We’re going to *pick up* from where we *left off last week*.
We’ve been *talking about* *walking and living by faith* in God and in His Word.
For the last 2 weeks we’ve *been on* “*Faith Which Worketh By Love*.”
I’m going to *continue* on *that line* of thought.
*I. **1st* of all, *our main text* for this teaching on love comes from *(Galatians 5:6)* Which says, *“For in Christ Jesus neither circumcision nor uncircumcision avails anything, but faith working through love.******
*A. *The word *“avails”* *means* *“Have Strength or to have Power.”
*1. *So what *Paul* is *saying* in that *circumcision or uncircumcision* *has no Strength or Power,* *but* *what** does have* *Strength and Power* *is FAITH* *which** **works by or thuough LOVE.
*a. *Even the word *“working”* According to the strong’s *reveals** that*, 1 of the definitions of the word *“working”* is *“To put forth power.”*****
*(1) **Faith** will put **forth it’s power* *by Love.
*(2) **Love** is **not a substitute for faith*, *(love and faith** **work together)* but *if we want our faith to work* we have to *walk in love.*
*2. **1JOHN 5:1*
*a. *The *New American Standard Version* *makes it* a little *clearer*, and it says, *(1 John 5:1)* *“Whoever believes that Jesus is the Christ is born of God; and whoever loves the Father loves the child born of Him.”* *NASB*
*(1) *The *New Century Version* says, *“Whoever loves the Father also loves the Father’s children.”*
*(2) *But *now* we have to *show the Love* of God.
*(a) **(Philippians 2:12)* Says, *“Work out your own salvation with fear and trembling.”
*b. *Let’s go on reading *1JOHN 5:2-4*
*(1) **Notice** here* *how* *Love and Faith* *are **put together** in these Vs*.
You *can’t separate* *love from faith* *and* *expect** your **faith to work*.
*(2) **It would **be** **like* *taking the tires** off your **car*.
Sure your engine might run, but you’re not going to get very far.
*c. **When** we **love God,* we *automatically* *love 1 another.
*(1) **(Romans 5:5)* Says, *“The love of God is shed abroad in our hearts by the Holy Ghost which is given unto us.”*
*(2) **When** we **place** our **faith** **in** the Lord **Jesus** Christ the very **love of God** **came into our hearts.
*(3) *But *just because* *we have** the **love** of God* *in our hearts* *doesn’t** **mean** that we’re **walking** **in it.
*(4) **You** have to **make** that **decision** **that** **you are going to walk in love.
*3. *Look at *1JOHN 4:20-21*
*a. **This is a commandment* that *we have from Jesus* *and* *that **commandment** is that **we love 1 another,* *If we don’t* then John is saying that *we don’t love God.
*(1) **Now don’t feel condemned* if you’re *not perfect* in this area, *no one is.*
*(2) **This commandment* is just *like* the *commandment of forgiveness*.
When someone does something wrong to you, *you might have to forgive them every time** you **think** of **what they did*.
*b. **Some times* there are *people* that in the natural they *are very unlovable*, *but* *every time* that *you see** them **or** **think** **of them* *you have to **make a decision* that you are going *to walk in love* toward them.
*B. **1JOHN 2:9-10*
*1. **What I want you to **notice* in *(V 10),* *“He that loves his brother abides in the light, and there is no occasion of stumbling (missing it) in him.”
*a. **If** **you’re** **not receiving* God’s promises’, *If **you’re** **missing it,* *check** **your** **love walk.
*2. *Turn to* **ROM 12:10 *
*a. *The *last ½** **o*f this *V* says *“In honor preferring one another.”
*(1) *The word *“Honor”* *literally** **means*, *“Value.”
*(2) **Paul* is *literally telling us* that we need to *Value our brothers and sisters* in the Lord *more highly than ourselves.
*b. **PHIL 2:1-3*
*(1) *In these *Vs* here *Paul* is *telling us*, *“to walk in love, to be in unity, and to esteem (think or consider) the other better than yourself.”
*c. **The true **God kind of love* *that **we need to have** **one for another **is* *“to value our brother or sister more highly than ourselves.”
