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Charity, or Christian love, is the God-kind of love. The Greek word is agape, the God-quality of love, the kind of love God functions in. That love is unselfish love, the kind of love that always operates in forgiveness. You find it described in First Corinthians chapter 13.

The God-kind of love is not dependent on feelings, saying, "I will love you if you treat me good." Instead it says, "I will love you regardless of what you do." That's the way God is. If He didn't love us like that, we would be in big trouble!

We all have messed up somewhere in our lives. We have committed spiritual adultery against God, seeking first after other things instead of Him. But He continued loving us, regardless of what we had done.

God is saying, "To be like Me, you must add that kind of love to your faith." What is God? He is love. He is peace. He is joy. He is holy. These are God-like qualities that should be added to our faith.

Some people know how to confess God's Word. By learning Scriptures like Mark 11:23, they know how to speak against mountains and see them removed. But they will stumble and fall if there is no real love - God's love - functioning in their lives. The Word of God tells us that faith works, or operates, by love (Gal. 5:6).

Love is the ultimate God-like quality. You add this God-like quality of love to your faith, and you will begin believing God for others instead of yourself. You will be believing God to save the lost instead of spending all your time praying for God to take care of your own needs. You will care about people being saved. You will care about the work of the Lord being done, because the work of the Lord is to help others.

You will care not just in your heart but in your actions. You will believe God for food to give to the homeless, for clothes to give to the naked. You will believe Him to help you have time to visit the sick. You will believe Him for money to give into His work so that others may be saved. You will care about what's happening in all the cities of America, and you will want to see His ministry spread throughout the globe!

Source: Success Strategies from Heaven by Keith Butler.
Excerpt permission granted by Harrison House Publishers

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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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