DELIVERANCE AND HEALING
By Petal Barclay-Smith
Greater love has no one than this: to lay down one’s life for one’s friends. We read in John 3:16, For God so loved the world that He gave us His only begotten Son that whosoever believes in Him shall not perish but have everlasting life.
The Bible tells us that this is love, not that we loved God, but that He loved us and sent his Son as an atoning sacrifice for our sins. Jesus commands us to love. In the Gospel of Matthew, Chapter 22, verses 37-39, Jesus tells us to “Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind.’ This is the first and greatest commandment. And the second is like it: ‘Love your neighbor as yourself.”
How deep is your love for your friends or neighbors? Do you love your family members unconditionally? How sincere is your love for your enemies? Do you know we are to love our enemies as we love ourselves? We read in 1 John 4 that we are to love one another, for love comes from God and everyone who loves has been born of God and knows God. If you do not love, you really do not know God, for God is love.
Jesus demonstrated love while He was here on earth and He left an example for us to follow. He taught and preached to multitudes, He healed the sick, He raised the dead, He cast out demons, He had compassion on the poor and needy and He fed those that were hungry.
It is all very good and nice to say “I love you” on Valentine’s Day or to give someone a gift. But love goes deeper than that. We need the Agape kind of love. Throughout the year, we should love selflessly and sacrificially. Not giving out of our abundance but giving from our very meagre resources and in this way God will bless us.
We read about the widow’s offering in the Gospel of Luke Chapter 21. As Jesus looked up, he saw the rich putting their gifts into the temple treasury. He also saw a poor widow put in two very small copper coins. “Truly I tell you,” he said, “this poor widow has put in more than all the others. All these people gave their gifts out of their wealth; but she out of her poverty put in all she had to live on.” Sacrificial love and giving is what pleases God.
As many people choose to celebrate Valentine’s Day today, I encourage you to spend the day loving your enemies, by doing good and giving to those without expecting to get anything in return. The Bible tells us when we do this, our reward will be great, and we will be sons of the Most High, because He is kind to the ungrateful and wicked. So let us stop the hate and celebrate love towards each other today and always.
We must also reflect on the fact that God commanded His love towards us, in that while we were yet sinners, Christ died for us. If you have not accepted this gift of love, I encourage you to do so today. This is the greatest gift of all times. If you confess with your mouth that Jesus is Lord and believe in your heart that God raised Him from the dead, you will be saved. For there is no other name under heaven given among men whereby we must be saved.
God loves us so much and it is His wish that none shall perish, but all must come to repentance and have eternal life in Christ Jesus. To many as received Him today, to them He give the power to become the Sons of God even to them that believe on His name.
I encourage us, as we are commanded, to let us first Love the Lord our God with all our heart and with all our soul and with all our mind. And let us Love our neighbor as ourselves. Peace and love to all. Amen