1 Corinthians 14:1 (NET)Pursue love and be eager for the spiritual gifts, especially that you may prophesy.
I have had to deal with some brethren that behave in a way that inspires only hatred. But I have found that for me as a disciple of the Lord Jesus Christ, hatred is not an option, but love is my only option. I have been commanded to love even my enemies(see Matthew 5:44, Luke 6:27), so misbehaving brethren should not be the issue. for us to walk in love, it must be pursued and not merely desired.
Pursue is an active word and it may involve doing things that are not convenient. Many times, if we do not pursue love, we will not love but become lukewarm and indifferent.
One way we pursue love is by doing things that inspire love. Giving sacrificially is a good example. Our choice of words can either kill love or inspire love.
We pursue love because we understand that walking in love with all men is the secret to appropriating our greatest spiritual power. A man who walks in faith has great power. But the man that walks in love is greater(see 1 Cor 13:2, 13).
Go into today remembering to pursue love. If love seems to have run away from your marriage, relationship with brethren, etc, don’t give up. Ask the Lord for wisdom to do things that would inspire love. Ask for the grace to pursue love till it returns.
Prayer: Lord Jesus, please help me walk more in love and favor with all men. Amen.
—Abraham Damilola Arigi
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