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People have hurt us and do hurt us, but why are we taking it so personal if we have died to the old nature ? The logic is pretty simple, in Christ we have been made brand new creation and it is also no longer we who live but Christ who lives through us. So if we are taking things personal that only shows we are still identifying with the old man who died by Jesus’ death because it was the old nature which was corrupted with lusts , had dominion of sin over it and was all about selfish ambitions. We as Christians have been called to identify only with Jesus and Him living in us which is possible because we have been made new by His resurrection. Why continue to give ourselves to the old nature when we have already died to it? Often times it does not seem so automatic to act according to the new nature because our minds are not renewed to this truth. Therefore we must constantly keep looking at Jesus’ life and model after Him, because what was not found in His life cannot be found in us. Jesus was deliberately rejected, hurt, tortured, humiliated, betrayed,devalued by people He called His own. Remember that!Our reactions should be so automatic that when people hurt or do wrong to us we should not even be able to see that and instead so see the value of the person infront of us. Why : because love takes no account of suffered wrong. Enjoy this truth filled message by brother Tamas Erdos.

no selfishness in love

no selfishness in love

Friends, there is no selfishness in love because love never seeks its own, and there is absolutely no love in selfishness. The only thing love ever says: i love you. It never has a clause attached to itself in the back and never loves because of any agenda. Most of us say we love people only so that it creates a reverse effect of them loving us back. Many of us also have a need in our lives because we say we love people but it is to fill a need in us. People loving us back does not make us lovable, the fact that Christ died for you proves you are loved by Him who paid such a great price for you. The fall of man twisted the image of love we were made in and made us need love from one another. But when we go back to our original state of being in the image of love, we love because that’s what God has made us, loving humans , and we love people for who they are because of who God made them.

Love has no personal agenda of its own. Its an absolutely free place and that’s what makes it so powerful. We have been in situations where we said we love people but found ourselves to be selfish. We cannot say we love purely because its not flowing out of a pristine place of pure motive towards the people. Ever prayed for a spouse acting out of the will of God, saying you so love him or her and that God should bring him or her back to His will ? We do not realize it but it is a purely selfish prayer masked by thinking we truly love the person. The fact is when we truly love the person, the prayer would be fully for the person’s created value and for his or her destiny in God so that they would fulfill it. It will never be associated to another person on earth. Compare both the prayers, friends:
1)Father change my wife to be Christlike and restore this marriage else things will not go well
2)Father my wife is so much more than her actions in the now, for sake of her created value and what Jesus did for her, help her see herself in You better

The problem with the first prayer although it seems that since you both are in a covenant things should go right, there is a catch hidden, that your wife should change so that marriage should go well. How is that loving ? Love is a free place, independent of another person because it is only God who governs our lives. Its not love when there is no sense of value and destiny of that person. We need to learn to see and pray like Father does. The way we fail to see people now is so petty in the light of eternity and what awaits us with Him. Be encouraged to seek Holy Spirit to help you see how to love from a free place. It is truly an experience which will lead you to freedom.

Dear friends, you know you can be having a neighbor and observe them daily from your house and know a lot about him or her, isn’t ? But till the time you actually go and make a contact with that neighbor you cannot really say you “know” your neighbor. You can say a lot about him or her or them though. It is the same way with our Heavenly Father. We can read His word, talk about Him with our brothers and sisters in Christ and even hear sermons all day long. We can only say we know about God but we cannot say we know Him. The life in Christ and living by the Spirit hinges on knowing God , having an experiential knowledge or literally living with Him knowing Him. When we know Him truly , faith is an automatic response to that. When we know Him, loving Him is automatic because we then respond to the love He has given and gives to us daily. When we know Him, loving ourselves and loving others the way He does with the destiny He has decided , will also be just as automatic. Enjoy this sermon by Dan Mohler where he addresses the real key to becoming love is knowing who our Father is .

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