For [if we are] in Christ Jesus neither circumcision nor uncircumcision means anything, but only faith activated and expressed and working through love
3 Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, who hath blessed us with all spiritual blessings in heavenly places in Christ:
4 According as he hath chosen us in him before the foundation of the world, that we should be holy and without blame before him in love:
One of our opening Scriptures reveals that God has blessed us with all spiritual blessings in heavenly places in Christ and He chose us in Him, in love, before the foundation of the world, to walk in union with Christ (Ephesians 1:3-4). Note that God has blessed us with all spiritual blessings in our union with Christ, in love. So, the domain of God’s operation and relationship with us is love. The love of God is the governing principle of life and the foundation or source of all the graces of God. Therefore, it follows that anyone who wants to walk with God must love first. We were born of love to live in love and walk by faith in love. Everything that we have been blessed with in Christ Jesus is ours in love, not outside of love. Even our faith, the potency and efficacy of our faith, depends on our love walk. Without love, faith is weak and impotent.
Galatians 5:6 tells us that love strengthens, activates and energizes faith; and we know that without faith, we cannot please God (Hebrews 11:6); therefore, faith depends on our love walk because it is energized by love. So, we actually please God by walking in love – the Agape love: The God kind of love. The love of God is the centrality of everything we do in Christ and for the Lord. Everything revolves around love – Agape love. Walking in the love of God is the pivot, the fulcrum, of an effective and successful life in Christ. Outside of love, nothing holds sway! Love is the substance and quality of our walk with God. Walking in love is vital and important to God. Everything else outside of love is nothing to God. So, the essence of living, the substance of life, is love. Romans 5:5 tells us that the love of God has been shed abroad in our heart by the Holy Spirit. What does this mean? It means that the Holy Spirit is our ability to walk in love. The Spirit of God energizes us to live the love life of Christ today. We can only live out the life of Christ which is of love by the ability of the Holy Spirit. Beloved, let the love of God rule you! Depend on the ability of the Spirit as you walk in love towards everyone around you.
MY SOLID FRONT (YOUR CONFESSION):
In the Name of the Lord Jesus Christ, I declare that I am a doer of the Word. I walk in love towards everyone by the ability of the Holy Spirit; for the love of God is shed abroad in me by the Spirit that God has given to me!
1 John 4:16; 1 John 3:18.