Love


November 17, 2014: 8:29 pm: Love

Romans 1:18-

18 But God shows his anger from heaven against all sinful, wicked people who push the truth away from themselves. 19 For the truth about God is known to them instinctively. God has put this knowledge in their hearts. 20 From the time the world was created, people have seen the earth and sky and all that God made. They can clearly see his invisible qualities-his eternal power and divine nature. So they have no excuse whatsoever for not knowing God.
Holy Bible, New Living Translation, (Wheaton, IL: Tyndale House Publishers, Inc.) 1996.

A common excuse people use to not believe in God is asking, “How can a loving God send someone to hell?” Or another one is, “How can God cause such destruction and death?” They are referring to earthquakes, hurricanes, murder, abuse and any other evil that happens. But God does not cause anyone to die or go to hell. We are all going to die one way or another because we were all born into sin. No one can argue this point it is a fact of life. And people send themselves to hell by not believing in Christ. But what about the person who has never heard about Him? The truth is that God has revealed Himself plainly in creation to all people. And yet some reject even the basic knowledge of God. All people have an inner sense of what God requires, but they choose not to live up to it, Put another way, people’s moral standards are always better than their behavior. If people suppress God’s truth in order to live their own way, they have no excuse. They know the truth because the Word tells us that God has put this knowledge in their hearts. And they will have to endure the consequences of ignoring it. This doesn’t however, negate our responsibility to tell others about Him, but only takes away their own excuses to not believe in Christ.

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November 5, 2014: 10:37 pm: Love

1 Corinthians 6:9, 18-20

9 Don’t you know that those who do wrong will have no share in the Kingdom of God? Don’t fool yourselves. Those who indulge in sexual sin, who are idol worshipers, adulterers, male prostitutes, homosexuals, 10 thieves, greedy people, drunkards, abusers, and swindlers none of these will have a share in the Kingdom of God .18 Run away from sexual sin! No other sin so clearly affects the body as this one does. For sexual immorality is a sin against your own body. 19 Or don’t you know that your body is the temple of the Holy Spirit, who lives in you and was given to you by God? You do not belong to yourself, 20 for God bought you with a high price. So you must honor God with your body.
Holy Bible, New Living Translation, (Wheaton, IL: Tyndale House Publishers, Inc.) 1996.

This part of the Word of God will become more and more unpopular with the world. In the country of Canada, this is consider hate language and you could be prosecuted if you spoke this passage in public. It will not be long before the USA will be the same. Many Christians are leaving the Lutheran and Episcopalian churches because of their decision to accept homosexual unions. In the Lutheran church they have decided to bless homosexual unions. If you find yourself in a church that has gone outside of God’s Word, run. If the truth of Scripture cannot be believed, who gets to pick and choose which parts to believe? This is a desensitizing of sin. Bit by bit Satan is desensitizing people to believe the lie that there is no sin. Don’t be fooled, stay close to the Light who saved you and you will not be deceived. The Word is clear about sexual sin and it is not popular in the world today. Any sex outside of man-woman marriage is sin. It is that simple, but not very popular. But any sin not covered by the blood of Christ will be judged. No matter what man believes, the Word of God will be accomplished. Be careful to stay connected to Christ as the world goes forward, because the truth will become less and less accepted and will even become outside of the laws of man.

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September 15, 2014: 8:28 pm: Love

Galatians 2:17-21

17 But what if we seek to be made right with God through faith in Christ and then find out that we are still sinners? Has Christ led us into sin? Of course not! 18 Rather, I make myself guilty if I rebuild the old system I already tore down. 19 For when I tried to keep the law, I realized I could never earn God’s approval. So I died to the law so that I might live for God. I have been crucified with Christ. 20 I myself no longer live, but Christ lives in me. So I live my life in this earthly body by trusting in the Son of God, who loved me and gave himself for me. 21 I am not one of those who treats the grace of God as meaningless. For if we could be saved by keeping the law, then there was no need for Christ to die.
Holy Bible, New Living Translation, (Wheaton, IL: Tyndale House Publishers, Inc.) 1996.

