Monday, April 22, 2013

How to Succeed – Live by Love

There will be times when your senses and emotions will tell you one thing to do but the Word tells you something else to do. What you do at times like this will determine whether you grow in love or if you walk in selfishness. You need to remember back when you made the decision to walk in love and to ask God for wisdom and to do what the Word says to do. Both love and faith grow by action. When you do have a situation like this and you do the right thing and follow God’s love, it will build your love so you will have more strength the next time you have to make a hard decision. 

It may seem that when you walk by love that you will never get anywhere because you are always putting others before yourself. You have to realize, though, that God said that love never fails and that he will see to it that you do not fail. 

We must first learn what love really is. The love that is discussed here is not the emotional love that people fall into and then fall out of. The best definition of love is explained in 2 John 6 which says, “And this is love, that we walk after his commandments. This is the commandment, that, as ye have heard from the beginning, ye should walk in it.” 

This takes love as some hard to explain emotion and explains it in a more definitive way. If you follow God’s commandments you will be walking in love. We have been given the Bible so we can know what the commandments of God are. The first step is to learn what the will of God is and then act on it. 

Learning to walk in love affects all areas of your life. The Bible says that faith works by love. Answered prayer is hindered when a believer steps out of love and does forgive. 

Here are some characteristics of love which you can read about in First Corinthians 13:4-8. Love is patient and kind, is never envious, is not boastful, is not conceited, does not insist on its own way, is not resentful, pays no attention to wrong done to it. Love bears up under everything. Love never fails. 

This may seem like something you could never attain but, as a child of God, you have been recreated into a spirit of love. You need to make the decision to perfect that love and then commit yourself to obey the Word of God.