The Bible says:

“Jesus made no reputation of Himself.”

“When He was reviled He did not revile in return.”

“I only do those things I see my Father do in heaven.”

“I only say those things I hear my Father say.”

“I came to seek and save those who are lost.”

“I did not come to be served but to serve and give my life as a ransom for many.”

“Only in losing your life can you find it.”

Jesus lives in us in the presence of the Holy Spirit. He commands us to abide in Him. When we do, all the above will come through us as we live in these short moments in time.

Charlemagne attempted to put the Roman Empire back together again. He was a powerful man and a mighty general. His life’s goal was to rule the world. When his grave was discovered, they found his skeleton seated on the throne with his bony finger pointing to a verse in the Bible that was on his lap. That verse (Matt. 16:26) reads, “What good will it be for a man if he gains the whole world, yet forfeits his soul?”



Love is one of the tenderest words in our English language. It is the term that might best describe God. No wonder the Apostle Paul writes about it in such an emphatic way in

1 Corinthians 13:4–8 (NASB95)

4 Love is patient, love is kind and is not jealous; love does not brag and is not arrogant,

5 does not act unbecomingly; it does not seek its own, is not provoked, does not take into account a wrong suffered,

6 does not rejoice in unrighteousness, but rejoices with the truth;

7 bears all things, believes all things, hopes all things, endures all things.

8 Love never fails …

Paul said in 1 Corinthians 12 this love was … a more excellent way …

He said at the beginning of 1 Corinthians 14 … Pursue love …

My friend, this is not friendship love nor romantic love, this is none other than the agape love (God’s love) that has been shed abroad in our hearts by the Holy Spirit.

As you practice moment-by-moment surrender, you will be able to say, “Jesus be Jesus in me.”

And you will experience, I am patient, I am kind, I am not not jealous, I do not brag, I am not arrogant, I do not act unbecomingly, I do not seek my own, I am not easily provoked, I do not take into account a wrong suffered, I do not rejoice in unrighteousness, but I rejoice with the truth, I bear all things, I believe all things, I hope all things, I endure all things, and I will never fail! I give up! Jesus be Jesus in me.

7131I’ve been in a series on Wednesday nights going verse by verse through the Love Chapter or 1 Corinthians 13. God is showing me new things in what Paul calls the “greatest thing!” This “greatest thing” got my attention and started my research.

Someone has said, “Love is the circulatory system of the Body of Christ.”

In verse 31 of chapter 12 some have translated, “a still more excellent way” to “a still higher path” or “a way which surpasses them all. I exhort us all to begin, this minute, walking on this higher path which surpasses them all.

This “more excellent way” involves the “greatest of all things” that you see in chapter 13 verse 13, the Divine agape love which can flow through the child of God who walks in the Spirit.

Agape – The Greek word for God’s love. It is a sacrificial love.

This is a higher level of love than the love a man has for a women and a woman for a man. This is a higher level of love than friendship love or brotherly love, like the love of Jonathan and David.

Romantic love and brotherly love appeal to the emotions. God’s love appeals to the will.

1 Corinthians 13 (The Love Chapter) teaches us to “make love our aim.”

This is why Paul says at the very beginning of the next chapter that we should “Pursue love.”

We have seen in verse 8 that this “love never fails.”  Not maybe never fails! God’s Word clearly says this “love never fails!”

Romans 5:5 (NASB95) clearly tells us: “…the love of God has been poured out within our hearts through the Holy Spirit who was given to us.”

When we become New Testament Christians, this agape is born in us.

Agape characterizes God and we see this in: 1 John 4:8 – “The one who does not love does not know God, for God is love.”

My friend, love is what God is, and what we ought to be. God’s love was expressed in fullness at the cross of Calvary. Now, you might be thinking, who loves this way? In ourselves this is impossible, Luke 1:37“For nothing will be impossible with God.”

The secret in 1 Corinthians 13 is surrendering to the Holy Spirit and you will see the first fruit of His Spirit will come out of you. That is His love.

Galatians 5:22“But the fruit of the Spirit is love…”

You see, we produce the works of the flesh (self). Works produced by the flesh are human energy. Fruit is grown as a branch abides in the vine.

John 15:5“Abide in Me, and I in you. As the branch cannot bear fruit of itself unless it abides in the vine, so neither can you unless you abide in Me.”

The fruit of the Spirit and our works of SELF differ from one another like a factory and a garden differ.

Notice again in Galatians 5:22 – fruit is singular not plural. You see, the Holy Spirit produces only one kind of fruit, that is, Christlikeness.

