Bible In One Year-Day 209 (Monday, July 28, 2014)
Commentary: Song of Solomon5-8. We could read the power of love in one of the verses of these chapters.
Song of Solomon 8:7 “Many waters cannot quench love, neither can the floods drown it: if a man would give all the substance of his house for love, it would utterly be contemned.”
The love of Christ for us is far stronger than this and if we know His love, tribulations and perils cannot change our heart towards Him; rather we rejoice.
James 1:2 “My brethren, count it all joy when ye fall into divers temptations;”
Many times I hear people complain in hard times saying “why is this happening despite all my prayers and fasting?” Beloved, for the mere fact that things are not going as you wished does not mean God is not in it; it could be his way of concealing His plans for you. Joseph got his managerial training in the prison. And for the mere fact that things are going as you wished does not mean that God is in it; remember the rich man and Lazarus. Every step we take and every success we achieve must be checked in the light of the Spirit of God. God loves us and His love cannot lead us into what will destroy us. If we genuinely realize His love, there shall be no murmuring and complaints in hard times.
Romans 8:35 “Who shall separate us from the love of Christ? shall tribulation, or distress, or persecution, or famine, or nakedness, or peril, or sword?”
Romans 8:38-39 “For I am persuaded, that neither death, nor life, nor angels, nor principalities, nor powers, nor things present, nor things to come, Nor height, nor depth, nor any other creature, shall be able to separate us from the love of God, which is in Christ Jesus our Lord.”
One thing God cannot do is to hate. Love is His nature and therefore hatred cannot be found in Him.
1 John 4:7-8 “Beloved, let us love one another: for love is of God; and every one that loveth is born of God, and knoweth God. He that loveth not knoweth not God; for God is love.”
It is the devil that cannot love but hate. Anyone operating under the anointing of hatred is of the devil, 1John3:8-9. This type of love which many waters cannot quench is what God recommends between brethrens and in marriages. This is our calling as Christians and by this we could obtain blessings.
1 Peter 3:7-9 “Likewise, ye husbands, dwell with them according to knowledge, giving honor to the wife, as to the weaker vessel, and as being heirs together of the grace of life; that your prayers be not hindered. Finally, be ye all of one mind, having compassion one of another, love as brethren, be pitiful, be courteous: Not rendering evil for evil, or railing for railing: but contrariwise blessing; knowing that ye are thereunto called, that ye should inherit a blessing.”
Let us love as Christ loves. God cannot entrust anyone with His power if His love is not in him or her. The last commandment Christ left for His follower is to love one another by which people can know us as His disciples. The only thing that distinguishes a genuine Christian from other people who are not Christians is not the Bible in the hand or the church he or she goes, but how much of Christ is revealed through LOVE. Unfortunately, churches fight one another in doctrines, beliefs, how much law is obeyed. General overseers and bishops are flexing muscles as to who is superior over another. The congregants are being led astray in hating another denomination. The body of Christ is sick because love is scarce; what is left now is ‘self’. Lack of oneness among Christians now is due to Mr. Flesh in the leaders. It is as bad as the leaders requesting God to seek their approval before He calls any other person. Christ is really revealed in the love shown to the neighbor and not the big cross on the neck. Many signboards carry only the picture of the preacher and the wife, the name JESUS is not good for the signboard. And if the name is there, it is written in tiny fonts while the picture of the preacher and the wife takes more than half the board. The question is “who died for the church?”
Every spiritual exercise must take its root in the Love for Christ and not in the flesh.
Ephesians 4:2 With all lowliness and meekness, with longsuffering, forbearing one another in love;
Without the love Christ as the bases for whatever we do towards one another, it will end up in regret. But if whatever you do has the love of Christ as the foundation, you will not wait for any return from such person; in essence, you will not be hurt if you do not receive any return from such recipient of the good you offered.
Let us listen to the trumpet’s sound, wherewith we could escape the calamity to come. Our reading for today is Ezekiel1-3. Keep the fire of LOVE burning and alive.
Pastor Supo Abayode
Mountain of Fire and Miracles Ministries