Ongoing tender love and care is vital to our life in Christ/ Messiah.
Let us put our love into action and make it real.
“This how we learned what love is: He gave His life for us. We too should give our lives for our fellow Christians. If anyone has this world’s goods and sees his fellow Christian is in need but shuts his heart against him, how can he still be loving God? Children, let us not love only in words or in talk but let us put our love into action and make it real.” 1 John 3:16-18 AAT
Real love involves the action of participation in loving one another and being loved by one another in thought, word and deed.
Anytime we do anything motivated by God’s love, we are doing a good work.
“For we are his workmanship, created in Messiah Yeshua for good works, which God prepared before that we would walk in them.” Ephesians 2:10.
The good works in which God planned for us to live are prompted by The Holy Spirit and motivated by agape love. We feel the tug of divine love prompting us to share God’s kindness, righteousness, and justice (Jer 9:24).
Messiah Jesus is the Vine
Messiah Jesus helps us be fruitful branches of the Vine — faithful, humble, kind, courteous, hospitable, forgiving, and helpful — life sharing fruit bearers.
The life flow of the Vine motivates and empowers us to bear much fruit and bearing fruit is edifying.
Righteousness, peace and joy in the Holy Spirit wells up within us. God’s nature and His power helps us love and be loved in word and in deed. Thus, we do the spiritually motivated and empowered good works of the kingdom and walk in them.
“But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faith, gentleness, and self-control. Against such things there is no law. Those who belong to Messiah have crucified the flesh with its passions and lusts. If we live by the Spirit, let’s also walk by the Spirit. 26 Let’s not become conceited, provoking one another, and envying one another.” Galatians 5:22-26.
A husband loving and nurturing his wife and children is doing good work. Protecting and providing for one’s own family is good work. Raising children in the nurture and admonition of The LORD is good work.
A wife respecting her husband is doing a good work. A mother loving and nurturing her children does much good work. Her love takes the sting out of the hurts and wounds of this world; whether it is a child’s own or hurt feelings, an adolescent’s meltdown or an adult’s heartache.
Children obeying their parents are doing good works. Harmonious and helpful relationships with our brothers and sisters in The LORD are good works that thrive in the body of Messiah Jesus that He builds.
The body of Messiah Jesus that he builds.
“He gave some to be emissaries; and some, prophets; and some, evangelists; and some, shepherds and teachers; for the perfecting of the holy ones, to the work of serving, to the building up of the body of Messiah, until we all attain to the unity of the faith and of the knowledge of the Son of God, to a full grown man, to the measure of the stature of the fullness of Messiah, that we may no longer be children, tossed back and forth and carried about with every wind of doctrine, by the trickery of men, in craftiness, after the wiles of error; but speaking truth in love, we may grow up in all things into him who is the head, Messiah, from whom all the body, being fitted and knit together through that which every joint supplies, according to the working in measure of each individual part, makes the body increase to the building up of itself in love.” Ephesians 4:11-16.
“Now our Lord Yeshua the Messiah himself, and God our Father, who loved us and gave us eternal comfort and good hope through grace, comfort your hearts and establish you in every good work and word.” 2 Thessalonians 2:16-17.
Serving God by loving one another fulfills our deepest longings to love and be loved and to be useful and productive in the noble things of eternal importance. We get to live and walk in the mutually supportive environment of good works that is created as we stay in Jesus’ love and bear fruit.
Now may God make you complete.
“Now may the God of peace, who brought again from the dead the great shepherd of the sheep with the blood of an eternal covenant, our Lord Yeshua, make you complete in every good work to do his will, working in you that which is well pleasing in his sight, through Yeshua the Messiah, to whom be the glory forever and ever. Amen.” Hebrews 13:20-21.
~ Bill Bremer