Born Into Love

Born Into Love

Thursday, 03 June 2021

“Therefore, if anyone is in Christ, he is a new creation; old things have passed away; behold, all things have become new” – 2 Corinthians 5:17 (NKJV)

I have observed over the years in my walk of faith that human beings in general are a product of their upbringing. In the circular spaces, personality and preferences are described as the result of the wiring, which occurs from birth onwards. However, a miracle happens at the point of salvation; the old passes away and a new creature is born into love.

Being born into love compels one to adopt the new identity and become love in a human form. 1 Corinthians 13:4-7 (NLT) beautifully unpacks the new identity like this: “Love is patient and kind. Love is not jealous or boastful or proud or rude. It does not demand its own way. It is not irritable, and it keeps no record of being wronged. It does not rejoice about the injustice but rejoices whenever the truth wins out. Love never gives up, never loses faith, is always hopeful, and endures through every circumstance.” Any traces of lovelessness (the old) nullify the message of the Cross and are ‘tell-tale’ signs that one is yet to receive Christ and walk a life filled with God’s presence and power.

Pondering on the ‘love in a human form’ identity as the message was taught on Sunday, it dawned on me why Christians are referred to as the light of the world and the salt of the earth (Matthew 5:13-16). It is generally impossible to ignore the light in any circumstance, the same way it is not difficult to tell when the food is not seasoned with salt. Being the light and salt of the earth is God’s commission for every believer.

Every born-again Christian is called to make disciples of all nations Matthew 28:19-20. Exhibiting love is one of the powerful soul-winning ways. Over and above walking in rebellion against the soul-winning commission through failure to exhibit love, we destroy the body of Christ without the help of the enemy. This simply means that we may very well be part of the other kingdom without realizing it as the wool of deception convinces us that we are walking in love, whereas in fact, we are walking in self-righteousness.

Over and above walking in rebellion against the soul-winning commission through failure to exhibit love, we destroy the body of Christ without the help of the enemy

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