Shifting Into Love Mode
The love month is that month that we can look forward to the special gifts and candies that give a small clue as to how much we are loved and appreciated. February 14 may be the only day that some people show love and affection. That reminds me of a message that I delivered years ago called Love Condition. I said it before, and I will say it again. This may be the only day that some feel moved to be sweet and gracious.
We have probably heard from every prophet in the land during this season. Some are preaching gloom and doom. This is the end. The world is coming to an end. Others are still preaching prosperity. Just sow that seed to me, borrow, put it on your credit card. Do whatever you have to do. Just call that number. I want to know what the Lord is saying during this season. They are probably feeling like Jonah right about now.
Just for the record, I do believe in sowing. I am a sower, but I also understand that we serve a God of love. I know that sowing sparingly will cause me to reap sparingly. I also know that I am to be a cheerful giver. There are laws that we must abide by. I also know that there are some things that we have to do to stay in covenant with God. We serve a merciful and forgiving God. He is good. He said if you love me, keep my commandments. Yes, that is old testament. The old testament was written for a reason. More on that later.
Take a look at what Jonah had to say
“I Knew This Was Going to Happen!”
Jonah was furious. He lost his temper. He yelled at God, “God! I knew it—when I was back home, I knew this was going to happen! That’s why I ran off to Tarshish! I knew you were sheer grace and mercy, not easily angered, rich in love, and ready at the drop of a hat to turn your plans of punishment into a program of forgiveness!
February is considered to be the love month around the world. Love is in the air is a common praise. When we examine the meaning of true love, we understand that love is unconditional. It does not judge. It does not record wrongs in order to bring them up later. It does not keep up with all of the little things.
As we move through the month of February, I prayerfully hope that you will take a closer look at your walk with God. The condition of your heart will hinder or allow you to love others with the same love that our Lord Jesus Christ showed us when He was stretched out on the cross and hung his head to die for our sins.
The message bible makes it clear.
1 Corinthians 13
The Way of Love
If I speak with human eloquence and angelic ecstasy but don’t love, I’m nothing but the creaking of a rusty gate. If I speak God’s Word with power, revealing all his mysteries and making everything plain as day, and if I have faith that says to a mountain, “Jump,” and it jumps, but I don’t love, I’m nothing. If I give everything I own to the poor and even go to the stake to be burned as a martyr, but I don’t love, I’ve gotten nowhere. So, no matter what I say, what I believe, and what I do, I’m bankrupt without love. Love never gives up. Love cares more for others than for self. Love doesn’t want what it doesn’t have. Love doesn’t strut, Doesn’t have a swelled head, Doesn’t force itself on others, Isn’t always “me first,” Doesn’t fly off the handle, Doesn’t keep score of the sins of others, Doesn’t revel when others grovel, Takes pleasure in the flowering of truth, Puts up with anything, Trusts God always, Always looks for the best, Never looks back, But keeps going to the end. ...
Whatever you do out of the kindness of your heart is not truly out of love if you are doing it with the wrong intentions. Some people do things for recognition or to impress others. This is not the spirit that comes from the Father. Your giving and works should glorify the Father.
My prayer for you today is that you will allow our Heavenly Father to lead you and guide you to love others unconditionally with a forgiving heart, just as He loved us. Letting the past be the past and allowing Him to use you as His vessel to serve others with a servant's heart. It is in Jesus Mighty Name that I pray, Amen
Written by: Celestine Gatley
A Designed Transformation