Love Fervently With a Pure Heart
- Date: March 21, 2018
- Teacher: Pastor Star R. Scott
- Scripture: “Seeing ye have purified your souls in obeying the truth through the Spirit unto unfeigned love of the brethren, see that ye love one another with a pure heart fervently…” (1 Peter 1:22)
- From No Greater Love
If you find yourself just going through the motions, then spend some time with Father and fall on your face. Let Him break your heart and realize you're not the priority in this place; the glory of God is! Begin to humble yourself and admit the hypocrisy. Ask Father to make you a servant of all, so men would see our good works and glorify our Father which is in heaven. Go to 1 Peter 1:22. The Holy Spirit is speaking here, and He says, "Seeing ye have purified your souls in obeying the truth through the Spirit unto unfeigned love of the brethren, see that ye love one another with a pure heart fervently." We'll see how these two things hook themselves together. It is "…unfeigned love of the brethren, see that ye love one another with a pure heart fervently." Let me ask you this question. We love one another. Is it fervently? "…The effectual fervent prayer of a righteous man availeth much" (James 5:16). It's white hot. How would you say your "love meter" is for one another? Is it fervent? Is it white hot? Are we mistaking love for tolerance? "I mean, I haven't hit anybody this week. I'm railing less on folks. I'm really offending people less."
Do we love fervently enough to get involved in one another's lives? Copping out and saying, "I'm going to pray for them," is not fervent love. We're going to show you that in the study. If we genuinely love one another, we're going to be involved in one another's lives to the place where we do not live substandard to the commandment of God. We are to love the Lord with all our hearts and our neighbors as ourselves. We have one job: to continue to involve ourselves in one another's lives to make sure that we love God with all of our hearts. The way that we love one another is by asking, "Do you love God with all your heart this week? How does that exemplify loving God with all of your heart? I want you to know that I'm worked up about this. It bothers me when you do not love God with all of your heart, because I love you fervently. I don't want to see anything that can damage you occur in your life, and I don't want to see anything that robs God's glory manifest itself in your life." Now I'm getting involved, but that can get irritating sometimes, can't it? Our response to the person who loves us in a way we don't want to be loved is to love them. That's when it gets tough. Lord, help our faith. What would you say? Here's the commandment: love one another fervently with a pure heart regardless the cost. We're to love our neighbor as we love ourselves. There's only one way we can really get that to manifest. Jesus taught us very clearly in Matthew, Chapter 7.
Matthew, Chapter 7, verse 1 is very interesting. He says one of people's favorite verses that is taken out of context: "Judge not, that ye be not judged." Of course it goes on in verse 2 and admonishes us to judge. "For with what judgment ye judge, ye shall be judged: and with what measure ye mete, it shall be measured to you again." He's telling us to make sure that the judgment that's brought forth - is what is going to be used as the standard to judge us. As the Scripture goes on, and it says it needs to be righteous judgment. It is not our opinions or preferences, but it's clearly the commandment of God, the Word of God. We know that this is not telling us not to judge, because the Scripture goes on, and the apostle speaks to the Corinthians and says, "What's wrong? Is there not anybody spiritual enough among you to judge? It's a shame that none of you can represent to the community the truth of God, the Word of God." We're to judge righteous judgment, and he says this is how you get to righteous judgment.