INVOKING DIVINE LOVE

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By Roy Burner - Minister of the Gospel


INTRODUCTION

Invoking divine love is to call upon a source far beyond man's capabilities; in a world that is filled with hatred, promoting ill-will and disunity.  There is an irresistible desire, on the part of some, to join such with little forethought as to its origin; just because it is the popular thing to do.

A Sunday school commentary noted: As Christians, our words should never be used to provoke others to take vengeance into their own hands, or to contribute to a mob mentality that is blind to justice.  Our responsibility as Christians is to do justice and love mercy while pursuing peace.


Invoking Divine Love
(The Nature of God)

A Bible dictionary reflects that love is the very nature of God and the greatest of Christian values.  It lies at the very heart of Christianity being essential to man's relations to God and man.  All human love, whether Godward or manward has its origin in God.

It is instilled in the believer in Christ by God's Spirit promoting an individual to love both God and man.  Love finds its expression in service to one's fellowman.  Scripture reveals: Let us love one another: for love is of God; and every one that loves God is born of God, and knows God.  He that loves not knows not God: for God is love (1 John 4:7-8).

Outweighs a Hostile Environment

Love is a strong positive emotion of regard and affection that outweighs the irregularities of a hostile environment.  Its disposition is not of hatred but is in opposition to such.  Similar words are: Fellowship, harmony, kinship, and love of mankind.

Divine refers to God, that which emanates from God, beyond what is humanly possible.  Invoking divine love originates in being born-again through receiving Christ in one's life.  Then the love of God flows into a receptive vessel willing to come into the saving grace of Christ Jesus.

Hatred not Equipped with Love

Where there is mob rule there is no love; for hatred in such an environment is not equipped with love.  Mob rule lashes out without mercy or compassion towards their fellowman; with a fierceness that reflects pure hatred towards an intended victim.

Invoking divine love is the only tool that can offset the violence and chaos that hatred promulgates.  Scripture reveals:  Many waters cannot quench love, neither can the floods drown it: if a man would give all the substance (or wealth) of his house for love, it would utterly be despised (Song of Solomon 8:7).

Hatred can measure up to the same criteria.  Invoking divine love is the only solution towards overcoming hatred that is often planted by the enemy of one's soul.  Scripture reveals: That they may recover themselves (or come to their senses) out of the snare of the devil, who are taken captive by him at (or to do) his will (2 Timothy 2:26). 

Love Suffers Long

Scripture reveals: Charity (or love) suffers long, and is kind; love envies not: love vaunted not (or does not brag on) itself, is not puffed up (or arrogant) (1 Corinthians 13:4).  A Bible commentary noted: Such a person is slow to anger when abused, not quick of resentment, nor hasty to revenge when affronted; but exercises forbearance, suffers long, and bears much, and is ready to forgive.

Such traits cannot be attributed towards hate-filled individuals who fail to note their lack of such characteristics; yet cry out against others who abundantly possess such God-given virtues.

Love Rejoices in Truth

Scripture reveals: Love does not behave itself unseemly (or rudely), seeks not her own, is not easily provoked, things no evil (or keeps no count of evil).  Rejoices not in iniquity, but rejoices in truth (1 Corinthians 13:5-6).

Invoking divine love from on high is the only way man will ever solve the chaos this world is in.  It will take a return to God; putting aside hateful attitudes and allowing the love of God to flow.  It will take spiritual leadership being instilled once again; as we now see traits opposite of love being displayed; even by many who identify themselves with the church.

Love Endures All Things

Scripture reveals: Love bears all things, believes all things; hopes all things, endures all things (1 Corinthians 13:7).  Invoking divine love brings those words into play.  Bearing all things includes the reproaches and persecutions of the world; with one's hope often in that which is not seen, that is the future, difficult though possible, with the divine love of God; and the hope for heaven and eternal happiness promised in His Word.

The is hope for all men; both those of faith, and even the wicked that they may be better and brought to repentance in Christ.  The love of God desires that no one go to Hell; nor experience the reality of such.

Love Never Fails

Scripture reveals that love never fails.  A Bible commentary noted: Love may fail to be exercised at times but will not be lost to the one who has it ingrained in them through the love of God and Christ.  It may grow cold through the prevalence of sin, it may be damped by the growth of error and concern for worldly things; but it lives on even through the most violent times.