Paul knew from studying the scriptures that he could not be saved by keeping God’s law. Because we have all been infected by sin, we cannot keep God’s law perfectly. The law given by God to the nation of Israel was a pointer directing them to the perfect sacrifice that was to come. Jesus Christ was that perfect sacrifice because He was fully human and fully God and was without sin. Because He was human, he could die. And He went freely to the cross to take the penalty for our sins, so that we could be free from the power of sin and death. But we have to accept His death for us. Even though Jesus died for every sin ever committed and every sin ever to be committed, we do not receive that forgiveness unless we accept His act of love. And when we do accept, we are crucified with Christ. Now Christ lives in us. We continue to live in our earthly bodies, but we are trusting in the Son of God who now lives in us. God has provided a way of salvation that depends completely on Jesus Christ and not our own efforts. And it is by His power that we are able to live for Him and we are able to keep His Word. Do not treat the grace of God meaningless, God provide a Way for us to be reconciled to Him. Accept His Way and then live for Him, as He lives in you.

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September 5, 2014: 10:20 pm: Love

Galatians 3:26-29

26 So you are all children of God through faith in Christ Jesus. 27 And all who have been united with Christ in baptism have been made like him. 28 There is no longer Jew or Gentile, slave or free, male or female. For you are all Christians-you are one in Christ Jesus. 29 And now that you belong to Christ, you are the true children of Abraham. You are his heirs, and now all the promises God gave to him belong to you.
Holy Bible, New Living Translation, (Wheaton, IL: Tyndale House Publishers, Inc.) 1996.

Some Jewish males started each day by praying, “Lord, I thank you that I am not a Gentile, a slave or a woman.” Faith in Christ transcends these differences and makes all believers one in Christ. Because all believers are His heirs, no one is more privileged than or superior to anyone else. For Paul to say there “is no longer Jew or Gentile, slave or free, male or female,” was a revolutionary statement. He was going against the belief of the day. Christianity removed all the social barriers. He could have added rich or poor, young or old and healthy or sick. God removes all of these barriers that man has made. All are equal in Christ Jesus. Do not allow your preferences to separate you from people who may be different than you. God has removed the barriers, why should you put them up again? Remember that Christ died for all people and it is not up to us to judge who would be more worthy of His love. All are worthy and all people are loved by God. All do not love Him, but that does not remove His love for them. If God loves them, how can we do any less? Show the love that God so freely gives to you to those you come in contact with each day.

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August 20, 2014: 3:22 am: Love

Mark 9:33-37

33 After they arrived at Capernaum, Jesus and his disciples settled in the house where they would be staying. Jesus asked them, “What were you discussing out on the road?” 34 But they didn’t answer, because they had been arguing about which of them was the greatest. 35 He sat down and called the twelve disciples over to him. Then he said, “Anyone who wants to be the first must take last place and be the servant of everyone else.” 36 Then he put a little child among them. Taking the child in his arms, he said to them, 37 “Anyone who welcomes a little child like this on my behalf welcomes me, and anyone who welcomes me welcomes my Father who sent me.”
Holy Bible, New Living Translation, (Wheaton, IL: Tyndale House Publishers, Inc.) 1996.

God’s great paradox is; we are called to a life of faith where elevation comes through being humbled, blessing comes through denying self, we receive and gain our lives by laying them down. This lesson for the disciples is relevant for us today. When Jesus chose His inner circle of disciples, He did not go to the religious leaders, who were very educated in the scriptures. Instead He went to the uneducated, the ignorant. More than likely the disciples did not even know how to read when Jesus chose them. Everything about the coming of the Savior was very humble. He never demanded to be treated as God or as the King He really was. During His ministry, He never had a home nor did He accumulate wealth. Instead Christ showed us a way to live according to the love God offers to us. We are to give up our “right” to have our way. Only by dying to self will we ever understand the love of God given to us through Christ Jesus. Only by denying ourselves will we ever receive the only thing that will matter on the Day when we stand before God. The next time you find yourself in a difficult situation, think about giving up your “right” to have your way. Choose to give it up and humble yourself. Seek to act as Jesus would by denying yourself and allowing the Holy Spirit to work through you.

