Good morning! Grace and peace to you in abundance from God our Father and the Lord Jesus Christ.
Today we testing ourselves with God's definition of love. 1 Corinthians 14v1 Follow the way of love and eagerly desire spiritual gifts, especially the gift of prophecy.
God has just told us in Corinthians 13 about His love and the definition of His love not ours. Our natural love is not His, this is what most of us do not understand because we have not received His love or the definition of His love in our heart. You cannot have one without the other. When He gives us His love we will be able to define it in our hearts just as He does in His word. With this written, when we look at the beginning of chapter 14 God is telling us through Paul when we follow the way of love meaning the way of His love, the way of His truth, the way of Jesus Christ. That means by faith we follow His love that He has given to us in our hearts and mind. When we do that we will eagerly desire different things then we have ever desired before. One of those desires He gives us through following His love we received through faith in Him being all we need to complete ourselves, is His gifts. Through receiving from Him 1) Faith to believe in Him and His love. 2) His love through the faith He provides 3) a need to follow the love He gives us that guards our hearts always 4) a eagerness for His gifts.The deceiving part of this venture has two false identities wanting to deceive us. This is how we test ourselves. Do we receive His faith that opens our heart to receiving Him or are we to low for Him to lift up denying His gift of faith or are we too high for Him to reach and have more faith in ourselves? If we are too low this means we do not think we are worthy enough to be saved by His gift of faith, we think He is not Holy and powerful enough to over look our messiness, our own guilt, shame and unworthiness. If we are too high for Him to reach we like being in control of our own spirit and to go our own way and ignore His true word that opens up what is hidden in our true hearts. We desire His gifts but for our own use in what we want to do, how we want to worship, how we want to build up the church, and how we live out our lives. We create our own god to go with our own lives.When you make yourself to high He will bring you down and brake your heart but you will be thankful for Him braking your heart if you truly want to know Him and the true love He has for you. If you are to low He will save you and bring you up where you never thought possible! We tend to follow ourselves in what we think ourselves are more than we believe in the invisible world of the Spirit. His love is real, His faith is real and He is real living inside us and He truly changes us to follow new amazing desires and gifts that fit us completely. Many think we only can receive a few gifts but God is telling us here we can have all of them if we desire all of them for His purpose and He will give them to you if you desire to have Him work them through you for the building up of His Kingdom not your own purpose for your glory. When you receive the gifts He gives you He will give you gifts of Himself that enables you to recognize false teachers and false prophets just has you recognized your false identity you were living.He will use you to recognize others for the building up of His Kingdom and He will give you all gifts of Himself for you to use for this purpose. He knows who is going to be obedient to Him and put Him above all others and all things doing His will not our own. So today we need to test ourselves with our own desires, because they will reveal the love we are following.