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Love Your Own! 

In high school, there was a culture among boys which was popularly referred to as “boys-boys”. This culture featured a way of living where every individual boy fought at all cost for the whole of the boys that were on campus. If a boy committed an offense and he was not identified first-hand by the authorities, it would really be difficult for another boy to tell on him and that made it difficult for authorities getting their way with the students. 

In this post, I’d like us to do a very extensive study on Acts 23. I will post most relevant portions of the chapter in this post but it will do you great good to pay attention to the entire chapter on your own. 

In our societies, families and churches,  we come across individuals who barely care for the people around them. It’s a good thing to care for yourself but Jesus said Greater love is for a brother to lay down his life for another. I don’t pretend to have accomplished that but I believe we can get there if we renew our minds hence this post. 

Acts  23:6 But when Paul perceived that the one part were Sadducees, and the other Pharisees, he cried out in the council, Men and brethren, I am a Pharisee, the son of a Pharisee: of the hope and resurrection of the dead I am called in question.
Reading a few verse from this particular verse,  you will realise the effect of what Paul said. In this Scripture, Paul had been apprehended because of the Gospel by the Sadducees and the Pharisees. They took Paul because he was wrong and he wasn’t preaching what was right according to their law. The Pharisees, after hearing that Paul was a pharisee too,  they immediately began to fight for him. They had put aside the accusations against him and were concerned that he was one of their own. This is the matter of Faith. In our Christian Church,  the body of Christ,  we are quick to condemn those we figured are not practicing what we know to be right. When the world fights pastors and believers,  so sad but some pastors and believers also help the world to fight our very own. In this scripture,  the Pharisees knew Paul was condemned,  they actually took part in condemning him but when they heard he was one of their own, they could not resist their urge to rescue and protect their own. Stuffs like this don’t happen in the body of Christ. We label our own as false prophets and expel believers as though they were never part of us. 

Acts  23:27 This man was taken of the Jews, and should have been killed of them: then came I with an army, and rescued him, having understood that he was a Roman.
In verse 27, a Centurion, a Roman centurion who also rescued Paul from the war between the Sadducees and the Pharisees, was seeking for a high class protection convoy for the transportation of Paul through the town that had sworn to slay Paul. The centurion took this step because he understood that Paul was a Roman.  The man was protecting a fellow citizen. The Centurion had very limited right to take a Jewish prisoner into his custody,  but when he heard the man was a Roman,  he went on a rescue mission. People don’t care about their own. An African can find a fellow african suffering in Europe or America and not care at all,  besides he also worked through to get what he has now. It’s not the best. Love your own,  no matter the accusations leveled against them. 

Acts  23:16 And when Paul’s sister’s son heard of their lying in wait, he went and entered into the castle, and told Paul.
In the same chapter,  when the Jews had planned and sworn to kill Paul, a family of Paul,  came to the rescue. The whole thing is this; Paul was not innocent of the accusations, but Paul’s nephew was loving his own so bad that he couldn’t keep quiet for him to be slain. Families are broken because people among them don’t care for their own, they don’t mind if you don’t make it in life. Selfishness is a disease and when uncontrolled, becomes a plague. 

In these scenerios,  everyone was loving their own. They were protecting that which bears their name. The Church has certain anointed people who have put themselves under a curse to expose other preachers in the Faith or they won’t eat. It is of no use, there will still be judgement at the end which will do that so why not let that sleep for now. Protect your own.  The Christian sinned and you’re a Christian who is peacefully discussing your sister who sinned with an unbeliever, you’re a traitor! 

Acts  23:35 I will hear thee, said he, when thine accusers are also come. And he commanded him to be kept in Herod’s judgment hall.
When Paul was finally taken to Herod,  he didn’t judge him outrightly, he put him in the judgement hall. The bible says that Judgement shall begin in the house of God – the judgement hall. Don’t sack people from the church because they sinned,  don’t stop preachers that you think are false,  leave them in the church,  because that is the judgement hall of God. He will judge His own. Yours is to love your own. When a person identifies with the Faith, protect them, whether they are murderers, fornicators, sinners of the highest order,  they are Christians. Protect and love them because they’re your own. 

When It Becomes Unconditional… 

From the old days, I have heard Romeo and Juliet being used ultimately to represent love in practicality. The truth from my end is; I have not us much studied their story as I have studied that of Christ from the scriptures, and I beg to differ but I didn’t see any resemblance among the two. 

Personally, I have been through different shades,  forms, levels, faces and times of love. One thing is true,  the more you go through love the more you either love more or love less. It depends entirely on how you examine the issue. 

The Bible clearly defines,  “God is love”. This pressupposes that Love must definitely be God. There are different stages of love that we go through but truth is, we have not really seen love unless we see it look exactly like God. 

Why? Naturally, Love must be unconditional! Why do I say that? The answer is,  because God is definitely unconditional. If God is love,  then love must have qualities that make it look God. God is God,  whether He is worshipped or not,  whether he is respected or not,  insulted or not,  despised or not, wanted or not, whatever you do to God doesn’t change His personality as God. So the same must apply to love. 

