A More EXCELLENT Way
“If I speak with human eloquence and angelic ecstasy but don’t have love, I’m nothing but the creaking of a rusty gate. If I speak God’s Word with power, revealing all his mysteries and making everything plain as day, and if I have faith that says to a mountain, “jump,” and it jumps, but I don’t love, I’m nothing. If I give everything I own to the poor and even go to the stake to be burned as a martyr, but I don’t love, I’ve gotten nowhere. So, no matter what I say, what I believe, and what I do, I’m bankrupt without love”.
1 Cor 13:1-3 (TM).
Human eloquence, angelic ecstasy, speaking God’s word with power and deep rhema, mountains disappearing at my word? Wow! I don’t know about you, but I truly desire to see all these manifestations in my life every day. Imagine the applause, respect and honor you’d command among men when you live such a “supernatural” life. We, believers, most times desire to live fruitful and supernatural lives. But yet at best, our lives seem to look more like the fig tree in Mark 11:12-14, which had beautiful and colorful leaves but no fruits. And even when we bear fruits, more often than not, they don’t endure the test of time. … What could be wrong?
For every destination you desire to get to, there are different ways you could take to get there. Some which may never get you there. Some may get you there but would have also wasted most of your time but there is always that one way which will get you to your destination and in the right time. There is a way to live that life God has prepared for us. LOVE. Love is the more excellent way. Paul writing to the saints at Corinth told them to covet all the spiritual gifts they desire so they could profit with them but he showed them a more profitable way to live, a way which he could only describe as THE MORE EXCELLENT WAY.
1 Cor 12:31 (TM) reads
“Love never gives up. Love cares more for others than self. Love doesn’t want what it does not have. Love doesn’t strut, doesn’t have a swelled head, doesn’t force itself on others, isn’t always “me first”, doesn’t fly off the handle, doesn’t keep score of sins of others, doesn’t revel when others grovel, takes pleasure in the flowering of the truth, puts up with everything, trust God always, always looks for the best, never looks back, but keeps going to the end”.
From the above we see that love is not a feeling. Rather, it’s a disposition of the heart and a conscious commitment to please God by responding to situations and people the way He (God) would respond, even when such people are not pleasing or lovable. God is love (1 John 4:8) and as such if we are truly born of God, we have His nature in us and He is pleased when we live out that nature by walking in love. When we choose not to walk in love, we close the door to experiencing God’s glory and presence in our lives.
“We know that we have passed from death to life, because we love the brothers. He who does not love his brother abides in death”.
1 John 3:14
Whenever we choose to walk in love, we are also choosing to walk in the highest spiritual realm there is because God is love and whatsoever is born of God overcomes the world (1 John 5:4). Beyond our desires to change the world, or to become great in life and be a blessing to our world and the generations yet unborn, let us desire and crave to walk in love. Let love be our motive in all we do or say. When we find ourselves in situations and in the midst of people that want to make us react and respond negatively, let us see it as an opportunity for us to exercise ourselves in love and grow in it. We already have it in us as a seed in our spirit, when we nurture it and exercise ourselves in it, it will blossom and make our lives colourful and abounding with fruits that will endure the test of time.
But desire earnestly the greater gifts, and yet shew I unto you a way of more surpassing excellence.
1 Cor 12:31(Darby)
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