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Remembering Love

June 6, 2017

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Remembering Love

Years ago,  I heard  a TV preacher mockingly say,  “I suppose  I could preach  still ANOTHER sermon  on love,  but you know how  you would feel  about THAT.”

His congregation laughed.     I changed channels.

Wondrously,  God has never tired  of expressing His love  for us  slow learners.

1 John 3:33 admits,  “This is the message  which you have heard  from the beginning,  that we should  love one another.”      From the beginning  we have heard it,  but we keep on forgetting  and need  many reminders  as we face various trials.

The Bible,  in so many different ways,  explains God’s love  for us  and the love  we absolutely must have  for one another,  if we want God  to look upon us  as His dear children.     Paul winsomely says  in Philippians 3:1“To write the same things again  is no trouble  to me,  and it is a safeguard  for you.”

To always be reminded  of God’s love  for us  and our need  to love one another  is a safeguard  for us.      That truth safeguards us  when we’re in great physical pain,  being tempted  to sin,  feeling friendless,  being mocked  for our faith  or a falling  in faith,  dealing with unbelieving co-workers,  or just being weary.

Since the beginning of time,  people have had the same problem.   They simply don’t trust  God’s love  for them.     Malachi 1:2 presents the problem this way,  ‘”I have loved you,” says the LORD.      But you say,  “How have You loved us?”’

That’s our big question.     We wonder,  “If God loves me so much,  why can’t I have the apple  on that tree  in the middle of the garden.”     We suspiciously wonder  how God’s love  can forbid something  that is so temptingly luscious.

People question God’s love  when someone dies,  in times of war,  poverty,  sickness,  and betrayal.      How can God claim  to love us  when He allows us  to wallow  in all this mess?

It’s because of  who God is to us  and who we are  to God.      1 John 3:1 asks us  to open our eyes.     It says,   “See how great a love  the Father has bestowed  on us,  that we would be called  children of God;  and such  we are.”

Because God is  our loving Father,  He desires to train us  in the way  we should be  in all our thinking,  feeling,  and doing.     Considering our sinful,  stubborn natures,  we need  a lot of training  and discipline  to be made  to see  and understand things rightly,  in a godly way.

That is why Proverbs 3:11-12 says,   “My son,  do not reject the discipline  of the LORD  or loathe  His reproof,   for whom the LORD loves  He reproves,  even as a father corrects  the son  in whom he delights.”

Chapter 12 of Hebrews explains  that Proverb  in more depth  by showing  how God’s love  is behind everything  we experience.     The whole point is  that we may finally,  finally  come to share  in God’s holiness (verse 10)  and have the “peaceful fruit of righteousness”  (verse 11),   real loving obedience.

In other words,  whatever is causing us pain today  is meant  for our final good.      Our troubles  are supposed  to lead us  to God  in a pure faith  and love.     As God’s children,  we realize  our heavenly Father’s love  and really,  truly desire  to obey.

This is all God’s process  of strengthening our faith  and making us holy  in Christ.     As we trust God’s love  through Jesus’ sacrifice,  we will experience  the “peaceful fruit of righteousness”  —  the fruit  of loving obedience.

Our love for God  is seen  in obedience.     If we are not obeying  God’s commands,  we will never have  the “peaceful fruit of righteousness”.     It is God  who makes us righteous  when we believe,  trust  and obey.

James 2:23 says,  “AND ABRAHAM BELIEVED GOD,  AND IT WAS RECKONED  TO HIM  AS RIGHTEOUSNESS,”  and he was called  the friend  of God.”

Do you want  to be God’s friend?     Then,  do what is right  in God’s eyes.     Believe in the love  and forgiveness  of God.     And,  as you believe,  start living  according to God’s love  in Christ.

If you don’t know how  to live  according to God’s ways,  you must start reading  and studying  God’s word.

Faith is not faith  unless proven.    Prove it  with real love.     When we know God loves us,  we’ll say,  “Hallelujah!”

Love,
Margaret

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A Christian devotional  to glorify  the LORD of lords  and GOD of gods.

Pray for our country.

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The LORD  made this day, let us rejoice  and be glad  in Him.

Psalm 118:24

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The word of the LORD is tried;

He is a shield  to all  who take refuge  in Him.

Psalm 18:30

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Sing for joy  in the LORD,  O you righteous ones;

Praise is becoming  to the upright.

Psalm 33:1

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How blessed are those  who dwell  in Thy house!

They are ever praising Thee.

Psalm 84:4

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Just as a father  has compassion  on his children,

So the LORD  has compassion  on those who fear Him.

Psalm 103:13

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O give thanks  to the LORD,  for He is good;

For His lovingkindness  is everlasting.

Psalm 107:1

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Glory in His holy name;

Let the heart  of those who seek the LORD  be glad.

Psalm 105:3

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Not that I have already obtained it,  or have already  become perfect,   but I press on  in order that  I may  lay hold  of that  for which also  I was laid hold of  by Christ Jesus.

Philippians 3:12

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