One of my earlier posts was entitled Love Gives. Today I want to share with you about how love keeps. No, not the kind of keeps that means to hold something back, but the kind of keep that means to take care of, nurture, watch over like a shepherd would keep a flock of sheep.
Over the years I have been very blessed by God in every area of my life. One area in particular is in the work I do in the healing ministry at my church. It all started when we experienced a tragedy in our family and I felt helpless to do anything about it. Afterwards, I asked the Lord to teach me about healing. Almost twelve years later, I am now in charge of the healing ministry at my church, and I teach others about healing.
Along the way I saw many miracles, many healings, many answered prayers. There were also many warnings to not get into pride about it. With every blessing and with every promotion that came, I became more and more concerned about not getting into pride. I had a tape series by Joyce Meyer called No Flesh Shall Glory that I pulled out every time something really good happened. I never fully enjoyed any of the things that happened, because somewhere in the back of my mind was that subtle fear that I might get into pride.
One day the Lord spoke to me about it. And He said to me, “If you will focus on studying the Love of God it will keep you from getting into pride.” It will keep me. I realized then how much fear I had gotten into over pride and how much I was focusing on it. The Lord was telling me to not focus on the pride, but to focus on the very thing that drives out fear and would keep me out of pride.
[Love]… is not conceited (arrogant and inflated with pride)… (1 Corinthians 13:5, Amplified)
…God’s love has been poured out in our hearts through the Holy Spirit Who has been given to us. (Romans 5:5, Amplified)
…abide in My love… (John 15:9, Amplified)
Keep yourselves in the love of God… (Jude 21, KJV)
Now unto him that is able keep you from falling, and to present you faultless before the presence of his glory with exceeding joy, to the only wise God our Saviour, be glory and majesty, dominion and power, both now and ever Amen. (Jude 24-25, KJV)