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Sunday, January 24, 2016

TRANSFORMING LOVE (GOD LOVES "Y O U", PART 1)




CHAPTER 4
GOD LOVES YOU
“[No]….greater love…than this…”(John 15:13 KJV)
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God has chosen you. God’s “good news” has drawn you.  God’s “measure of faith” enables you, and now God wants you to know he will love you unconditionally, forever!
God’s love is something you can abide (live) in safety for the rest of your life and it will never forsake you or run out (John 15:10; Hebrews 13:5).
To “abide in God’s love” is to stay engulfed, surrounded, covered, or soaked IN His love, which is experienced “in” Christ.  All true lessons in love begin with God’s love
While learning about God’s love, remember he says, “….as I have loved you… love one another….” (John 13:34 ASV).
Many times, we don’t love others God’s way because we don’t know God and if we are honest, our flesh doesn’t even know how. “Beloved, let us love one another: for love is of God; and every one that loveth is begotten of God, and knoweth God. He that loveth not knoweth not God; for God is love” (1 John 4:7-8 ASV).
When you begin to learn about God’s love pay attention to the parts that you internally reject or where you judge God for loving in His unique way. “For from within, out of the heart of man, proceed evil thoughts… wickedness… pride...  All these evil things come from within, and defile a person.” (Mark 7:21-23 KJV).
For instance, God says, “…love your enemies…” “…pray for them which persecute you...” “…if your enemy is hungry, give him bread to eat; if he be thirsty, give him water to drink...” “…do good to them which hate you….” “..bless them that curse you...” “….pray for them that despitefully use you…” “…lay not … sin [against people]…” AND “[don’t pay]…one evil for [another] evil…” (Matthew 5:44; 1 Samuel 24:17; Proverbs 19:11; Proverbs 25:21; Luke 6:27-28; Acts 7:60; Romans 12:20; and 1 Thessalonians 5:15 KJV).
God’s love is not like human love. When you love difficult people under difficult circumstances “…you [demonstrate you are] children of your Father which is in heaven; for He maketh his sun to rise on the evil and the good, and sendeth rain on the just (righteous) and the unjust.(unrighteous)…” (Matthew 5:45 KJV).
Anywhere you reject God’s love for you personally or reject opportunities to show God’s love to others; it’s most likely an area in your heart that needs transforming.
The heart is deceitful above all things (Jeremiah 17:9). Pray and ask God to enable you to both receive and give true love to others, even when it’s hard.
MATTHEW 7:12
Often we want the love God offers us, but won’t offer that same love to others. So whatever you wish that others would do to you, do also to them…” (Matthew 7:12 RSV).
 Love is the most powerful BOND available to mankind. Humanity weakens the true expression of love, because they have so severely abused it throughout the ages. 
God wants to love you and to restore you to TRUE LOVE through the YADA relationship.
Love is the road to fulfilling the law, to bonding to God, yourself, and others authentically.
Without God, your love is limited to human efforts and it is impossible to truly enjoy true “oneness” with any other person.
Sex does not produce the “oneness” God’s kind of love does. “…Put on love, which is the perfect BOND of unity...” (Colossians 3:14 NASB). And, “But he that is joined unto the Lord is one spirit” (1 Corinthians 6:17 KJV).
In order to become “ONE” with God; you must be joined lovingly to his Spirit. “But he that is joined unto the Lord is one spirit” (1 Corinthians 6:17 KJV).
Being joined with Lord is to also be one spirit with God’s love. The most important core trait of God is Love. “…God is love…” (1 John 4:8 KVJ).
When you don’t demonstrate love for God or love for others; it is hard to imagine you even “know” God (1 John 4:7-8). You normally start behaving like the company you keep on a regular basis.
Jesus said, “…..what he seeth the Father doing… he doth… in like manner” (John 5:19 KJV). Again, you start behaving like the people you keep company with (Proverbs 13:20).
According to the scriptures, the MARK of a true believer is that they “…have love  one to another” (John 13:35 KJV).
This is further supported when Jesus says the greatest commandments are “… you shall love the Lord your God with all your heart, and with all your soul, and with all your strength, and with all your mind; and your neighbor as yourself” (Luke 10:27 RSV).
You can desire and follow after many, many things; spiritual or non-spiritual pursuits, but the scriptures tell you to “…follow the way of love…” (1 Corinthians 14:1 NIV).
Desire is a directive expressing your wants; follow is a directive expressing your focus.
The bible says keep your focus on love and “follow the way of” it. It is not your desire, but your focus that becomes your real experience.
God’s love for you is the spiritual glue that makes you uniquely “one” with God.
In order to experience true “oneness” God wants you to know, experientially, the love HE has for you.
It’s not man’s kind of love, but God’s kind of love. No one knows how to love better than God; God is love.
1 JOHN 4:8

He is the example of love. He is the definition of love. He is the behavior of love. He is the attitude of love. He is the personification of love. He is the consistency of love. He is everlasting love. He is the Spirit of love. He is the purity and holiness of love. God is love…” (1 John 4:8).



 EXCERPT FROM THE CHAPTER 
"GOD LOVES YOU" FROM THE
BOOK TRANSFORMING LOVE
BY PENSACOLA H JEFFERSON
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