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    1 Corinthians 13 (NKJV)
    1 Though I speak with the tongues of men and of angels, but have not love, I have become sounding brass or a clanging cymbal. 2 And though I have the gift of prophecy, and understand all mysteries and all knowledge, and though I have all faith, so that I could remove mountains, but have not love, I am nothing. 3 And though I bestow all my goods to feed the poor, and though I give my body to be burned, but have not love, it profits me nothing.
    4 Love suffers long and is kind; love does not envy; love does not parade itself, is not puffed up; 5 does not behave rudely, does not seek its own, is not provoked, thinks no evil; 6 does not rejoice in iniquity, but rejoices in the truth; 7 bears all things, believes all things, hopes all things, endures all things.
    8 Love never fails. But whether there are prophecies, they will fail; whether there are tongues, they will cease; whether there is knowledge, it will vanish away. 9 For we know in part and we prophesy in part. 10 But when that which is perfect has come, then that which is in part will be done away.
    11 When I was a child, I spoke as a child, I understood as a child, I thought as a child; but when I became a man, I put away childish things. 12 For now we see in a mirror, dimly, but then face to face. Now I know in part, but then I shall know just as I also am known.
    13 And now abide faith, hope, love, these three; but the greatest of these is love.
    We read about it here in what is generally known as the "love" chapter. In the reading of this, we nod our heads in agreement that this does indeed appear to us to be what perfect love should be but do we do what we see?

    Does our own love suffer long and is always kind? At any time, do we envy another or do we measure ourselves with others to see if we measure up or down? Do we ever seek our own? In other words, do we love in order to be loved in return? Does our love fall short?

    Are we ever provoked to think about people or situations that is not in the best possible light? Do we judge? Does our love truly bear all things such as insults, rejection, lies spoken about us, deceptions, false accusations? Do we truly believe and hope for the best in everyone or do we see their faults and adjust our expectations accordingly? Are we truly able to endure all hardships imposed by the willfulness of others? How about that overbearing boss or co-worker who says one thing but practices another?

    In nearly all ways, our love falls short of what we read in this chapter of what true love is shown to be. So we repent and try again. How many times are we suppose to forgive again? Some times it gets really difficult to keep forgiving someone that seems to habitually do things that are offensive and it seems they really DO know what they are doing. It hurts and sometimes it hurts to the point we either want to strike back or run. We try to be patient but we quickly find we have so little patience to give. We try to look for the best and hope for the best but these flaws keep rearing their ugly heads and virtually demand we stare it in the face.

    As much as we try, we find that this perfect love eludes us. We know we are changed from darkness into light but this being able to love with a perfect love seems......well.....beyond us. We try and try but keep on failing. Is there something wrong with me?, is the question we ask ourselves and try again without a direct answer.

    Why is it so difficult!? Doesn't God know what I have to face day in and day out? I keep trying but it seems that no matter how much I try, nothing seems to work. So I keep asking forgiveness and keep trying.

    My dear brethren, there really is an answer to all of this frustration. There really is an end in sight to this seeming endless cycle of defeat and failure. When we are continually faced with our inability to love and to obey God's word as revealed what true love looks like, it is to show us that we are trying to do in the natural what He describes as supernatural. All scripture can only be obeyed when we are walking in the Spirit of God. All scripture is impossible to be obeyed in our own strength. Our error, is in thinking that since we are that new creature in Christ, then all these things should come automatically.

    We forget that we are in the transformational part of our walk with Him. We are still being trained and in that training, it is constantly being brought to our attention where we fall short. The solution today is the same as the solution was yesterday when we first started our journey. We must surrender our righteousness, which is like filthy rags, and take on His righteousness.

    Each part of our lives is in the stages of being replaced. When He promised to replace our stony heart with a heart of flesh, it is a process. First our heart of stone must be broken. Then each shattered part is presented to us so that we may see it for what it is and give Him permission to replace it. When we first committed ourselves to him at the beginning of our walk, we had no idea of the nature this new walk would entail. We did not know the difficulty or the amount of time it would take to change the way we think.

