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Faith Food Devotional

Heart Love

November 1, 2014

"The love of God is shed abroad in our hearts by the Holy Ghost which is given unto us" (Rom. 5:5). "I hate my mother-in-law!" a minister's wife once said to me. "I don't even know if I'm saved or not, because the Bible says, 'Whosoever hateth his brother is a murderer: and ye know that no murderer hath eternal life abiding in him'" (1 John 3:15). I knew this woman was saved and filled with the Holy Spirit. But I also knew that she was letting the devil dominate her through her mind and flesh. So I said, "Look me in the eye and say out loud, 'I hate my mother-in-law.' As you're saying this, check up on the inside of you - because the love of God has been shed abroad in our hearts, not our heads - and tell me what is happening." She did what I had asked and said, surprised, "Something is 'scratching' me down in my spirit!" "Yes, something on the inside of you is trying to get your attention," I told her. "The love of God in your spirit wants to dominate you, but you are allowing your mind - where those thoughts have built up - to dominate you. In your heart, you actually love everyone." "Yes, I do," she agreed. "What shall I do now?" "Act in love," I answered. "And let your heart dominate you - not your head." Confession: I let the love of God shed abroad in my heart by the Holy Spirit dominate me. Source: Faith Food Devotions by Kenneth E. Hagin. Excerpt permission granted by Faith Library Publications