It is the glory of God to conceal a thing: but the honour of kings is to search out a matter. Proverbs 25:2

Archive for February, 2018

The Love of God Demonstrated In Our Lives

To demonstrate the love of God we must know the love of God and this is revealed in His word. We must know scripture so that we are able to interpret life through God’s truth and make application based on His word and not our experiences. Without knowing the word of God people will give advice and speak useless rhetoric from what they have been taught through life in this fallen world system. People will spew out the venom of what their society and life has taught them, rather than the truth of God’s word. It is only in God’s word that we can truly have life. God’s word is truth and it is life.

Jesus came and was our example. He showed us how to live a life with family and friends and before God. Jesus showed his disciples the way to live by living with them and by being the person and living the life He wanted them to live. It was not enough for Jesus to speak spiritual things to those around Him He had to live the life of a God centered person in a fallen world, with fallen people. Jesus knows our actions define who we are. We live by what we do daily and what we do every day is who we are and who we will become.

Jesus demonstrated a life of prayer. He often prayed before His disciples allowing them to see Him talk with God, His Father. The disciples were able to see where Jesus received His strength and comfort and that prayer was the secret to Jesus’ success and power. Jesus did not force His disciples to pray He kept praying before them until they asked Jesus to teach them how to pray. Jesus then gave them in a very elementary way what to say and how to pray. Sometimes it is necessary to give people small and very specific steps to take. We may think because a person has been in church for years or because they are elderly, they have certain knowledge but this is not so. Jesus gave these disciples, these grown men exactly what to say. Jesus wanted the disciples to grasp the importance and the meaning of prayer; because it is only through prayer things are changed.

We have the Holy Spirit living in us to bring to our remembrance the word of God. Therefore, it is necessary to know God’s word in order to remember it. Some people want to just regurgitate what they have heard others say in a sermon or a talk. Reading and knowing God’s word with a personal interaction between us and God, by the power of the Holy Spirit, is how we know truth. We read scriptures which, reflects to us the image of God and who we are in Him. When we know the word of God then it can become the authority of what we say and pronounce about life and ourselves. We will know the truth by the word of God and the confirmation of the Holy Spirit in us.

Jesus demonstrated that our ultimate concern should be for the souls of mankind. The ultimate purpose or the original purpose of God has not changed; that mankind would replenish the earth with life that reflects the Glory of God on the earth. Our lives must reveal the spiritual truth of God’s word and show that we can live a life in God’s love. It is only by the love we have for others, even at the cost of self, that we can demonstrate God’s kingdom reigns on earth and in our hearts, in our lives, in our homes and in our communities. If the things of this world, money, riches, or self-preservation, take precedent over the love of God for the lost, then Jesus is not Lord of that life.

Remember, Jesus showed us how to become the message and to do what needed to be done. Jesus recognized the need in every person to know God, because they were created by Him and for Him. It is love that draws people to God and love can only be displayed through faith. It is faith in God that causes us to love others even when it is against our own nature to do so. Love inspires people to be open to salvation. When people see true acts of love and kindness in the face of hate and diversity, people will know there is a difference in the world’s way and God’s people. It is this difference that will cause others to decide that they want their lives to be transformed into people for God’s kingdom of life and love.

Jesus was always before His disciples and the people teaching them about God and His kingdom by the life He lived. The things we say and do daily demonstrate what we believe about Christ. Jesus told the disciples many would say Jesus was Lord but only the true believers will take action to show He is Lord in their daily walk. Those who feed the hungry, visit the sick, those in jail and help the poor, they will demonstrate Jesus as Lord.
Jesus demonstrated with His life just as we must demonstrate with our lives the word of God works. It is relevant to life today.

Remember, we are constantly demonstrating to our children and those around us about our faith, trust and love for God by how we treat others. Jesus lived as an example and may we live as an example for others. We are learning and teaching everyday by the things we do and say. We may not be perfect but when we learn better, we should do better. Our lives are a reflection of who God is in us; follow me as I follow Christ. We are God’s exhibit.

True Love is God’s Love for Us

God’s love for us is greater than we could ever imagine. It is hard for us to believe that God who is so great, so awesome and so holy could love us in our depraved and fallen state. No matter how much we try to clean ourselves or make ourselves good on the outside, we all remember who we were before God saved us. Our past choices which lead to disappointments, failures and disgraces are things we regret and yet God knows them all and He still loves us.
We sometimes find it hard to forgive ourselves so we think it is impossible for God to forgive us and love us. Yet, God does, He loves us so much that He gave His most treasured possession, His Son Jesus, to redeem us and place us back into the family of God. No greater love can anyone have than a love that gives its life for a loved one. This is a love that is so rarely understood in this day and age because we have been taught and trained that love is about self. We tend to become self-absorbed and self-centered.

John 15:13 Greater love has no one than this: to lay down one’s life for one’s friend. NIV

There was a time when people took their commitment to their families and friends seriously, because the Bible was taught to them in their schools, homes, churches and community. Now the moral compass of most societies has lost its sense of true north or the true meaning of truth, love and commitment. It has been replaced with a self-preservation mentality, the thought of getting all one can get because everyone is for themselves.

Love is the highest command we have been given. It is also the most valued possession we have to give, the gift of love. Jesus is love personified, incarnate, and living in the flesh. There is no greater love than a love that will lay down its life for the one they love. This is the love Jesus expressed and set as an example for us to follow, to love others as He has loved us. Love transforms us from being preoccupied with self, being self-centered and self-focused, to being concerned for others. Love allows us to die to self and become focused on the one we love. True love or God like love causes us to be willing to sacrifice our self for the good of others.

We live in a time where the true meaning of love has been usurped, misappropriated and stolen by this world system to be associated with a temporary feeling of self-gratification or a fuzzy emotion that can be turned on and off at will. Loves’ true meaning is obedience to the supreme call of God to love others well no matter the cost to us. This is a true self-sacrifice. God so loved every person that would be born into this world that God gave His best, His Beloved Son, to redeem us and bring us back to Himself. While we were still in the rebellious act of treason against God and in the very state of sin, God’s love for us would not leave us in our depravity.

John 3:16 For God so loved the world that He gave His one and only Son, that whoever believes in him shall not perish but have eternal life. NIV

Jesus became the Supreme Sacrifice for all mankind forever so that we may have access to the love of God as an act of our will through faith in the completed work of Christ Jesus. God’s love saw our need for a Saviour and knew we could not do it on our own so He sent Jesus to save us from ourselves and this fallen world system. God’s love for us as created individuals would still give us the choice to come to Him or reject Him. Forced obedience is not true love. God could have made us robots and demanded our obedience but true love allows the freedom of choice. This is God’s love magnified, in allowing us to choose to love Him or walk away. Though His love is forever and His hand is out stretched to receive us it is our choice and God will respect our individual will.

Many of us go desperately looking for love in all the wrong places trying to satisfy fallen and false perceptions of love. Love is not something we go looking for it is something we are. We are created to be the reflection of God’s love on the earth. It is not something we seek after it is who we are when we have the Holy Spirit living in us. The highest expression of love is giving one’s self away for the ones we love by putting others before self. Just as Jesus gave Himself as a ransom for many that we may experience the love of God and His abundant life. We too can be an expression of God’s love when we pray for others and experience His love.

True love does not ask what it will receive as an expression of love but seeks to give so to express its best to the one that is love. True love gives its best for the one they love. True love is an act of one’s will as a decision to spend one’s self for the one they love. Love is an act of kindness and generosity to those who are loved.

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