DELIVERANCE AND HEALING
By PBS Ministries
Beloved, let us love one another, for love is of God and everyone that loves is born of God and knows God. He that does not love, does not know God, for God is love. The Greatest Commandment declares that we are to love the Lord, our God with all our heart, with all our soul and with all our mind and to love your neighbor as yourself. But what really is love? Love is being kind to the unkind, love is being patient, love is being compassionate and love is showing affection one for another.
We read in Matthew 15: 29-39 of Jesus’ love for His people.“ Jesus left there and went along the Sea of Galilee. Then he went up on a mountainside and sat down. 30 Great crowds came to him, bringing the lame, the blind, the crippled, the mute and many others, and laid them at his feet; and he healed them. 31 The people were amazed when they saw the mute speaking, the crippled made well, the lame walking and the blind seeing. And they praised the God of Israel. 32 Jesus called his disciples to him and said, “I have compassion for these people; they have already been with me three days and have nothing to eat. I do not want to send them away hungry, or they may collapse on the way.”
33 His disciples answered, “Where could we get enough bread in this remote place to feed such a crowd?” 34 “How many loaves do you have?” Jesus asked. “Seven,” they replied, “and a few small fish.” 35 He told the crowd to sit down on the ground. 36 Then he took the seven loaves and the fish, and when he had given thanks, he broke them and gave them to the disciples, and they in turn to the people. 37 They all ate and were satisfied. Afterward the disciples picked up seven basketfuls of broken pieces that were left over. 38 The number of those who ate was four thousand men, besides women and children. 39 After Jesus had sent the crowd away, he got into the boat and went to the vicinity of Magadan.”
We serve an awesome God. Jesus demonstrated love and compassion for the people. He first healed them of every sickness and disease and then He fed them miraculously with seven loaves and a few small fish. Love involves giving, giving of your time, giving of your resources and giving your all, even to the point where you are left without. Yes, that is love. We may show love to our spouse and children, but God’s kind of agape love goes beyond that. It is loving and giving to your enemies, it is going the extra mile to help those who despise and willfully use you and it is sharing with those that you do not expect to receive any reward from.
Do we love selflessly? Do we love unconditionally? And do we love sacrificially? Jesus showed agape love to His followers. He loved them unselfishly, His love was unconditional and He loved them sacrificially. This is an example we should follow. Jesus says that whoever has His commands and keeps them is the one who loves Him and if we love Him, we will be loved by His Father.
Our love for each other must be sincere and without compromise, no more do for do. First Corinthians 13:4-7 explain: “Love is patient, love is kind. It does not envy, it does not boast, it is not proud. It is not rude, 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.” Joseph, though he was treated unkindly by his brothers, showed them great love by providing for them during the famine in Egypt. King Saul tried several times to kill David because of jealously, but when David had the opportunity to slay King Saul, he did not lay a hand on him because of love. Peter showed love by healing the lame beggar that was at the temple gate called Beautiful.
Where is the love today for our brothers and sisters? How many of us see others in need of clothes, food and other material things and fail to provide for them? How many of us share the word of God to our neighbors? The Bible says if a brother or sister is poorly clothed and lacking in daily food, and one of you says to them, “Go in peace, be warmed and filled,” without giving them the things needed for the body, what good is that? Also, if anyone has the world’s goods and sees his brother in need, yet closes his heart against him, how does God’s love abide in him?
Let our love be in actions, not mere words. The virtuous woman in Proverbs 31 opened her hand to the poor and reached out her hands to the needy. We are commanded to love each other deeply because love covers a multitude of sins. We are to love because God first loved us. He gave us His only begotten Son so that whosoever believes in Him shall not perish but have everlasting life. If we need God’s blessing and peace of mind, we must first show love one for another.
The Word of God admonishes us to love our enemies, do good to them, and lend to them without expecting to get anything back. Then our reward will be great and we will be sons of the Most High, because He is kind to the ungrateful and wicked.
I encourage us to love someone today, let us show compassion for someone today and let us love unconditionally today. Amen.