Languishes: 1 a: to be or become feeble, weak, or enervated, b: to be or live in a state of depression or decreasing vitality.
The Voice of Abba came:
“I have looked down from My resting place and I have seen the sons of men who have NOT given in to apathy or complacency in America.
I have seen those who wish to do something that helps take care of their brothers and sisters. I have seen those who have sown and sown in the opposites of apathy; those who have given and given, out of their poverty and not just out of their abundance to help the less fortunate.
I see a relinquishing in the remnant of greed and a desire to do what is right. I want you to know that those who hold to the TRUTH will I have great mercy on that you will be a conduit of help to others.
I will anoint you with oil and I will sprinkle you and remove all your sin debt, for the one who loves another, though that person has hurt them and bludgeoned them.
For many are learning to love their enemies, instead of walking in criticism and hatred, instead of gossip and slander.”
“And above all things have fervent charity among yourselves: for charity shall cover the multitude of sins,” 1 Peter 4:8 KJV.
“More than anything, keep loving each other actively; because love covers many sins,” 1 Peter 4:8 CJB.
The word for charity, actually is LOVE: agape.
Strong’s NT: 26 a)ga/ph agape (ag-ah’-pay); from NT:25; love, i.e. affection or benevolence; specially (plural) a love-feast: KJV – (feast of) charity ([-ably]), dear, love.
“But if we [really] are living and walking in the Light, as He [Himself] is in the Light, we have [true, unbroken] fellowship with one another, and the blood of Jesus Christ His Son cleanses (removes) us from all sin and guilt [keeps us cleansed from sin in all its forms and manifestations]. If we say we have no sin [refusing to admit that we are sinners], we delude and lead ourselves astray, and the Truth [which the Gospel presents] is not in us [does not dwell in our hearts],” 1 John 1:7-8.
“Love that is true is kind and gentle, peaceable and understanding. Love makes men to be peacemakers, not squabblers.
Arguing and foolish debating only breeds quarrels. I see so many of you who have made great progress in learning to love those around you, even those that are difficult to love.
For that is really the test of love is it not? It is easy to love those who love you.
But it is much harder to love your enemies, and to be good to those who hate you. It is difficult to pray for those who spitefully USE you.”
“Whereas the object and purpose of our instruction and charge is love, which springs from a pure heart and a good (clear) conscience and sincere (unfeigned) faith. But certain individuals have missed the mark on this very matter [and] have wandered away into vain arguments and discussions and purposeless talk. They are ambitious to be doctors of the Law (teachers of the Mosaic ritual), but they have no understanding either of the words and terms they use or of the subjects about which they make [such] dogmatic assertions,” 1 Timothy 1:5-7 AMP.
“But we know that the law is good if one uses it lawfully, knowing this: that the law is not made for a righteous person, but for the lawless and insubordinate, for the ungodly and for sinners, for the unholy and profane, for murderers of fathers and murderers of mothers, for manslayers, for fornicators, for sodomites, for kidnappers, for liars, for perjurers, and if there is any other thing that is contrary to sound doctrine, according to the glorious gospel of the blessed God which was committed to my trust,” 1 Timothy 1:8-11 NKJV.
“For if you love those who love you, what reward have you? Do not even the tax collectors do the same?” Matthew 5:46-47 NKJV.
“But I say to you who hear: Love your enemies, do good to those who hate you, bless those who curse you, and pray for those who spitefully use you. To him who strikes you on the one cheek, offer the other also. and from him who takes away your cloak, do not withhold your tunic either. Give to everyone who asks of you. and from him who takes away your goods do not ask them back,” Luke 6:27-31 NKJV
“I tell you, you need to FIGHT APATHY more than ever because of the escalation of end times. More than ever you need MY GRACE to do anything.
You need MY LOVE in order to love others, thus I have been asking you to come to me. Yet the enemy keeps trying to steal your time so you won’t have that intimacy with ME.
Come to ME, you who are heavy laden and cast off your cares upon ME, and I will carry them FOR you. My love will endure forever and ever, and ever! It NEVER fails!
You need to be able to demonstrate the same care I have for you to others! That should be the desire of your heart.
So many are still walking in far too much impatience, intolerance and frustration with others. FORBEARANCE is one of the FRUITS of the SPIRIT.
So ask for PEACE when someone makes you anxious. DEMONSTRATING LOVE IN THE FACE OF ANTAGONISM REQUIRES PEACE OF HEART and MIND.
To be able to look your enemy in the eye and really mean that you love them, is still where I want you to be. So I will keep the FIRES burning hot until you have learned this lesson of LOVE.
Come to ME beloveds. TIME IS SHORT. So come and spend as much as you can in MY PRESENCE so I can put the finishing touches on you, so I can impart My wisdom, My love, My understanding, My peace, My JOY, My kindness.
That is the desire of My heart that YOU will learn to come to ME for EVERYTHING YOU NEED!
I have plenty to give. I AM rich and abundant in mercy for the one who will HUMBLE themselves before ME.”
First published: June 5, 2008
~ Priscilla Van Sutphin
PRISCILLA VAN SUTPHIN is the founder of Upstream Ministries, California, online at www.upstreamca.org and blogtalkradio.com/ Upstream. Donate to Upstream: via secure Paypal by sending as gift to goininupstream @hotmail.com or send to: Upstream, PMB 545, 14311 Newport Blvd, Suite G, Tustin, CA 9278, USA.