So God loved us and gave His Only Son. Great! Isn’t it? Now let’s analyse God’s actions. God so love the world; which means that God loved the place where sin abound even though in His nature He knows no sin and sin cannot dwell in His presence. So God loved something that was not in the shape he was compatible with.

Because God so loved the world,  He gave His only son. So God also decided to be the one to help the brides situation with His own resources. He wanted that bride so bad,  He couldn’t choose another. He had to make the bride suite His nature. 

He sent His Son to come and die. In other words, God gave something He didn’t expect the bride to cherish or protect. He understood the ignorant state of the bride for Love’s sake. 

Since God knows the end from the beginning,  I suppose He also knew that not everyone will accept his Son,  and not all who accepted will keep him till the end. God knew, but He didn’t blink anyway, He sent the son. From looking at the way as Christians, we still sin freely, I realize something about God,  that He is Love in practicality.

When it comes to human beings,  we see a different mode of operation. Men are afraid to love each other,  too careful not to be hurt by anybody and too careful not to be rejected. We don’t see that in God. God knew the consequences first-hand,  but He still went in anyway. 

When people begin to offend us,  when they repeat their offences, we grow impatient and indifferent, more of self-righteousness. We tend to make them pay for their offences even when they apologize. We hide behind the fact that they keep doing what they’re doing. Have you considered the things God doesn’t like that you do,  and the fact that you keep on doing and regreting and still doing it anyway? 

The thin line is this; until a man can become very selflessly loving, He cannot be like God. God is selfless whenever He’s loving the world. The bible declares that we love Him because He first loved us. How did we know He loved us?  Because He made clear His feelings. I’ve met people who don’t care about others,  when you ask them, they go like,  “he also doesn’t care about me” or “she hasn’t also smiled to me before”. We want the “others” to take the initiative of loving.

If you keep your eyes on the effect of Jesus on your life,  it won’t be difficult to be an unconditional lover. Why? Because though Christ loved you,  died for you,  and intercedes for you every moment, he has never given up on you when you sin. Whenever you say sorry,  He forgives you. Have you thought of it before? 

Unforgiveness is a symptom of Conditional love,  which is no love at all. Because there’s no such thing as Conditional God. You love people without Conditions,  you decide to practice it with conditions but the fire that burns in you, burns no matter what. 

In Galatians 5:22-23, we understand that there is no law against love. Things means that you can fall love anyone and everyone Just like God who so loved the world. But you must be willing to give your only begotten son. That is your investment. 

One last thing! When God gave His only begotten son,  he was conscious of the fact that not everyone will believe in His son. Sometimes,  you are afraid to love because you feel they might not feel the same about you. You must love anyway,  because when they don’t love,  they’ll perish and not you. 

God loves without boundaries. I believe that most of the things we enjoy in the Church now,  and there are a lot of other Church folks criticizing those things, the reason that is still happening is because God is loving without constraints. 

All men have not Faith. Faith is when your love is acting. Not all men can act the script their love have written because of the mindsets they possess. Love them anyway. Love men,  love them in all things. 

The Force-field of Faith

I have come across many people in life, who had very differing perspectives on the reality of Faith. While some feel that faith is a nuisance, others feel faith is fiction,  a great number allow faith to rule their life but not entirely and only few have embraced the wholeness of Faith. 

Daily, we see and hear advices against the operation of Faith. Some can tell you to not think Faith can do everything and others will also tell you to use faith wisely. Faith; everyone seems to have their own schools of thought on this very subject. 

The force field of Faith, it is what I call the scope of influence of one’s Faith. When an individual exercises his or her Faith,  the extent to which he or she believes that his or her Faith will get to,  that is the force field. 

The force field is determined by the individual exercising the faith. When a man exercises his Faith it differs from another man doing same. This is because everyone has a different scope they expect to influence. The reason why Benny Hinn will minister and people will get healed in other countries through electronic media is because he believes the will. 

Hebrews  11:3 Through faith we understand that the worlds were framed by the word of God, so that things which are seen were not made of things which do appear.
The above tells us that,  if we get to understand what faith really is,  we will understand how possible it was for God to call the worlds into existence. Because everything that is visible was created by something that is not visible. The Word spoken is the invisible thing here. 

Some people believe God for very reasonable things,  like God protecting them in life and God being there for them. They don’t see God making way where there seems to be no way. 

Someone recently told me,  “no matter the faith you have as a man of God,  you can’t run into a wall and say you have faith”. Maybe some while ago,  I would have accepted this as a universal truth,  but I think that’s the individuals personal Truth.  The person’s force field doesn’t transcend a wall. 

I saw in the scriptures, Jesus said if you have the faith as tiny as a mustard seed,  it can move an entire mountain,  Jesus in the tomb,  when Mary was worried about the stone to be rolled,  they went there to meet a rolled stone. Peter in prison and An Angel steps in there and gates are open. I believe that nothing is beyond the reach of faith,  it only depends of the carrier of the faith. 

