Let us meditate on this foundational teaching on love, preached on Sunday 31st July 2011, by T.B. Joshua in The Synagogue, Church Of All Nations, HQ, Lagos, Nigeria.
1 Corinthians 13:13 – “There are only three things on this earth that will last: faith, hope and love. The greatest is love.”
1 John 4:16 – “God is love and he that abides in love abides in God, and God in him.”
Let Love Lead
- Love looks around to see who is in need.
- We begin to succeed with our lives when the problems and hurts of others matter to us.
- The wound of one is the wound of all; the pain of others is the pain of all.
- Love frees me in the present. It is the present that presents problems.
- It is only through love that we are able to respond to God and to others at present.
- To respond to God, first you must forgive yourself and your neighbours, and free them in the present.
- What a danger is a religion of words if there is no corresponding action; you have nothing but mental assent without action.
- If you give everything you own to the poor but you do not love, no matter what you say, no matter what you believe, no matter what you do, you are bankrupt without love.
- If you abide in love and love abides in you, you abide in God.
- Love never gives up. Love is always there to act, no matter what happens, no matter what comes.
- Love is always there to act in the face of persecution, intimidation, trial and temptation.
- Open your lips and say this prayer: “Lord, give me love enough to overlook the mistakes of others. Lord, let me rejoice when others do well.”
- Love cares more for others than for self.
- Love does not want what it does not have.
- Love is positive; it does not want anything negative.
- Love is good; it does not want anything bad.
- Love does not want hatred because love is love.
- Love does not strut. Love does not have a swollen head.
- Love stoops. Love does not belittle anyone. Love does not look down on others.
- Love does not force itself on others.
- Love puts up with anything. Love is tolerant. Love is determined.
- Love perseveres for the best, which is yet to come.
- Love looks for the best.
- Love keeps going to the end, no matter the obstacle, no matter the difficulty.
- Above all, if I speak in the tongues of angels but I do not love others, I am simply making a noise, talking to the air.
- If I can prophesy the future and understand your mysteries, or if I know everything or have faith to move mountains, but I do not love others, I have accomplished nothing in life.
- A person who does not love others cannot be entrusted with the power of God. He will misappropriate it and misuse it to hurt himself and others.
- When you have the love of God, you will look around you to see who is in need.
- The best investment is help; help is the best investment.
Let us take time to reflect on this inspiring teaching on the Object Of Faith, preached on Sunday 7th August 2011, by T.B. Joshua in The Synagogue, Church Of All Nations, HQ, Lagos, Nigeria. Be encouraged as we are all reminded that He is God and we are not, He is the Father, and we are but His children, He is the Shepherd and we are straying sheep. He is the Overseer of our souls, the Commander, Controller and Instructor of our lives. He is our Redeemer, Saviour, Deliverer, still the steadfast One, still trustworthy.
1 Peter 2:25 – “For “you were like sheep going astray,” but now you have returned to the Shepherd and Overseer of your souls.”
The Object Of Faith
- How clearly do you really see your life? When you look at your life, what do you see? What does Jesus see? Do you see your life the way Jesus sees it?
- Words from the Holy Ghost don’t take the credit.
- All we are doing is giving back what we have been given from His generous hands.
- Everything we have is actually only being borrowed from Him.
- The object of our faith is God.
- Jesus said, “Have faith in God”, unlike an unfortunate amount of teaching today that seems to encourage believers to have faith in faith.
- Because He is good, I can bring my requests to Him, share my concerns with Him and cast my cares upon Him.
- Realising that He is God and I am not; that he is a Father and I am but a child. He is a Shepherd and I am a straying sheep.
- We often hear that prayer changes things but it is not entirely true. Prayer changes us; faith changes things.
- Prayer changes our focus and faith causes things to happen.
- Today, we pray but lack necessary faith to release the belief in our hearts.
- There is power in our mouth, the belief in our hearts is releases by faith out of our mouths.
- Faith requires us to speak the word before we feel or see the result.