Love is the Greatest Matthew 22:35-40

35 Then one of them, which was a lawyer, asked him a question, tempting him, and saying, 36 Master, which is the great commandment in the law? 37 Jesus said unto him, Thou shalt love the Lord thy God with all thy heart, and with all thy soul, and with all thy mind. 38 This is the first and great commandment. 39 And the second is like unto it, Thou shalt love thy neighbour as thyself. 40 On these two commandments hang all the law and the prophets.

Love is the key to life, love for God and love for others. People have to take time from worrying about themselves to show compassion and concern for others. We must always put God first and then others above ourselves. Jesus told the people numerous times that love for others is important to be able to get to heaven. I know this is an area where I fall short and if not for the grace of God I would be in worse shape than I am now. God does this for us because He loves us. People need to realize that God does not need us to love and obey Him. Instead, God wants us to love and obey him.

The Creator does not require the love and honor of His creation, He desires it because He loved us before we were even born. Life would be much better if everyone took a couple of minutes and consider the implications of their personal decision in regards to the effect it would have on others. I tell my family that it is selfish to make a decision without consideration to the effects that it will have on others.

I know that when I try to put others ahead of me, at the end of the day, I believe I am yielding to the will of God. My biggest problem is that I mess up a lot. The positive side is that God’ grace and love for me allows me to continue trying. He knows my heart and my intentions and He can strengthen me when I am weak.

 

 

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God Has You

No matter how bad things seem God will always have you. I think this is something that we all need to remind ourselves of occasionally. Jesus came to give his life for us and we need to know love our lives for him. In Matthew 28:20, Jesus said he would go with us always, even into the ends of the earth. How many people do you know that have that amount of love for others? God has always love his creation since the beginning of creation. The loss of relationship is our fault, not God’s.

Recently, I am finding myself trying to get back closer to God to be where I need to be. The beginning was realizing that the distance was put there by me and not by God. I made choices that allowed a wedge to come between us. The failure was all mine. So, when you pray please lift my name up that I can grow closer to God and follow his will not my own. This is a process that I must work on daily, but it is worth the effort.

Vanity of Man

I find myself getting amused when watching videos of people proclaiming that if God exists He should show himself. The flaw with their thinking is that they believe that their mind would be able to process seeing God. Really??? Just the mere presence of God has made men fall like dead men. Then when God sent His son to pay for the sins of the world, they killed him. What kind of vain creation man is because he demands proof and then destroyed it when it was in front of his face. The vanity of man is always going to be the biggest divided between God and man. God does’t need to prove Himself to us, we need to prove ourselves to Him. On a personal note, before I got back into church, I thought this same way: if God is real and He truly loves me why not reveal Himself to me? After I got back into church the answer was given to me, God had revealed himself to me numerous time I was too vain and stupid to see the signs,

Now, when someone asks me to prove there is a God, I respond He has already proven Himself, you just can’t see the signs. If they insist I prove God, I simply respond for them to prove there isn’t. This usually leads to a serious of questions about the evil of the world. The response to this is simple: freewill. Man desires freewill, God granted it, and man gets angry when God does not correct their mistakes. Simply pray for them, arguing with them benefits nothing. God bless!

Love

Short and simple truth. We are to be creatures of love because we come from a Creator of love. This Creator, God, sent His son in love to save the world. Any person who preaches or teaches it any other way is not of God, nor His love. These false teachers are trying to deceive us because of their lack of love.

I always tell people that they can either be of God or of the world, not both. Jesus told the people it was possible to serve two masters. Another piece of wisdom that can be overlooked is that a house divided against itself cannot stand. When you have true Godly love for others then this things are simple to follow.

