December 2, 2018
Love is….When No One is Watching
By Kim D’souza
By Kim D’souza
Faith is the currency of heaven – without faith it is impossible to please God (Heb 11:6). But the Bible also says : If I have a faith that can move mountains but I don’t have love, I am nothing (1 Corinthians 13:2). The only thing that counts is faith expressing itself through love. (Galatians 5:6).
That means, for Jesus lovers, everything we do has to be motivated by love. And love is not what we say but WHAT WE DO. Love is not only what we do, but WHY WE DO.
Here is what we often forget what love really is:
1/ Love is how you love when no one is watching
Many of us, believers, live our lives with photographic filters. We are very different when we are outside our house, and when we are inside. We talk about loving and serving others, and we may even do a good job at it, but somewhere we forget to love and care for our very own family members.
Love is Unconditional
We may be anointed or gifted in the eyes of people, but how do we carry ourselves when the spotlights are off? How we treat our parents, spouses and children within the four walls of our houses? Now that shows our character and integrity, and that is what God is interested in. When the crowds heard Jesus, they sensed a different authority because Jesus walked His talk, unlike the Pharisees and the Sadducees who had all the knowledge of the Word of God but they never actually practiced what they preached. On the other hand, Jesus set an example – in love, in serving others, in forgiveness, in humility and in everything He did. Many of us claim on the precious promise of salvation for our loved ones mentioned in Acts 16:31 – Believe in the Lord and you shall be saved, you and your entire household. But have you ever thought how this is going to happen? The onus is in our hands and not God’s. When we believe in Jesus, He changes us from within and this change manifests outside, which others encounter and get saved. Sadly we claim to know God but our actions deny this. That’s why it’s so difficult for our family members to accept and believe what we believe in.
2/ Love is how you love those that God has placed under your influence
How often are we unmerciful and biased about the people under our authority? How often we expect God’s mercy for us, yet cry out for His judgement for others?
Parents, our children will not change based on how much we beat or shout at them, but they will change when they see us living the life that we are telling them to live.
Pastors, how many times are we rude and judgemental towards our people. We forget that it’s our job to lead them in love, and its God’s job to change them. Our constant nagging and criticism will only push people away. I am not saying that we don’t correct people. Go ahead, speak the truth, but speak in love. Discipline, but in love, without taking advantage of your position. Love is leading by example.
3/ Love is how you love those that God has placed over your life
Love is how much we love and honour the authorities God has placed over our lives. There is a difference between respect and honour. Respect is conditional whereas honour is unconditional. Respect could be because of a position, while honour is birthed in love. The Word of God liberally uses the word honour throughout. I also feel honour involves ‘a substance’ or a cost or a price, that’s why God is asking us to honour Him not with our lips, but with substance. Honour walks the extra mile even when it may seem painful. Start honouring your parents, and your breakthroughs will come.
Our parents, husband, pastor or governing authority may not ‘deserve’ our submission, but God deserves our obedience. Love is sowing unconditional honour, and God will bring forth an pressed down harvest of honour back into your life.
Ponder about the above three points and let us ask God to give us the grace to love just as He loved.
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