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August 4, 2014: 11:35 pm: Love

Romans 1:18-25

18 But God shows his anger from heaven against all sinful, wicked people who push the truth away from themselves. 19 For the truth about God is known to them instinctively. God has put this knowledge in their hearts. 20 From the time the world was created, people have seen the earth and sky and all that God made. They can clearly see his invisible qualities–his eternal power and divine nature. So they have no excuse whatsoever for not knowing God.
Holy Bible, New Living Translation, (Wheaton, IL: Tyndale House Publishers, Inc.) 1996.

God has revealed Himself plainly in the creation of the world for all people to see. From just looking at the earth and the sky, we know there is a God. Even though all people have an inner sense that there is a God, many chose not to acknowledge Him. No one standing before God will have an excuse for not believing in Jesus Christ. Every person born has knowledge of God because God has put that knowledge in all people.

As a child of God our moral standards are always higher than our behavior. In other words, we all know what is right, but do not always do it. For those of us under the Blood, we will have to answer to Him for all that we knew about Him and did not live. Standing before Him, all will regret that more was not done when we had the chance. Because once we leave this world, there are no more chances. Thank God for His patience, He knows we are only dust and is patience in working with us to work out our sanctification. The key is to keep moving forward, to keep growing to become more like Christ. So even though we may take one step backwards, we are taking two steps forward. We keep on moving and growing and becoming more of Christ to the world around us.

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January 30, 2014: 7:29 pm: God in us, Love

Ephesians 3:14-21

14 When I think of the wisdom and scope of God’s plan, I fall to my knees and pray to the Father, 15 the Creator of everything in heaven and on earth. 16 I pray that from his glorious, unlimited resources he will give you mighty inner strength through his Holy Spirit. 17 And I pray that Christ will be more and more at home in your hearts as you trust in him. May your roots go down deep into the soil of God’s marvelous love. 18 And may you have the power to understand, as all God’s people should, how wide, how long, how high, and how deep his love really is. 19 May you experience the love of Christ, though it is so great you will never fully understand it. Then you will be filled with the fullness of life and power that comes from God. 20 Now glory be to God! By his mighty power at work within us, he is able to accomplish infinitely more than we would ever dare to ask or hope. 21 May he be given glory in the church and in Christ Jesus forever and ever through endless ages. Amen.
Holy Bible, New Living Translation, (Wheaton, IL: Tyndale House Publishers, Inc.) 1996.

Are you standing on the edge of a great work of God in your life? Is He asking you to move into a direction you have never gone before? At some point in our walk with God, we will all answer yes to these questions. God will never leave any of us at the point we are now. He will always be working gently to expand our knowledge of Him, our trust in Him and our work for Him. Our walk with Him is like a rock being pushed up a hill, as soon as we stop, it starts to roll backwards. We need to be constantly pushing it up the hill. When we are standing at the edge of growth in God, it can be very difficult to take that step of faith, because we cannot see the end result. But remember Christ promised to be a light to our path. So we can only see the next step in front of us and not what is at the end of the trail. Moving out in faith can be difficult. We can never fully understand how great His love for us is, so our puny little minds sometimes hesitate to move forward for Him out of fear. God is telling us to grow our roots deep into Him because His love is so great; He will always direct us to what is good for us. So when God asks us to move in a certain direction or do a certain thing, we can have perfect trust that He will give us the power to do it and to succeed. It is a God thing, and only taking that step of trust will lead to growth. Don’t hesitate, move forward if you hear the voice of God directing you. If you hear Him, He is with you and will give you the power and the strength to succeed. Trust Him to know what is best for you.

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December 10, 2013: 7:15 pm: Love, Sanctification

Colossians 1:15-17

15 Christ is the visible image of the invisible God. He existed before God made anything at all and is supreme over all creation. 16 Christ is the one through whom God created everything in heaven and earth. He made the things we can see and the things we can’t see kings, kingdoms, rulers, and authorities. Everything has been created through him and for him. 17 He existed before everything else began, and he holds all creation together.
Holy Bible, New Living Translation, (Wheaton, IL: Tyndale House Publishers, Inc.) 1996.

