What is the God—kind of love? The God-kind of love is full of kindness, and it is tenderhearted. Since God love is kind and tenderhearted, it is always ready to forgive.
Ephesians 4:32 says, “And be ye kind one to another, tenderhearted, FORGIVING ONE ANOTHER, even as God for Christ’s sake hath forgiven you.” Sometimes I think people interpret this verse by saying that we are to forgive people only when they are kind to us. But that’s not what the Bible says.
Last week we continued this timely message, “The God-Kind of Love Forgives.” Today I would like to continue the point I was making about what the love of God will help us to do when the devil brings the wrong mental picture to our minds.
You see, when we walk in the light of the Word, we can enjoy all the benefits thereof. But to walk in the light of the Word, we have to walk in love and forgiveness.
Now, here is another point I would like to make about how love and forgiveness work together regarding the answered prayer. Unforgiveness, or the lack of forgiveness – is one hindrance to prayer that Jesus Himself mentioned.
MARK 11: 23
23 For verily I say unto you, That whosoever shall say unto this mountain, Be thou removed, and be thou cast into the sea; and shall not doubt in his heart, but shall believe that those things which he saith shall come to pass; he shall have whatsoever he saith 24 Therefore I say unto you, What things soever ye desire, when ye pray, believe that ye receive them, and ye shall have them.
25 And when ye stand PRAYING, FORGIVE, if ye have aught against any: that your Father also which is in heaven may forgive you your trespasses.
26 But if you do not forgive, neither will your Father which is in heaven forgive your trespasses.
A lot of times, people take these verses out of context and make them say something they don’t say. Then they try to make them work anyway. But, you see, there are some conditions involved in getting Mark 11: 23 and 24 to work. Did you ever notice that many of the promises of God are conditional?
You see, the blessings of God don’t just fall on us like ripe cherries off of a tree. You have your part to play – you have some responsibility in the matter.
When Jesus tells us in Mark 11: 23 and 24 that we can have what we say, we all rejoice and are thrilled with His words. And we should be. But that is not all that Jesus said about answered prayer.
Mark 11: 23 and 24 do not present the whole story on the subject of faith. For example, in Galatians 5: 6, the Bible has something else to say about faith. It says, “Faith Worketh by Love.”
So, you won’t be able to get your faith to work for you if you’re not walking in love and forgiveness. I don’t care how many Biblical confessions you make or how Scriptural they are – your faith won’t work without the God-kind of love.
Word for Today: "Soft Answer"
Have you ever known a person whose primary method of communication seemed to be a verbal attack? A person who communicates that way isn’t a bad person. They simply develop that pattern of communication as a result of insecurity, frustration or a feeling that they are under attack. How should you respond? The Bible says, “Soft answer turneth away wrath.” The next time you are at the end of such an attack, try responding with a soft answer, it will defuse hostile communication.