I warmly welcome you to this edition of the program, Building on the ROCK with Pastor Murphy. This program is designed to empower you achieve your dreams in God through His Word. It is an honour to share the all powerful Word of God with you today. My name is Murphy Okpala. Today I will be discussing the topic: Love …The Essence of Life but before we go on with the discussion let’s listen to this lovely song.
Artist: Chris Tomlin
Song Title: Love
Scripture: I John 3:14
#EternalLIFE: What does life feel like to God?
One day while Jesus was teaching, an expert of the law approached Jesus and asked Him what shall I do to inherit eternal life? Eternal life was missing in this man’s life and he needed to experience it. Jesus answered that the pathway to eternal life is LOVE. He put it this way: “Love the Lord your God with all your heart, mind and strength and the second was love your neighbour as yourself.”
Jesus was simply saying that the only way for you to experience eternal life here on earth is to live a lifestyle of love, loving God and loving your neighbour.
ETERNAL LIFE is the essence of God that makes God live the way He does. It is God’s lifestyle. And as Apostle John said in 1 John 5:11-12, every person that has received Jesus as Lord and Savior has eternal life now, here on earth. This means that God empowered us to live like Him on the earth and this lifestyle God has designed for every single Christian to live is the lifestyle of Agape Love. Ephesians 5:1-2 encourages every believer in Jesus to imitate God by living a lifestyle of love and not any kind of love, but the God-kind of love.
As He Is, So Are We NOW… Enjoying a Foretaste of God!
The reason the Bible encourages you to live the love lifestyle which is the lifestyle of God is because you received the very essence of God, which is eternal life, the very day that you decided to follow Jesus and give your life to Him. In other words, you have been equipped with everything you need to experience the lifestyle of God by walking in love.
This tells me that there are boundless opportunities when I give up selfishness and decide to walk in love. Because I will be enjoying a measure of the kind of things God is experiencing in heaven simply by walking in love. Is that not powerful?
[quote]There are boundless opportunities when you give up selfishness and decide to walk in love[/quote]
The evidence that you are alive in God is that you are walking in love. It is not how much you attend Church, or how much time you spend in prayer, or how much money you have in your bank account or even how many people you can attract to your crusade ground.
Your Love walk is the True Litmus Test of your Christianity
1 John 3:14 says that we know that we have passed from death to life only because we love. If you are not living the lifestyle of love on a daily basis you should ask yourself if you are truly a Christian.
I remember a story I heard. There was a young man who was very zealous in his Church. He spent a lot of time praying and helping out in the house of his priest. One day he was walking on a road and a young lady came to preach the gospel of Christ to him wearing trousers. This young man became so angry because the lady was wearing trousers and beat the lady to the ground and continued stomping on her until people came and held him. When I heard that story I thought to myself, that young man despite all his commitment to his Church, he has not passed from death to life because the love of God cannot act that. It is important you know this.
In Romans 5:8 the Bible says that God demonstrated His own love for us in this: while we were still sinners, Christ died for us. To demonstrate means to show people an example. So God was showing us His love lifestyle, i.e. the lifestyle that He has empowered every Christian to live, when He sacrificed His most precious, His only son for people that did not deserve it. Jesus died for the enemies of God, i.e. you and I, in other to make God’s enemies His Children. John 3:16 says for God so love the world that He gave His only begotten son that whosoever believes in Him will not perish but have eternal life or the God-kind of life. That is the lifestyle of God demonstrated and that is the kind of life we have been empowered to live as Children of God.
The lifestyle of love is the best lifestyle you can ever live on earth. It is the most sophisticated and the most efficient way to live. It is the lifestyle Jesus lived on the earth and if you have given your heart to Jesus you can live this lifestyle also and be a marvel in your community just like Jesus was.
Characteristics of the Love lifestyle… and of GOD!
Let me show you the Characteristics of this love lifestyle, which is the evidence that you are alive in God. 1 Corinthians 13:4-8 captures it. This love lifestyle is patient and it is kind. It is not envious of any one’s success neither does it boast nor is it proud when it succeeds. The love lifestyle always honors people. It never seeks its own only neither does it get angry easily.
Interestingly, it does not keep records of the wrongs people do to it, so it easily forgives people. This love of God in us hates evil and corruption but it rejoices when at the truth and justice. It always protects, its ever trusting, always hopes for the better and it always perseveres in doing what is right. You can be guaranteed that if you adopt this love lifestyle, you will never fail in life because this is the lifestyle God lives and God never fails.
[quote]The evidence of being alive in God is that you are walking in love.[/quote]
Living like this shows that you are alive indeed! This is how God expects every Christian to live. It is a lifestyle of wisdom, righteousness and power. When you live like this you will have light and you will be free.
This love lifestyle is the solution to the challenges of our nation, Nigeria. If only half of the people that attend Church every Sunday live this lifestyle of love, Nigeria will be a nation to be reckoned with in the world. Systems will work efficiently, the power situation will be a thing of the pass and the country will experience unprecedented peace and prosperity. We will experience the true life of God. Every single Christian has been empowered to live like this.
Know this Fact: Love is Nurtured. Love Grows
In conclusion, it’s important for you to know that this love lifestyle grows as you spend time in fellowship with God, practicing His word and making your every decision based on the characteristics of the love lifestyle.
[quote]If you want to experience what it feels like to live like God, make it your ambition to constantly and consistently walk in love, no matter what anyone does to you or the circumstances that you face.[/quote]
As you discipline yourself to walk in love despite how you feel emotionally, you will realize that God’s love in you will start growing and developing until it becomes your primary nature. As Ephesians 3:19 says you will be filled with all the fullness of God. That is a position I truly look forward to, so I have made it my ambition to constantly and consistently walk in love, no matter what anyone does to me or the circumstances that I face. You should make it your ambition too, if you want to experience what it feels like to live like God.
Never forget this! The way you inherit eternal life is by loving God with all your heart, mind and strength and then loving your neighbour as yourself. And your neighbour is anybody you come across as you live your life. Living like this is living in victory because love is the way to victory!
BEFORE WE END OUR PROGRAM TODAY, I want to give you an opportunity to make Jesus Lord of your life. He wants to make Himself real to you if you will let Him. Say this simple prayer with me:
Jesus I know you are the son of God and you died for my sins. Today I give you my life, take me and change me. Be the Lord of my life. Thank you Lord, for I am now yours!
If you sincerely made that prayer from your heart, you are now a child of God and have started the journey of a fruitful life. Join a Bible believing Church that will help you grow in God. If you reside in Enugu city feel free to visit us at The Cornerstone Church, Trans-Ekulu, we will be glad to have you.
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