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Ask God for a heart of love, pastor urges

Published:Saturday | January 19, 2019 | 12:00 AMShanna Kaye Monteith/Gleaner Writer

During this week's fasting service at the Greater Bethlehem Temple Apostolic Church in Yallahs, St. Thomas, the congregation was fed a word on Love.

In her address to the people, Missionary Matthews touched on various examples in the Bible where true love was displayed, the most notable being God's love for people.

"The Bible says for God so loved the world that He gave His only begotten Son! That is true love. We didn't do anything to deserve it. And, as Christians, we need to have that same unconditional love for each other.

"Love should not be based on what the person can or can't give or do for you," she said.

Matthews admitted that though there may be people in churches who are not genuine, the harvesting is God's job, and Christians should continue loving until that day comes.

"We don't know the day; we nuh know the hour; we nuh know the second, but when that day comes only those who are ready will be taken up.

"Not everybody in church going to go up. As the Bible says, 'let the wheat and tares grow until the day of harvesting'.

"God says you have a set of people that only serve Him with their mouths, but not with their hearts.

"They worship, they know the Word and put it across, but it is just lip service ... the heart is far.

"I don't want that to happen to us, so let's ask God for a new heart, a makeover," she said, encouraging the congregation to ask of God a heart of love.The woman of God's exhortation was endorsed by other members, who touched on the various qualities of love as outlined in 1st Corinthians 13 in the Bible.

According to the scriptures, love is patient, kind, forgiving and genuine.

One sister added, "It matters not how you preach well, nor how you speak in tongues at every service: it won't make any sense if you have no love."

The usual Wednesday service was brought to a close with shouts of 'Hallelujah' and a charge to go forth and love as Christ loves.

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