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Righteousness Brings Love

I [the LORD] lead in the way of
righteousness… That I may cause those
that love me to inherit substance;
and I will fill their treasures…

King Solomon

The love of God was shown at the cross of Calvary to deliver us, not only from our wrong doings, but from the power of fear that was brought to the world by Satan. It is God's love at Calvary that destroyed fear and the power of Satan, so we can walk in love towards God and others. His love is the power to live this life free from torment.

The writer of Hebrews says, "Because God's children are human beings-made of flesh and blood-Jesus also became flesh and blood by being born in human form. For only as a human being could he die, and only by dying could he break the power of the Devil, who had the power of death. Only in this way could he deliver those who have lived all their lives as slaves to the fear of dying" (Hebrews 2:14,15 NLT).

LOVE CONQUERS ALL

God's righteousness arrives on the scene to conquer all! He comes to establish His kingdom of love in our hearts, lives and relationships. The Apostle Paul asks the question, "…who shall deliver me from the body of this death?" (Romans 7:24). The answer is in verse 25, "I thank God though Jesus Christ our Lord…" We serve a risen Savior, Who sends us forth in the power of His conquering love.

There is a battle going on non-stop for our thoughts, but the love of God never fails to be effective (1 Corinthians 13:8). When thoughts arise that torment us during times of trial, we bring our minds back to God's love at Calvary. His love will always strengthen us to overcome every thought of the enemy. God is love, and He displayed His love so vividly at the cross, where He conquered hell, death and the grave.

Paul proclaims, "For the power of the life-giving Spirit has freed you through Christ Jesus from the power of sin that leads to death" (Romans 8:2 NLT). Because of Christ's victory at Calvary, "…ye have not received the spirit of bondage again to fear; but ye have received the Spirit of adoption, whereby we cry, Abba, Father" (Romans 8:15). We are children of God [love], walking in His kingdom of love and overcoming all things because of His love (See Diagram #6).

As God's children, we no longer have to live in fear. John writes, "There is no fear in love; but perfect love casteth out fear: because fear hath torment. He that feareth is not made perfect in love" (1 John 4:18). Instead of allowing our fear to place people under "The Law" and in our control, we allow love to reign in our hearts bringing righteousness. The law never changed a heart or made anyone righteous.

Divine love operates in us because of the character of God that lives in us due to Christ's righteousness. If we live by the flesh or by the law, we live life based on our own judgments; but in the Spirit, we love according to our new identity of righteousness. God's love does not place legal conditions on us. His unconditional love removes fear and emotional pain from our lives.

A LOVING GOD

The Spirit of righteousness has empowered us to know God's love and to love Him. John writes, "Hereby know we that we dwell in him, and he in us, because he hath given us of his Spirit" (1 John 4:13). We have entered into a new realm of living, different from this natural world. It is the kingdom of God, where we experience Him, talk to Him, and walk by a faith, which works by His love (Galatians 5:6). It is a place where we are free from the power of fear, with our emotions ruled by peace because of the confidence we have in the love of God.

Paul asks the question, "Who shall separate us from the love of Christ? Shall tribulation, or distress, or perse-cution, or famine, or nakedness, or peril, or sword?" (Romans 8:35). In the next verses, Paul answers saying, "Nay, in all these things we are more than conquerors through him that loved us. For I am persuaded that neither death, nor life, nor angels, nor principalities, nor powers, nor things present, nor things to come. Nor height, nor depth, nor any other creature, shall be able to separate us from the love of God, which is in Christ Jesus our Lord" (8:37,39).

Is there any question that God loves us and that nothing can separate us from His love? The Apostle John says, "This is real love. It is not that we loved God, but that he loved us and sent his Son to be a sacrifice to take away our sins" (1 John 4:10 NLT).

Jesus explained that all the law and the prophets can be summed up in two commandments, "…Thou shalt love the Lord thy God with all thy heart, and with all thy soul, and with all thy mind… Thou shalt love thy neighbor as thyself" (Matthew 22:37,39). But today, we "…perceive the love of God, because he laid down his life for us: and we ought to lay down our lives for the brethren" (1 John 3:16). As Christians, we love not because we grudgingly obey a commandment, but because we know how much God loves us.

LOVING ONE ANOTHER

As we die to ourselves and take up the cross, we come into a vision of the heavenly throne room. God is sitting on the throne, together with Jesus, and we are sitting beside Him. We are risen with Christ, righteous in Him. We are given the ability to love God and others from our throne room position (Revelation 4 & 5).

