I challenge you to learn to live by the law of Love. However, I do know that you can not obey these instructions perfectly without the grace of the indwelling Holy Spirit. I hope to stir up your mind to consider how you can actively live by the law of Love. The Apostle Paul told the congregation at Corinth that Love never fails. Love never ceases to work for good. Everything that we do and say must be motivated by a perfect love. If you find that you can not obey the instructions of this lesson, please pray and ask God why you can not practice "perfect love."
James 1:19, 20 Wherefore, my beloved brethren, let every man be swift to hear, slow to speak, slow to wrath: For the wrath of man worketh not the righteousness of God.
Wrath is when anger becomes forceful and brings forth vengeance, punishment and retribution for an offense. For any person to respond with wrath must be a very rare situation. Wrath belongs to God and we must not forget what the Apostle James has written. “The wrath of man worketh not the righteousness of God.”
Here is a list of actions you must think about and apply to your relationships and communications with the people in your life.
- Start thinking about how you act; reflect upon what has just happened and how it could be improved and made more just and righteous.
- Think about your attitude toward others at all times.
- Ask questions when you think that you may not understand what they have said or done.
- Be willing and ready to be patient and kind with each person in your daily life.
- Have you expressed your love and compassion to those around you?
- Have you proven all things, to be sure that you know the true facts?
- Do you desire the advancement and prosperity of others?
- The failures and errors of others may not have been intentional.
- A different opinion may be an opportunity for you to learn a new truth.
- Consider the tone of voice you use and how it reflects the attitude of your heart.
- Do you speak critically, demeaning, sarcastic, disrespectful, thoughtless and careless?
- When you pray, ask God to help you learn how to formulate comments and questions to discover the true nature of each event of your day.
1 Corinthians Chapter 13:1-13
1 Though I speak with the tongues of men and of angels, and have not charity, I am become as sounding brass, or a tinkling cymbal.
2 And though I have the gift of prophecy, and understand all mysteries, and all knowledge; and though I have all faith, so that I could remove mountains, and have not charity, I am nothing.
3 And though I bestow all my goods to feed the poor, and though I give my body to be burned, and have not charity, it profiteth me nothing.
4 Charity suffereth long, and is kind; charity envieth not; charity vaunteth not itself, is not puffed up,
5 Doth not behave itself unseemly, seeketh not her own, is not easily provoked, thinketh no evil;
6 Rejoiceth not in iniquity, but rejoiceth in the truth;
7 Beareth all things, believeth all things, hopeth all things, endureth all things.
8 Charity never faileth: but whether there be prophecies, they shall fail; whether there be tongues, they shall cease; whether there be knowledge, it shall vanish away.
9 For we know in part, and we prophesy in part.
10 But when that which is perfect is come, then that which is in part shall be done away.
11 When I was a child, I spake as a child, I understood as a child, I thought as a child: but when I became a man, I put away childish things.
12 For now we see through a glass, darkly; but then face to face: now I know in part; but then shall I know even as also I am known.
13 And now abideth faith, hope, charity, these three; but the greatest of these is charity.
We must examine our own self and make sure that we are living according to the Law of Love.
3 And hereby we do know that we know him, if we keep his commandments.
4 He that saith, I know him, and keepeth not his commandments, is a liar, and the truth is not in him.
5 But whoso keepeth his word, in him verily is the love of God perfected: hereby know we that we are in him.
6 He that saith he abideth in him ought himself also so to walk, even as he walked.
6 We are of God: he that knoweth God heareth us; he that is not of God heareth not us. Hereby know we the spirit of truth, and the spirit of error.
7 Beloved, let us love one another: for love is of God; and every one that loveth is born of God, and knoweth God.
8 He that loveth not knoweth not God; for God is love.
9 In this was manifested the love of God toward us, because that God sent his only begotten Son into the world, that we might live through him.
10 Herein is love, not that we loved God, but that he loved us, and sent his Son to be the propitiation for our sins.
11 Beloved, if God so loved us, we ought also to love one another.
12 No man hath seen God at any time. If we love one another, God dwelleth in us, and his love is perfected in us.
13 Hereby know we that we dwell in him, and he in us, because he hath given us of his Spirit.
14 And we have seen and do testify that the Father sent the Son to be the Saviour of the world.
15 Whosoever shall confess that Jesus is the Son of God, God dwelleth in him, and he in God.
16 And we have known and believed the love that God hath to us. God is love; and he that dwelleth in love dwelleth in God, and God in him.
17 Herein is our love made perfect, that we may have boldness in the day of judgment: because as he is, so are we in this world.
8 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.
19 We love him, because he first loved us.
Can you prove that you love God by your attitudes and actions?
Can other people see the love of God working in your attitudes and actions?
Go and bring forth fruit unto holiness and righteousness to prove that you have the Holy Spirit living in your heart.