The Manifestation of Love
Ephesians 4:2 New Living Translation (NLT)
”Always be humble and gentle. Be patient with each other, making allowance for each other’s faults because of your love. “
Well we are here again in the month of February, the “Love” month. Many will peruse over catalogs, walk through the malls, and spend countless hours in quest of choosing that special gift(s) that will truly articulate the love that we feel for that special person, or those special people in our lives. Nothing seems to be able to really “tell” what we feel!
I Corinthians 13 give us the Biblical characteristics in those 13 verses, and the 13th reminds us that faith, hope and love will last forever, but that love is the greatest of the three. I especially like Ephesians 4:2 that challenge us to manifest love in what could be a difficult situation, when faults of others are apparent. Paul encourages us to walk humbly and gently; walk meekly showing the excellent disposition of the soul, which causes us to be unwilling to be provoked and not to provoke others or offend. We know that Christ is one with the Father and even with us. Should we not be one with each other? Did Jesus not forgive our faults? Is this a good time to show real love to someone you know?
There is one Christ in whom we hope, and one heaven we are all hoping for; therefore we should be of one heart. There is one faith! We are all admitted into the church by one baptism, with water, in the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Ghost, as the sign of regeneration. In all believers God the Father dwells, as in His holy temple, by His Spirit and special grace. Hallelujah! All of this came to us by and through love. So let us love through the Spirit of Love, Jesus our Lord.
Father we are grateful for the love You show us from day to day, that even when we are at fault You cover us with Your love, which forgives us, cleans us, and put us back in right standing with You. Give us that supernatural ability to love through Your Holy Spirit, that we may manifest Your goodness and mercy. Thank You, in Jesus’ Name we pray. Amen!