Love Is A Force – Galatians 5:6

Love is not a feeling. Love is a Person. God is love (I John 4:8). He has faith, but He is love. Love is a spiritual force, and along with the other spiritual forces, the fruit of the re-created human spirit abides in every born-again believer by the Holy Spirit (Galatians 5:22-23). The force of compassion – love – moved Jesus to heal the sick, raise the dead, cast out devils, and walk on water. And it was the mighty power that raised Him from the dead.

In Matthew 14:1-21 we see Jesus after His cousin, John the Baptist, a mighty prophet of God (Matthew 11:7-11), was beheaded by Herod because of a drunken promise to a young woman who provocatively danced before him and his birthday guests. Even though it looked as if Jesus never retaliated against this brutal and senseless murder, He actually did. He retaliated mightily that day against the real enemy – the devil (Ephesians 6:12).

John the Baptist was the only person who, by the Holt Spirit, knew who Jesus really was and what He had come to do (John 1:26-36). After John’s disciples told Jesus about the murder, Jesus went out to the wilderness to be alone (Matthew 14:13). But numbers of people saw Him leave and followed Him. When Jesus saw the great multitude waiting for Him, rather than acting in anger, “He was moved with compassion toward them, and He healed their sick” (v14). That day Jesus struck a powerful blow against the devil that sent him reeling. The miracle-working, yoke-destroying force of love operating through Jesus healed the sick, preached the kingdom of God to the multitude, and that evening fed more than five thousand people with five small leaves and two fish. As if that weren’t enough, later that night Jesus walked on the Sea of Galilee to go to His disciples and spoke The Word that enabled Peter to defy the natural force of gravity and walk on the water too.

The same force of love took up residence in you when you made Jesus The Lord of your life (Romans 5:5). In fact, the mountain-moving, miracle-working, casting-out-devil faith of God given to you when you received the new birth will not work without it (Galatians 5:6). It is essential for your success and victory as a believer that you walk in this God kind of love as Jesus commanded (John 13:34). He said love is the greatest commandment, and that all the law and the prophets hang on loving God with all your heart, soul, and mind, and your neighbor as yourself (Matthew 22:40). James 2:8 calls it “the royal law”.

What does the God-kind of love look like? 1 Corinthians 13 gives us a checklist: “Love endures long and is patient and kind; love never is envious nor boils over with jealousy, is not boastful or vainglorious, does not display itself haughtily. It is not conceited (arrogant and inflated with pride); it is not rude and does not insist on its own rights or its own way, for it is not self-seeking; it is not touchy or fretful or resentful; it takes no account of the evil done to it. It does not rejoice at injustice and unrighteousness, but rejoices when right and truth prevail. Love bears up under anything and everything that comes, is ever ready to believe the best of every person, its hopes are fadeless under all circumstances, and it endures everything. Love never fails (never fades out or becomes obsolete or comes to an end)” (verses 4-8)

When you settle it in your heart and make the quality decision to live by this God kind of love, there is no demon in hell that can stop you because the power of God’s love in you never fails!

From Kenneth Copeland’s Study Bible

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