Let Love Rule
Bishop Keith Butler
Clothe yourselves therefore, as God's own chosen ones... by putting on... patience [which is tireless and long-suffering, and has the power to endure whatever comes, with good temper. Colossians 8:12 (AMP)
Would you say that you need the power of God to endure whatever comes with a good temper? I certainly do. Well, God has given us all that is necessary to fulfill His will in life. And the element He is given us to maintain a good temper in all things is forgiveness, which comes out of a heart of love.
Forgiveness covers our heart and other extremities. Why is it so important? Unforgiveness does not hurt the other person; it hurts you. Also, God said that He will not forgive you unless you forgive others. Forgiveness helps you to maintain a good temper at all times.
Have you ever needed God to forgive you since you have been saved? Do you think you may need God to forgive you in the future? Well, if you forgive, then you will be forgiven. Your decision to walk in love is what will activate God's forgiveness when you need it. It is a decision. Not an emotion, and not a feeling. But it is a decision. You decide, "I am going to do this!" Period.
Love is the key that unlocks forgiveness for you. To forgive an individual is to decide that their wrong won't affect the decision you have made to do what the Word says in responding to their actions. You decide that you will not retaliate, but will respond scripturally. And as far as you are concerned, you will maintain a good relationship with that person, because you walk in love. A love person lets love rule the relationship.
God requires that you walk in love. That love will cause you to maintain a good temper because 1 Corinthians 13:4 says that love is patient. Love can endure anything and everything that comes your way. And when you have that kind of supernatural element working in your life, joy and peace is sure to follow.
Scripture References: Matthew 18:23-35; 1 Corinthians 13:4-8 (Amp)