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"And above all these [put on] love and enfold yourselves with the bond of perfectness [which binds everything together completely in ideal harmony]. (Col. 3:14 AMP).

The God kind of love is necessary to your life like a belt is necessary to hold up your pants. Putting on the new man, the boughs of mercy, kindness, humbleness of mind, teach ability, long suffering, forbearance and forgiveness, are highly important. But love must be worn above all else. For it is the bond of perfectness.

In other words, love is what makes the Word work in your life. The reason you forgive, the reason you have long suffering, the reason you have a correct opinion of yourself is the love of God that is in you. Love wraps it all together. It is like the belt that holds up the pants.

And believe me, you want to wear a belt that holds up your pants. I was preaching once and I was wearing suspenders. I was going along and as I made a point - poing! that suspender popped. Then I made another point and poing! - the other one popped. And when they popped, my pants decided to go south on one side.

The next thing out of my mouth was, "... and every head's bowed, every eye's closed in prayer." That's the second worst thing that can happen to a preacher in the pulpit. I won't tell you what the worst is. The point I'm making is love is the belt that ties everything together. I needed a belt to hold my pants up, like we all need to walk in love to hold our life together.

The decision to love is where you start. You may say, "I have a hard time forgiving so and so." Make a decision to operate in this kind of love. "Yeah, but what about such and such?" Decide first, then long suffering will follow. Love is what holds everything together. It's what keeps you clothed in the new man. And unlike my suspenders that day, love will not break.

Love will always work. The decision to walk in love will cause you to be able to deal with this same person over and over and over again. And you will notice one day that you are acting just like Jesus.

Scripture References: Matthew 11:29-30; 1 Peter 2:21-22

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Keith Butler
Web site: Word of Faith International Christian Center
 
Bishop Keith A. Butler is the senior pastor of Word of Faith International Christian Center. Keith Butler is the founder and president of Keith Butler Ministries (KBM), an international organization established to take the life-changing message of the Gospel to "the uttermost parts of the earth." Through Live Your Faith Seminars and the establishment of our PISTIS School of Ministry in various locations, Keith Butler provides teaching of the Word of God on a variety of subjects such as how to live the life of faith, how to fulfill the call of God for your life, how to receive your healing, the importance of walking in love and many more topics. PISTIS is specifically designed to train ministers so that they are equipped to go out into their world and teach and preach Jesus effectively.
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