As end-time warriors we will move and minister with awesome authority and power, yet from a foundation of genuine love and humility. “But earnestly desire the best gifts. And yet I show you a more excellent way” (1 Corinthians 12:31). We must walk the higher way, the way of true Christ-centered love. We have sought power yet God longs to release true passion. It is time to discover our most excellent weapon, God’s love. During these decisive days, great wisdom will be released by the Spirit of Truth concerning the vast difference between power and God given authority.
The Greatest Gift
Though I speak with the tongues of men and of angels, but have not love, I have become sounding brass or a clanging cymbal.
And though I have the gift of prophecy, and understand all mysteries and all knowledge, and though I have all faith, so that I could remove mountains, but have not love, I am nothing.
And though I bestow all my goods to feed the poor, and though I give my body to be burned, but have not love, it profits me nothing.
Love suffers long and is kind; love does not envy; love does not parade itself, is not puffed up; does not behave rudely, does not seek its own, is not provoked, thinks no evil; does not rejoice in iniquity, but rejoices in the truth; bears all things, believes all things, hopes all things, endures all things.
Love never fails. But whether there are prophecies, they will fail; whether there are tongues, they will cease; whether there is knowledge, it will vanish away. For we know in part and we prophesy in part. But when that which is perfect has come, then that which is in part will be done away.
When I was a child, I spoke as a child, I understood as?a child, I thought as a child; but when I became a man, ?I put away childish things. For now we see in a mirror, dimly, but then face to face. Now I know in part, but then I shall know just as I also am known.
And now abide faith, hope, love, these three; but the greatest of these is love.
—1 Corinthians 13:1–13
The Spirit of God is releasing wonderful grace so that we can clearly learn the lessons of LOVE. Nothing is as significant as genuine, Christ-centered love. All men will know and recognize that we are truly followers of Christ by this: our love for one another (John 13:35). Our prayer should be that we increase and abound in Christ’s love.
And may the Lord make you increase and abound in love to one another and to all, just as we do to you.
—1 Thessalonians 3:12
The Body of Christ is learning to love—this is the key to melting and opening the hardest heart. Remember, “Love never fails.” Programs fail and plans of men fail—however God’s love never fails.
This kind of love is not cheap worldly sentiment; it is costly and precious. True, Christ-like love will cost you everything. God is calling for a passionate people who are willing to lay down their lives and give without expecting to gain any worldly acceptance. This generation will be aglow with the glory of God.
This emerging Kingdom Company will be marching to the rhythm of His heartbeat. His heart will be their hearts’ desire. They will resolve to follow the Lamb wherever He goes, even to the ends of the earth. This emerging generation is willing to die for what they believe. Never has the world witnessed such passion. These hearts, set ablaze by God’s love, will rush into the harvest fields, resulting in raging fires of revival across the nations. Entire nations can be saved in a single day.
The man, Christ Jesus, is the ultimate example of God dwelling with us.
And the Word became flesh, and dwelt among us, and we beheld His glory, the glory as of the only begotten of the Father, full of grace and truth.
Notice the phrase “and we beheld His glory.” This emerging Kingdom Company will have the same countenance as Jesus—the glory of the Lord will be evident upon them. He is our pattern; He alone is our true example. As Jesus walked the earth He was the perfect demonstration of God’s unfathomable love. We must fix our gaze on Him as the perfect model of a life of love (2 Corinthians 3:18).
Be Like Jesus
As a follower of Christ Jesus, you are created in the image of God and are of utmost importance to Him. He is calling you to walk in perfect unity with Him—in His likeness and His nature. Remember, GOD IS LOVE (1 John 4:8). Our mission is to be the fragrance of Christ, the beauty of Jesus, the very anointing of Him on earth. As you minister, you minister with Him. As you walk, you walk like Him. Jesus prayed to the Father:
“I pray also for those who will believe in me through their message, that all of them may be one, Father, just as you are in me and I am in you. May they also be in us so?that the world may believe that you have sent me. I have given them the glory that you gave me, that they may be one as we are one: I in them and you in me. May they be brought to complete unity to let the world know that you sent me and have loved them even as you have loved me.
Father, I want those you have given me to be with me where I am, and to see my glory, the glory you have given me because you loved me before the creation of the world.”
—John 17:20–24, NIV
It is awesome to see how the Spirit of Truth is changing the attitude of many in the Body of Christ—their motive is to give, not just get. This is the true Christ-like character we must display to a hurting world. Our goal is for our character to be simply the same as that of Christ Jesus:
Who, being in very nature God, did not consider equality with God something to be grasped, but made him- self nothing, taking the very nature of a servant, being made in human likeness. And being found in appearance as a man, he humbled himself and became obedient to death—even death on a cross! Therefore God exalted him to the highest place and gave him the name that is above every name, that at the name of Jesus every knee should bow, in heaven and on earth and under the earth, and every tongue confess that Jesus Christ is Lord, to the glory of God the Father.
—Philippians 2:6–11, NIV
Our mission and mandate from heaven is to have the passion and compassion to love God and to love our neighbor. With compassion, Jesus embraced the man with leprosy, held the dying women, and broke the law to sit at the well and talk to a prostitute.
But when He saw the multitudes, He was moved with compassion for them, because they were weary and scattered, like sheep having no shepherd. Then He said to His disciples, “The harvest truly is plentiful, but the laborers are few. Therefore, pray to the Lord of the harvest to send out laborers into His harvest.”
Love is the most excellent way. Love will never fail. Love is God’s greatest reflection. Love covers a multitude of sins.
“I will heal their backsliding, ?I will love them freely, ?For mine anger has turned away from him.”—Hosea 14:4
Even though you may have fallen away from faith, thank God that He is always ready to offer tender loving forgiveness. Truly, as Proverbs 10:12 states, “Love covers all sins.”