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The prevailing concept of God’s love, as applied in today’s church, is “turn-the-other-cheek” and pray for the enemy. We are encouraged to accept people as they are. Jesus instructs us to “turn-the-other-cheek” only when appropriate. But when that love-approach is used as the whole definition for God’s love, it ultimately tolerates, aids and abets sin at every juncture. Jesus refused to tolerate the money changers and thieves. He overturned their tables!
How can the church recover when we awake to realize we accepted the first layer of God’s love as the entire application, tolerating what God ultimately judges? Love forbears as repentance is sought, but quickly warns when judgment draws near. One of the greatest manifestations of love afflicts in an attempt to persuade the hard-headed about course corrections. Paul used affliction very successfully in Corinth where sexual sin was dominate. Finally Peter set the standard for apostolic love with termination when Ananias and Sapphira lied to the Holy Spirit.
God’s love has five distinctive layers, each one can be manifested by the Holy Spirit as needed to bring God’s Hand in the midst of our circumstances for gaining a harvest or obtaining answers to prayer! Ephesians chapters 3 and 4 declare the five layers of God’s love comprise the fullness of Christ! The church is prepared for the last days when all five layers are operational in our lives!