Before the New Year, I was talking about the faith-love connection in my posts. I want to continue along those lines. Do you know why it’s so hard to walk in love sometimes? The answer will become clear as we move forward.
If you remember, I was using the illustration of faith as the fuel and love as the generator for the power of God. These are the two things that must be in place for us to see the blessing of God in our lives. I want to go a little further with this concept.
One of the ways we run into problems is using the right fuel in the right device. For instance, a candle produces light and heat. But, I wouldn’t try to cook a steak with a candle.
Love is the key to using the power of God. So we need to understand how it works. This kind of love (Agape in Greek) that the Bible speaks about is not an emotion. You have probably already heard many teachings on the subject. It is taught that love is a decision.
That’s good as far as it goes, but love is much more than that. To truly use the power of God, love must be a decision TO ACT. Remember, love is the spiritual pressure, but what is also needed is a saved mind that acts in faith. Without action there is no love and there is no power. If I have truly decided to love you, then I will pray for you, encourage you, and bless you.
This is probably the biggest hindrance to power production in our lives. We like holding on to the fuel to show everyone, “Look how much I have.” We don’t want to actually use the generator. We only want to impress people by our abundance of fuel. What we really need is to learn the truth that faith by itself is not power.
We continually remember before our God and Father your work produced by faith, your labor prompted by love, and your endurance inspired by hope in our Lord Jesus Christ.
This verse gets right to the heart of the matter. Work in this verse is the power that produces change. This work is produced by faith operating through love.
But this verse also says that there is a labor associated with love. This word labor in Greek means that which reduces strength. To put it simply, the lamp burns oil to produce light. The engine burns gasoline to move the car. In the same way, love burns faith to produce spiritual power.
Why is it so hard to love others? The reason is that love requires a constant supply of faith to fuel it. Unless we’re willing to work at it, it’s easier to just ignore it.
Question: Do you notice the labor involved in loving someone?
© Nick Zaccardi 2013