Tuesday, December 27, 2011
God's love was free, he loved us before we existed, what do we owe?
I read this on facebook a short while back it sang to my heart and I have thought about it numerous times. I think all are simple requests but all are hard to accomplish unending and we all fall short of even one of these.
Love is not a privilege, we never earned God's love, God loved us (John 3:16)...... God created us, did you ever no any one who made some that they didn't love? I am not talking about the macaroni and cheese you made from a box, but some thing you worked hard at and put you time and effort into, you were proud enough to sign it for all to see. You are God's creation, not his first but the one he was proudest of, he loved you so much he sent his only son to die for you. Did you ever know a mother that didn't love the child she birthed? No, I have never meant a new mother that held her newborn in her arms that didn't think she was looking at the most wondrous child that was ever created. God loves you as his child, you are his newborn and he loves you as such.
Even though we are not worthy of it (Romans 3:10. 23) I have never meant anyone who is perfect and the ideal of getting to go to heaven is for those who are perfect go. I actually just lied I have meant one and only one person that was perfect. Our Lord Jesus was perfect in ever situation he endured on earth. He live as we do, as a human and he succeeded in being perfect. He also gave his life for us. We can't even get through one day without failing to be perfect yet he loved us so much that he gave his perfect life to cleanse our unworthy sinful lives. Because of him we are allowed to have a relationship with God the father and have eternal life with God. Both be praised that we so unworthy are loved that much.
This is the reason why we are to love God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your strength and with all your mind'; and, 'Love your neighbor as yourself (Luke 10:27). The old testament was a book of the law, the people of the old testament were subject to the laws that God gave them. They were none capable of living by the law of God. The new testament is about the grace of God, we are no longer subject to the law, we are subject to the grace of God, through the Crucifixion and death of Jesus. We are truly blessed as none of us can live by the law. We should truly love God for the gift of Jesus. We a creature so undeserving was loved by God so much that he gave us so much and we should love him with all our being unceasingly. Loving our neighbors should come as part of that love, our neighbors are mankind, they like we are in the same situation. God loved us all, all of mankind, so loving our neighbors is loving ourselves. Loving our neighbor is about loving the whole of human kind and not about the personal situations that arrive in our singular lives.
We also ought to love our enemies (Matthew 5:44). Who is our enemy? Why does God allow us to have enemies? We all have singular enemies in our lives, people we don't see eye to eye with or people who purposely hunt us and treat us wrong. A friend of mine that keeps me on her prayer list sent me a wonderful versus of support in regard to enemies..... For we are not fighting against flesh-and-blood enemies, but against evil rulers and authorities of the unseen world, against mighty powers in this dark world, and against evil spirits in the heavenly places. Eph 6:12 I studied this for several days and found, that enemies are the result of the evil that tries to take us from the Lord. I found that through studying enemies, the personal enemies we have, are a blessing in many ways they make us more figulant of our surroundings and safe guard us in ways from the true enemy that stalks all that love and praise God. Our personal enemies come and go, and are just tools of the real enemy of God and man, the true evil that exists in our world.
Love in its truest sense is not based on feelings. But a determination to show thoughtful actions even when there seems to be no reward (1 Corithians
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