A Disciple Who Loves

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God’s love is practical. It meets us where we are. It spares no expense to win us.

God’s love is real.

“We love Him because He first loved us” – 1 John 4:19.

I love God.

I praise God and thank God for His grace and love to me and you! Do you love God? I hope that you do; if you don’t, you can. Once you believe in God’s love for you that has been demonstrated through Christ in the Gospel, you will experience His work of love in your heart. He will fill you with love for Him. It’s all His work within us, and it is glorious, and it is free, and He wants to do it for all who are His! As a believer in Christ, you can believe God to do this within you. God wants you to trust Him to fill you with His love – Romans 5:5.

“Love covers a multitude of sins” – 1 Peter 4:8.

I rejoice because of God’s love, for all my sins are forgiven to glory of God! If you have repented of your sins and believe in the Gospel, then you, too, have your sins covered, buried, removed, destroyed, pulverized, and condemned by the God who is love, Himself. The God of the Bible is the great God and Savior Jesus Christ. I am so excited to know Him; to the praise of the glory of His grace by which He has made us accepted in the Lord Jesus Christ – His beloved Son.

As we have been forgiven of every evil deed we have committed, so may we forgive all those with whom we are bitter, with whom we hold a grudge, and with whom we cannot forget. When our hearts are filled with God’s love, we finally have peace, power, and boldness to love others with the love of God that resides within us. Love covers a multitude of sins.

Ask Jesus to help you forgive your spouse, your father, mother, brother, sister, enemy, boss, co-worker, etc. Ask God to make your heart a conduit by which God can extend His love to others, draw people to Himself through your sacrifice, and glorify His holy Name.

Love covers a multitude of sin – not simply one or two but a multitude – 490 or more!

“Hatred stirs up strife, But love covers all sins” – Proverbs 10:12.

Hatred is poison. Whether slow or fast, the poison spreads until the one who hates dies inside. Like Cain who murdered Abel, the one who hates cannot please God.

However, God’s love covers a multitude of sins – this covering is unrestricted. No matter what you have done, the God of the Bible forgives and commands His disciples to preach repentance and forgiveness of sins in His name – Luke 24:46-48.

By God’s grace and wonderful work in our hearts and minds, we can become people who help people, serve people, and love people. Through our loving service, we can influence people to seek God and His kingdom first. By this we can glorify God. I want to glorify God!

“He who covers a transgression seeks love, but he who repeats a matter separates friends” – Proverbs 17:9.

When we learn to cover transgressions, by seeking to forgive others of their offenses toward us, we have learned what it means to be loving and are experiencing the filling of God’s love in our hearts as He promised – Romans 5:5.

God blesses the one who seeks to love. God’s blessing are far greater and exceed further in the joy of life through the power of the Holy Spirit than any grudge, bitterness, or unforgiveness can compare.

We can repeat a matter when we remind our loved ones of their past faults and failures every time they mess up or when we become frustrated with them over some issue.

Bringing up the repentant past is a great error on our part. Brining up mistakes, errors, faults, and sins that have clearly been repented of is not loving. Moreover, bringing them up every time some one fails is a sure sign of our own bitterness and immaturity.

May we be disciples of Christ and love in practice – in tangible ways – so those in our sphere will be drawn to the true God who is loving them through us.

 

 

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Message: Love According to Knowledge

Philippians 1:9 – “And this I pray, that your love may abound still more and more in knowledge and all discernment…”

This message from God’s Word will encourage and strengthen your heart. In it we look at how our Lord Jesus loved, so we might know His love for us, and so we will model the way we love after Him.

May you be encouraged.

Love According to Knowledge. Phil. 1.9

The Grace To Obey From The Heart

The Lord Jesus Christ is our peace, and it is through Him that we have obtained mercy. Through His mercy He has offered us His grace in Christ. Because of His grace, we can be saved from sin, eternal damnation in hell, and our slavery to sin – we are no longer slaves to sin but are now salves to righteousness:
 
Romans 6:16–18 (NKJV/NAS)
 

16 Do you not know that to whom you present yourselves slaves to obey, you are that one’s slaves whom you obey, whether of sin leading to death, or of obedience leading to righteousness? 17 But thanks be to God that though you were slaves of sin, yet you obeyed from the heart that form of doctrine to which you were committed. 18 And having been set free from sin, you became slaves of righteousness.

 
God’s grace gives us the ability to choose to obey and the power to obey Him. Through the power and help of God’s Holy Spirit, we willing obey “from the heart that form of doctrine to which you were committed.” (Greek: we were committed to the doctrines of grace in such a way that we were “constituted in salvation”* to obey them from our hearts.) Thank you Jesus!
 
Our loving God has committed us to being obedient to Him from our hearts. We are obedient to Him from our hearts because this is the work of transformation that He performs within us. This is how we are slaves to righteousness.
 
We must remain mindful of what He has done in our hearts. We must believe the facts: He has transformed our hearts by faith in the Gospel of Christ. Our transformation consists of being given His desires and His power to live for Christ making us a slave to righteousness – what a revelation and a joy this is!
 
The problem for all of us is whether or not we will believe His truth about us in Christ: that we ARE transformed by His grace, and we ARE given His desires and His power in order to obey His Word from our hearts. When we believe the truth of God’s doctrines, we will live in the power the truth of His teachings provide. We will actually live our daily lives operating in the power of His truth – how exciting and glorious!
 
All of God’s gracious work in our lives begins when we repent of our sins and believe the Gospel: Christ Jesus died on the cross for our sins according to the Scriptures, He was buried, He rose again on the third day according to the Scriptures, He ascended into heaven, and He is going to return to earth.
 
God bless you.
 
*Weust’s Word Studies in the Greek New Testament