Higher Love Expressed Through the Inner Man
“Though I speak with the tongues of men and of angels, but have not love, I have become sounding brass or a clanging cymbal. And though I have the gift of prophecy, and understand all mysteries and all knowledge, and though I have all faith, so that I could remove mountains, but have not love, I am nothing. And though I bestow all my goods to feed the poor, and though I give my body to be burned, but have not love, it profits me nothing.
“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, Love never fails…,” 1 Cor. 13:1-8 (NKJ).
The fact that we each express a message to the world that will not completely vanish until the consummation of all things, renders it crucial that we express our very best expression of good. I was thinking of Adolph Hitler, as evil as his expression was very few people ever express such distinct and influential expression. He is gone but his life’s expression lingers on in those who are influenced by his concept. We can rid ourselves of evil people that raise up among us, but the only way we will ever rid our world of the expression of their ignorance is to enlighten those who are influenced by it—one mind at a time.
Hitler managed to express on a large scale, while most of us express on a very low scale. However small, we do influence others, especially if we have children. But before we can be sure we are expressing a positive expression, we must be sure we seek and search for reality in Christ.
Some people measure their worth by their natural beauty, others judge by their working ability. Some measure their life’s expression by their coordination and strength—never mind that they live a very self-centered and selfish life—never mind that they are overbearing dictators. If they have a good tract record in their chosen expression, they may live free of condemnation.
Righteousness is expressed in Galatians 5:22-23, saying, “But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, longsuffering, gentleness, goodness, faith, meekness, temperance….” When we’re judging ourselves, we should use this as our sense of balance. We must not use our works as credit; we should judge by “our fruit.” Our works enter into the scenario, but only as the means in which the fruit is delivered. Spirit fruit is often delivered through works, and sometimes it is delivered without effort.
Love is an outward expression to an inward experience and is always spontaneous. If we have the higher love, its impact is at least felt if not seen. There are counterfeits, but they are neither spontaneous nor are they without motive. Motives are many and varied; ambition, pride, fear, greed, lust, deceit, and selfishness are often delivered through vessels of good works.
We talk about Christian love, and as Christians we do experience much deeper feelings toward our fellowman than we did before we were converted. But there is an experience of love that goes beyond the measure of love we experience at conversion. We must become conditioned to receive this depth of love. The deeper our expression of love becomes, the greater the demand for mature actions and divine grace. It is impossible to love someone that is suffering without feeling their pain—their pain is our pain and their loss is our loss. To love with the love that is expressed in First Corinthians thirteen is to be involved with the world’s pain. I realize that most people refuse to love outside their immediate family or circle on the grounds that loving all people can incite more pain than they can bear.
Yahweh is Love. To reject the demands that Love lays upon our heart is to reject the higher love that we must reach before we can exercise power over all evil. To reject Love, is to reject our Creator. Our Lord bid us to love our enemies and to remain jubilant even in times of persecution and rejection. That is impossible not only on the natural realm, but it is impossible for most new converts. On those realms, persecution and rejection do not create a melody in the heart. Only on the mature realm can one understand the purpose behind our sufferings and trials, and through this understanding we can see the glory that will be birthed out of them.
Our Forerunner did not ask more of us than he expressed in the days of his flesh. Think for a moment on Hebrews 12:1-2. “Wherefore seeing we also are compassed about with so great a cloud of witnesses, let us lay aside every weight, and the sin which doth so easily beset us, and let us run with patience the race that is set before us. Looking unto Yasha the author and finisher of our faith; who for the joy that was set before him endured the cross, despising the shame, and is set down at the right hand of the throne of Yahweh.”
We are not told that our Master enjoyed the cross, for he had his eyes set on a higher goal that took him “beyond” the cross experience. He knew what the cross experience was expressing. He never centered in on the pain or the shame of the cross. He saw those sacrifices as stepping stones that took him beyond the cross—the higher realm of Love
When we seek the Kingdom, we are in reality seeking for the higher Love-realm. But our heavenly Father cannot give us this realm of love if we are afraid to love people, because love forces involvement. If we feel their lack of good judgment will bring more disappointments and sorrows to us than we can bear, we will not accept the responsibility of the Kingdom.
Some say, love hurts. But in reality, Love is the purest thing in existence if it is not perverted. Self love must remain with self; if it ventures out, it will cause pain. But Higher Love replenishes itself by giving—it is strong enough to overcome the obstacles that it must triumph over.
Yasha tells us we can receive anything we ask for if we are willing to believe and forgive (Mark 11:22-26). It is much easier to forgive our enemies than it is to allow ourselves to love them. We can forgive and let the memory of the incident and the person drift from our conscious mind. But the moment we allow the Higher Love to enter the scene, we step away from our carnal understanding of the person and switch sides. That is, Love forces an emotional involvement. There is always something in the heart of the unenlightened souls that will attract the Higher Love and draw us into a spiritual involvement with them.
It is sensible to carnal thinking for us to stay in control of every situation, and it seems just as sensible to feel that we have abandoned good sense if we turn our lives and our problems over to blind faith. But, faith is not blind if we are living on the Love-realm. We have to judge the Love-realm as worthy of the sacrifice we must make before we experience it. In other words, we must judge the worth of a higher realm while we lack the vision to see its beauty. But here is where faith must step in, “… we know that all things work together for good to them that love Yahweh, to them who are the called according to his purpose,” Romans 8:28. Therefore, we make the leap into the heavens and make our abode there by trusting the Lord.