Transforming Power In His Love

Transforming power

A little over a year ago I asked the Lord to search my heart and reveal anything in me that was unpleasing to Him. It wasn’t long at all after this prayer that I received a phone call on a particularly joyous day from someone that I didn’t like very much at all because of the history between us. I was extremely unhappy with him for calling me on this particular day and attempting to steal my joy. After the phone call I sat stewing in my anger and I cried out, “God help me! His ignorance infuriates me to the core!” Then my Father answered me, “Did you not ask me to search your heart? Did I not command you to love one another?”

Don’t you just love it when something happens and the Lord reminds you of what you’ve been praying for and you realize He is answering your prayer, stretching you, teaching you, strengthening you, and helping you to grow in Him?  I hung my head down and said, “Yes Father.  I don’t hate him but do I really have to LOVE him?”  The Father answered, “Yes.”

“A new command I give you: Love one another. As I have loved you, so you must love one another. By this everyone will know that you are my disciples, if you love one another.” John 13:34-35

“You have heard that it was said, ‘Love your neighbor and hate your enemy.’ But I tell you, love your enemies and pray for those who persecute you, that you may be children of your Father in heaven. He causes his sun to rise on the evil and the good, and sends rain on the righteous and the unrighteous. If you love those who love you, what reward will you get? Are not even the tax collectors doing that? And if you greet only your own people, what are you doing more than others? Do not even pagans do that? Be perfect, therefore, as your heavenly Father is perfect.” Matthew 5:43-48

If I speak in the tongues of men or of angels, but do not have love, I am only a resounding gong or a clanging cymbal.  If I have the gift of prophecy and can fathom all mysteries and all knowledge, and if I have a faith that can move mountains, but do not have love, I am nothing. If I give all I possess to the poor and give over my body to hardship that I may boast but do not have love, I gain nothing.

 Love is patient, love is kind. It does not envy, it does not boast, it is not proud.  It does not dishonor others, it is not self-seeking, it is not easily angered, it keeps no record of wrongs.  Love does not delight in evil but rejoices with the truth.  It always protects, always trusts, always hopes, always perseveres.

 Love never fails. But where there are prophecies, they will cease; where there are tongues, they will be stilled; where there is knowledge, it will pass away.  For we know in part and we prophesy in part,  but when completeness comes, what is in part disappears. When I was a child, I talked like a child, I thought like a child, I reasoned like a child. When I became a man, I put the ways of childhood behind me.  For now we see only a reflection as in a mirror; then we shall see face to face. Now I know in part; then I shall know fully, even as I am fully known.

 And now these three remain: faith, hope and love. But the greatest of these is love.” – 1 Corinthians 13

So, in March of last year I began the journey of going deeper in Christ, exploring love, seeking change and growth in order to love more like Christ wants me to love.

Some define love as an emotion; others, a state of mind, and there are those who define it as an action.  One thing I have learned about love personally is that when it is sought after in Christ, it is like this extremely gentle, yet powerful force that gradually overtakes you and changes you from within.  Therefore, in my opinion, words like emotion or action are inadequate in defining the love referred to in 1 Corinthians 13:13; love that is greater than faith and hope.  I’m not sure that there is any particular word to describe such love but I can tell you what I have found.

This kind of love is more powerful than hate, more powerful than vengeance, and more powerful than wrongdoing or hurt that may come our way.  This kind of love has the power to overcome anything.  It has the ability to take us beyond ourselves.  It sees beyond offenses and cares deeply for the heart of the offender.  Not only does it care about the poor, the homeless, the hungry, and the hurting but it cares about the spiritual needs of others.  This love takes us beyond forgiveness and enhances the healing that comes as a result of forgiveness because not only are we to forgive our offenders; we are commanded to love them.

 “For if you forgive men their trespasses, your heavenly Father will also forgive you.” – Matthew 6:14

 “A new command I give you: Love one another. As I have loved you, so you must love one another. By this everyone will know that you are my disciples, if you love one another.” John 13:34-35

This kind of love possesses transforming power! There is transforming power in His love that continuously changes us as we seek Him!

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About Alecia Roberts

First and foremost, I am a Christian. I am a wife, mother, and grandmother. I wrote The Pursuit of Purpose: A Journey to Forgiveness and Healing while my husband was working overseas as a civilian contractor. The Pursuit of Purpose: A Journey to Forgiveness and Healing is my testimony of God's amazing love, grace and power in a surrendered life and heart. It was released on May 29, 2012. I lost my middle daughter, Heather who suffered from mental illness and addiction to an overdose in October of 2015. Since then I've dedicated my life to confronting addiction and promoting changes in North Carolina that will hopefully save lives.
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2 Responses to Transforming Power In His Love

  1. Hazel Stricklin says:

    I love you, Alecia Roberts, my dear friend/sister!!!

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