KEY VERSE: Beloved, let us love one another, for love is of God; and everyone who loves is born of God and knows God. —1 John 4:7 (NKJV)

Love toward your city

There is a real maturation to breakthrough in our Christianity when we come to the realization that we should love our city (town, county, etc.).  Few believers understand this.  This type of love truly requires selfless devotion and vision through the loving eyes of God.  God loves people—all people.  He desires all to be saved and to come to the knowledge of the truth.  He desires to see our city/town transformed into a public place of devotion to Him.  He needs believers to hold this desire of His heart as a desire of their own hearts.

Learning to love our town is the first stop.  Walk its streets, declare in the heavenlies that this town belongs to God and darkness is not welcome here.  Declare that because you live here, salt is here.  You are God’s covenant partner to be an avenue for life to come into your town. Yes, it depends on us caring and doing the works of faith.  His eyes are looking to and fro for someone to stand in the gap and pray!

Prayer is the breakthrough your town needs.  You are the prayer agent for the breakthrough your town needs.  Be a change agent!  Be one of the faithful ones God can trust to stand in the gap for your city.

Confession: I love [name your town] with the love of the Lord.  I declare Jesus is Lord of [name your town].

Prayer: Father God, open my eyes to loving [name your town].  In Jesus’ Name I ask, Amen.

Journaling Question: Do I pray for my town?  If not, what’s keeping me from doing so?

Resources: Books: Loving Your City into the Kingdom, Jack Hayford; Taking Our Cities for God, John Dawson

Key #27: I do not ask on behalf of these alone, but for those also who believe in Me through their word.—John 17:20 (NASB)

Love as your Mission

We are representatives of Christ.  As the world came to believe on the Apostles’ words, so through the centuries it has come down to us now in our generation that the gospel goes forth on our words.  Men will come to Christ through our words.  Our mission is to lift Christ high, that all men would be drawn to Him.  Our mission is to make disciples.  Our mission is a mission of love.  Our mission is to love first the church and then the world.

Do you view your mission in life as a lover?  A lover of God and a lover of men’s souls?  Love must be our mission.  All that we do must be motivated by and through love.  Doesn’t Paul show us that without the agape love of God we are nothing?  Regardless of our role in the Kingdom, without love, we are nothing.  God is not impressed by how much we know and by how highly others esteem us in their eyes.  He is taking notice of our actions of love.  He is blessed by seeing lovers show His nature of love.

When love is our mission in life, we are saints bringing breakthroughs to the lives of others. When love becomes our mission, we bring the living Christ to all who come in contact with us. Why?  We shine the nature of the Father brightly: that God is agape love who has revealed Jesus, crucified, risen and coming again!

Confession: Love is my mission.

Prayer: Father God, may my mission of love be seen by all, as I live as a written epistle of Christ read by all men.  In Jesus’ Name I ask, Amen.

Journaling Question: Is love my mission?  How will I carry out this mission?

Resources: Book: New Kind of Love, E.W. Kenyon; Lord, Teach Me How to Love, Creflo Dollar

Key #28: But whoever has the world’s goods, and beholds his brother in need and closes his heart against him, how does the love of God abide in him?  Little children, let us not love with word or with tongue, but in deed and truth.—1 John 3:17,18 (NASB)

Love in Action

Here’s a simple but profound thought: love in action means love with actions associated with it!  The Apostle John clearly shows us that our love must have actions that show we love.  God is results-oriented and is interested in the fruit we bear for Him.  Real biblical love leaves fruit behind, an abiding fruit that brings change to people’s lives.  And, real love will cost you.

If love is your mission, then love actions must follow.  There will always be opportunities to show love in tangible ways that touch people’s lives.  Don’t pray about it—do it!  God is looking for lovers in deed and not word only.  As the Holy Spirit leads us, we show the love of Christ in ways that show God is love.  We are the flesh extension of Christ to this world, and our love actions will love people into the Kingdom of God.

Be a breakthrough lover!  Our love actions are gospel breakthroughs to all we come in contact with.  Yes, there is a cost to this.  There is a cost in time, personal inconvenience, dollars and cents, and personal belongings.  Consider, however, when we’re in heaven at the believer’s throne of judgment, judging the works that brought a cost into our lives, I’m sure no one will say “I knew I gave too much!”  Rather when our eyes are opened in eternity we’ll say, “I knew I should have given more!”

Confession: I act in love to everyone I meet.

Prayer: Father God, may my mission of love have actions of love.  Lead me by Your Spirit in my love walk.  In Jesus’ Name I ask, Amen.

Journaling Question: What does love in action mean to me?  Am I holding back love actions because I don’t want to pay a personal cost?

Resources: Book: Love: the Way to Victory, Kenneth Hagin