Power to Observe the Jubilee – Love
THE WORD SIROCCO
Thursday, January 16, 2020
Month Theme: The Jubilee
Topic: Power to Observe the Jubilee – Love
Scripture Reading: Philemon 1:1-19; Leviticus 25:8-13
1 Corinthians 13:1
1 Though I speak with the tongues of men and of angels, and have not charity, I am become as sounding brass, or a tinkling cymbal.
Love is a major factor in the celebration of the Jubilee. Sacrificial demands were placed on people and they needed love to respond. Forgiving debts and freeing slaves required love. Love made people return to their families. The apostle Paul asked Philemon to receive Onesimus for love’s sake. He admonished Philemon to forgive Onesimus who was once his slave and receive him not as a servant but as a brother. It was Onesimus’ Jubilee and the apostle Paul released him in love to go to his original place (Philemon 1:8-19).
Love is a great force in commemorating the Jubilee. Without love the trumpet of the Jubilee cannot liberate people. We would sound the trumpet, yet people would still not be free. Faith and spiritual gifts without love cannot edify people and usher them into their Jubilee. Preaching is offensive without love. Speaking with the tongues of men and angels without love equates us with sounding brass or tinkling cymbals (1 Corinthians 13:1-3).
A lot of preaching and ministrations of the Spirit are happening in our time but without the positive results of deliverance and blessing. One of the reasons for this setback is that some of the preachers and ministers preach and minister as hirelings or professionals without love.
Prayer: Pray for the ability and capacity to express love.
“The Jubilee” by Eastwood Anaba
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