Tim Cole: Love is the more excellent way

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Love is the ultimate in life. We must make a quality decision to walk in the love of God. God is love and everyone who walks in love, walks in God.

The whole Bible is summed up in two commandments. “Thou shalt love the Lord Thy God with all Thy heart, soul, mind, and strength.” “And love Thy neighbor as Thyself.”

When we receive and experience God’s love for us, we are able to love God. We begin to love our self through His healing love. Then we can love others. Paul said, “Imitate God as dear children, follow God.” How? By walking in love.

Jesus said, “By this shall all people know you are my disciples if you have love one for another.” This is the target for every Christian. When we are born-again we are recreated in Christ Jesus. God gives us a new heart. We become a new person in Christ. We are born of God, we are born of love. We have a new nature inside, the nature of God, the nature of love.

Paul said, “There are three things that really matter in life. Faith, hope, and love. The most important is love. Love is the way to live an excellent life.” Not all people are lovable. Sometimes we aren’t lovable ourselves. At these times we can trust God to love through us.

“The love of God is shed abroad in our heart by the Holy Spirit of God who lives inside us.”

If we follow our natural tendencies, we end up in strife and bitterness and envy. If we follow our new born-again spirit and the Holy Spirit in our spirit, we end up walking in love.

A lady came up in an altar call. She told the preacher, “I hate my mother-in-law”. The preacher read her a scripture, “Anybody who hates his brother is a murderer and doesn’t have eternal life abiding in him.” The lady told him she knows she is saved and told him the date when she got saved. He said, “Let’s do an experiment. I want you to say, I hate my mother-in-law, I hate her.” Now, be conscious of what is going on in your spirit. She said it. She said it felt like grit in her stomach. The preacher said, “Now say this: I love my mother-in-law.” She said it. She said that felt good and right inside. The preacher saw this same lady a couple of years later and she said she, and her mother-in-law were now best of friends.

A big part of love is forgiveness. Doctors and psychiatrists are concluding that unforgiveness causes mental, and even physical ailments. If God forgave us of our sins against Him, surely we can forgive those who sin against us.

Forgiveness is more for us than for the person we forgive. It cleanses our heart of resentment and bitterness and brings healing to our broken heart. Forgiveness is not a feeling, but a decision. When we decide to forgive, God enables us to do so. We are released from the torment and poison of unforgiveness. Walking in the love of God is a freeing and healing way of life.