“Love one another.” –Wouldn’t it be nice if we could have a supernatural outbreak of God’s love in our church meetings? Control contorts, constricts, and collapses love. Love must be free to spontaneously flow.
–5 simple ways to increase love in church/corps* meetings:
1) Give ordinary people the opportunity to open up and share what is on their heart. When you hear people being sincere, transparent, and vulnerable, you can’t help but feel love for them.
2) Let people gather around, lay their hands on, and pray over one another. When people pray out loud for other people, supernatural love begins to flow from their heart. Another way to do this is to break the meeting into groups of about 3 to 6 people and let them share their concerns and then pray together for each other.
3) Arrange the seating for the meeting in a way that people can see each others faces (circle, semi-circle, or U-shape arrangements seem to work best for this). When you see the living Jesus shining through someone’s face, love wells up from inside you.
4) Create an environment that moves praise and worship beyond a rehearsed and controlled performance and allows people to passionately pour out their heart in abandoned adoration of Jesus. Worshiping in spirit and truth let’s love loose!
5) Keep the meeting real, honest, and heart-felt. “If we walk in the light, as He (God) is in the light, we have fellowship with one another, and the blood of Jesus, His Son, purifies us from all sin.” –1 John 1:7
–It takes great courage to be open and honest; and to humbly admit our faults, insecurities, struggles, and issues. Yet, God’s love calls us to nothing less. “Therefore confess your sins to each other and pray for each other so that you may be healed.” When sins are openly confessed, God’s miracle of mercy and love rises up in those who hear.
–Love’s not a theory taught through trained theological teachings. Love is a lifestyle learned by letting in God’s light!
*Corps is the term The Salvation Army uses instead of church. The Greek word that is used in the New Testament for gatherings of God’s people is ekklesia. The earliest English Bible translators brought it into English as congregation. However, the King James translators rather than bringing the meaning of the word ekklesia into English, replaced it with the word church which means a place for religious worship rather than the gathering of God’s people. For more see my post: The Lost Word of the Bible–Ekklesia.