This topic was sort of difficult to write, for the more I thought about it, the more I felt I had in some way contributed to the problem. However, self-pitying about the past is no solution. So instead, I thank God for what He has opened my eyes to, and have decided to move ahead by sharing the bit I can, and trust that the Holy Spirit would expand what’s expressed within you.
While reading the book titled “The Hidden Man” by E. W. Kenyon, I learnt that, most of the things learnt are via our five senses, and from the knowledge collected and classified, various creeds and doctrines have been formulated. Although these may be formulated with the intent to guide, the cruel (permit me to say) thing about it is that these things expressed by our senses (sense knowledge) largely springs forth from selfish interests, not Love.
For if Love dominated the hearts of writers that wrote certain creeds and doctrines, they would have focused on the truths that unite the Body of Christ, instead on what would make us unfriendly to one another. This I believe is the reason they are so many individual groups today.
Paul in the book of Ephesians 4: 14 talks about what men whose senses govern their spirit teaches. From what he wrote, it was clear that the things these men formulated and communicated were things done out of their selfish interests to mislead people.
“So then, we may no longer be children, tossed [like ships] to and fro between chance gusts of teaching and wavering with every changing wind of doctrine, [the prey of] the cunning and cleverness of unscrupulous men, [gamblers engaged] in every shifting form of trickery in inventing errors to mislead” – Ephesians 4: 14 [Amp].
The errors taught by such men hold men in captivity; they become slaves to these ill doctrines. And unless such a person yields to the Lordship of the Jesus, to the Lordship of Love, he would keep on been a slave.
But true love binds together, true love builds, for there is no division where love rules.
This love spoken of is Agape.
It is the Jesus kind of Love, it is the very Nature of the Father, and if this Love (which is the Nature of the Father) governs us, we will be governed by the Father.
When we are governed by this Jesus kind of Love we grow as Christians, and not sort to tear the other down; we work together as a body (unified and functional) and not as independent small groups; we would teach the truth – for His word is truth, and not allow our selfish interests motivate us to trick and mislead others with deceitful creeds and doctrines.
Paul writing about the power of this divine Love expressed its truth and merits in Ephesians 4: 15, 16, that:
“Rather, let our lives lovingly express truth [in all things, speaking truly, dealing truly, and living truly]. Enfolded in love, let us grow up in every way and in all things into Him, who is the Head, [even] Christ (the Messiah, the Anointed One). For because of Him the whole body (the church, in all its various parts), closely joined and firmly knit together by the joints and ligaments with which it is supplied, when each part [with power adapted to its need] is working properly [in all its function], grows to full maturity, building itself up in love.”
Jesus’ earthly ministry was an embodiment of love, he taught the truth in love. His acts and deeds were driven by love. Love compelled him. He lived in the dominion of love.
If we could have our spirit grow in this love, then we could (as pointed out in Ephesians 4: 15) live like people who understand what the substitutionary sacrifice of Christ has enabled us attain. We could enjoy awesome fellowship with the father. We could solve problems in human relationship we thought were impossible and by the necessary effort (which would seem effortless because of the divine love) live in unity and peace.
I hope to write more topics centred on “the love walk,” and I am opened to any contributions. Thanks and do have a blessed day.