And Peter answered him and said, Lord, if it be thou, bid me come unto thee on the water. And he said, Come. And when Peter was come down out of the ship, he walked on the water, to go to Jesus. But when he saw the wind boisterous, he was afraid; and beginning to sink, he cried, saying, Lord, save me. (Matthew 14:28-30)
Peter come walking on the water, doing fine until he seen the waves were contrary, then he got scared and begin to sink. Jesus come, picked him up, said, “Why did you fear, oh ye of little faith?” Fear, you’re scared it won’t happen. Don’t have one bit of fear; move forward. God said so; that settles it. And you can’t do that until you have love.
Perfect love casts out all fear. If I want to contribute anything to my success in the ministry amongst people, is this: I’ll admit I’ve had to butcher up meetings because I just couldn’t set it routine as ministers do. And many times I’ve had to promise this, and take this back, and do this, and do that. Because God will make me do it. But if there’s one thing, is because that I have loved people and people know that.
You take a little baby three months old, he don’t know nothing. He’s got a mind, but it isn’t developed. He don’t know who, or nothing. The doctors say they can see a light, might see your hand, but they can only follow it. And he will just be kicking his little heels, and screaming to the top of his voice. Well, here comes some kind woman, comes along passing him, say, “Well, well, dear.” He just kicks right on. He don’t know who the woman is. He don’t know nobody.
But let that mother walk up, just put her hands on him. That settles it. Now, he don’t know his mother. But his little spirit knows there’s something about that spirit there, that nothing else can inject that mother love to him, no matter how much the other person loves.
It ain’t the mother’s love. Is that right? And she lays her hands on him, he will dry up. See, he’s ready. Because that mother, there is a love about her, that goes to the baby, that the baby’s little spirit recognizes that that’s a love that no other love is.
No wonder He ordained us to lay hands on the sick. Take a horse when he’s all bothered, jumping and jerking. You western people ought to know that. You just let the master walk into the stall and probably say, “Whoa, boy,” lay his hands on him, he quieten right down. See, it’s love.
And when we love God with all of our hearts, souls, and minds, and we love one another as ourselves, our neighbors as ourselves, the people can actually feel that. You can’t put it on.
You can’t make a belief, ’cause they’ll know it. I believe Lincoln said one time, “You can fool part of the people, part of the time, but not all of the people, all of the time.” And that’s right. And if you’ve got love in your heart for the people, they’ll know it.
You might act indifferent or anything, but still, they know it. They can feel it. It’s another dimension, as we call it, that injects to these people a love that they know it. And they’ll believe it.