Nov 30, 2022

Mark 12:30-31 And you shall love the Lord your God with all your heart, with all your soul, with all your mind, and with all your strength.’… 31 … ‘You shall love your neighbor as yourself.’ There is no other commandment greater than these.”

The root of all evil: corruption, backbiting, jealousy, envy, setting up one another, etc. is because love has not been given full expression in our lives.

The antidote to all this evil both in and out of church is us receiving and permitting the love of God to flood our hearts.

Romans 12:20 Therefore “If your enemy is hungry, feed him; If he is thirsty, give him a drink; For in so doing you will heap coals of fire on his head.”

Any action born out of love will not hurt a friend, husband, wife, neighbor, etc.

But how can you love your enemies unless you are divinely diffused with something beyond human love? This is the only love that has no strings attached.

John 3:16 For God so loved the world that He gave His only begotten Son, that whoever believes in Him should not perish but have everlasting life.

Evil can only be overthrown by good only if the love of God can find a place in your heart. But how much of that love are you permitting to rule in you?

Romans 5:5 Now hope does not disappoint, because the love of God has been poured out in our hearts by the Holy Spirit who was given to us.

If we can take time and reflect on what evil we have done; if the love of God was ruling in our hearts, would we do what we did like gossip, false accusations, lying, stealing, etc.?

All these things would not find expression in our lives if the love of God would win our hearts.

1 Peter 4:8 And above all things have fervent love for one another, for “love will cover a multitude of sins.”

Look at how men fight each other and expose each other’s nakedness in church! That is not the way of love.

What we need is the baptism of love that is the love of God. Let it be our daily living, daily conversation, and what we daily standby. (Matthew 5:48)

God answered the evil of the world by love (John 3:16) But how much of this love are you allowing to dominate your character?

Read the character of love in 1 Corinthians 13

2 Corinthians 5:14 (KJV) For the love of Christ constrain us…

It was Paul’s love for the saints that drove him to preach, rebuke, write letters, and all the things we see him do. What compels you, and drives your activities?

We already have this love in us and by loving one another will the world know we are Christ’s disciples. (John 13:35)

Psalm 133:1 Behold, how good and how pleasant it is For brethren to dwell together in unity!

The glue that holds everything together is love and the only way we all can dwell together in unity is when the love of God has authority in our lives.

Any activity void of the love of God has no recognition in heaven. Our work must be motivated by love. Even our seeking of God must be because we love Him.

Romans 5:5 Now hope does not disappoint, because the love of God has been poured out in our hearts by the Holy Spirit who was given to us.

God has given us the Holy Spirit for many reasons but one of the primary reasons is to fill our hearts with love because it is the only answer to the evil we see today.

The Holy Spirit is the dispenser of the love of God: if we give Him room to fill out hearts, the enemy has no room in us.

Further Study

Romans 5:1-5

1 Corinthians 13

Matthew 9:36

Mark 1:41