Love, Machaira with Apostle Bennie

EPISODE 27 – THE PRACTICE OF LOVE 2

By Benjamin Nana Amissah Ansah

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(Pronounced makh’-ahee-rah)

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Saturday 18th February, 2023
 
THE PRACTICE OF LOVE 2
“…love does not envy; love does not parade itself, is not puffed up; does not behave rudely, does not seek its own, is not provoked, thinks no evil; does not rejoice in iniquity, but rejoices in the truth; bears all things, believes all things, hopes all things, endures all things. Love never fails….” 1 Corinthians 13:4-8 (NKJV)
 
From yesterday we delved more into the things which love does and things love doesn’t do.
These are not some definitions of love but practical applications of the radical love of God.
We’ve already looked at “Love suffers long and Love is Kind”.
We move on to others things the Apostle Paul mentioned.
3. Love does not envy.
To envy means to zealously burn or boil with a desire of jealousy.
It’s a burning desire to covet or have the attainment of the other. To love is not to be depressed or desperately dispirited about someone’s joy. Love celebrates the achievements of others with a genuine open heart. There is no explanation to justify envy. As the love of God is at work in you, choose to ignore envy. It is the choke-off experience, which results in depression and disappointment.
The more you compare yourself with others and think of how you should have what they have; the more you incubate envy.
Think beyond yourself. Acknowledge and celebrate the workings of God’s grace in others. Envy makes the success of others the focus instead of the Lord Jesus. It leaves you in sorrow and makes you not to even acknowledge and be content with what Christ has given you.
4. Love does not parade itself
Love does not force itself to gain recognition. When you begin to feel insecure, you will do everything to be to have the center of attention. You want to be the one to take the stage and be seen by all. That is not love.
Jesus said, “The Son of Man did not come to be served, but to serve, and to give His life a ransom for many.” (Mt 20: 28)
This love is not looking for the attention and the center stage. This love is demonstrating great level of humility.
We saw previously how Jesus, washed the feet of His disciples.
The word used in king James is, “Vaunteth”, its from the Greek word “perpereuomai”; which means a lot of self-talk. In other words, it describes a person who endlessly promotes himself and exaggerates his own virtues.
Love is not braggadocious.
Allow Christ to increase in you. Grow beyond self-occupation and walk in the reality of your love-life.
There is so much rest in this love.
I hope this blessed you.
Let me know how this blessed you in the comment session.
DIG DEEPER
(Galatians 5:26; James 3:16; Romans 12:15-16; Proverbs 10:12; Acts 7:9)
WE PRAY
That our hearts will be directed into the love of Christ, that we may not yield ourselves to envy and attention seeking.
BIBLE READING IN THE YEAR 2023
Day 19: Genesis 23-26
DECLARE THESE WORDS:
I refuse to walk in envy. I am content with what I have. I rejoice in the success of others. I refuse to be boastful. I walk in the humility of Christ.
Hallelujah!!!

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Gbadegbe Mary Bumbede
Gbadegbe Mary Bumbede
1 year ago

Hallelujah
Thank you so much
This so refreshing
I allow Christ to increase in me

Andrews Kofi Sarpong
Andrews Kofi Sarpong
1 year ago

My love is not directed toward myself. My love celebrates the victories of others. Glory to God

Emmanuel Opoku
Emmanuel Opoku
1 year ago

Oh! Thank you Lord Jesus!

I walk in the humility of Christ!

Vincent Mensah
Vincent Mensah
1 year ago

This is Love truly explained. I see how love does not desperately desire to be the “head” of all but rather to be the servant of all.

I choose the way of Love.
Thank you Apostle Bennie, this is indeed refreshing

DOTSE SIMON
DOTSE SIMON
1 year ago

Thank you so much for this opportunity Apostle Bennie, through today’s machaira I have learnt that love does not envy others and appreciates the success of others.

Felicia
Felicia
1 year ago

I celebrate the achievement of others.
I demonstrate great level of humility.

Wisdom Elvis
Wisdom Elvis
4 months ago

I rejoice in the success of others. 

Wisdom Elvis
Wisdom Elvis
4 months ago

I refuse to be boastful. 

Wisdom Elvis
Wisdom Elvis
4 months ago

I walk in the humility of Christ.

Wisdom Elvis
Wisdom Elvis
4 months ago

I refuse to walk in envy. 

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