Topic – Love: An Antidote For Death [Tuesday 6, December 2016]
Read: 1 John 3:9-11 (KJV)
9 Whosoever is born of God doth not commit sin; for his seed remaineth in him: and he cannot sin, because he is born of God.
10 In this the children of God are manifest, and the children of the
devil: whosoever doeth not righteousness is not of God, neither he that
loveth not his brother.
11 For this is the message that ye heard from the beginning, that we should love one another.
Bible in One Year: Exodus 22:16-24:18, Psalms 118
The first attribute that becomes noticeable in a genuinely born-again
child of God is the love for God and humanity. Every converted and
renewed child of God operates under the control of the Holy Spirit, he
is fully aware of new spiritual experiences and desires, as the Holy
Spirit kick-starts the work of character restoration in him. A loving
relationship between a Christian and Jesus therefore provides the most
credible evidence of the grace of God at work in the life of a believer.
We all know that true lovers always enjoy each other’s company and
fellowship. When one lover has an opportunity to spend time with the
other, and for any reason misses that opportunity, he becomes sad. God
loves to fellowship with man and this has been so from the very
beginning. God created man to fellowship with Him; this is the major
reason why He created us in His image. He enjoyed coming to meet and
fellowship with Adam in the cool of the day. How He cherished it! It
became a daily appointment which He never missed. Then imagine His
disappointment when He came one day and Adam was nowhere to be found.
After that, God needed another person to continue from where Adam had
stopped. He kept searching until He found Enoch. Genesis 5:24 says:
“And Enoch walked with God: and he was not; for God took him.”
Enoch walked with God for at least 300 years! The fellowship was so
intense that death could not touch him. God had to call him to glory to
continue the fellowship there. The reverse is the case for anyone that
hates God. Proverbs 8:36 says:
“But he that sinneth against me wrongeth his own soul: all they that hate me love death.”
Indeed, love is an antidote for death, if you truly love God and obey
His commandments, death will be far away from you. Do you love God? Do
you have a regular time to fellowship with God? Some believers do not
have a standing altar of fellowship with God as a family. This is wrong;
God wants to be intimate with you. Open yourself and your whole
household to God, and create time for regular fellowship with Him today.
Prayer Point: Father, please help me to love You with all my heart, soul and spirit in Jesus’ name.
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one of the largest evangelical church in the world and also the
President of Christ the Redeemer’s Ministries.
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