IT’S IN YOU
About Sometime last year, after I had learned that it is ignorance and injustice to describe love as a feeling, I started to pray for the grace to love!
Now, I had read the love chapter i.e. the first epistle written to the Corinthians chapter 13 and I saw that the terms of love as stated in that chapter placed an exerting demand on the tendons and muscles of the natural man and he is grossly incapable of executing love’s contract…discipline and training notwithstanding.
Sadly, it seemed as though my prayers were hijacked by the ‘prince of Nsukka’ as I continued to exhibit gestures that mocked love and of course, selfishness laced most of my actions. I really wanted to love selflessly but the more I tried, the more my natural tendons snapped. In fact, it seemed more natural to behave in ways that contradicted everything stated in 1 Corinthians 13.
These were way before I got a better understanding of the love God has for me.
Part of my hindrances to effectively engaging in the love walk was ignorance of the depth of Love God has for me. I worked so hard to deserve God’s love and it took everything from me so I hadn’t any charity to give to people around.
So you know, anyone who has not caught a glimpse of God’s love cannot effectively walk the love walk. It is strange to the natural man. His substrate doesn’t have an active site for the love enzyme and so binding is impossible.
My love walk got better after I got the revelation of God’s love and it is easier to give love when you are loved and without conditions too!
I found out also that I was praying for what I am and what I have already…such stupidity. One day, the Holy Spirit engaged me in a nature awareness conversation and it went thus:
Holyspirit: Elo Bae, do you know you are a child of God and you have his nature in you?
Me: yes I do (I didn’t waste time to answer; I’m a son of God forever durrrrrh!)
Holyspirit: Do you know that God is Love?
Me: of course I do, 1 john 4:8 says that.
Holyspirit: God lives in you, yeah?
Me: Sure, he dwells in my spirit and I am sealed with Him forever.
Holyspirit: By these deductions, do you know that you have the nature of love and love dwells in your spirit and you are sealed with love forever?
Me: Phew! That there, is something!
The ability to love is inherent in me and I am woven with it. It’s my nature. I have the grace to love…all I need do is to give myself into that grace.
Wondering why as a son of God, you are having a hard time loving? A few factors might be responsible. It might be Ignorance of God’s love. In my case, I was ignorant of the magnitude of the love of God; I hadn’t let myself receive it so I practically had nothing to give.
Then again, it might be a case of not beholding…Take a look at 2 Corinthians 3:18
18 And all of us, as with unveiled face, [because we] continued to behold [in the Word of God] as in a mirror the glory of the Lord, are constantly being transfigured into His very own image in ever increasing splendor and from one degree of glory to another; [for this comes] from the Lord [Who is] the Spirit. (Amplified bible). One of the principles of the New Testament is that as we behold, we become. Now like earlier said you have the nature of Love already so you don’t get more of it…Love is a person and he lives inside us and is us. As we behold the word of God, we get more understanding of who we are and our minds are constantly transformed into his very own image. The problem is not with our spirit, it is already perfect. The thing is; our mind need to be aligned with the realities of who we are and what we have so we can effectively walk the love walk.
Lastly, it might be sheer disobedience. The grace to love abounds, some of us just do not give into it by disobedience.
As the Peak Milk commercial would say at the end of their advert; IT’S IN YOU! LOVE LIVES IN YOU FOREVER! Quit praying for the grace to love…give yourself to it.
“… That He would grant you, according to the riches of His gory, to be strengthened with might by His Spirit in the inner man; that Christ may dwell in your hearts by faith; that ye, being rooted and grounded in love, may be able to comprehend with all the saints what is the breadth, and length, and depth, and height; and to know the love of Christ, which passeth knowledge, that ye might be filled with all the fullness of God…”- Ephesians 3: 16-19(KJV).
By His Ruth; February, 2017