we have the capacity

While Jesus was here on this Earth He prayed for us that the love wherewith the Father loved Him would be in us as believers John 17:26. Did it come to pass? Yes, for Romans 5:5 says the love of God is shed abroad in our hearts by the Holy Ghost which is given unto us. We have the very same love of God in us, not just part of it but all of it. At the time of our new birth or being born again we receive the capacity to love even as He loved us.

If you are a child of God, the greatest capacity and potential you have to live and get along in a world full of hate is already poured into you when you got saved. This is the capacity of every new creation in Christ 2 Corinthians 5:17. It is the love of God shed abroad in our heart Romans 5:5. Capacity is a measurement of space (the ability to contain, hold, receive, or absorb) and capability (makes capable or what makes something have potential, ability, and capability).

A simple way to think of this is the phrase CAPACITY MAKES CAPABLE. The capacity of something means it has the capability for whatever is poured into it can be poured out. The Bible says in Romans 5:5 the love of God is shed abroad in our heart by the Holy Ghost… (to pour forth; to bestow; shed forth (abroad); to gush out; run out; spill). The very love of God Himself was poured into us.

What is the capacity of the love of God or what is it capable of?
A. An UNCONDITIONAL capacity –no matter what people do or do not do.
Romans 5:8 But God commendeth his love toward us, in that, while we were yet sinners, Christ died for us.

B. A MERCIFUL capacity –no matter how unlovely and undeserving they are.
Matthew 5:44 But I say unto you, Love your enemies, bless them that curse you, do good to them that hate you, and pray for them which despitefully use you, and persecute you;

C. A GIVING capacity –no matter if we receive anything back.
John 3:16 For God so loved the world, that he gave his only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in him should not perish, but have everlasting life.

D. A SACRIFICIAL capacity– no matter if there is nothing in it but cost to me.
Ephesians 5:2 And walk in love, as Christ also hath loved us, and hath given himself for us an offering and a sacrifice to God for a sweetsmelling savour.

E. An INITIATING capacity– no matter if anyone loves us first, it can take the first step to love.
1 John 4:19 We love him, because he first loved us.

That capacity alone is not enough but it has to flow out of us as we practice it or perfect it 1 John2:5, 6; 1 John 4:12.

Pastor John Rasicci is the founder and Pastor of Word of His Grace Church in Cuyahoga Falls, Ohio, where we are building people who are building the Church. Pastor's ministry mission is to help people discover God's dream for their Life, the Local Church, and the Last Days' Harvest. With a strong emphasis on the grace of God and with a prophetic voice, Pastor John preaches and teaches in churches, conferences, and crusades both locally and throughout the world. He has produced books, tapes, and other teaching materials to empower, enable, and equip Believers with the Word of God. Pastor John is married to his wife Candy who with their three children, Krista, Joanna, John Anthony, and two son-in-laws, Matt and Doug, serve together in the ministry. After graduating from Kent State University, Pastor John pursued a career in professional baseball before accepting the call to the ministry. He and his wife, Candy, received their ministry training from Rhema Bible Training Center in Tulsa, Oklahoma.

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