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The Birthright of Godly Virtue (Love, Joy, Peace)

Can y’all give me about five more minutes?  Can we take five minutes to give you this last point?  Somebody say, “Hallelujah.” 

So, this last one is the birthright of godly virtue.  Somebody say, “Godly virtue.”  Say it again, “Godly virtue.”  So what have we talked about?  We talked about brotherly virtue: this is the stuff we need to deal with, with people.  We talked about self-virtue: this is the stuff that you have for you.  And here, we got godly virtue.   

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DR. GRACE: 1 Corinthians 13:6, it says, “Rejoiceth not in iniquity, but rejoiceth in the truth.  Beareth all things, believeth all things, hopeth all things, endureth all things.”  

PASTOR WIL: The fruit of the Holy Spirit produces this birthright also: godly virtue.  It’s love, it’s joy, it’s peace.   

See, the, see, we got this mixed up.  The fruit of the Spirit is these nine things.  Each one of them is for a different segment of, of, of your relationships.  Love, joy, and peace is your relationship between God.  Long-suffering, gentleness, goodness is your relationship with each other, and faith, meekness, and temperance is for you.  So when we do this last one – see, this is why we mess up, because, see, we have ascribed love, joy, and peace to people.  And that’s wrong.   

I told you: you can’t get love, joy, and peace from people.  You just want to feel loved.  You want the person to make you happy.  You wanna have peace and contentment.  You can’t get that from people; you have to get that from God.  Love, joy, and peace, these are godly things that God made love.  People can’t give you a God-made love that never fails.  That comes from God.  Joy, Hallelujah, unspeakable joy.  People will make you happy for a minute, but of the joy of the Lord is my strength.  You know I’m workin’ right here, tryin’ to give you, “Y’all ain’t happy no more.”  (Laughter.)  You don’t need to be happy if you got joy.  The person may make you happy here and there, but you need joy that keeps you in that state.  And you need peace. 

DR. GRACE: So we have to understand that our birthright is love.  1 Corinthians 13:6, it says, it does not rejoice about injustice, but rejoices whenever the truth wins out.  Love never gives up, it never loses faith, is always hopeful, and endures through every circumstance.  

PASTOR WIL: God gives us love, but the enemy wants us to hate.  God gives us joy, but the enemy wants us to be depressed.  God gives us peace, but the enemy wants us to be in trouble all the time.  Even, even Paul said, when I would do good, evil is present with me.  Look at your neighbor and say, “Don’t overc— don’t, don’t be overcome by it, don’t…”   

Now, say it this way, “Don’t be overcome by evil.  Overcome evil with good.”  Overcome it with God’s power.  Don’t give in to their hate, and you become hateful.  Don’t give in to trouble, and you become troubled.  Don’t give in to, to, to depression, and you become depressed.  Esau was overcome with evil, and he sold his birthright of good.  The Bible says, “Be not overcome of evil, but overcome evil with good.”  Some of us was havin’ a good day until we ran into evil, and then it turned our whole day around.  You just got overcome by evil.  You were feeling good, you were feeling joy, and then you let somebody come in and make you feel bad.  You just got overcome by evil.  God says, “Be not overcome with evil, but overcome evil with good.” 

DR. GRACE: So people may hate you without a cause, but love conquers a multitude of evil.

PASTOR WIL: Life may disappoint you over and over again, but the joy of the Lord is your strength. 

DR. GRACE: We may be troubled on every side, but the peace of God that passeth all understanding shall guard our hearts and our minds.

PASTOR WIL: So look at your neighbor and say, “Neighbor, I may feel like hating you, but I’m gonna overcome that with the love of God.”  Say, “Neighbor, this should make me depressed, but I’m gonna overcome it with the joy of the Lord.”  Say, “Neighbor, time out from being stressed, ‘cause I’ve got the peace of God to keep my mind.” 


PASTOR WIL: Hallelujah.   

DR. GRACE: Hallelujah.  

PASTOR WIL: Come on, give God a praise, everybody.  (Applause.)   

