Tuesday, 10 June 2008

Curtain Rod of Love

Luke 10:25- 28 reads "25 And behold, a certain lawyer stood up and tested Him, saying, “Teacher, what shall I do to inherit eternal life?” 26 He said to him, “What is written in the law? What is your reading of it?” 27 So he answered and said, “ ‘You shall love the LORD your God with all your heart, with all your soul, with all your strength, and with all your mind,’[a] and ‘your neighbor as yourself.’”[b]28 And He said to him, “You have answered rightly; do this and you will live.”


Mathew 22:34 - 39 reads "34 But when the Pharisees heard that He had silenced the Sadducees, they gathered together. 35 Then one of them, a lawyer, asked Him a question, testing Him, and saying, 36 “Teacher, which is the great commandment in the law?” 37 Jesus said to him, “ ‘You shall love the LORD your God with all your heart, with all your soul, and with all your mind.’[a] 38 This is the first and great commandment. 39 And the second is like it: ‘You shall love your neighbor as yourself.’[b] 40 On these two commandments hang all the Law and the Prophets.”

Reading those two passages, it is evident that the whole commandments of God HANGS on the "LAW OF LOVE" - Loving God and loving our fellow man. The law of prosperity, of faith, of deliverance, of answered prayers, of increase and much more, hangs of that Love commandment.

WITHOUT LOVE, NOTHING CAN WORK!!!

Imagine you are trying to hang up a curtain;
There is the rod, the hooks and the curtain itself.

If the rod is not solid and stable, in the right shape with the right hook outlets, then, it is safe to say that it will be a difficult task putting the hooks on the rod right? Now, imagine the hooks are not the proper shape and size.

It is also safe to say that it will be almost impossible to hang the curtain off these hooks right?
So, if the curtain rod is unstable, will be almost impossible to attach the hooks or the curtain. And even if you do try, it will turn out all wrong, shaky, crooked and wonky, and most likely, eventually the curtain will fall off at some point.

Now, imagine the curtain Rod to be Love, The hooks, to be faith and the curtain itself to be the manifestation of God's blessings; answered prayers and the like.
If we are not walking in love, the faith we have in God will not work, and because our faith is not working, there will be no manifestation of what we desire from that faith - answered prayers and the like.

For us to see God's glory in our lives, we must have faith, and the faith we have must be hang off the law of love as mentioned in the passage above, for the all other laws hang off that same law. For us to see the beauty of the curtain, it must hang off the hooks firmly placed and embedded in the curtain rod.

Imagine that?! One can be diligent in all the other laws in the bible, but if that person has no love, then all is of no use, because all the other laws hang off the law of love!

Hence, when we are not seeing the manifestation of our prayers, even though we have the faith that He will do what his word says, we really must ask ourselves, " is my faith hanging on God's love?"

How do we walk in Love? How do we make sure our faith is hanging on God's love? To walk in love is a process, a development process and we do this by reading and practising the words of God. By reading the bible and bringing the meaning and instructions therein into our daily reality. Making it the way that we live, living it out in a practical way.

And how do we do that I hear you ask? By loving our fellow man as commanded. I mean if we cannot show love to our fellow man, that we see, how can we say that we love God, that we cannot see? By giving a helping hand when it is need, a kind word here or there, goes a long way to show and leave the imprints of God's love. Putting in a word at work for that your friend that is seeking employment, helping that neighbour with their grocery shopping because they don't have a car.

Another way to walk in love is to practice forgiveness, is to releasing people who have hurt us into forgiveness. Now this can be a major one, because sometimes we might not know we are harbouring unforgivness and that is why we have to ask the holy spirit to help us daily.

I remember a while back, when I was looking for a new location to live, I asked a few friends about their neighbourhood; you know to get a feel of what the areas was like and all that. And I remember a friend saying "please don't come to our area, we don't want your kind living in our area", and I also remembered that, at point in time, I laughed it off, as I thought it was nothing.

Months later, when I was struggling with a few issues, the Holy spirit brought it to me that I was habouring unforgiveness for what that very statement that friend had said. ! Imagine that!? Thank God for that revelation and the ability to forgive.

We must walk in love to live the successful and elevated life God wants for us and Love will never fail to bring us to that very place. Why? Because God is love, agape love; Love that was given to us, even when we were yet sinners. Love never fails because God NEVER fails.

Also, because God loves us, he will make everything right with and for us, but we in turn must walk in that very commandment of love.

Simply put, if we don't walk in and live by Love, our faith will not work. This we are thought clearly in Galations 5: 6, which reads Galatians 5:6 "For in Christ Jesus neither circumcision nor uncircumcision avails anything, but faith working through love."

When our faith does not hang off love, we will not see the fullness of God's in our lives. Yes, He will bless us anyway, because that is God's nature, He cannot help himself but bless us, but without love, we will not see or experience the best that God has for us.

So, here is me encouraging us all to open ourselves to Love, develop God's love by constantly reading his words, the bible, and then making it's expression your daily reality, and watch God's awesomeness manifest in your lives; making him famous along the way.


Much Love
Remi Banjo
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8 Comments:

30+ said...

Thank God for the gift of revelation...wow one would never think of such a small thing will cause unforgivenss much less harbouring it in the heart.

I pray that God will reveal any unforgiveness we are harbouring.

30+ said...

Thank you

Jaycee said...

Ha ha ha...I totally loved the illustration of LOVE as a curtain rod, without which the curtain cannot hang...

"Now, imagine the curtain Rod to be Love, The hooks, to be faith and the curtain itself to be the manifestation of God's blessings; answered prayers and the like."

Olamild said...

Beautiful

Debbie said...

This is beautifully put, the rods, the rails, and the curtain. Simple yet profound. Love never fails... everything else will fail... but not love.

Well done.

princesa said...

Love is ultimate.
This post touched me, thanks.

Believer said...

Father help me to love as you have commanded even when it is difficult. This post confirmed something that was in my spirit. Thanks for being a blessing

Remi, United Kingdom said...

Hey all, thank you all for your comments.. when I read them, I am inspired to keep writing even when the body is not willing....

@30 you are most welcome. I know, that's why it's important for us to ask God to reveal ourselves to us. Amen and Amen... Lord help us to live right..

@Jayceee :-))) yup we got to hang faith and everything else on the rod of love oh! Good luck re exams.. God speed luv..

@Olamid... thank you..

@ Debbie, yes girl, love never fails, even in the midst of darkness, it is love that will always bring us through. How u doing gurrrl.. I will email soon. been woman of leisure!

@Princesa, I thank God it ministered to you. Holy spirit is awesome with the things He gives me to write, and yes, I agree with you, love is ultimate.

@Believer, the words of God are powerful and peace giving. I thank God you were inspired and ministered to. Thank you holy spirit.