Love is Our Foundation
- Date: May 7, 2018
- Teacher: Pastor Star R. Scott
- Scripture: “That Christ may dwell in your hearts by faith; that ye, being rooted and grounded in love…” (Ephesian 3:17)
- From No Greater Love
Let's look at a couple of passages that we were talking about that have to do with the practical expression of love. Ephesians 3:17 says we're to be rooted and grounded in love. Love is our foundation. Everything is built upon this foundation. Without it, there will not be successful representation of the kingdom of God. There will not be the building up of a church or the edifying without the foundation and our being rooted and grounded in love. So one of the things we're called to give ourselves to is to be a constant pursuer of "How can I express this love of God that's been so freely been given to me? How can I get myself rooted and grounded in love?" Well, it's by taking on the servant's heart. It's by starting to look around and ask, "What can I do to truly prefer other?" Not preference for the sake of being seen as preferring. Not so we can feel good about ourselves, but I'm talking about a genuine compassion and care for one another. The Scripture says it's not to be with a feigned or disguised, hypocritical love but a genuine love.
I don't know about you, but over the years, I've done a lot of stuff through obligatory love. It's the commandment. I have to do it. Don't want to, but I'm going to choose to keep the Scriptures. Obedience. And obedience is good. But obedience still is relating to and receiving its power from the Law. As we abide in Christ and His Word abides in us, it's not an obedience now. We become the vessels through which the love of God is flowing, and it's involuntary. It is something that just is natural, because it's Christ living through me. I'm not having to fight and choose. I'm abiding in love, and love is naturally flowing through me as the fruit comes from the branch, who's connected to the Vine. It's spirit, it's life and it's not obligatory. And I think all of us can identify in one way or another.
My desire-as we come into this hour that we're facing-my desire is that there would be a genuine, free-flowing, supernatural compassion in us, in you, for the lost as we look at the sad state that we're in as humanity. That there would be a genuine emptying of all that we call "self" to become a true servant by the love of God that dwells in us. I wish I could say it was preeminently what motivates me, but it's really not, right now. Oh, the Spirit rises up and loves through me and ministers through me, but way too much of it is still obligatory. I just don't love as much as I should, as purely as I've been loved. And when I look at the mercy that's been extended and the longsuffering of the Lord, as I've been able to taste of it and enjoy the fruit of it, I have to say that there's been a great increase in this compassion and the passion for His people.
I think too much of my Christian life has been like the elder brother and how tragic it is that when my brother comes home hurting, I'm more interested in my obedience and righteousness being seen than being broken and embracing my brother. I'm not talking at all-and I don't have to justify this statement, but I'll comment on it. I'm absolutely not talking about not contending for the faith. I'm absolutely not minimizing the standard of perfection. I'm just talking about stop patting ourselves on the back for how righteous we are and get down and embrace those that are hurting and see if we can lift up hands that are hanging down and comfort the feeble-minded. I'm talking about being caught up more with the hurts and pains in my brother than the spiritual ambitions of myself. Father would have rather had that older son take off a few minutes from running the kingdom to just go over and love his brother, because that was the Father's heart.