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Baptism of God's love

Have you received the baptism of God’s love since you believed?

Just like there is a Baptism of repentance and a Baptism of the Holy Spirit, there is also a baptism of God’s love. Each of these three experiences help us to move closer to perfection by experiencing Jesus in greater degrees.

Many of us receive God’s forgiveness when we accept Jesus Christ as our lord and savior. After or during that, many speak in other tongues as they are baptized with the Holy Spirit. We called this being filled with the Holy Ghost.

The baptism of God’s love

There is a third baptism in God for all who ask. This is a baptism of God’s love and it is a distinct experience in God. This Tabernacle Blessing occurs when we open up and receive God’s Spirit through one another. We can ask for it just like we asked to be saved or Spirit filled.

God is love, therefore when we allow Him to fill us, we become love too. Whereas the manifestation (or revealing) of salvation is often an intense feeling of forgiveness, the Baptism of love is an overwhelming feeling of love for another and God. As God wills, we feel an instant connection with certain members of the Body of Christ. It is as though we’ve know them forever and trust them completely.

God in us

In reality, it is God we love and trust, but because they are yielding to His Spirit, we feel the same towards them too. Filled with God, we all become vessels of His love. We see Jesus in their eyes and it makes us love them completely. Feeling Jesus in their tender touch, we know He cares. When they speak, under the anointing of this baptism of love, we hear the gentle voice of our Savior.

As God becomes one with us, we automatically feel the baptism of His love. What started with salvation, continues with Holy Spirit baptism, and culminates in the outpouring of the baptism of His love.

How do you receive this baptism of God’s love?

The way that we receive the baptism of God’s love is through the laying on of hands. When a person wants to receive this gift, they ask God to fill them and, if someone is praying for them, they lay hands on their belly.

Jesus said during the feast of Tabernacles,

“In the last day, that great day of the feast, Jesus stood and cried, saying, If any man thirst, let him come unto me, and drink. He that believeth on me, as the scripture hath said, out of his belly shall flow rivers of living water.”

John 7:37,38

Therefore, in order for the Holy Spirit to flow from our belly, God must fill you in the first place. This is why it is important for those who have been baptized in God’s love to lay hands on those who wish to be filled.

In truth, God fills us with His baptism of love any number of different ways. So there is no “formula” for doing so. However, let each of you be led by His Holy Spirit in the way that works best for you. The bottom line is simply to seek God’s love and you shall be filled.

A baptism of God’s love naturally leads to demonstrations of His love

The baptism of God’s love is what made love feasts in the early church possible. It is what led the apostle Paul to exhort everyone to greet one another with a holy kiss. Having all things in common seemed like a very good idea since no one wanted to leave church anyway. Holiness became second nature to those under the influence of God’s love. People simply do not sin when they love as Christ loves.

We are on the verge of a mighty move of God’s love. This baptism of love, once it begins, will spread like wildfire in a dry forest. People are hungry for a direct experience with God. What better way to feel His presence than to have a brother or sister manifest His nature to you.

Be Brave by Sara Bareilles