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Monday Daily Devotional By Pastor David Okoye (Ambassadors Diet 3rd October 2016) – Follow After Love

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“Follow after charity, and desire spiritual gifts, but rather that ye may prophesy.” 1 Corinthians 14:1

The MSG rendering of our opening text says “Go after a life of love as
if your life depends on it- because it does, give yourselves to the
gifts God gives you. Most of all, try to proclaim His truth.”


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The AMP
rendering puts it thus, “Eagerly pursue and seek to acquire (this) love
(make it your aim, your great quest); and earnestly desire and cultivate
spiritual endowments (gifts) especially that ye may prophesy (interpret
the divine will and purpose in inspired preaching and teaching.” This is
God telling us through Paul to follow after love; that is, to pursue the
way of love.

Love is the principal and chief of all. We are to earnestly
desire it and be influenced by it always. We are to cultivate it in our
hearts, thereby, cultivating it in the lives of many and also to diffuse
its influence to everything and everyone around us.

God did not tell us
to get charity; rather, He said we should follow after it. It is a continuous
process.

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The way of love is the way of God. John 3:16 tells us, “For
God so loved the world, that He gave His only begotten Son, that
whosoever believeth in Him should not perish but have everlasting life.”
There are two things to understand in the way of love from the
above text.

The God-kind of love gives and does not expect anything in return. This love
gives unconditionally.

The God-kind of love also drives to eternal life. It is an expression of love that
leads to eternal life.

1 Corinthians 13:1 says, “Though I speak with the tongues of men and
angels, and have not charity, I am becoming a sounding brass, and a
tinkling cymbal.” Verse 3 of the same scripture says, “And though I
bestow all my goods to feed the poor, and though I give my body burned,
and have not charity, it profiteth me nothing.” These scriptures show us
that without love, whatever we speak, own, do or suffer is equated to
nothing.

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1 Corinthians 13:13 says, “And now abideth faith, hope,
charity, these three but the greatest of these is charity.” Without
faith, it is impossible to please God. Without hope, we cannot endure.

Even as great and as useful as these two are, love is the greatest. By
faith, we receive from God; by hope, we expect a future and eternal
good; but by love, we become like God. For this reason scripture says,
“… God is love” (1 John 4:8).

You might get your victory through your
faith, but the sustenance of your victory is dependent on love. Do not
let anything ever rob you of your love. The devil cannot stand the show
of true love because for every time you show true love, you show
the fullness of God.

Your staying power in God is love!

DECLARATION
I choose today, to follow after love. The love of God that surpasses all
understanding is at work in me.

SCRIPTURAL REFERENCE: 
1 Corinthians 13:1-13, 1 Corinthians 14

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