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DR. GRACE: So we have to understand that we are commanded by God to love – that this is our birthright.  We’ve been given love, unconditional love, and to whom much is given, much is expected.  So God has given you unconditional love, and every day, we need to be giving out unconditional love.  That’s our birthright.  

Let us become students of love.  Let us excel in the academia of love.  Let us study love, lesson after lesson, amen.  Just understand that when you are, when you receive a lesson, and you’ve gone through a lesson and you’ve learned about love, then the test will come.  But after your test comes, understand that your testimony is next, amen.   

I want you to get excited now, amen, because as you’re going through, don’t worry about what you’re going through, amen.  All you gotta do is show love, amen, because I believe that as you show love, amen, God will give you a love testimony, amen.   

Are you ready to take the test?  Amen.  Are you ready to pass the test?  And are you ready for a testimony?  Come on, jump on your feet today, amen.  God is challenging you, He is preparing you, He’s commanding you.  God wants you to take your love a little deeper, amen.  He wants you to love more, amen.  He wants to challenge you to love like you’ve never loved before.  God wants to pull you in so you can experience his love.  And as you experience God’s love, let the anointing of God’s love overwhelm you!  Let the anointing of God’s love overshadow you!  Let God begin to move in your life!  And as He moves in your life, He will allow you to not be weary in welldoing!  He will allow you not to faint, amen, but even though you might feel like fainting… 


DR. GRACE: …And you might feel like being weary, amen, and you might feel like fallin’, let us not be weary in welldoing, because in due season, we will reap, if we faint not!  God is calling us to win!  


DR. GRACE: God is calling us to win!  He wants you to win your love from Him!  He wants you to win your enemies!  He wants you to win your friends!  He wants you to win!  You are more than a conqueror!  I want you to know who you are!  I want you to know who you are!  I want you to know what you’re called to do, amen!  God is giving you this assignment, amen.  Learn this lesson, amen, because God wants you to love.  And as you love – as you love – as you love – love begets love.  The more love you give, the more love will come back to you.  The more love you give, the more love will come back to you, amen.  Let’s be committed, amen, to loving God and loving others.

PASTOR WIL: If you’re gonna tap into God’s love, go ahead and start praisin’ and reachin’ out to God right now.  Come on, come on, come on.  Hallelujah.  Don’t wait on the people, you go ahead and get your own.  Go ahead and get your love, go ahead and get your joy, go ahead and get your peace, go ahead and get your long-suffering, go ahead and get your gentleness and your goodness and your faith, and your meekness and your temperance.  Somebody go ahead and start cryin’ out to God right now, say, “Lord, give me that love, give me that love when I’ve been wronged, give me that love when I’ve been hurt, give me that love when life is making me depressed, give me that love!  Hallelujah!”  Lift those hands up to God.  Lift those hands up to God.   

And this word, ministered to you – I want to touch and agree with you for these last few minutes.  The Bible says, “Where two or three are gathered in my name, I will be there in the midst of them.”  Now, “gathered” as in touching and agreeing, so I want to agree with you.  I want to agree with you, I, I, I, I’m speaking here because this word was for somebody in here.  This word was for someone in here.  Maybe it was a couple.  Maybe it was an individual, a single. Maybe somebody in their job, or their workplace.  Maybe you’ve been feeling some kind of way about your calling, or your ministry.  Hallelujah, you’ve been feeling some kind of way about your finances and your money.  You’ve been feeling some kind of way about your purpose and your destiny.  Feeling some kind of way about life.  As I’m speaking, everybody hold those hands up.  But if you feel ready to meet me at the altar, I want you to slip your way down here.  Somebody next to you, just say, “Excuse me, I need to get to the altar real quickly.  Hallelujah.  The enemy’s got me feeling a certain kind of way, and I’ve gotta overcome that today.  I’ve been feeling a certain kind of way, and it ain’t necessarily about you, but I’ve been feeling a certain kind of way.”  Make your way to the altar, Hallelujah, because we’re gettin’ ready to overcome this devil. 

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