Invoking divine love, through prayer, offsets many a trial of life that otherwise may have seemed hopeless at the time.  We live in a world that is dominated by the ugly sinfulness of man; who would love to see Christianity crumble, and not be of an influence to others; but only reflects growth, under such circumstances, even in the midst of persecution.

Love Reflects the Righteous of God

Scripture reveals: In this the children of God are manifest, and the children of the devil: whosoever does not righteousness if not of God, neither he that loves not his brother (1 John 3:10).  One's love towards their fellowman reflects the righteousness of God in him.

One may not love the deeds of the ungodly; their flaunting of Godly-precepts, but potential towards the salvation of their soul.  As one sees a world headed for destruction, through lack of spiritual  leadership, invoking divine love from above should be the number one priority and prayer of all saints of God.

Love in Deed and Truth

Scripture reveals: Let us not love in word, neither in tongue; but in deed and in truth (1 John 3:18).  Speaking one thing with the lip and designing another thing in the heart is a different matter.  Simply speaking the words "I Love You" but not reflecting that love, is superficial and of little value.

Scripture reveals: If a brother or sister is naked, and destitute of daily food; and one of you say to them, Depart in peace, be you warmed, and filled; not withstanding you gave them not those things what are needful to the body; what does it profit (James 2:15-16).

There are far to many lost souls in the world; without the benefit of a Savior (the Lord Jesus Christ), that invoking divine love towards them would be both beneficial to body and soul.

Nations at a Crossroads

Many once godly nations are at a crossroads having forsaken the God of their youth; allowing filth and degradation to filter in without regard towards the severity for having done so.  Their continuation as a godly nation is being weighed in the balance and found wanting, if recognition of their present circumstances goes unnoticed.

Scripture reveals: Lay apart all filthiness, and abundance of naughtiness (or wickedness), and receive with meekness the engrafted (or implanted) word, which is able to save your souls (James 1:21).  Invoking divine love from on high will set any nation on its proper course; with the love of God continually flowing, outweighing the sinfulness of mankind.

A Drifting Away

Scripture reveals: If any be a hearer of the word, and not a doer, he is like a man beholding (or observing) his natural face in a glass (or mirror): For he beholds himself, and goes his way, and straightway forgets what manner of man he was (James 1:22-23).

Jesus said: I have somewhat against you, because you have left your first love.  Remember therefore from where you are fallen, and repent, and do the first works; or else I will come to you quickly, and will remove your candlestick of his place, except you repent (Revelation 2:4-5).

A Bible commentary noted: The solution to this condition is threefold: Remember your former devotion; repent of your present lack of love and devotion; return and do the things that reflected your love and devotion of earlier years.  

We Have Forgotten God

An American President, Abraham Lincoln, stated: We have been the recipients of the choices bounties of heaven; we have been preserved these many years in peace and prosperity; we have grown in numbers, wealth, and power as no other nation has ever grown.  But we have forgotten God.

We have forgotten the gracious hand that preserved us in peace and multiplied and enriched and strengthened us, and we have vainly imagined, in the deceitfulness of our hearts, that all these things were produced by some superior wisdom and virtue of our own.  Intoxicated with unbroken success, we have become too self-sufficient to feel the necessity of redeeming and preserving grace, too proud to pray to the God that made us. 

Abominations Being Committed

Marriage vows are being disregarded; with the invoking of divine love to save a marriage not even a remote possibility; because God was not invited into the marriage.  Same sex marriage has been instituted with a love that is not divine but an abomination in the sight of God.

Many other abominations are being committed that are an affront to God; certain to bring further devastation and destruction on any nation which flaunts God's invoking divine love; to offset the ungodliness of man.  The only love being displayed, in many lands, is of a fleshly nature that has nothing to do with God.

Fruit of the Spirit

Scripture reveals: But the fruit of the Spirit (the Spirit of God) is love (the invoking of divine love), joy, peace, longsuffering, gentleness, goodness, faith, meekness, temperance: against such there is no law.  

And they that are Christ's (have the love of Christ) have crucified (or put to death) the flesh with the affections (or passions) and lusts.  If we walk in the Spirit (having God's Spirit within us), let us also walk in the Spirit (Galatians 5:22-25).  

A far better choice in life; invoking divine love instilled, to give those who love God, and the Lord Jesus Christ, a far better and rewarding life; than that of the flesh or ungodly nature of man!

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