EVERY WORD OF GOD FOR DAILY LIVING
BY: PASTOR PAUL RIKA, INTERNATIONAL DIRECTOR
Holiness Revival Movement Worldwide (HOREMOW)
WEDNESDAY, DECEMBER 29TH, 2021
TEXT: 1 JOHN 4:17-21
(17) Herein is our love made perfect, that we may have boldness in the day of judgment: because as he is, so are we in this world.
(18) There is no fear in love; but perfect love casteth out fear: because fear hath torment. He that feareth is not made perfect in love.
(19) We love him, because he first loved us.
(20) If a man say, I love God, and hateth his brother, he is a liar: for he that loveth not his brother whom he hath seen, how can he love God whom he hath not seen?
(21) And this commandment have we from him, That he who loveth God love his brother also.
KEY VERSE: 1 JOHN 4:19
We love him, because he first loved us.
A believer can be friendly with another believer of opposite sex due to the love of God. Not for boyfriend, girlfriend, concubine or for sexual interest; but the love of Christ. Let brotherly love continue. Believers are warned against carnal responses to love, because there are people when you love them, their thoughts will move to the body. Give them a smile, the flesh comes up.
When we show you true Christian love, the laughter we have because of Christ, we have no other motive. However, the flesh now comes up and is becoming prominent. You are putting another interest inside because of carnal responses to love. It is wrong for a brother to ordinarily show love to a sister in Christ and the sister diverts the love to mean another thing, thinking that it is for immorality. Where a sister is innocently playful with a brother because of the kindness of Christ and the brother is thinking another thing, then it is not proper.
That is why marriage should not be abused. Brothers and sisters you may not be married, but love one another in Christ. Don't always put marriage on your forehead like a stamp. Marriage should not be the motive leading you in everything. In Christian love, our mind should not always be on marriage. If anyone laughs with you, is he going to marry me? A Christian sister by chance, she plays or jokes, is she the will of God for me?
It is a warning against carnal responses to love. As you relate and love one another, be warned that your thoughts should not run with your emotions. Be careful with the words that come out of your mouth. Manifest love in the Spirit, not in the flesh. You are loved as a living soul, not just your body is loved. You are loved because you belong to Christ as a child of God. Do not deviate from pure to impure love. Let not your motive in love be deviated from the Christian spirit to another thing and do not push your way to sisters for another thing.
THOUGHT FOR THE DAY: This is a warning against ungodliness in thoughts, words, emotional feelings and actions.
SONG FOR THE DAY: Jesus loves me, He died for me, Nobody loves me like Jesus
BIBLE READING FOR THE DAY: Zechariah 10-12; Revelation 20
PASTOR PAUL RIKA