C.I. Scofield who wrote the Scofield reference Bible said, “The fruit of the Spirit is foreign to the soil of the human heart.” Meaning, we cannot produce this fruit in and of ourselves, it comes from the Holy Spirit within us.


Below are some quotes I have been enjoying from Vance Havner and wish to share with you.

  • “When prospects show up for church membership these days, nothing is said about telling the world good-bye.”
  • “We have conquered the atom, but we have not mastered Adam.”
  • “Much of the youthful unrest today is due to the fact that too many youngsters never do a day’s work.”
  • “When a man pitches his tent toward Sodom, give him a little more time and he will be in the middle of Sodom.”
  • “We are not here to save civilization. God is calling out a people for His name. Lot did not reform Sodom but Sodom ruined Lot! It was a matter of choice and he made the wrong decision.
  • “To many professing Christians have pitched their tents toward Sodom. The lust of the flesh, the lust of the eyes, the pride of life, that is Sodom. The Living Bible puts it this way “…. the craze for sex, the ambition to buy everything that appeals to you, and the pride that comes from wealth and importance … these are not from God. They are from this evil world itself. 1 John 2:16 – For all that is in the world, the lust of the flesh and the lust of the eyes and the boastful pride of life, is not from the Father, but is from the world.”  
  • “As we read these quotes from a preacher that has been quoted almost as much as Charles Spurgeon we might think …. “Oh, so much “negative.” But, we are still stuck, we know what he said is true. That is the prophet, we need them again today.”

-7131 3Can you picture it?  The first Christmas worship service was a simple family, Mary and Joseph kneeling around the Babe in a manger.  The Savior of the world was lying there.  “You shall call His name Jesus, for He shall save His people from their sins,” said the angel of the annunciation (Matthew 1:21).

The birth of Jesus lifted earth to heaven and sent heaven to earth.  From the cross to the grave and from the grave to the sky this same Jesus after finishing the work His Father had sent Him to do sat down by the Father’s right hand in heaven.  It is finished!

My friend, where Jesus is, there you are!  “But God, who is rich in mercy, because of His great love with which He loved us, even when we were dead in trespasses, made us alive together with Christ, by grace you have been saved, and raised us up together and made us sit together in the heavenly places in Christ Jesus….”  (Ephesians 2:4-6).

I pray for you as you ponder this great truth and enjoy the riches that you already have in Christ Jesus.  May this Christmas be the best one yet for you and your family as you abide in Him Who is your life.

-7131I love the story that John Stott tells in his commentary on Ephesians. It’s a story about one of his professors at Cambridge who was honored on his retirement by the board and faculty of his college with a beautiful portrait that had been done of his likeness that would be hung in the hall where he had taught for most of his life.

When Dr. Gibson was giving his words of thanks and appreciation at the unveiling of this beautiful portrait, Dr. Gibson said this, “In the future, when people see this painting they will ask the question, not ‘Who is that man?’ but ‘Who painted that portrait?’”

It was an expression of his appreciation for the artistic skill of the portrait maker.  He had done such a wonderful job that his work would draw attention to itself.

My friend, think about it, it’s also a beautiful picture of what God is doing in us. God’s grace has been manifested to us not so that we are the center of attention, and that people are asking ‘What about that man? What’s his name? What about that woman? What’s her name?’ but ‘Who did that work of grace in him? Who did that work of grace in her? Who saved that woman? Who saved that man?’ My friend, we are the display of His workmanship in salvation by grace.

“I have been crucified with Christ; and it is no longer I who live, but Christ lives in me; and the life which I now live in the flesh I live by faith in the Son of God, who loved me, and delivered Himself up for me. (Galatians 2:20)
A young man approached an older Christian with this question:
“What does it mean as far as this life is concerned to be ‘crucified with Christ’?”The believer replied, “It means three things:

(1) a man on a cross is facing in only one direction;

(2) he is not going back; and

(3) he has no further plans of his own.”

Commenting on this, T. S. Rendall wrote,
“Too many Christians are trying to face in two directions at the same time. They are divided in heart. They want Heaven, but they also love the world. They are like Lot’s wife: running one way, but facing another. Remember, a crucified man is not coming back. The cross spells finis for him; he is not going to return to his old life. Also, a crucified man has no plans of this own. He is through with the vainglory of this life. Its chains are broken and its charms are gone.”

In the light of these truths, would you say you are acting like a “crucified” Christian? – H. G. Bosch