The love of God is birthed in our hearts through the power of the Holy Spirit. We are reborn of God, and of His love. He lives in us and we in Him, for we are overcomers, right with the Father and in unity with Him. Jesus prayed for us, saying, "…I have declared unto them thy name, and will declare it: that the love wherewith thou hast loved me may be in them, and I in them" (John 17:26).

Jesus lived facing His Father's heavenly throne room while on earth, teaching us to pray, "Our Father, which art in heaven: Hallowed be thy name. Thy kingdom come. Thy will be done on earth, as it is in heaven" (Matthew 6:9,10). His will is commanding, "…That ye love one another, as I have loved you. Greater love hath no man than this, that a man lay down his life for his friends" (John 15:12,13). From our throne room position, it is no longer just a command to love God and one another, but becomes a divine flow. John says, "Dear friends, let us continue to love one another for love comes from God. Anyone who loves is born of God and knows God. But anyone who does not love does not know God-for God is love" (1 John 4:7,8 NLT).

John went on to say, "Beloved, if God so loved us, we ought also to love one another. No man hath seen God at any time. If we love one another, God dwelleth in us, and his love is perfected in us" (1 John 4:11,12). This perfected life of love is one lived with an awareness of the heavenly sanctuary of God, where we dwell with Him and His Son. Righteousness has perfected the spirit part of our heart, but there is a battle going on in the soul [mind, will and emotions], which is being changed into agreement with the perfect love of Calvary. As the temple of God, our hearts are to resonate with our Father in heaven. If there are judgments in our heart that are contrary to God and stopping the divine flow; repent and be changed today!

How does the divine flow come forth in us to love as God loves? Peter says, "Seeing ye have purified your souls in obeying the truth through the Spirit unto unfeigned [sincere] love of the brethren; see that you love one another with a pure heart fervently [intensely]" (1 Peter 1:22, emphasis added). Peter also said, "…charity shall cover a multitude of sins" (1 Peter 4:8). Maybe it is time to do a love check-up? Are you loving your family as Jesus does? Compare your love for others with God's love as established in 1 Corinthians 13. This chapter lists a number of things that love is not, but it begins with two things love always is: "Love is patient and love is kind…" When dealing with others, are you patient and kind? This is an excellent place to start.

Is there any question, that righteousness brings the ability to love? It is impossible for us to love one another in the flesh, or by a commandment from the law. Paul closes out his letter to the Romans saying, "Owe no man anything, but to love one another: for he that loveth another hath fulfilled the law. For this, Thou shalt not commit adultery, Thou shalt not kill, Thou shalt not steal, Thou shalt not bear false witness, Thou shalt not covet; and if there be any other commandment, it is briefly comprehended in this saying, namely, Thou shalt love thy neighbor as thyself. Love worketh no ill to his neighbor: therefore love is the fulfilling of the law" (Romans 13:8-10). Paul also says, "Follow after charity…" (1 Corin-thians 14:1). We must make a daily choice to live in God's presence and walk in His love.

WHO IS GOD?

God is our loving Heavenly Father. He is our "Jehovah-Shammah." This phrase expresses the truth that "The-LORD-Is-There," referring to the city which the prophet Ezekiel saw in his vision (Ezekiel 48:35). Today, we are to have a view of that same city knowing that God is on the throne (Psalm 102:19).

God in His sanctuary is always there for us, "…for he hath said, I will never leave thee nor forsake thee. So that we may boldly say, the Lord is my helper, and I will not fear what man shall do unto me" (Hebrews 13:5,6).

God is everywhere. He is not confined to any part of the universe, but is present in all His power at every point in space and every moment in time (Psalm 139:7-12). He is the God of the whole earth (Genesis 18:25).

Everywhere we go, God is there. He lives in the sanctuary of our heart. He is there to guide, provide and to heal us. We have nothing to fear, "For ye have not received the spirit of bondage again to fear; but ye have received the Spirit of adoption, whereby we cry, Abba, Father… The Spirit itself beareth witness with our spirit, that we are the children of God" (Romans 8:15,16).

As we go through life, falling down and getting up, over and over, in some small way we begin to realize that God really does love and forgive us. The Apostle John writes, "Behold, what manner of love the Father hath bestowed upon us, that we should be called the sons of God…" (1 John 3:1).

Can we really ever come to fully know the depths of our Father's love? Paul prays, "…That Christ may dwell in your hearts by faith; that ye, being rooted and grounded in love, may be able to comprehend with all saints what is the breadth, and length, and depth, and height; and to know the love of Christ, which passeth knowledge, that ye might be filled with all the fullness of God" (Ephesians 3:17-19).

Remember, regardless if you are now saved or not, God loves and accepts you. He is not angry at you. His love is unconditional and unlike any love you have ever experienced. He loves you just the way you are! What is to stop you from accepting Him?

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