Recently, I was listening to a message that Brother Kenneth E. Hagin taught in Miami, Florida a number of years ago. At the beginning of the message, Brother Hagin made this statement, “In fact, to tell you the real truth about the matter, this lesson today is the most important lesson you’ll ever hear on the subject of faith.”

Well now! When Brother Hagin says something is the most important anything about faith, he immediately has my full attention! He didn’t leave it at that statement though! Later in the same message, he made this statement –

“No Christian will ever hear and has ever heard and will ever hear a more important message or teaching than what we are saying today!”

WOW! Those are two absolutely MASSIVE statements made by a proven prophet, teacher and elder statesman of God! 

What, you may ask, was the subject of the lesson?

FAITH WORKS BY LOVE!

“Oh, Brother David, we already know that!”

Well, I will submit to you another statement Brother Hagin made during this message. Now, he was teaching this lesson to Word of faith people, mind you! He said that we hear a lot of talk about love but that we see precious few acts or actions of love. Sadly, after traveling the world in Word of faith circles, churches and ministries for getting close to 30 years, I must reluctantly agree with Brother Hagin’s assessment. 

BUT WE CAN CHANGE THAT!

And we MUST change that!

Most of us that identify with the title “Word of faith,” when we study “faith works by love,” immediately go to Mark 11:25.

”And when ye stand praying, forgive, if ye have ought against any: that your Father also which is in heaven may forgive you your trespasses.“
Mark 11:25 KJV

From there, we launch into teaching about forgiveness and forgiving one another. That is good and it is extremely important but it is a small part of what makes up love! As a matter of fact, in the great “love chapter” of 1 Corinthians 13, in all of the descriptions of what love is and does, it never says “love forgives.”

Now, don’t misunderstand me at all, we know that love forgives but it is so much more than that! Let’s look at Ephesians chapter four.

”Let no foul or polluting language, nor evil word nor unwholesome or worthless talk [ever] come out of your mouth, but only such [speech] as is good and beneficial to the spiritual progress of others, as is fitting to the need and the occasion, that it may be a blessing and give grace (God’s favor) to those who hear it. And do not grieve the Holy Spirit of God [do not offend or vex or sadden Him], by Whom you were sealed (marked, branded as God’s own, secured) for the day of redemption (of final deliverance through Christ from evil and the consequences of sin). Let all bitterness and indignation and wrath (passion, rage, bad temper) and resentment (anger, animosity) and quarreling (brawling, clamor, contention) and slander (evil-speaking, abusive or blasphemous language) be banished from you, with all malice (spite, ill will, or baseness of any kind). And become useful and helpful and kind to one another, tenderhearted (compassionate, understanding, loving-hearted), forgiving one another [readily and freely], as God in Christ forgave you. ”THEREFORE BE imitators of God [copy Him and follow His example], as well-beloved children [imitate their father]. And walk in love, [esteeming and delighting in one another] as Christ loved us and gave Himself up for us, a slain offering and sacrifice to God [for you, so that it became] a sweet fragrance. [Ezek. 20:41.]“
Ephesians 4:29-32; 5:1-2 AMPC

Look at what all is involved in living a life full of actions of love! By the way, did you notice that “forgiving one another” IS listed in verse 32?!

These are the items that we have let slip! Oh sure, we may make an occasional, grandiose display of doing one every now and then but seldom do we see these things consistently in our daily lives. In Brother Hagin’s lesson, he used the example of a boyfriend expressing his love to his girlfriend. He’d say, “I’d climb the highest mountain for you! I’d swim the widest ocean! And, if it doesn’t rain, I’ll come see you on Thursday!” What?!  Somehow that doesn’t line up!

Now, we kind of see that as numerous but let me give you another example.

Going back to Ephesians 4:32, that word “tender hearted” means “strong bowels of compassion, sympathy, pity.” It indicates to feel the pain of another person.

This is what Pall was talking about in Romans 12.

”[Let your] love be sincere (a real thing); hate what is evil [loathe all ungodliness, turn in horror from wickedness], but hold fast to that which is good. Love one another with brotherly affection [as members of one family], giving precedence and showing honor to one another. Rejoice with those who rejoice [sharing others’ joy], and weep with those who weep [sharing others’ grief].“
Romans 12:9-10, 15 AMPC

These are very clear descriptions of love and yet, how many times in the Word of faith have we heard “you just need to buck up and get over it” in one form or another? And usually it is NOT even said in a compassionate tone! Allow me to remind you in Ephesians 4:32 that the word “kind” comes right before “tender hearted!”

According to Thayer Lexicon, the word “kind” there means “mild, pleasant (as opposed to harsh, hard, sharp, bitter).”

Come to think of it, I can recall many instances in Scripture where “loving kindness” is used but I don’t recall the term “tough love” being used all that often!

I encourage all of us as we move forward in witnessing to this world and in learning how faith works more efficiently, effectively and mightily through love that we press in to demonstrating all the actions of love!