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The Preeminence of Love

Author: Dr. Creflo A.Dollar

 

Summary:

Nothing is more important in the life of a Christian than developing in the love of God. It is the only means by which faith works and the only way to be assured that you have passed from death to life. Without love, you block the answers to your prayers and the manifestation of God’s promises in your life.

 


 

  1. God’s love is preeminent. It’s the superior source of power.
    1. The word eminence means “standing above other things.”
    2. Preeminence means “undoubted superiority.”
    3. God is love; therefore, love is superior to any other force in the universe.
      1. Everything must give an account to the superior force of love.
      2. God’s love must be developed in your life.
      3. God has commanded you to love others (John 13:34).
    4. Everything is connected to the preeminent force of love.
      1. Until love is cultivated, nothing else in your life will operate at its fullest potential.
    5. You can’t say that you love the Father while refusing to love others.
      1. The love you have for others not only shows the love you have for God, it also determines whether or not you have come out of darkness and into light.
    6. Satan will cause trouble in your relationships in order to disrupt your love walk.
  2. Love bears, believes, hopes and endures all things (1 Corinthians 13:7).
    1. Love bears all things by covering closely with silence.
      1. Love never causes or perpetuates a scandal.
    2. Love is quick to believe the best about a person.
      1. Love never remembers past unkindnesses; it believes in others.
      2. Natural, human love remembers old sins and reveals scars so that everybody can see how bad things were.
  3. God, Who is Love, never fails (1 Corinthians 13:8).
    1. You will always be a winner when you choose to go the way of love.
    2. You are transformed into God’s likeness when you walk in love.
    3. The best way to exemplify God is to love others.
    4. When you fail to develop in the love of God, you will be a carnal, unhappy, childish and immature Christian.
    5. Developing in faith, in the anointing and in the principles of God’s Word is a good thing to do, but not without the love of God as your motivator.
  4. Your knowledge is not complete until you get a firm grasp of the superior force of love (1 Corinthians 13:9-10).
    1. Your faith, joy, peace, healing, harvest and prosperity will be incomplete.
    2. Perfect love propels you to experience the fullness of God’s promises.
    3. Perfected love casts out all fear.
  5. You put away childish things when you grow up (1 Corinthians 13:11).
    1. In the Scriptures, childish things are synonymous with immature things, which are synonymous with carnal or fleshy things.
      1. You are a child when you do not exemplify the characteristics of love.
    2. You must flee youthful lust (2 Timothy 2:22). Youthful lust refers to “childish ways.”
    3. You cannot continue to think, speak and act the same way you did before you became born again by:
      1. Refusing to grow.
      2. Fornicating.
      3. Using profanity when someone makes you angry.
      4. Murmuring and complaining.
      5. Robbing God of the tithe.
    4. A child is nourished by selfishness.
      1. Sin, fear and unbelief are based in selfishness.
      2. Grow up out of selfishness and into the love of God by putting away childish things.
      3. If you don’t strive to grow in love, you have purposed to remain selfish.
    5. Adultery, fornication, uncleanness and lasciviousness are the works of a child, or the flesh (Galatians 5:19).
  6. Disobedience is translated as “unbelief.”
    1. Hearing a message on walking in the love of God and failing to do so is an issue of unbelief and disobedience.
      1. Your obedience is proof of your belief.
      2. Those who do not believe will go to hell (Revelations 21:8).
    2. Religion takes the Scriptures out of context in an attempt to explain why the Word of God isn’t working.
      1. Religion twists scriptures into wrong doctrine so you can feel better about the Word not working in your life.
      2. A Christian who has heard the Word on holiness then falls into sin is comforted by religion that says, “All have sinned, and come short of the glory of God” (Romans 3:23).
        1. This scripture is talking about righteousness, not sin.
      3. When a loved one dies, especially a child, religion says, “The Lord giveth and the Lord taketh away” (Job 1:21).
        1. God does not give and then take away. It is the thief, or the devil, who steals, kills and destroys (John 10:10).
  7. When you are in Christ Jesus, nothing counts more than faith, which works by love (Galatians 5:6)
    1. Everything in the Kingdom of God operates by faith.
    2. Faith without love will not produce the desired results.
    3. To develop your love walk, practice on someone you find hard to love. 

       

 

Scripture References:

 

  • 1 Corinthians 13:1-13
  • 2 Timothy 2:22
  • Galatians 5:6 C
  • Galatians 5:19 John 10:10
  • Revelations 2:18
  • Romans 3:23
  • Romans 3:23
  • John 10:10

 

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