    Just as when Abram began his own journey from the land of his fathers to a new land God was promising him, he had no idea where he was headed nor what the end of his journey would look like. God promised him descendants as numerous as the stars of heaven but he was without his first child for many years afterward. Then, when he finally received this child of promise, he was required by God to offer him up as a sacrifice. His faith, his original commitment, would be tested time and again to see if he really meant what he originally committed. So are we tested in our faith. Once we see the difficulties first hand, do we really mean what we said at the outset?

    So each broken piece of our lives are presented to us so that we can see in reality what God already knew was there. Since we could not see these things from the beginning, it becomes necessary for Him to reveal each piece to us one at a time to see if we are still committed to allowing Him to change us. During the course of our day to day living, we often times forget that we are still on this journey, discovering where we fall short and submitting this shortcoming to the Lord so He can replace it with His heart.

    We start looking at the circumstances and the people in our lives and start placing the blame for our troubles on the ill manners of others and the circumstances that are contrary to us. We forget that these contrary people and circumstances are there to reveal those shortcomings that already exists in our hearts. These things that are contrary to us is the fire that heats the gold of faith in our lives so as to purify our faith and we blame the fire when it causes the impurities that were already there to rise to the surface.

    God promised that the work He started in transforming our lives into the likeness of Jesus will continue until this transformation is complete. We may have forgotten this but He has not and He is committed to seeing this transformation through to the end. So when we are tested and find that our love does not match up with the love chapter, it does not mean we are failures. These tests are there to show us that He is still working in us. Instead of resisting these tests or even running away from them, wouldn't it be best if we choose to face this head on!

    How do we do this? We choose to see our love as it really is. It is not something that can be fixed. No matter how hard we try, we simply cannot love with a perfect love for our love cannot be perfect. Our love is imperfect and cannot be fixed. Just as the word of God says that the heart is deceitful above all things, He is saying that our heart is beyond all repair. It cannot be fixed. It must be replaced with a new heart. So it is with our love. Our love cannot be fixed. We may try to walk in obedience but because our love is broken and can't be fixed, no matter how hard we try, we simply cannot love in the way He desires for us to love,

    This leaves only one solution. We must see our love as if it was a filthy rag that can only be dealt with by discarding it and seeking for His perfect love to replace ours. No attempt, no matter how intent or sincere we are, can fix what is beyond repair. It MUST be replaced with a new, better love, a perfect love. This is when we should knock, seek and ask without ceasing until we receive that which He has desired to give us all along.

    We do not receive because we do not ask and we do not receive because we ask for the wrong things. Until we seek and knock and ask unrelentingly, we will not receive. Just how desperate are you? Do you see that you can live your life without this perfect love? If you think this way, then your requests will reflect this attitude. But if you see in yourself a desperate need to His perfect love and that without it you cannot live, then this will be reflected in your petitions before the Lord.

    To the degree you desire from Him of His love, to that degree you shall receive. How desperate you are will determine how you seek. He promises that all who seek Him with their WHOLE heart, He will be found of them. This implies that if we seek Him half-heartedly, then He will not be found. We must seek Him with our WHOLE heart. We must hold nothing back, nothing must be kept in reserve. There IS no contingency plan. If we plan to fail, we WILL fail. Our hearts desire MUST be all in or not at all.

    Only through this ALL-IN kind of desperate seeking, will He see a heart that can be trusted to receive that which He holds as the greatest prize of all and that is HIMSELF. For God IS love and what we seek is that part of Him which is the MOST HOLY OF ALL. He will NOT allow Himself to occupy a heart that still seeks its own. This heart MUST be separated and consecrated to service to Him, without reservations. It has been His desire from the beginning to tabernacle with man in the heart of man. He will accept no compromise. We MUST be holy for He is HOLY.

    So if we seek Him with our whole heart, then He promises to give of Himself completely. Then, when He pours out of His Spirit upon us, then we will have that transformation we seek. Our heart will love as His heart loves. We shall be able to "see" all men just as He sees all men. Nothing will be hidden just as nothing is hidden from His eyes. We will be able to love with a perfect love just as He loves us with a perfect love.

    Jerry Sundberg

    Soon after I received the Lord in 1976, I started receiving prophetic visions and warnings about the future of the church and the United States. I share my visions on my Hidden Manna websites and offer free of charge my two ebooks entitled “Hidden Manna” and “Hidden Manna 2”.

    Website: Hidden Manna

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