– C.I. Ezike-Dennis
As we had noted earlier, love is the fulfilling of the law. The entire commandment is summed up in that law of love (Romans 13:9), because love works no ill to anyone.
Love is a person. God is love, and you are reborn of His Spirit. So, love is your true nature. Romans 5 verse 5 says, “…God has poured out his love into our hearts by means of the Holy Spirit, who is God’s gift to us” (TEV). With love inside us comes the ability to love. It’s not the selfish love that is based on feelings, or that waits for a better condition, but the fruit of the Spirit within. It is the voice of the Spirit prompting us in our innermost being, fulfilling the will of God in and through us.
The Scripture says to, “Owe no man any thing, but to love one another, for he that loveth another hath fulfilled the law,” (Romans 13:8). This is one debt we will always owe to others, even those that that wish us ill or harm. We are to love them enough to wish no ill to them in return, to desire nothing but their highest good.
William Barclay wrote many years ago, “The supreme passage for the interpretation of the meaning of Agapé is Matthew 5:45-48, we are there bidden to love our enemies. Why? In other that we should be like God. And what is the typical action of God that is cited? God sends his rain on the just and the unjust, and on the evil and the good. That is to say, no matter what a man is like, God seeks nothing but his highest good.”
Barclay further points out that, “Agape is the spirit which says; No matter what any man does to me, I will never seek to do harm to him. I will never set out for revenge, I will never seek nothing but his highest good.”
The New Creation is a love-being. The love-fruit is the manifestation of the Christ-life within (Gal 5:22).
We are to love “even as Christ” or “the same way Christ did”, unconditionally. (Eph. 5:25);
We are to forbear “even as Christ” (Col. 3:13);
We are to forgive “even as God” (Eph. 4:32). Though no one has ever seen God, we reveal Him daily in our love-walk. The love-walk elevates our experiences from the natural to the supernatural. Love brings out the super-men in us. This is why We’re encouraged to, “Follow after love, and desire spiritual gifts…” (1 Corinthians 14:1). Because Love, or compassion, is the vehicle by which the supernatural gifts flow. You will notice that most of the miracles of Jesus happened as he was moved with compassion toward the people. I believe the Church will witness the greatest move of God yet, as we step out in love toward others.
The Amplified Bible says, “…its hopes are fadeless under all circumstances, and it endures everything without weakening. Love never fails…” (1Cor 13:8&9).