Fully Understanding God's Love & Will for His Followers

Tuesday, March 31, 2020

Hi everyone. Today I am sharing a post on Fully Understanding God's Love and His Will for His Followers. I hope you all are seriously taking this time of social isolation to examine your hearts, your life, and your priorities. I am sharing this because I have struggled with huge disappointments in life and heartbreaks that were no fault of my own and others that were absolutely a result of my choices. Unfortunately, most people have a superficial and incorrect understanding of God's love. I'm not a pastor or a teacher, so I've collected a lot of verses, so you can discern for yourself. 

The heart of it is that we would not like someone to just say they love us in words alone and not take the time to understand us or find out the ways that we feel loved. God extended the gift of salvation because he wants a personal relationship with us and for us to be a part of His Kingdom. 
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Fully Understanding God's Love & Will for His Followers

This post is a little different than what I'd normally write because as I've been reflecting on some of the ways that I have not been walking in His love. As a result, I have experienced some deep sorrow. I was not making God a priority when everything I need is in Him. So, I will be sharing some basics about God's love that I've discovered on this journey.

Who is Jesus?  

  • He (Jesus) is the image of the invisible God, the firstborn of all creation. (Colossians 1:15)
  • For by him (Jesus) all things were created, in heaven and on earth, visible and invisible, whether thrones or dominions or rulers or authorities--all things were created through Him and for him. (Colossians 1:16)
  • There was a man sent from God, whose name was John. He came as a witness, to bear witness about the light, that all might believe through him. He was not the light, but came to bear witness about the light. (John 1:6-8)
  • The true light, which gives light to everyone, was coming into the world. He was in the world, and the world was made through him, yet the world did not know him. But to all who did receive him, who believed in his name he gave the right to become children of God, who born, not of blood nor of the will of the flesh nor of the will of man, but God. (John 1:9-13).
  • Jesus said to him, "I am the way, and the truth, and the life. No one comes to the Father except through me. If you had known me, you would have known my father also. From now on you do know him and have seen him." (John 14:6)

Why did He Come to Earth? What is His Character

  • This is the message we have heard from him and proclaim to you, that God is light, and him is no darkness at all. (1 John 1:5).
  • For God so loved the world, that he gave his only Son (Jesus), that whoever believes in him should not perish but have eternal life. For God didn't not send his Son into the world to condemn the world, but in order that the world might be saved through him.
  • Go and learn what this means: 'I desire mercy, and not sacrifice.' For I came not to call the righteous, but sinners. (Matthew 9:13).
  • Even so, it is not enough just to believe in Jesus. As such, "whoever believes in the Son has eternal life; whoever does not obey the Son shall not see life, but the wrath of God remains on him. (John 3:36).
  • I (Jesus) am the door. If anyone enters by me, he will be saved and will go in and out and find pasture. The thief (Satan) comes only to steal, kill, and destroy. I came that they may have life and have it abundantly. I am the good shepherd. The good shepherd lays down his life for the sheep. (John 10:10-12). 
  • Again, God does not destroy, steal, or kill as noted above. I've endured impossibly painful things and it is a matter of faith to keep believing what I know to be true about God. If we look at Romans 8:28, it says, "And we know that for those who love God all things work together for good, for those who are called according to his purpose.

God's Love & Loving God

  • but God shows his love for us in that while we were still sinners, Christ died for us. (Romans 5:8)
  • because, if you confess with your mouth that Jesus is Lord and believe in your hearth that God raised him from the dead, you will be saves. For with the he heart one believes and is justified, and with the mouth one confesses and is saved. (Romans 10:9-11)
  • And without faith, it is impossible to please him, for whoever would draw near to God must believe that he exists and that he he rewards those who seek him. 
  • For we are his workmanship, created in Christ Jesus for good works, which God prepared beforehand, that we should walk in them. (Ephesians 2:10).
  • Beloved, let us love one another, for love is from God, and and whoever loves has been born of God and knows God. (1 John 4:7).
  • ..."You shall love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind. This is the great and first commandment. And a second is like it: You shall love your neighbor as yourself. On these two commandments depend all the Law and the Prophets. (Matthew 22:37-40).
  • If you love me, you will keep my commandments. And I will ask the Father, and he will give you another Helper, to be with you forever, even the Spirit of Truth, whom the world cannot receive, because it neither sees him nor knows him. You know him, for he dwells with you and will be with you. (John 14:15-17).
  • If we confess our sins, he is faithful and just to forgive us our sins and cleanse us of all unrighteousness. (1 John 1:9)
  • For the Lord gives wisdom; from his mouth come knowledge and understanding; he stores up sound wisdom for the upright; he is a shield to those who walk in integrity, guarding the paths of justice and watching over the way of his saints. (Proverbs 2:6-8).

