I found an old notebook of mine today, from 1993 , 23 years ago. I was a Christian for about two years. As I read the entries, it almost feels like it was written by another person, it was so long ago. Much has changed over those years, many joys, many heartaches. But one thing hasn’t changed, loving God and His word.
I would like to share one of those entries with you.
Walking in love.
Don’t let the devil point to you and say, ‘they’re not walking in love, so you can’t fulfil the promises of Your covenant in their life’.
It comes back to living in the fullness – living in the new covenant (the love walk) in entirety. Not only taking on the bits that aren’t too much of an effort. This allows the love to grow until there is no root for suspicion, jealousy, etc. We simply walk and live in God.
The real love of the new covenant is taking Jesus place, carrying out the dreams and will of the Father as Jesus did. Jesus did not carry out His own will, or place Himself first. He wanted what the Father wanted. In other words – total unselfishness.
“I came not to do my own will, but the will of Him who sent Me.”
When selfishness dies in us, and the love takes over, we will not seek our own will, but that of the Father. The Father’s will is always in the best interest of His children.
Love is a challenge.
To come into a richer, more beautiful Christian experience, to leave doubt and fear and enter into our full inheritance – will you take up the challenge?
If you want to know if you are walking in this love – ask yourself this question, ‘whose will do you put first every day in each situation you face?’
Do you say, ‘I know what my Father in heaven would want of me, so that is what I will do, or do you say, ‘This is what I want; I must make sure that I see to my own needs first, everything else must come second?‘
Focus on giving – not getting
Let the world hear you confess what God’s ability or love is in you.
Tell the world that you are more than a conqueror, that you have no other testimony to give.
Do not confuse God’s love with natural human love.
Selfishness is God’s opposite.
I found reading this entry challenging, as I have not always managed to ‘walk the love walk’ all these years. But this is a new day, with its own opportunities to choose the love walk.