Kenneth W. Hagin
Faith is the hand that receives what Jesus purchased for us on the cross. This includes salvation, healing, the fullness of the Spirit, the gifts of the Spirit, the fruit of the Spirit, and victory over the world, the flesh, the devil, and all the powers of darkness.
All these things come to us by faith. But it must be faith that works by love (Gal. 5:6).
To live in line with God's Word, we must not only be faith children of a faith God, but we must also be love children of a love God. When we walk into a room, God's love should ooze out of us so much that people know we are living in love!
For our faith house to be strong, its foundation must be strong. And faith's foundation is love. We can make all the confessions we want, quote the Bible day and night, and fast and pray. But we still won't receive anything if we do not walk in love.
If we check up on ourselves, we can often find areas where our love is lacking and immature. It's these areas that keep our faith from operating at full capacity. We can become so accustomed to doing certain things—such as losing our temper—that we never realize how these things hinder us in the spiritual realm!
I have learned that to maintain any kind of faith walk, I must put down my carnal nature. The secret is letting the love of God work within my spirit. Love is more interested in others than in itself. And when we operate in the realm of love, we will be blessed.
The Word of God also instructs us to love our neighbors as ourselves (Mark 12:31). We cannot love others until we love ourselves. This is true with husbands and wives. Marriages falter when two people who don't love themselves try to love each other. They can't love their spouse because they don't love themselves.
When we make a point to walk in love, the God-kind of love will spill over into every aspect of our lives. Not only will we reap spiritual benefits, but we will also reap natural benefits we never thought possible.
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