How are you? Hope you had or are having a good day today?
A few times in 2018, I went to “Healing & Anointing” meetings in my church in Seoul. It was held on every Monday night and one elder who had the gift in healing and deliverance gave some teaching on the Scripture for about thirty minutes. After the teaching, he and the ministry ministered to the sick and those who were under demonic influences.
On one Monday night, the elder taught about Love anointing. And he shared his testimony. When he was newly elected as one of the elders, the pastor in my church called the newly elected elders into the altar. He asked the elders and the audience to pray for the brand-new elders. And the elder in the healing ministry said to the audience in the night meeting, “Do you know whom I prayed for in the altar? I realized that I had prayed only for myself, being selfish.” He continued to share his story. Later, the Holy Spirit made him realize that he had prayed for himself only, not for other new elders. Then, the next day, there was another altar call by the pastor in another branch of the church for the newly elected elders. The elder in the healing ministry came to the altar. At that time, he didn’t pray for himself at all, but prayed for other new elders. And the Presence of the Holy Spirit was so weighty that he couldn’t speak any word except for a Tongue, until he went to bed that night.
Later, I listened to Pastor R.T. Kendall’s sermon. And he said, “Do you know when we meet Jesus face to face, we don’t need faith. We already see Him face to face.” It hit me. How could I never think of it? So, I also thought to myself, “Neither would I need hope, when I see Him face to face.” I read Romans 8:24, “but hope that is seen is not hope”, and I thought that it would be true and that we would not need hope when we see Jesus face to face in New Jerusalem.
Now I think I am more able to understand the Scripture from 1 Corinthians 13:13, “And now abide faith, hope, love, these three; but the greatest of these is love.” I think faith and hope are still very important and valuable, when we live here on earth. But, once we see Jesus face to face in New Jerusalem, we won’t need them anymore. But love still remains. We love Him and we love our brothers and sisters in the Lord. And I think my priority must be set, based upon it.
If I had limited resources like one hundred thousand dollars for example, I would rather buy a house with some loans than buy an expensive car. I would make that decision, as I believe a house could be more valuable in the future and would last long, but a car would be depreciated every year. I would rather invest my resources on what would last longer and what would become more valuable in the future. Yet I would not say cars are useless. I would still need a car to commute a long distance. Likewise, I believe we need faith and hope in our daily lives, until we meet Him face to face. However, my priority here on earth would be to have love like Jesus. Prophecies will fail; tongues will cease; knowledge will vanish away, but love will never fail. I wouldn’t despise the gifts of the Spirit, but I would put the fruits of the Spirit before them. And I would put love before faith and hope.
I do not know about you, but I pray in the mighty name of Jesus that we love Him, we love our neighbors and we continue to love one another in New Jerusalem.
Have a bliss!
Love suffers long and is kind; love does not envy; love does not parade itself, is not puffed up; does not behave rudely, does not seek its own, is not provoked, thinks no evil; does not rejoice in iniquity, but rejoices in the truth; bears all things, believes all things, hopes all things, endures all things. (1 Corinthians 13: 4~7)