11/6/17 –  It Takes Faith To Love – Pr. Noleen Mendes

I suspect you would never intend this, but this is what happens. When you attempt to live by your own religious plans and projects, you are cut off from Christ, you fall out of grace. Meanwhile we expectantly wait for a satisfying relationship with the Spirit. For in Christ, neither our most conscientious religion nor disregard of religion amounts to anything. What matters is something far more interior: faith expressed in love. Galatians 5:4-6 (MSG)

It truly takes faith to love and it is only by the power of the Holy Spirit that we can we truly Love. Belonging to the family of believers is almost like belonging to our family of birth. We won’t always get along and agree on things but we are called to put away the things of the flesh and walk in the footsteps of Christ in the way that we love one another.

One of the greatest hinderances to unity within the Body of Christ is when believers wanna have their own way. There’s no grace or no compromise because there’s no love…only self-centeredness.

In the 1890s, there was a small Baptist church in Mayfield County, Kentucky, where two deacons constantly argued or bickered over one issue or another. One of them put up a small wooden peg on the back wall so the pastor could hang up his hat. When the other deacon discovered the peg, he was outraged. “How dare you put a peg in the wall without first consulting me!” The people in the church took sides and the congregation eventually split. Today the residents of Mayfield County still refer to the two churches as Peg Baptist Church and Anti-Peg Baptist Church. Had these two deacons truly been living by the Holy Spirit, division followed by a church split would not have happened.  It takes faith to lay down our fleshly desires and walk in love and grace.

Just recently, I received a word from the Lord that there are times where I’ll have to be the donkey who carries the King of Glory. This means that I may need to be the support to those whom God is calling up higher. This call on my life has been a test of my faith as I have asked myself this question:  Is God done with me? And herein is where the problems lies. It’s not about me. It’s about Christ. Just as the Galatians have struggled with legalism, we struggle with giving up “how things have always been”. God is sovereign and He can do what he wants. When I choose to walk in faith to this call on my life, I open the way for love and grace to rise up and be poured out upon my brothers and sisters.

Father, I never want to be one who lives life according to how life’s always been. Help me to see the movement of the Holy Spirit as He continues to teach me and grow me in different areas of my life. As I continue on this faith journey, let love be a the root of my walk and evident in all that I do. In Jesus Name…Amen!