A new commandment I give unto you, That ye love one another; as I have loved you, that ye also love one another.
John 13:34 (KJV)
The new commandment to love follows us first receiving God’s love for us. It is only when our hearts are saturated by the love of Christ that we have the ability to love others in the way He loves us. Let us focus on the love of God in Christ Jesus, and we will find His love flowing out through us.
Pleasant words are as an honeycomb, sweet to the soul, and health to the bones.
Proverbs 16:24 (KJV)
The words we speak can either be pleasant to our soul and bring health to our physical bodies, or similarly our words can bring about sorrow and even sickness. Let us be in the habit of speaking God’s Word over our lives, over the people we encounter, and over situations and circumstances. God’s Word will always bring joy to our souls, and He always confirms His Word with signs and manifestations following.
And it came to pass, as Aaron spake unto the whole congregation of the children of Israel, that they looked toward the wilderness, and, behold, the glory of the LORD appeared in the cloud.
Exodus 16:10 (KJV)
Anytime we find ourselves looking toward the wilderness—facing situations and circumstances to which we do not know the answer—let us be expectant that the glory of God will appear in the midst of it! Those moments where it seems like there’s no solution in the natural are in actuality the greatest opportunities for God to show up and manifest His power in our lives.
Stand fast therefore in the liberty wherewith Christ hath made us free, and be not entangled again with the yoke of bondage.
Galatians 5:1 (KJV)
Jesus has once and for all set us free from the bondage of living under the law. The liberty of Jesus’ finished works enables us to live freely as children of God: redeemed, healed, delivered, forgiven, and recipients of the unmerited favor and blessings our Father wants to bestow upon us.
As newborn babes, desire the sincere milk of the word, that ye may grow thereby: If so be ye have tasted that the Lord is gracious.
1 Peter 2:2-3 (KJV)
The Word of God is the spiritual food for our born again spirit. Just as we require physical food in order to be physically strengthened, so too our recreated spirit requires spiritual food in order to become strong within us. And so let us be fed and nourished by His Word daily, and in so doing may we taste of the joy and the fullness of life that is in Him.
For the grace of God that bringeth salvation hath appeared to all men, Teaching us that denying ungodliness and worldly lusts, we should live soberly, righteously, and godly, in this present world;
Titus 2:11-12 (KJV)
Grace teaches us because grace is a living reality that is at work in the heart of every born again Believer. By us simply putting our faith in Jesus and His finished works, the Holy Spirit works in us, transforming us and creating in us a new heart filled with desires that are pleasing to God. Grace therefore empowers us to live right and to see victory in every area of our life.
For this reason we also thank God without ceasing, because when you received the word of God which you heard from us, you welcomed it not as the word of men, but as it is in truth, the word of God, which also effectively works in you who believe.
1 Thessalonians 2:13 (NKJV)
As we receive the Word of God with a receptive heart of faith, the Word works in us effectively. Through the Holy Spirit it will mold us and shape us from the inside out, producing in our lives the very nature and character of who we are in Christ.
For all the promises of God in Him are Yes, and in him Amen, to the glory of God through us.
2 Corinthians 1:20 (NKJV)
All of the promises of God have been made available to us in Christ Jesus. The purpose is so that the glory of God can show up in and through our lives so we may be a blessing to those we come into contact with. New covenant glory shows up in the earth when the finished works of Jesus Christ manifest in the lives of Believers.
“When I passed by you again and looked upon you, indeed your time was the time of love; so I spread My wing over you and covered your nakedness. Yes, I swore an oath to you and entered into a covenant with you, and you became Mine,” says the Lord God.
Ezekiel 16:8 (NKJV)
God’s love and grace covers our nakedness—our shortcomings and failures, and we can stand boldly in His presence free from shame, guilt and condemnation. The covenant we have with God makes us His forever, and so all that the Father has is available to us as His sons and daughters.
But we all, with unveiled face, beholding as in a mirror the glory of the Lord, are being transformed into the same image from glory to glory, just as by the Spirit of the Lord.
2 Corinthians 5:18 (NKJV)
The more we behold Jesus, the more are we transformed into His image and likeness. As we seek Him in all of the areas of our life, we will find ourselves being led from glory to glory through the wisdom and counsel of the Holy Spirit.