The love of God bears all things, believes all things, hopes all things, and endures all things. When we walk in this love, we might appear to be blind to some things, but this kind of love is not blind. It’s the opposite: it helps us see more! It’s not that we are blind to what isn’t lovable, but we see all that God’s love provides and we trust God’s ways. We hate the sin; but we love the sinner.
We think no evil. This agape love is in our hearts by the Holy Spirit. We receive it by faith and then release it to others. We cannot make ourselves express it; it flows out of what is in our hearts. It’s supernatural to love this way. Even when others do not receive this love, we continue to express it with our whole heart.
As we abide in this amazing unconditional love, we bear much fruit. We spend time with the Lord and as we walk with Him, we partake of His character. Every day let us receive God’s love in a greater measure. His all-encompassing love embraces our whole being. Love never fails. Nothing can separate us from the love of God in Christ Jesus. Without ceasing, we love, from glory to glory!
1 Corinthians 13:4-8 “Love suffers long and is kind; love does not envy; love does not parade itself, is not puffed up; does not behave rudely, does not seek its own, is not provoked, thinks no evil; does not rejoice in iniquity, but rejoices in the truth; bears all things, believes all things, hope all things, endures all things. Love never fails.”
Like Paul, God separated us, called us from our mother’s womb. He called us to be according to His divine plan and purposes. All of us are uniquely, wonderfully made and by yielding our will to God’s we can walk in His purpose. We can see how God’s protection, guidance and provision were with us even when we weren’t aware of it. Amazing grace!
If He was with us even then, how much more will He be with us now. When we thought no one cared about us, God did. When others left us, God didn’t. Even when in our involvement in the wrong things, God still protected us from a worst fate. While we questioned God’s existence and believed in the wrong things, His hand stayed upon us. He knew the time was coming when the Holy Spirit would remove the veil from our eyes so we could see, believe, and receive salvation.
Today, as we walk by faith in His grace, God’s divine purpose for our future is yet to be realized. No matter what it looks like today in our lives, and the lives of the people we are praying for, we can trust and believe that our tomorrow carries greater glory than we can see. We grow in the knowledge of who God was, is and is to come. He reveals what is to be, from glory to glory!
Galatians 1:15-16 “But when it pleased God, who separated me from my mother’s womb and called me through His grace, to reveal His Son in me, that I might preach Him among the Gentiles, I did not immediately confer with flesh and blood.”
As we keep looking unto Jesus, the author and finisher of our faith, He removes the burdens that weigh us down so we can run with grace the race set before us. We must lay aside anything that hinders our progress. Things that used to be light becomes heavy when we follow the Lord. This laying aside is casting completely off, not a temporary release but a permanent one.
We only discern some weights when their heaviness increases and becomes unbearable. So heavy we must put them down. When we are dealing with over one weight, we struggle to find a balance in every area in our lives. Everything we do turns out to be difficult. The overwhelming sense of getting buried under the encumbrances drives us to despair. It’s often at that moment that we cry out to the Lord with an undivided attention.
As we lay aside every weight and the sin which so easily ensnares us, the weight of the glory of the Lord increases and empowers us. He helps us run the race freely and not quit. It is not a sprint; it’s a marathon. The only weight increasing in our lives should be the weight of the glory of God, and that from glory to glory!
Hebrews 12:1-2 “Therefore we also, since we are surrounded by so great a cloud of witnesses, let us lay aside every weight, and the sin which so easily ensnares us, and let us run with endurance the race that is set before us, looking unto Jesus, the author and finisher of our faith, who for the joy that was set before Him endured the cross, despising the shame, and has sat down at the right hand of the throne of God.”
Another hurtful word. One more trial. Another affliction. It seems like it’s one thing after another. We don’t even have time to catch our breath. How do we handle the effects that constant battles can have on our lives? By constantly giving it to the only one who can help us: our Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ.
As we release offenses, worries, concerns, or anything that lay heavy on our heart, to the Lord, we receive His provisions. We release despair and receive hope; fear and receive love; wrongdoings and receive forgiveness; worry and receive peace. It helps to visualize our releasing things into the Lord’s hands. Doing so helps us deal with the temptation to take things back into our hands.
We might have to release the same things more than once. Especially regarding people we love. Knowing God loves them even more than we do helps us trust His workings in their lives. Releasing ourselves into His hands matters most because it is inclusive of all that we carry. Our precious Lord loves us so much and waits for us to cast our cares upon Him, from glory to glory!
1 Peter 5:6-7 “Therefore humble yourselves under the mighty hand of God, that He may exalt you in due time, casting all your care upon Him, for He cares for you.”
The way to beat defeat is to remember the victory we already have in Christ Jesus, our Lord, Savior, Deliverer, and King. Our faith in who Jesus is and what He has conquered enables us to overcome defeat. We are in a spiritual war, so whatever we battle needs to be fought in the spirit and by the Spirit of God. Through our faith in Christ, we are more than conquerors!
Some people feel defeated because they cannot conquer a weakness in their lives. The more they try, the more defeated they become. Others feel defeated because a goal they have been pursuing keeps coming to a stop. A relationship someone keeps believing will work out continues to break apart. Defeat brings condemnation, guilt and a haunting sense of failure.
We overcome by doing what the spirit of defeat doesn’t want us to do: yield to the empowerment of the Spirit of God and take another step of faith. The Holy Spirit releases a second wind, an ability to arise out of the ashes of failure. An anointing to give something another try or try a whole new thing. Reach for victory over a weakness, believing that in God, we are victorious, from glory to glory!
1 John 5:4-5 “For whatever is born of God overcomes the world. And this is the victory that has overcome the world-our faith. Who is he who overcomes the world, but he who believes that Jesus is the Son of God?”