What it Means to Be a Christian

Here are some of the scriptures that highlight what it means to be a Christian. They are as follows:
  • Go therefore and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and the Holy Spirit, teaching them to observe all that I have commanded you. (Matthew 28:19-20).
  • As obedient children, do not be conformed to the passions of your former ignorance, but as he who called you is holy, you also be holy in all your conduct, since is is written, "You shall be holy, for I am holy. (1 Peter 1:14-16).
  • Do not love the world or the things of the world. If anyone loves the world, the love of the Father is not in him. For all that is in the world--the desires of the flesh and the desires of the eyes and pride of life--is not from the Father but is from the world. And the world is passing away along with its desires, but whomever does the will of God abides forever. (1 John 2:15-17).
  • But the one who hears (Jesus' words) and does not do them is like a man who build a house onto ground without a foundation. When the stream broke against it, immediately it fell, and the ruin of the house was great. (Luke 6:49).
  • Blessed rather are those who hear the word of God and keep it! (Luke 11:27).
  • No, but I tell you; but unless you repent, you will all likewise perish. (Luke 13:3,5). Refer to surrounding verses.
  • Cost of discipleship (Luke 14:25-33).
  • By sending his own Son in the likeness of sinful flesh and for sin, he condemned sin in the flesh, in order that the righteous requirement of the law might be fulfilled in us, who walk not according to the flesh but according to the Spirit.
  • But I say, walk by the Spirit, and you will not gratify the desires of the flesh. For the desires of the flesh are against the Spirit, and the desires of the Spirit are against the flesh, for these are opposed to each other, to keep you from doing the things you want do. But if you are led by the Spirit, you are not under the law. Now the works of the flesh are evident: sexual immorality, impurity, sensuality, idolatry, sorcery, enmity, strife, jealously, fits of anger, rivalries, dissensions, divisions, envy, drunkenness, orgies, and things like these. I warn you, as I warned you before, that those who do such things will not inherit the kingdom of God. (Galatians 16:21).
  • The Spirit himself bears witness with our spirit that we are children of God and if children, then heirs--heirs of God and fellow heirs with Christ, provided we suffer with him in order that we may also be glorified with him. (Romans 8:16-17).
  • Let the one who is taught the word share all good things with the one who teaches. Do not be deceived: God is not mocked, for whatever one sows, that will he also reap. For the one who sows to his own flesh will from the flesh reap corruption, but the one who sows to the Spirit will from the Spirit reap eternal life. (Galatians 6:7-8)

How We are to Love Others & Final Thoughts

The Bible says in 1 Corinthians 13:4-7 that, 

love is patient and kind; love does not envy or boast; it is not arrogant or rude. It does not insist on its own way; it is not irritable or resentful; it does not rejoice at wrongdoing, but rejoices with the truth. Love bears all things, believes all things, hopes all things, endures all things.
I know that for me I used to think that I could just make my own decisions and that God would make a way for me, but as you read the Bible, submission to Him, obedience and seeking Him are what actually lead us to a meaningful and abundant life. We can no longer lean on what we think is right or how everyone else is doing in the world. We have to seek His kingdom and everything else that we need will be added unto us. He also says that those that abide in Him will be able to ask for things according to His will and they will be answered. It's really hard, but prayerfully casting your cares on Him and asking for His help will allow you to walk more obediently. We can't ever depend on our strength, because we aren't perfect. For we are saved by grace through faith, but our Helper, the Holy Spirit, will open our eyes to the issues in our hearts and even allow the consequences of sin to lead us to repentance.

Thank you for taking the time to read this. I hope it is useful. Until next time,

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