Good evening everyone! Grace, mercy and peace from God our Father and the Lord Jesus Christ.
As I was awakened by my Lord this morning I could not get out of my mind the many different kinds of love in the world today. Most of us that want to know God, or that know God want to know His love, receive his love and pass his love on to others. Not that we love God first, but that he loved us first, and loves others through us. What is the first step of receiving the love of God and knowing how much he loves us and how much we love Him?
Many people ask me how do I receive the love of God that you have?
1 John 4:10
This is love: not that we loved God, but that he loved us and sent his Son as an atoning sacrifice for our sins.
"An atoning sacrifice for our sins" that is what His love does for us, it keeps us from sinning.
First, ask yourself, "Has God's love changed the way I see sin? Has God's love for you kept you from sinning? Has his gift of grace, his gift of confidence, his gift of acceptance, favor and guidance, which all of His love gives us, has his love paid for your sins? Has his sacrifice for you changed you, or redeemed you in any way? Do you feel cleansed by His love in a way you have never felt before, do you feel differently about sin?
1 John 4:11 Dear friends, since God so loved us, we also ought to love one another. 12 No one has ever seen God, but if we love one another, God lives in us and his love is made complete in us. 13 We know that we live in him and he in us, because he has given us of his Spirit 14 And we have seen and testify that the Father has sent his Son to be the Savior of the world. 15 If anyone acknowledges that Jesus is the Son of God, God lives in him and he in God. 16 And so we know and rely on the love God has for us.
The last statement God reveals the love we rely on that keeps us rightly related to Him. Not the love of people but the love of God in us keeps us rightly related to Him so His love pours out for the people as it poured out for us. For the atonement of their sins as His love changed us it will also change them through us. So what is the love of God and how do we know we have it and how does he test us through others?
Sadly, it is not as easy for us as simply as it sounds. It is very hard to achieve but once we have, it is the most simple thing. There are many "thoughts" that are being taught today about love and some of them do not come from God but most "think" they do.
Some of us think it is only up to a simple choice and we can choose his love, we choose his words, we choose his commandments and live by that choice daily. We choose to live by the law. If we could choose his love, words and his faith why did He have to die, why can't we just choose to make ourselves love the way he loves and think the way he thinks. We can't and we will never be able too.The ones that think this way are only changing their minds but not their hearts, their is no change within them and God will reveal this.Jesus had to deal with people that thought this way, the were the law givers and the Pharisees.
Others may "think" it is about their works for God and their performance and then through their work and performance we receive his love through our helping others. They live to love others and the world is a better place because of them, and because of their good and love for others God gives them His love because they "feel" so good about helping others. They believe by this good "feeling" they are walking the way Jesus walks and have received his love from others.They are not changing within only by changing their feelings with good works, the world is getting help but no one is changing within.
Luke 16v15 He said to them, (Jesus) "You are the ones who justify yourselves in the eyes of men, but God knows your hearts. What is highly valued among men is detestable in God's sight.
Another group may "think" it is all about receiving the faith of Jesus Christ in His love He had for His Father and His Father had for Him by denying themselves daily. They "think" when they give their sinful nature to Him for wanting His true Holy nature and for knowing Him all for His sake, they receive His faith and live their lives with "His faith" growing as His love grows in them. They are changing within by His gift of faith in Him being their Lord and Savior. They give themselves fully to Him one time and daily carry that one time with them. He changes them instantly and daily He grows from that instant in them. If they wavier He will bring them back anytime they turn to Him. These think His love endures forever for all people who turn to Him.
Galatians 3v23 Before this faith came, we were held prisoners by the law, locked up until faith should be revealed. So the law was put in charge to lead us to Christ then we might be justified by faith. Now that faith has come, we are no longer under the supervision of the law.
Another group may "think" God has control of everything and what ever we do does not matter His love prevails in who ever he wants to choose to give it regardless of what the person does. In other words their will be those that do not know God's love and will be left out regardless if they want it or not.This is a lie that Satan uses to put fear in others so they do what they want because what they do will not matter because God only wants to love a chosen few.
As you can see Love comes in all sizes shapes and forms depending on the shape our thinking it. It comes through our own thinking from each relationship, wisdom or belief we may follow. We may face any one of these thinking beliefs daily. Remember Satan has clever ways of deceiving us. I beg you to only listen to our loving and merciful Father that wants desperately to show all people his love through His First and Holy Son, the only way God can give it to you is for you to receive it from Him willingly and give Him yourself willingly everyday so His love will grow and grow and last faithfully forever.
I know where my faith comes from and my love comes from. If you do not know deep inside where yours comes from then turn to Him now with a sincere heart and ask Him to reveal to you His. He will reveal His true love and faith to you that His only Son has always had, so you too can be a true child of God. Your change will occur inside you and will work it's way out into the world for all to see. He will do it if your deepest desire is to surrender all to what His Son has given you and all the world. He will get the glory and the praise for all His gifts of faith and love He gives you through Himself, your God, Lord and Savior our true Father of us all.