*(1) **Paul* even *goes on* *to **give** us a **hint* on *how** to do that*, *PHIL 2:4*
*(2) *The *NIV* is a *little clearer* *(Philippians 2:4)* *“Each of you should look not only to your own interests, but also to the interests of others.”
*3. *Look at *MATT 23:11-12*
*a. *In other words, *“He that is greatest among you will serve others.”
*4. *The *Living Bible says*, *“To be the greatest, be a servant.”
*5. *In *(MARK 10:45)* Jesus said, *“For even the Son of Man did not come to be served, but to serve, and to give his life as a ransom for many.”*
*a. **Paul* said in *(1COR 3:12-15)* that *all of our works will be made manifest and tried by fire,**/ /**some works will remain**/ /**and**/ /**we’ll receive the reward for it,**/ /**others will be burnt by the fire.
*(1) **I want my works to remain,* in order *for them **to remain*, *they have to be **done by love.*
*(2) *The *greatest work or fruit* that we *could have* that will remain *is* for us *to walk in love.
**It’s **possible* for a *person* to *be part* of the *family of God,* *know the Lord* and even be *serving the Lord,* even to be *a minister* *and not walking in* the Royal Law of *Love.
*A. **If* they’re *not walking in love* they’re *not walking in faith.**
*1. **Faith worketh by love.
*B. **ROM 13:8-9*
*1. **Paul said* that we are to *love thy neighbor** **as thyself*.
*a. **Paul said it*, *James** said it*, but *Jesus even said it*.
*b. *Jesus said in *(Matthew 19:19)* *“Honor thy father and [thy] mother: and, Thou shalt love thy neighbor as thyself.”*
*2. **Sometimes people have* a *question* about *who thy Neighbor is*.
*a. **According to Jesus*, *it’s **any man*, *woman*, or *child*.
*b. **That means* that we are to *walk in **love** to **everyone*.
*3. **Go back* to what Paul said in *ROM 13:8b-11.**/
/**(“Comprehended”* *means* *“Summed up.”)*
*a. **If we **want to be free** **from sin** **and** **to** **keep God’s commandments*, *we **must** **walk in love.
*C. *Look at *EPH 4:30-5:2* (*No breaks between chapters*.)
*1. **Paul said* *in order for us **to walk in love**,* we *have to* *put aside the differences* that *we* may *have* *and** **walk in unity.*
*a. *In *(Psalm 133:1-2)* David said, *“Behold, how good and how pleasant [it is] for brethren to dwell together in unity!
(2) [It is] like the precious ointment upon the head, that ran down upon the beard, [even] Aaron’s beard: that went down to the skirts of his garments.”*
*b. *The *ointment* that *David refers* to is in *reference** **to** the **anointing*.
*(1) *The *anointing** of God* is *where* the *church** **has** its **power*.
*(2) **More than anything** else*, the *Devil** **wants to stop** the **anointing* of the church.
*(a) *It the *anointing* that shall *destroy** **every yoke of bondage.*
*(Isaiah 10:27) *
*c. **There’s **power in** that **anointing*, but it *only** will **come**/ /**as we put God 1st*, *Walk in love** and **stay in unity*.
**(1COR 13:8)* *says*,* “Love never fails.”*
*A. **Why** is it that **love never fails?*
*1. *It’s because *when** you’re **walking in love*, *you’re keeping** all of **God’s commandments*.
*2. **You’re allowing the Anointing** **of God* to *flow** **through you.
*a. *You’re *opening* up the *channels to receive* all that God has for you.
*b. **Your** **faith** **will** **be** **powerful and effective.*
(If you’re walking in love.)
*B. *Paul said in *(Ephesians 5:1-2)* *“Be ye therefore followers of God, as dear children; (2) And walk in love, as Christ also hath loved us.”*
*1. **We have a God of faith.*
*We are to** **be** **a **people of faith.
*2. **We have a God of Love*.
*We** are **also** to **walk in love.
*3. **Remember Love never fails.*
Faith Works by Love # 3
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