TSP DAILY DEVOTIONAL
27TH FEBRUARY 2020
Dr. Phil Ransom-Bello
KEY SCRIPTURE/MEMORY VERSE:1 Timothy 1:5(NKJV)
_ Now the purpose of the commandment is love from a pure heart, from a good conscience, and from sincere faith,_
From the lessons of the past two days, we’ve come to the understanding that the objective of our love growth as believers is a love that flows from a pure heart, a clear conscience and genuine faith. (1 Timothy 1:5)
You must be grounded in this reality that you have a pure heart and a good conscience.
It’s the reason why forgiveness will be easy for you regardless of the offence. In fact, it’s actually easier for you to be forgiving than unforgiving. Or don’t you feel a conflict within you when you refuse to let go?
So you must guard your pure heart from being contaminated by jealousy, bitterness, anger, revenge etc. If there is a contamination, you won’t release what your heart possesses.
It is also important to love from a clear conscience because there’s nothing that stops the expression of love as well as a heart that is guilty. There will be times where you will feel convicted by past mistakes and if you think God hasn’t forgiven you, it will be difficult to love.
Loving from a clear conscience puts the capacity to love entirely on the finished work of Christ(1 Timothy 1:14). It doesn’t deny what happened in the past but it is driven by pure motivations all the time.
Let’s bring this home, let’s say you’ve been a killer in the past, now that you are in Christ, it may seem difficult to love because you see your love as fake, as though you couldn’t possibly love genuinely because of what you’ve done.
Listen, when the blood of Jesus purges your conscience (Hebrews 9:14), you can love from the place of freedom. Don’t be carried away by the perception of others. Have a good conscience.
You must maintain your consciousness of this good conscience that the blood of Jesus has purified, because sometimes the perception from others about you can limit you from expressing love to them. In fact, their perception can start to build up an expectation that you begin to act in line with.
But I hope you know love can conquer anything. When the disciples accused Jesus of not caring whether they perished, He didn’t react defensively to their perception, He rebuked the storm first (Mark 4:38,39). So you rebuke fear with love.
Conquering love is to love someone in spite of what they think about you. It is to love contrary and genuinely in a hostile environment and see people’s response change.
Dear believer, counter perceptions and vibes by your love.
How do I counter negative perceptions- lovingly or defensively?
-I am born of God. Therefore, I am formed completely in Love.
-I love from a pure heart and a good conscience.
-I guard my heart diligently against contamination.
-I maintain a consciousness of the pure heart and good conscience that my new nature in Christ jas produced.
-I express conquering love.
-I respond to negative perceptions with Love.
-This is my experience.
-Today, testimonies abound for me because the Gospel works.
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