The greatest gift of love is that which transforms the lives of men. 'For God so loved the world that he gave his only begotten son that whosoever believeth in him should not perish but have everlasting life' (John 3:16). That singular gift from God has redefined the destinies of men. Now that's a stark contrast to the standard that obtains in the world today! Our love tends to get rather than to give! And even when it gives it is still expecting something in return! Now that is not the agape love, that is not the full manifestation of the love of God! The true love of God delights in the joy of giving!
Solomon loved the lord and as a result, the king went to Gibeah and expressed that unalloyed affection by giving all that he had - a 1000 burnt offerings(1 King 3:1-5) to the Lord!
'And Solomon loved the Lord, walking in the statutes of his father David, except that he sacrificed and burned incense at the high places. 4 Now the king went to Gibeon to sacrifice there, for that was the great high place: Solomon offered a thousand burnt offerings on that altar. 5 At Gibeon the Lord appeared to Solomon in a dream by night; and God said, “Ask! What shall I give you?”(verse 3-5)
He must have gleaned this unconditional love from his father who according to scriptures, gave 'over and above' all that he has because of his AFFECTION for the 'house of God', no wonder God called him a man after his heart. When our heart captures the love of God our place is secured on the earth(Isaiah 58:14). When his love takes root in our heart we will bear fruit on the earth!
'14 Then shalt thou delight thyself in the Lord; and I will cause thee to ride upon the high places of the earth, and feed thee with the heritage of Jacob thy father: for the mouth of the Lord hath spoken it.
When our delight is in the Lord he makes us delightsome personalities on the earth! But we must first love Him!
Now we're talking about the love of God that makes you forgive your enemies even while they are crucifying you right before your own eyes! Isn't that what the master did on the cross when he said: " Father forgive them for they do not know what they do". Now when you operate at this level of love, every day becomes valentine to you!
There is no special day to celebrate love for when the love of God overflows in your heart, every day becomes a celebration of love!
When you truly love God and have this love of God, loving your spouse, children, family despite their imperfections and shortcomings becomes easy. However, operating at this level of love requires that first, you receive Jesus into your heart and secondly to receive the supply of the Spirit.
Romans 5:5 tells us that we receive the capacity to love at this insane unusual level when there is a supply of the Spirit in our heart!
'5 And hope maketh not ashamed; because the love of God is shed abroad in our hearts by the Holy Ghost which is given unto us'
In other words, the supply of the Spirit is what enlarges our capacity to love! No one makes it by faking it: only the workings of the Spirit in our hearts mortifies self and glorifies God! It is this death of self that elevates the love of God in our heart. And the abundance of this love in our heart is what overflows to impact the earth!
When you are truly growing in the anointing it will be evidence in the largeness of your heart both towards God and men! I pray this day that the supply of the Spirit be increase unto you
My greatest gift to you this day is to urge you to grow in the Spirit and you will have no occasion for the flesh and self. The book KEYS TO POWER:30 days devotional with the Holy Spirit will help you grow in the supply of the Spirit and consequently the love of God, download it here: bit.ly/powerdevotional and start an adventure that will change your life forever!
Pray with me now, Lord by the supply of your Spirit let your love be shed abroad in my heart. Amen.
Celebrate Gods love. Happy Vals Day.
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