People argue that is not wise to exercise faith without wisdom. Well,  I could have agreed until I found out that “God calls the things that be not as though they were”. God isn’t a mad man! He’s not living in fantasies. Jesus crosses borders without money and when the need arises,  he calls a fish for money. Jesus sends out his disciples and instructs them not to carry provision for their needs,  you tell me not to run into a wall because faith doesn’t cover that?  Well if Jesus thought faith could feed and provide for the disciples throughout their journey,  so do I. 
The reason why we haven’t any weird miracle is because we haven’t met any weird person around. “Wise” people will tell us not to move into trouble because we think we have faith. Firstly,  point of correction;  we don’t ‘think’ we have faith, we have Faith! Secondly,  faith functions best when there is trouble! 

I’m looking at the Prophet Elisha and his servant realises they’re ambushed by a fleet of soldiers.  He concludes they are done for,  because he is being logical. Logic tells us 2 against a 1000 is called outnumbered. Faith calls that ‘more on our side than on their side’. The prophet was able to make thousands blind by his word! You think faith has a barrier? Think again! 

Elijah is not rich, he speaks to a rich king Ahab about an incoming rain. Ahab sets off for the city on a chariot,  Elijah has no scooter not to talk of a chariot. Elijah begins to run and overtakes a chariot that probably has at least to horses carrying it. Faith is faith. The God kind of faith. 

If God can form the world through Faith, then faith can deform anything in the world and form things in the world too. The only limit that faith has is love,  if you have no love in what you’re commanding your faith to do,  it won’t be effective. 

Believe in God,  understand that he can reach that far. God can do everything. He can come down and die for your sake and he can do any other thing you can think about. Philip the deacon can disappear and reappear,  that’s the work of faith. Faith is when you know that God is able to create something at anytime without having raw materials. 

You’ve Got to STAND! 

The issue of the Christian’s Faith, is that of great importance. A christian will lack everything (will even lack Christ), without Faith. Faith to the believer is a necessity, besides you cannot be a believer without Faith. 

There are many believers that are still babies in the Faith and still take milk in the kingdom. For adult believers, we might not have the perfect determinant for christian Maturity. But one thing about human beings that is basic and can prove to us what maturity is,  is Endurance or Long-suffering. 

Every child is nowhere in the world, expected to be able to endure situations beyond measure. when a baby goes hungry, it cries. when a baby wants to excrete some waste, it cannot resist or hold on. when a baby is itchy, it cries! 

The list goes on and on. But adults in similar situations, might endure long and never break into tears. 

The same applies to Christians, a babe in the kingdom,when they lose a pregnancy they break into blasphemy and doubt. When they lose a loved one, they blame God. When they are not catered for, they charge God with all the crimes and let go off the Christian Faith! 

Maturity is when you can stand whatever life throws at you,  whatever the devil throughs at you and still declare your Faith in Christ allowed! 

So as a maturity Christian,  there are people struggling in sin,  you can’t fall into sin and remain there because they who are already struggling might give up. You’ve got to stand! 

There are people watching you for inspiration,  you can’t stay on the floor. Whenever you fall,  you need to get back up again. You’ve got to stand. 

Do all to stand! 

Christ At All Cost! 

It sounds very amazing the way we think in this world.  The motive behind our thoughts and actions are biased and baseless most times.

As a Christian,  there is nothing that should be able to change your believe system. Your Faith is more important than your health. Your Faith is more important that anything you bear on you. 

The Bible clearly states that without Faith, it is just impossible to please God. If it is impossible to please God without Faith, then it means that we can do so many things for God,  and yet not please Him. 

I have a great fear, that, there are many people that will be cut off from God because of faithlessness than because of sinfulness. Because if it was sin,  Jesus was sent to bear every part of it,  but with Faith;  the bible pointed out situations where Jesus inquired of those he was willing to heal,  whether they had faith. 

As much as we are saved,  we have not really been saved because we are still in the enemies territory. The bible therefore mentions one of Jesus’ profound statements in Matthew 24:13, he who endures unto the end shall be saved. 

Salvation on the Cross made us right with God, but being saved in the end is called Glorification,  which is to be transferred into Glory,  free from evil.

But how do we endure unto the end for Glorification. Paul says, fight the good fight of FAITH!  Notice ‘the’ good fight,  meaning as a christian,  there is only one good fight. All other fights are not good. And the only good fight is one concerning your Faith. 

Do you know that?  All the things that happen to you while you’re on earth;  miscarriages, poverty,  barreness, theft, cheating,  illness, suppression etc. All these things are aimed to make you lose faith in God. 

The greatest achievement the devil will ever have,  is not to have killed you, it’s not to also have swallowed your riches,  neither is it to have denied you marriage or children. The greatest achievement the devil seeks is for a believer to denounce his or her faith in God. 

You have to stand,  you have to fight the good fight of Faith. Become a warrior when it comes to the issue of your Faith. That’s the greatest achievement you can ever have;  to have Kept your Faith to the end,  to have endured to the end, that’s how you enter into Glory. 
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