in him, that, if we ask any thing according to his will, he heareth us: 15. And if we know that he hear us, whatsoever we ask, we know that we have the petitions that we desired of him.
So many of us don’t have confidence in our prayers because we don’t have confidence that God has forgiven us our sins.
Remember this: Heaven is real and hell is real! The choice is yours, eternity without Jesus equals hell. Prepare for eternity today.
Prayer points :
– Father thank you for your word to me today.
– Lord I receive grace to forgive myself.
– Lord, this past sin(mention it to God) that has been tormenting my life must end today, I throw it at your feet now in Jesus name.
– I prophesy that the past that you have repented of, that the enemy is still using to hunt you down, ends today in the name of Jesus.
– Every spirit of setback, that has enveloped your life lose their grip over you now in Jesus name.
From your brother Alex
God bless you.