Therefore, as God's chosen people, holy and dearly loved, clothe yourselves with compassion, kindness, humility, gentleness and patience. Bear with each other and forgive whatever grievances you may have against one another. Forgive as the Lord forgave you. And over all these virtues put on love, which binds them all together in perfect unity. Let the peace of Christ rule in your hearts, since as members of one body you were called to peace.How much do we really know about love? We've talked about it. We're familiar with all the scriptures about it. And we've heard so many sermons about it that, if we're not careful, we'll just let them flow in one ear and out the other.
(Col. 3:12-15 NIV)
But in spite of all that, most of us don't know the first thing about the real power of love. For instance, researchers have found that hostility and the stress it causes are physically damaging, but walking in love is good for your health. And the benefits don't end there.
Agape love, God's love, is a new kind of power. It makes you the master of every situation. As long as you walk in love, you cannot be hurt and you cannot fail. No weapon that is formed against you will prosper. No one even has the power to hurt your feelings, because you are not ruled by feelings but by God's love. You are loving as He loves.
E. W. Kenyon accurately tagged this agape love "a new kind of selfishness." You no longer seek your own success, yet your success is guaranteed!
This love is revolutionary. If we fully understood the great return from living in God's love, we'd probably be competing with each other, each of us trying to love the other more. And without a doubt, everyone would emerge from that competition a winner!
Think about that. When you're yielding to love, you'll be enjoying the best God has to offer. Love. Joy. Peace. The whole world is chasing after those things. People are trying to reach out and get them through drugs and alcohol and immorality. But they can't. The things that are against God only draw you further from a life of peace and well-being.
The only way to achieve that kind of life is to receive Jesus as your Lord and Savior...and learn to yield to the love of God placed inside of you. It's really rather simple. You can live in hostility and be stressed out...or you can walk in love...and have supernatural peace.
Speak the Word: Above all I put on love and enfold myself with the bond of perfectness which binds everything together in harmony. (Col. 3:14 AMP)
For Further Study: John 14:27-31
Daily Scripture Reading: Ezra 2-3; James 4
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