July 29

Breaking Through to Love, Part 3

Galatians 6:10 Therefore, as we have opportunity, let us do good to all, especially to those who are of the household of faith.

Matthew 25:37-40 Then the righteous will answer Him, saying, “Lord, when did we see You hungry and feed You, or thirsty and give You drink?” … And the King will answer and say to them, “Assuredly, I say to you, inasmuch as you did it to one of the least of these My brethren, you did it to Me.”

II Peter 4:8 And above all things have fervent love for one another, for “love will cover a multitude of sins.”

One of the reasons we have found it hard to love—and to do the necessary work to break through the many barriers we encounter—is that we simply haven’t realized how very important this is to God, and that He clearly calls us to love our Christian brothers and sisters.

Aren’t we to love everyone? Of course, but even in a scripture that reminds us to do that, there is still a special clause directing us to love one another (referring to those in the church of Jesus Christ): And may the Lord make you increase and abound in love to one another and to all, just as we do to you (I Thessalonians 3:12). “To one another” and “to all.” Two groups.

God calls us to a special love for believers. The Scriptures shed more light on the reasons for that (see tomorrow’s devotional), but we really need nothing more than His example and instruction. Reasons and explanations may help our understanding, but without them we still have His command, and we still have the call to fight to break through to love.

Galatians 5:13 even tells us that the freedom we have in Christ is to be expressed in our love and service for one another: For you, brethren, have been called to liberty; only do not use liberty as an opportunity for the flesh, but through love serve one another.

So why is this so difficult at times, even when we understand that it’s our call, we have His example, and we understand that what we have in Christ is meant to be expressed in love? Of course, some people are challenging and difficult, and we often expect more from our Christian brothers and sisters—sometimes leading to disappointment.

But the greatest reason we find it hard is spiritual resistance. There is too much at stake for the enemy to lose when we love one another. When we love from the heart, Jesus is pleased, we are moving in the Spirit, and there is a great power released for good. Satan, desperate to hold onto whatever he can of his ever-dwindling kingdom, knows the power of Christian love more than we do. He’ll do whatever he can to stop it. Let’s disturb him and his diabolical plans.

Prayer: Lord, help me to love my brothers and sisters from the heart. I want to frustrate the devil and glorify You. Renew my thinking, free my heart, and change my attitudes, that I may love others as You love me.

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