So here is another look into what God has been challenging me, teaching me and having me think about this week. I know that I say I love Jesus, but the question is do I really understand what that statement means? The issue is do I really understand the word love. We live in a society that says “love” for everything! I mean we love cars, chocolate, sports, hunting and we love each other. I know that we would say yes, but we love these things in a different way. I understand, but I think it is so easy for us to blur the lines of “love”. In our society we say that we fall out of love and so we should just throw our relationships out the window, just like we do when we decide we don’t “love” this car anymore. This is a real issue that effects us in so many ways. How has this effected the body of Christ?
Well, the first thing to understand that the divorce rate in the church is the same as out of the church. At the same rate we are letting people offend us in the body of Christ as people do outside the church, if not more. We have lost the ability to show grace and to make things right. If the body of Christ is doing this how can we be effective in growing the kingdom of God? We have allowed this lack of understanding (of the love that God has for His Son and the His Son has for us) to stunt our growth in Him and the growth of our relationship to each other. I wonder if we would stop and decide to truly love like Christ did, if we would see dramatic changes in our lives? So, I would say that we have suffered greatly in the body of Christ because of this lack of understanding. I believe this is why God has been speaking so clearly about abiding/remaining in Him throughout His word and why he is wanting His body to realize our need for abiding in Him. Because only through abiding and remaining can we truly experience the love in all of it’s glory!
What are things that I do that makes me question my love for him?
1. I question His plan in my life (like I know more than He dose)
2. I let others offend me and I act based on that offense (Good things God dose not treat me like that!)
3. I Get made at Him when I don’t think He is providing for me the way I think He should
4. I repay His grace for me with non-grace for others
5. I allow other things for be put before Him in my life (the Bible calls this idolatry – the same thing that Israel was guilty of)
6. I don’t allow the Holy Spirit to lead me in my daily life and relationships
Here is the thing that makes me sit here and just worship Jesus. I can’t find anything that makes me question His love for me. The scripture tells me that there is noting I can do to make Him love me anymore or any less! In fact the Bible tells me that nothing can separate me from Him! He even says that my performance is not what makes Him love me! He is love! The most over whelming thing is that He loves us all this way. I grew up believing that God was only interested in me if I performed according to what man told me He wanted for me. I never could do it, I always failed and I just knew that I had to work harder, do more and perform better. It became a never ending cycle of failure and through that I learned to hate myself. But when I understood His true love for me, I was set free and I began to see others in this same light! I began to love others more like He loved me. I still have a long way to go but I know that He is not done with me. These times of learning are becoming such a blessed time in my life. Take these times and treasure them as gifts of love form Him. This has driven my back to my life passage and I pray that God will transform me more into His likeness and that I may have His grace.
Therefore, no condemnation now exists for those in Christ Jesus, because the Spirit’s law of life in Christ Jesus has set you free from the law of sin and of death. What the law could not do since it was limited by the flesh, God did. He condemned sin in the flesh by sending His own Son in flesh like ours under sin’s domain, and as a sin offering, in order that the law’s requirement would be accomplished in us who do not walk according to the flesh but according to the Spirit. For those whose lives are according to the flesh think about the things of the flesh, but those whose lives are according to the Spirit, about the things of the Spirit. For the mind-set of the flesh is death, but the mind-set of the Spirit is life and peace. For the mind-set of the flesh is hostile to God because it does not submit itself to God’s law, for it is unable to do so. Those whose lives are in the flesh are unable to please God. You, however, are not in the flesh, but in the Spirit, since the Spirit of God lives in you. But if anyone does not have the Spirit of Christ, he does not belong to Him. Now if Christ is in you, the body is dead because of sin, but the Spirit is life because of righteousness. And if the Spirit of Him who raised Jesus from the dead lives in you, then He who raised Christ from the dead will also bring your mortal bodies to life through His Spirit who lives in you. So then, brothers, we are not obligated to the flesh to live according to the flesh, for if you live according to the flesh, you are going to die. But if by the Spirit you put to death the deeds of the body, you will live. All those led by God’s Spirit are God’s sons. For you did not receive a spirit of slavery to fall back into fear, but you received the Spirit of adoption, by whom we cry out, “Abba, Father!” The Spirit Himself testifies together with our spirit that we are God’s children, and if children, also heirs–heirs of God and co-heirs with Christ–seeing that we suffer with Him so that we may also be glorified with Him. For I consider that the sufferings of this present time are not worth comparing with the glory that is going to be revealed to us. For the creation eagerly waits with anticipation for God’s sons to be revealed. For the creation was subjected to futility–not willingly, but because of Him who subjected it–in the hope that the creation itself will also be set free from the bondage of corruption into the glorious freedom of God’s children. For we know that the whole creation has been groaning together with labor pains until now. And not only that, but we ourselves who have the Spirit as the firstfruits–we also groan within ourselves, eagerly waiting for adoption, the redemption of our bodies. Now in this hope we were saved, yet hope that is seen is not hope, because who hopes for what he sees? But if we hope for what we do not see, we eagerly wait for it with patience. In the same way the Spirit also joins to help in our weakness, because we do not know what to pray for as we should, but the Spirit Himself intercedes for us with unspoken groanings. And He who searches the hearts knows the Spirit’s mind-set, because He intercedes for the saints according to the will of God. We know that all things work together for the good of those who love God: those who are called according to His purpose. For those He foreknew He also predestined to be conformed to the image of His Son, so that He would be the firstborn among many brothers. And those He predestined, He also called; and those He called, He also justified; and those He justified, He also glorified. What then are we to say about these things? If God is for us, who is against us? He did not even spare His own Son, but offered Him up for us all; how will He not also with Him grant us everything? Who can bring an accusation against God’s elect? God is the One who justifies. Who is the one who condemns? Christ Jesus is the One who died, but even more, has been raised; He also is at the right hand of God and intercedes for us. Who can separate us from the love of Christ? Can affliction or anguish or persecution or famine or nakedness or danger or sword? As it is written: Because of You we are being put to death all day long; we are counted as sheep to be slaughtered. No, in all these things we are more than victorious through Him who loved us. For I am persuaded that neither death nor life, nor angels nor rulers, nor things present, nor things to come, nor powers, nor height, nor depth, nor any other created thing will have the power to separate us from the love of God that is in Christ Jesus our Lord!
I say, thank you to my Father God, My Lord Jesus and to my teacher the Holy Spirit! I pray that all of you who read this will grasp onto Him and Love like He has loved us and that you will see yourself in the light that He see you! May you be used to grow His Kingdom! Remember you are His child and you are loved!
In His Grip,