“But woe to you, Pharisees! For you tithe mint and rue and every herb, but disregard and neglect justice and the love of God. These you ought to have done without leaving the others undone.” St. Luke 11:42
Father God, first of all forgive me for not walking in love in any area of my life. Even with those who are cruel to me. I repent knowing that your Word says that I should bless them and not curse them; that I should pray for them. I refuse to miss blessings due to my love walk any longer!
Now, in the Name of Jesus I decree and I declare that my love is sincere and it is real! I hate what is evil and I hold fast to what is good. I love others with brotherly or sisterly affection. I give and show honor to others. I never lag in zeal nor am I slothful. I am fervent and burning with the Spirit serving the Lord wholeheartedly. I rejoice in hope. I am steadfast and patient in suffering and tribulation and I am constant in prayer. I heed these things knowing that they could not only hinder my walk in love but also they can eradicate the spirit of religion.
I contribute to the needs of God’s people. I share with the saints. I pursue the practice of hospitality – I am warm, kind, generous and friendly. I bless those who persecute me. I bless them and do not curse them. I rejoice with those who rejoice and I weep with those who weep. I live in harmony with others. I am not haughty – snobbish, high-minded, nor exclusive. I readily adjust myself to people and things and I give myself to humble tasks. I never overestimate myself nor am I wise in my own eyes.
I endure long and I am patient and kind. I never boil over with jealously nor am I envious. I am not boastful nor am I vainglorious – conceited, arrogant, bigheaded or inflated. I am humble. I do not act unbecomingly. For God’s love in me does not insist on its own rights or ways nor is it self-seeking and neither am I! I am not touchy, fretful or resentful. I take no account of the evil done to me and I pay no attention to a suffered wrong. I repay no one for evil. I take thought for what is honest, proper and noble in the sight of everyone which keeps me above reproach.
I choose to live in peace with everyone for it is possible because Christ is in me. I never try to avenge or come against the evil that may come against me because God is my Avenger. I get out of the way and leave the way open for God’s wrath. For it is written, “Vengeance is Mine, I will repay, says the Lord.” I am determined not to be overcome with evil, but to overcome and master evil with good. I bear up under anything and everything that comes my way. I am ever ready to believe the best of every person. My hopes are fadeless under all circumstances and it endures everything without weakening.
The Love of God in me and through me never fails. Therefore I daily pursue, seek and tap into this love – I make it my aim and my great quest! So be it. Amen.
“For even to this were you called. For Christ also suffered for you, leaving you His personal example, so that you should follow in His footsteps.” I Peter 2:21