Luke 7:1-10 Faith of a Gentile

Now when he had ended all his sayings in the audience of the people, he entered into Capernaum. 2 And a certain centurion’s servant, who was dear unto him, was sick, and ready to die. 3 And when he heard of Jesus, he sent unto him the elders of the Jews, beseeching him that he would come and heal his servant. 4 And when they came to Jesus, they besought him instantly, saying, That he was worthy for whom he should do this: 5 For he loveth our nation, and he hath built us a synagogue. 6 Then Jesus went with them. And when he was now not far from the house, the centurion sent friends to him, saying unto him, Lord, trouble not thyself: for I am not worthy that thou shouldest enter under my roof: 7 Wherefore neither thought I myself worthy to come unto thee: but say in a word, and my servant shall be healed. 8 For I also am a man set under authority, having under me soldiers, and I say unto one, Go, and he goeth; and to another, Come, and he cometh; and to my servant, Do this, and he doeth it. 9 When Jesus heard these things, he marvelled at him, and turned him about, and said unto the people that followed him, I say unto you, I have not found so great faith, no, not in Israel. 10 And they that were sent, returning to the house, found the servant whole that had been sick.

Jesus appears to be impressed in the faith of the centurion which I think makes a few interesting points.

  1. The centurion expressed his belief in the authority of Jesus by comment. When he expressed that the he was able to order people to do things and then they did them. He was showing that he believed that Jesus had the authority to order the illness to leave his servant. This faith and recognition coming from a Roman leader was not the normal practice of the people at the time.
  2. Jesus expresses the fact that he has not found such faith in all of Israel. The people that God has chosen to be His people didn’t have the level of faith that a Roman leader had.
  3. Many of the Jewish people believed that had to see and/or touch Jesus before he could heal them. A centurion had faith that all Jesus had to do was will the healing. In fact, the centurion felt that he was unworthy of Jesus coming to his home, but he knew that Jesus’ presence was not a requirement of the healing.

The lesson that I take away from this story is that faith is key to increasing our personal relationship with God. We must believe in God’s will, grace, mercy, and love that He has for His creation.

1 John 4

I am sitting in my favorite chair and thinking about what to write for a post today. I have been trying to combine God’s word with personal experience because I believe that it make exposure to the Scripture more presentable in a manner others can relate to. I believe this is one of the reason that Jesus taught to the people in parables, because he knew they needed it presented in a way they could relate to. So I came across 1 John 4 and I thought it had lots of good words for people to know.

The chapter begins with John explaining that all things do not come from God and we must be able to discern this for ourselves. God is love is a very powerful statement for us to know. Our human ideas of love can not come close to the type of love that God is and haves for us His creation. We must be willing to submit ourselves to God and He will send the Holy Spirit to give us this feeling of love we need. Though, the full power of God’s love would probably destroy our human bodies from His glory. So the loving God gives it to is in doses that we can handle.

Our next step is to take this love and share it with other humans. It can be in the form of something as simple as being good to our enemy. Just because someone doesn’t treat us good doesn’t give us the right to treat them bad. I am always telling others to turn it over to God and He will deal with things in His time not ours. We just need to turn it over to Him.

Getting into the Swing of Things

My last two college classes are beginning on Tuesday. Just after the first of the year I will have my Associate’s degree. By the grace of God, I will have accomplished this by the age of 40. When you compare this to thing that God did in the Bible, it’s really small by comparison. However, it serves as an example of how important each and every one of us all are to God. While I may never slay a giant, part a sea, or walk on water (though I believe I could if it served to further the glory of God) hopefully my decisions will inspire someone else. Just maybe my faith can be an example to what faith can do for others.

This is where I pray to get into the swing of things, not because I want God to help me handle my schedule, but because I want God to hep me handle it in a Godly manner. Sometimes, it’s not what do, but how we do it. We must be willing to let God take control of things. His understanding is far beyond our scope of understanding (probably the reason we screw things up so badly). We have to be set apart from so many different things of the world. Otherwise, we run the risk of allowing worldly things to take too much of our attention.

Paul wrote about this in Romans Chapter 12, we should not let ourselves conform to the world. We have to live in this world, but we don’t have to accept immoral things that others do. It all falls back to Jesus telling the people to be a light and a city on the hill. We need to be a Godly example and not just go with the flow. That’s why I believe that we need to get into the swing of things first by asking God to guide our choices daily. He won’t force us to seek Him out, but He won’t leave us hanging when we do.