December 17, 2015
Growth by Love
Memory Verse: Ephesians 3:16-17 “ That he would grant you, according to the riches of his glory, to be strengthened with might by his Spirit in the inner man; That Christ may dwell in your hearts by faith; that ye, being rooted and grounded in love”
For a seed to become a tree, there are certain conditions that must be satisfied. The seed has to be planted in soil, be watered and be properly attended to for it to make that transition from a small seed to a big tree. If the conditions are not favorable, it is very likely that the seed will not grow.
It is the same for the child of God. Love is the environment that is necessary to ensure that the believer grows from the “seed stage” to the “tree stage”. The believer has to be rooted and grounded in the revelation of God’s unconditional love for him. He has to know that because of God’s love, He sacrificed His son. This sacrifice is a perfect sacrifice that will never fail. He has to know that based on God’s love, he will never be condemned, never be found guilty in God’s eyes. Except a believer truly has an understanding of this truth about God’s love for him, true and lasting spiritual growth is not possible. The more revelation of God’s love in a man, the more he grows into the full statue of Christ. Love makes everything work. Love causes growth. Whenever a man is not growing in the things of God, it is because the revelation of God’s love that he has is defective.
Ephesians 3:19 “And to know the love of Christ, which passeth knowledge, that ye might be filled with all the fullness of God”
We are told here that we are to know the love of Christ which passes natural knowledge. It goes on to say that the knowledge of the love of Christ fills us with all the fullness of God. So dear believer, God does not see sin in you. When He looks at you, He sees a son, He hears his son, and He feels his son. 1 John 4:17 “As He is, so are we in this world” God loves you just as much as He loves Jesus.
CONFESSION: I declare that God loves me unconditionally, I receive progressive revelation of that love and I walk in the revelation of God’s love for me now and forever. Amen
Further Bible Reading: 1 Thessalonians 4, 1 John 3
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