Have you ever wondered why you were created? So many times in this life, we wonder how we got here. When it seems that the bad out weighs the good, no one can blame us for wondering what is our purpose for living. But God is always faithful and answers our questions when we ask. Everything, absolutely everything was created by Christ and finds its purpose in Him. It is in Christ that we find out who we are and what we are living for and we are part of the overall purpose He is working out in everything and everyone. God created everything through Christ Jesus and He is the reason we live. Even in our pain, even in the times of our life when we wonder if anything could ever be more difficult, He is our purpose. He is our hope, He is our peace, He is joy, and He is our everything. And it is only through Him that we will ever be complete. Because we were created by Him and for Him, it is only through Him that we understand. Knowing God results in greater understanding and endurance through the trails and pains of this life. Because we know He is with us and will bring us through anything that happens to us. We know that He is working His purpose in us through our trails. Then we can stand, as Paul did in Philippians 4:13 and say, “I can do all things through Christ.”

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November 27, 2013: 12:56 am: Love

Romans 8:35-39

35 Can anything ever separate us from Christ’s love? Does it mean he no longer loves us if we have trouble or calamity, or are persecuted, or are hungry or cold or in danger or threatened with death? 36 (Even the Scriptures say, “For your sake we are killed every day; we are being slaughtered like sheep.”) 37 No, despite all these things, overwhelming victory is ours through Christ, who loved us. 38 And I am convinced that nothing can ever separate us from his love. Death can’t, and life can’t. The angels can’t, and the demons can’t. Our fears for today, our worries about tomorrow, and even the powers of hell can’t keep God’s love away. 39 Whether we are high above the sky or in the deepest ocean, nothing in all creation will ever be able to separate us from the love of God that is revealed in Christ Jesus our Lord.
Holy Bible, New Living Translation, (Wheaton, IL: Tyndale House Publishers, Inc.) 1996.

It is impossible to go beyond the love of God. There is no disaster, no calamity, no problem or sin that can put you outside of the love of God our Father. So many times in our life we feel as though God is not there and that He does not hear us, but we are never outside of His love. Even when we reject Him and sin His love is not removed. The love of God is completely beyond our comprehension. Paul prayed in Ephesians 3:17-19, “And I pray that Christ will be more and more at home in your hearts as you trust in him. May your roots go down deep into the soil of God’s marvelous love. 18 And may you have the power to understand, as all God’s people should, how wide, how long, how high, and how deep his love really is. 19 May you experience the love of Christ, though it is so great you will never fully understand it. Then you will be filled with the fullness of life and power that comes from God.” The greatest expression of the love of God is through His Son Christ Jesus. He was rejected and despised, yet He loved us enough to die for every person. This love is so great it can encompass anything that may happen to you in this life. Pray for the anointing of the Holy Spirit to grow in your understanding of the love of God. Knowing how much God loves you will keep you focused on Him. His love will keep you at peace as you go through trials and problems. It will keep you close to God and keep you on the path of righteousness He has set you on. Know His love and you know God.

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November 4, 2013: 8:37 pm: Love

Colossians 3:12-17

12 Since God chose you to be the holy people whom he loves, you must clothe yourselves with tenderhearted mercy, kindness, humility, gentleness, and patience. 13 You must make allowance for each other’s faults and forgive the person who offends you. Remember, the Lord forgave you, so you must forgive others. 14 And the most important piece of clothing you must wear is love. Love is what binds us all together in perfect harmony. 15 And let the peace that comes from Christ rule in your hearts. For as members of one body you are all called to live in peace. And always be thankful. 16 Let the words of Christ, in all their richness, live in your hearts and make you wise. Use his words to teach and counsel each other. Sing psalms and hymns and spiritual songs to God with thankful hearts. 17 And whatever you do or say, let it be as a representative of the Lord Jesus, all the while giving thanks through him to God the Father.
Holy Bible, New Living Translation, (Wheaton, IL: Tyndale House publishers, Inc.) 1996.

Love is not just a feeling it is a decision to meet the need’s of another. Paul is saying we are to “put on” love. We are to act love to the people we come into contact with. It starts with our thinking and then leads to actions of love and then we “feel” love. This is true with any relationship you have and even with casual contact with strangers. The rule is to give love and you will then live in peace with all those around you. This does not mean that suddenly all differences of opinion disappear, but it does require that you work together despite your differences. To love does not mean you agree with everything someone else does. But you continue to offer loving acceptance and giving in spite of their weaknesses. Isn’t this what Christ offered to you? How can we give any less than what He gave to us? Living in love is truly letting the words of Christ, in all their richness, live in your hearts and makes you wise.

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