TSP DAILY DEVOTIONAL
14th June 2020
Dr. Phil Ransom-Bello
KEY SCRIPTURE/MEMORY VERSE: Colossians 1:4(ERV)
We thank him because we have heard about the faith you have in Christ Jesus and the love you have for all of God’s people.
Every time we think about what God did through Jesus to save mankind, it ought to stir us up to rejoice and be thankful for this faith that has been supplied to us.
In His wisdom, God designed the plan for salvation so simply that it is independent of anyone’s efforts or moral perfection. And by using what many would deem as foolish, that is, the cross, He confounded the wisdom of men.
So like Paul gave thanks to God, we also ought to give thanks. And you know, Paul didn’t just give thanks for the faith they were living out, he also gave thanks for the fruit of love that the Colossian believers were producing. The Bible says they had love for all the saints.
There are a number of observations we can draw from this love that they were expressing.
First, we see that this love is a public fruit. Paul could see it, hear it, other people could testify about it.
Look, don’t tell me you are saved and people don’t feel love around you.
One of the genuine markers of the fact that you are born-again is love. For how many saints?
ALL THE SAINTS.
And it’s a public fruit not a secret affair.
Don’t say, “I know who I love.”
When our text describes love in that manner, when it says their love was for all the saints, it tells you that the real connection is what you have in Christ with your brother. It’s so deep that this love is only produced as a result of your connection in Christ.
We are not talking about same father, same mother or we attended same schools or share similar backgrounds or we’ve known each other for ten years. No.
This kind of love is a deep kind of love. It’s something that everybody sees.
Listen, a primary proof that you are born-again is that love is in your heart for all the saints. You don’t even need to know all the saints. You can’t know them all. You don’t even know all the members of your local church. Or do you know details about everyone in the local assembly? No. But there is still that love for all the saints in your heart.
Hear me, believers in the body of Christ must know this. In fact, a person doesn’t have to be a church member for you to love them. So long as they are in Christ, you have love for them. It doesn’t matter if their financial status or ranking in society is similar to you, he could even be a gateman, so long as the person is saved, that’s the only criteria you need to express love to a person.
Friends, this is the kind of love we have been given to express. And if you’ve really believed and received the gospel, then your default expression of love should be independent of bias or familiarity or hidden.
Let your love be a public fruit that the gospel bears in you.
Am I expressing the public fruit of love that the gospel produces?
-I believe in the gospel, therefore the seed of the gospel produces fruit in my life.
-I don’t just know the gospel, I live the gospel. I am transformed by the gospel. The gospel is working through me.
-This gospel produces the genuine markers of authentic believers; of Faith, Love and Hope in me.
-The love I express is a public fruit and not a secret affair.
-My love walk is an authentic marker that I am saved. Both in my experience and expression.
-The connection I share with members of the body of Christ is deeper than familial, educational, political, financial, racial affiliations.
-I have love for all the saints. Always.
-My life bears the testimony of the kind of love that the gospel produces.
HEARING BY THE WORD
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