The Lord hath appeared of old unto me, saying, Yea, I have loved thee with an everlasting love: therefore, with lovingkindness have I drawn thee. Jeremiah 31:3
Calvary said, “I love you,” written in red. I love the lyrics to the song, “Written in Red” because it is all about the love of God. The lyrics say, “In letters of crimson, God wrote His love, on the hillside so long, long ago; For you and for me, Jesus died, and love’s greatest story was told.” God wrote a love letter to the world when He sent His son Jesus to die on the cross for us. His very own word wrapped in flesh. (John 1:1)
His collection of letters has remained throughout the ages, unscathed, and bound in a book that was especially gifted to us: His children. A love story with no end. The inscription on the inside says, “I have loved you with an everlasting love.” God.
The church is at a pivotal point in history, as the time draws near. Revival is taking place across the nations for the ones that have fully devoted themselves to Christ. I am so excited to see the journey God is taking us on as the body of Christ.
Let your heart therefore be perfect with the LORD our God, to walk in his statutes, and to keep his commandments, as at this day. 1 Kings 8:61
First and foremost, we are called to be a light unto others that are living in darkness, so that they may come to know the love of Christ also. But, as the church we also have a responsibility to love and encourage one another.
One of the greatest commandments written was to love one another. (John 13:34) Before we step into what God has for us, we need to ensure we take care of the needs of our brothers and sisters in the Lord. Our hearts must be ready. If we cannot love one another, we cannot be effective in anything we do for God. The bible says that people will recognize that we are His disciples by the love we have for one another. (John 13:35) We are the example that the world sees.
Love is the foundation on which we stand as the body of Christ. Love builds the house. Not the nails, or the walls, but the love of Christ that we root ourselves in. Without that foundation we can do nothing.
I am the vine, ye are the branches: He that abideth in me, and I in him, the same bringeth forth much fruit: for without me ye can do nothing. John 15:5
God has some amazing things in store for the future (Jeremiah 29:11) but I feel that God has shown me fear in the body of Christ, and it is creating strongholds. Many are not moving forward out of fear. The fear we have is not of what we are called to do, but of each other. We are afraid to fail and be judged by our brothers and sisters. We will most certainly fail and make mistakes, but we are to prefer one another. (Romans 12:10) Love covers a multitude of sin. (1 Peter 4:8) We must forbear one another’s burdens and seek to build up; not tear down. (Romans 15:2; Ephesians 4:2) Sometimes we also have an unhealthy fear of God. God’s letters throughout history may have some less than beautiful imagery, but if you see the picture as a whole, and you look back at what Calvary did, you will see that the entire them is “Love.” And perfect love casts out fear.
There is no fear in love; but perfect love casteth out fear: because fear hath torment. He that feareth is not made perfect in love.1 John 4:18
Fear creates an unhealthy response in the body, and it does the same in the body of Christ. It stops us from moving forward. We need to trust in the Love of God and take the first step. Unify together and love one another, because alone we are easily conquered, but together we are more than conquerors in Christ who has loved us. (Romans 8:37; Ecclesiastes 4:12)
I have loved you with an everlasting love. God.