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.
14 And the Word was made flesh, and dwelt among us, (and we beheld his glory, the glory as of the only begotten of the Father,) full of grace and truth.
Our opening Scripture tells us that the Word was made flesh and dwelt among us. Reading from verse one of John Chapter one, it says the Word was God and by Him all things were made, which means that the Word made flesh was God Himself. God is love (1 John 4:8). The Word is God (John 1:1-2). Therefore, the Word of God made flesh was Jesus Christ, the very love of God revealed to humanity. So, when the Word was made flesh, the love of God was made manifest in our midst. In essence, it was Love that created all things; and all things were created for love. Everything God did at creation; it was love that did it. Love created the entire universe; hence, the universe must have the love of God as its underlying principle.
God’s love is speaking, doing, graceful love. God’s love is not passive; it is active. God’s love is not only in words but in actions also. We see this love demonstrated, how that Love (God) so loved the world and gave His best to us in the Person of Jesus Christ. Love (God) is a Giver, which means that the love of God is charitable. The proof of love is not soft emotions; it is giving. 1 Corinthians 13 is essentially a revelation of what true love is – the Godkind of love. It uses the word ‘charity’ for love because that is the closest expression/manifestation of love. When you think charity, you think giving, hospitality, liberality, kindness and benevolence. That’s what love is. Love gives and never stops giving. We may give without loving but we cannot truly love without giving because giving is the true expression of love. John 3:16 tells us that God so loved the world that He gave His only Son Jesus Christ that whosoever believes in Him should not perish but have everlasting life. That was how the Word, God Himself, Love, was made flesh. It was giving love that made the Word flesh. Love is made flesh through giving. Beloved, always be a giver. Stay on the giving side of life and people will see God in and through you.
MY SOLID FRONT (YOUR CONFESSION):
In the Name of the Lord Jesus Christ, I declare that the love of God has been shed abroad in my heart; therefore, I am a lover like the Father and Jesus Christ. I walk in love by the strength of the Holy Spirit. I am a cheerful giver! Amen!
John 1:16; 2 Corinthians 9:6-9.