Always Keep God First

Pastor Chris Oyakhilome, President of LoveWorld Inc. and Christ Embassy is a unique minister of the Gospel. Our Man of God continues to propel a dynamic and multifaceted global ministry, as well as being a faith healer, author, and television host. He constantly reminds us that our personal relationship with Jesus is what matters most. When you make His goals, will, plan, and purpose the top priories in your life, you can be sure that you will succeed. Nothing should come before Him. God commands us to love Him with all of our hearts, minds, souls, and strength (Luke 10:27).

Daily Devotional

In today’s Rhapsody of Realties, titled “Love Like Christ”, Pastor Chris talks about how to walk in love.

Above all, love each other deeply, because love covers a multitude of sins (1 Peter 4:8 NIV).

If someone does something that upsets or offends you, rather than become bitter or enraged, let it go. Jesus loved everyone, including His accusers and persecutors. Then He tells us in Matthew 5:44, “But I say unto you, Love your enemies, bless them that curse you, do good to them that hate you, and pray for them which despitefully use you, and persecute you.”

Pastor Chris tells us to emulate the Master. Have the love language and culture. Love everyone unconditionally. The Bible says, “For even hereunto were ye called: because Christ also suffered for us, leaving us an example, that ye should follow his steps: Who did no sin, neither was guile found in his mouth: Who, when he was reviled, reviled not again; when he suffered, he threatened not, but committed himself to him that judgeth righteously” (1 Peter 2:21-23).

What about a situation where the people you respect are those that hurt you? Pastor Chris answers that by saying: “Love them. Grow out of that place where you can still be hurt. Live in God’s Word. Live like Christ and love like Him: “Be ye, therefore, followers of God, as dear children; And walk in love, as Christ also hath loved us, and hath given himself for us an offering and a sacrifice to God for a sweetsmelling savor” (Ephesians 5:1-2).

Pastor Chris was quoted as saying: “To walk with God is to walk in love. All people are the same when it comes to love. Everyone has the capacity to give and receive love. Love is the greatest power in the universe. That’s Christianity!”

In 1 Corinthians 13:4-8, it says, “Love endures long and is patient and kind; love never is envious nor boils over with jealousy, is not boastful or vainglorious, does not display itself haughtily. It is not conceited (arrogant and inflated with pride); it is not rude (unmannerly) and does not act unbecomingly. Love (God’s love in us) does not insist on its own rights or its own way, for it is not self-seeking; it is not touchy or fretful or resentful; it takes no account of the evil done to it [it pays no attention to a suffered wrong]. It does not rejoice at injustice and unrighteousness but rejoices when right and truth prevail. Love bears up under anything and everything that comes is ever ready to believe the best of every person, its hopes are fadeless under all circumstances, and it endures everything [without weakening]. Love never fails [never fades out or becomes obsolete or comes to an end] ….”

As it is written in Colossians 3:23, “Whatever you do, do it from the heart, as something done for the Lord and not for people.”

Regardless of what’s to come, you can experience comfort by remembering that God sees the complete picture, even when you don’t.

Giving praise always

Most importantly, don’t forget to praise God for all He has already done. The latter portion of Isaiah 12:4-5 states, “Give thanks to the Lord; proclaim his name! Make his works known among the people. Declare that his name is exalted. Sing to the Lord, for He has done glorious things. Let this be known throughout the earth.” When you take a moment to ponder and meditate on all that God has already done, you can experience gratitude and hope.

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