A Revival of Love
I have heard the word revival all my life. Most Christians use it to mean a time of increased salvations and people getting “on fire” for Jesus. We usually think of revivals as special meetings where a preacher preaches people into repentance and there are times of prayer for changed lives. People hear messages about how to become more holy and how to be better Christians. While I have enjoyed my fair share of “revival meetings” and numerous prayer meetings for revival, I believe that what we really need is a revival of love.
Being a part of the Charismatic streams for my entire adult life, I have been to countless services and conferences where I’ve been taught how to hear the voice of God, how to move in the supernatural, how to be more apostolic and how to take my mountain of influence. Sadly, in the last 22 years I have not seen one conference on how to love others more. I have not heard that many sermons on how to love. Unfortunately, I have not preached that many sermons on loving others either. It seems that we are so obsessed with spiritual things such as prophecy, healing and the supernatural. I have heard plenty of sermons on giving and on how to honor authority yet the Church continues to lose ground in America. Could it be that we have become so heavenly minded that we are no earthly good?
Jesus made a very profound statement in John 13:35 when He said that all men would know that we are His disciples by our love for one another. He didn’t say that people would know our discipleship by our spiritual gifts or ministry exploits. As a matter of fact, Jesus dealt with this in Matthew 25 when He said that He was thirsty, hungry, naked and in prison and some Christians ignored Him while they cast out demons and performed miracles in His name. If we give someone a drink, feed them, clothe them and visit them in prison it is because we love them. Anyone, and I do mean, anyone can operate in a spiritual gift. It’s a gift therefore it isn’t up to us to begin with. It’s through the power of Holy Spirit that the gifts operate. However, I must choose to love someone. I must choose to clothe them, feed them, give them a drink or visit with them. That’s my choice.
What would a revival of love look like? I believe that it would look like people not judging one another. It would look like people taking care of each other. It would look giving of ourselves without looking for anything in return. It would look like families who are happy and well-balanced. It would look like people’s needs being met and no one going hungry, naked or thirsty. It would look like people serving one another without wanting anything in return.
A revival of love is what we need. We don’t need more spiritual gifts. We need more love. We don’t need more Bible studies. We need more love. We don’t need more services. We need more love. We don’t need another conference. We need more love.
We need more love in action.
We need more love in our marriages and families.
We need more love in our churches.
We need more love for our enemies and those who see things differently than we do.
We need more love because God is love and love never fails.
We need more love because without love, we are . . . . . nothing (I Cor. 13:2).
We need more love because love covers a multitude of sins (I Peter 4:8).
We need more love because love fulfills the Law. (By the way, we don’t need more 10 Commandment displays….we need more love).
We need more love because love binds all things together.
We need more love because love never fails.