MGHM Healing Brief, 12/10


Faith and Love

Last month’s Brief argued that if we’re going to get healed, we’ll have to focus our faith-- ignore the enemy’s non-stop distractions and keep our attention on target. It’s not that we quit attending to daily business. The question is one of emphasis. If we take a three-hour slice out of the day to watch soap operas when we know full well we should be listening to healing tapes, we’ve got a problem.

But the focus I’ve been speaking of has to do with more than faith. First Thessalonians describes the armor we must wear in any kind of spiritual warfare (5:8): "Let us be self-controlled, putting on faith and love as a breastplate."
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The qualities of Christian love

Faith is one element of that armor/breastplate. The other element is love--not warm fuzzy feelings, but an earnest commitment to God’s good above all else and our neighbor’s good as if it were our own.

Paul lays out the qualities of Christian love in 1 Corinthians 13:4-7, a scripture that’s read mainly at weddings but should be mastered by all of us whether we’re married or not:

Love is patient and kind; love does not envy or boast; it is not arrogant or rude. It does not insist on its own way; it is not irritable or resentful; it does not rejoice at wrongdoing, but rejoices with the truth. Love bears all things, believes all things, hopes all things, endures all things (English Standard Version).
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                                 The mind and will of God

The standard is uncomplicated but strict. It includes bridling the tongue--in an age that celebrates unbridled self-expression. Whenever we get casual about love, our prayer power will evaporate, because we’ve gotten out of sync with the mind and will of God.

So how do we raise our love-level to God’s standard and keep it there? Not by sweating and straining to work up a change of attitude. John’s first letter suggests the answer:

Beloved, if our heart does not condemn us, we have confidence before God; and whatever we ask we receive from him, because we keep his commandments and do what pleases him. And this is his commandment, that we believe [have faith] in the name of his Son Jesus Christ and love one another, just as he has commanded us. Whoever keeps his commandments abides in God, and God in him. And by this we know that he abides in us, by the Spirit whom he has given us. (1 John 3:21-24, ESV).
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  Poured into our hearts

Just two commandments: have faith; have love. And the Good News is that both are gifts. Our job is to position ourselves to receive them. Then we can live the truth of Romans 5:5: "God’s love has been poured into our hearts through the Holy Spirit who has been given to us."

So if you have various loveless urges and emotions clamoring for expression, don’t try to control them "in the flesh." Just take a deep breath, submit to the Holy Spirit, and let the love of God flow through you--because that love will transform everything it touches!
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                                                                                     Mary Graff  

Don't forget that . . .

God should be our first resort, not our last resort. Start taking time right now to build up the faith you need to receive His healing.

God is ready to heal us in every wayspiritually, physically, emotionally, and mentally.

God heals all types of disease, pain, sorrow, and infirmity. Nothing is too hard for Him.

God wants us to be healed, to be "whole" persons enjoying abundant life.

God expects us to cooperate with Him in getting healedthrough medicine, diet, exercise, and straight thinking. Everything that promotes healing is a gift from Him.

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