Saturday, October 7, 2017.
Author: Bishop Julius Okarike
Verse Of The Day: But the aim of our instruction is love that comes from a pure heart, a good conscience, and a sincere faith. 1 Timothy 1 : 5
LISTEN: Love will lose its value if it is pretended or faked by the giver. Genuine love comes from the heart, not just from the mouth. Love is meant to be in deeds, not in mere words.(1 John 3 : 18). No one is fit to be called a child of God if he or she is empty of genuine love for God and others. Beloved, do you know that the gospel of Christ is a message of love? Do you also know that, until we demonstrate genuine love towards God and others, and genuine faith in Jesus Christ we have missed the sense of the gospel of Christ? In encouraging and admonishing Timothy his faithful son in the Lord, Apostle Paul said, ” But the aim of our instruction is love that comes from a pure heart, a good conscience, and a sincere faith.” (1 Timothy 1 : 5). He told Timothy that the end of the commandment and the gospel is to have genuine love. That is, love that comes from a pure heart; love that is not pretended or faked.
Beloved, this same message of love is Jesus Christ’s message to everyone concerning our relationship with God and man. The Bible says, “Jesus said unto him, You shall love the Lord your God with all your heart, and with all your soul, and with all your mind. This is the first and great commandment. And the second is like unto it, You shall love your neighbour as yourself. On these two commandments hang all the law and the prophets.” (Matthew 22 : 37 – 40). As a follower, or intending follower of Christ, you should not love in hypocrisy. You should be genuine with your love and faith in Christ Jesus, and work with a good conscience towards God. No matter what, pay the debt of love to all and express genuine love and faith to God through your life. Learn to love unconditionally, and you would have done the will of God.
Having read today’s devotional, what is expected of you?
1. Determine to express genuine love and faith in God through your life.
2. Do not love in hypocrisy. Instead, demonstrate true love for God and mankind.
3. Learn to love the Lord your God with all your life, and others as you love yourself.
4. Do not pretend or fake your love. Instead, let your love come from a pure heart.
Daily Task: No matter what, determine to pay the debt of love to all, and express genuine love and faith towards God through your life.
Daily Reflection: Until we demonstrate genuine love towards God and others, and genuine faith in Jesus Christ we have missed the sense of the gospel of Christ.
Daily Prayer: Blessed Father, I thank you for your love towards me. Help me to demonstrate genuine love towards you and others, and genuine faith in Jesus Christ your only begotten Son, in Jesus’ name, amen.
Daily Prophetic Declaration: You will make a difference. Today I prophesy to you, may your love and faith in Christ not be in vain. May God reward you with favour and breakthrough, in Jesus’ name.
Daily Quote: No one is fit for the name, ‘a child of God’ who is empty of genuine love for God and others.
Today In History: October 7, 2001. The US invasion of Afghanistan in reaction to the terrorist attacks of 9/11 begins; it will become the longest war in US history.