Real Victory For Real Life Through Love
Posted on May 15, 2020 by Catey Stover in Freedom Fighters
“A new commandment I give to you, that you love one another: just as I have loved you, you also are to love one another.” (John 13:34 ESV)
The commandment of love here denotes a fresh, new mandate. However, the commandment of love has always been. For instance, You shall love the LORD your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all you might (Deuteronomy 6:5 ESV). The reason is God is love. This love is birthed out of His existence and is manifested through His relationship with us. Love is the premise of our salvation, it is the fuel that drives out fear, breaks the chain of sin, and empowers us to love others. The work of Christ is the fulfillment of the law and is love: but God shows his love for us in that while we were still sinners, Christ died for us (Romans 5:8 ESV).
In a human example, I see a glimpse of this love through watching my wife sacrificially loving our children. Sleepless nights holding them, praying over them, making sure they are fed, communicating with them in an age-appropriate manner. Creating a safe environment for growth and development while setting attainable goals suitable for their maturity. In turn, each progresses to various levels of child development. Her love for them empowers them.
The love that God provides for us empowers us to also fulfill the plan and purpose He designed for us. We had no ability to save ourselves. His love for us went to the cross, providing the proper propitiation. That same love is now in us teaching us patience, kindness, forgiveness, perseverance, humility, faith, boldness, charity, walk in truth and like…This is not the same definition of the word “love” the world settles for, but a total love only found through the work of Christ. The kind of love running through the inner being of believers. The kind of love that can provide real victory for real life.
Written by Juan Mendez: Juan is a graduate of the Colony of Mercy and now serves as the Colony of Mercy Program Administrator at America’s Keswick. He is married to Diera Mendez who serves in Barbara’s Place and has four children – Juan Jr., Olivia, Sage, and Orlando.
Think About This: “Faith sees the invisible, believes the unbelievable, and receives the impossible.” -Corrie Ten Boom
This Week’s Verse to Memorize: “No one can serve two masters; for either he will hate the one and love the other, or else he will be loyal to the one and despise the other. You cannot serve God and [i]mammon.” –Matthew 6:24
Disclaimer: The views and opinions expressed in this article are those of the author and do not necessarily reflect the doctrinal and theological views held by America’s Keswick.