When the modern Church prays for revival, we are often praying for a revival of power, of signs and wonders, and of the addition of new members.
We ask God for a manifestation of Acts 2:1-41, but we are ready to skip verses 42-46.
All we want is the testimony of verse 47.
A revival with the Holy Ghost power is supposed to be characterized by an outpouring of love.
Love for your spouse, family, members and leaders of the church, newcomers, and non-members alike.
“And the Lord added to the church daily such as should be saved.” – Acts 2:47
But this is after “And they, continuing daily with one accord in the temple, and breaking bread from house to house, did eat their meat with gladness and singleness of heart,” – Acts 2:46
As a minister in the church, irrespective of the section of your ministry, with all of your commitment, sacrifice, and preparations, if you are lacking in love, your ministration would not be effective.
It might even not bear fruit.
No matter how many gifts of the Spirit or fruit of the Spirit are present in your life, the absence of love nullifies everything.
Apostle Paul puts it thus, “Though I speak with the tongues of men and of angels, and have not charity, I am become as sounding brass, or a tinkling cymbal.
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, and have not charity, I am nothing.
And though I bestow all my goods to feed the poor, and though I give my body to be burned, and have not charity, it profiteth me nothing.” – 1 Corinthians 13:1-3
All of these are after he had just taught about spiritual gifts and type of ministry.
He closed the previous chapter on this note, “But covet earnestly the best gifts: and yet shew I unto you a more excellent way.” – 1 Corinthians 12:31
You are supposed to desire the best of the spiritual gifts. You are supposed to constantly work towards making yourself better.
Yet, Apostle Paul points out a more excellent way; the way of love.
As you keep praying for a revival in this end time, you must be a seed for a revival of love.
Just as the love for God is dwindling, so also love among humans is dwindling. Even if you can’t change the hardest of hearts, you can change your close neighbor and friends.
Your words are not the only evangelization tool you possess. Your life is the greatest tool for the expansion of the gospel.
“It is a book before their eyes. They are reading it through and through.”
People will be glad to see that you don’t steal, or fight, or gossip, or keep malice.
They will be even more glad to see you are genuinely interested in their welfare. That you share your meal. And that you gave your clothes to those that lacked.
Those that your words can’t reach, your actions will reach.
Love is more action than words.
A revival of love is a prerequisite for the revival we have been praying for.
Will you be a part of this revival?
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