TOPIC: UNDERSTANDING LOVE AS A PILLAR OF FAITH
Scripture: 1 Corinthians 13:13 And now these three remain: faith, hope and love. But the greatest of these is love.(NIV)
Beloved, I welcome you to another Moment of Daily Encounter! Every structural engineer designs buildings that will stand the test of time with pillars. A pillar is a firm upright support for a superstructure. So our faith is likened to a superstructure that needs support. One of those supports of faith is hope. Today, we shall consider yet another support and that is Love.
From our anchor scripture (1Cor.13:13), we discover that hope, faith and love are inseparable entities that must function together.
They are three legs of a tripod stand, one cannot exist without the other. Just as we stated in our previous edition that faith will die without hope. Similarly, faith will not function without love! And hope is what prevent love from dissolving under the acid of frustration.
Beloved, have you been trying to operate your faith without love, and it is not working, it is possible you are trying to operate without love!
This is the reason why it is not working. Many people try to operate faith in an atmosphere of hatred and animosity! Faith will never work in such an atmosphere. You must work on your heart and ensure love is taking the right stand before faith can deliver.
Matthew 22: 37. Jesus said unto him, Thou shalt love the Lord thy God with all thy heart, and with all thy soul, and with all thy mind. 39. And the second is like unto it, Thou shalt love thy neighbour as thyself.
Love for God and for your neighbour must take a center stage for you to win the fight of faith! Please permit me to ask you a question, “what is it that has occupied your heart currently?” Is it bitterness, unforgiveness, hatred or malice? Can I submit this to you? Any other thing that occupies your heart outside the love of God will destroy your faith and render it impotent.
Beloved, one major hindrance to the flow of love is offence! And it will surely come(Matt.18:7)! So, has anyone offended you by cheated on you and now they have abandoned you? Instead of mounting up hatred in your heart towards them, please let God arise for you.
Dear husband and wife don’t allow offence from any quarters not even the issue of extra marital affairs make you hate your spouse and thereby destroy your faith.
Don’t allow your employer’s issue of maltreatment in your place of work make you hate your boss, thereby destroying your faith. Don’t even permit the witch in your neighborhood to make you give room for hatred in your life. Declare no vacancy for hatred in your heart, determine to love by all means.
Romans 13: 8. Owe no man any thing, but to love one another: for he that loveth another hath fulfilled the law.
Primarily your love is to your Maker, and then to those He has made (1Jn. 5:2, 1 Jn 3: 14-15).
You can’t love God and hate men that are made in His image because the proof of your love for God is love for the people of God:
1 John 4: 20. If a man say, I love God, and hateth his brother, he is a liar: for he that loveth not his brother whom he hath seen, how can he love God whom he hath not seen?
Why is love a pillar of faith?
1. It is the trigger for faith release;
Galatians 5: 6. For in Jesus Christ neither circumcision availeth anything, nor uncircumcision; but faith which worketh by love.
No loaded gun ever releases a bullet without a pull on the trigger. So also, love is the trigger for the release of faith.
2. It is the fuel of faith: faith can be dried and empty without the power of love
1 Corinthians 13: 2. And though I have the gift of prophecy, and understand all mysteries, and all knowledge; and though I have all faith, so that I could remove mountains, and have not charity, I am nothing.
Observe the clause “I am nothing”! It means if I profess faith and there’s no love I am nothing, and if I am nothing then my faith is also nothing.
Remember this; Heaven is real and hell is real! Make a decision of where to spend eternity today.
– Father thank you for your word to me today.
– Lord, I receive grace to walk in love so as to keep my faith alive in the name of Jesus.
– I declare wherever you are tied down as a results of malice and bitterness, you are released now in the name of Jesus.
– I decree every power trying to frustrate your life and destiny is arrested now in the name of Jesus.
From your brother Alex
God bless you.