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Monday, February 29, 2016

TRANSFORMING LOVE (GOD LOVES YOU, PART 7)



CHAPTER 4
PART 7
GOD LOVES YOU
“[No]….greater love…than this…”(John 15:13 KJV)
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GODS ONLY AGENDA IS LOVE
God’s love bears, believes, hopes, and endures all things. God’s only agenda is love and nothing else.
It is obvious that God’s love holds up under a mountain of offenses, betrayals, unfaithfulness, dishonor, disrespect, untrustworthiness, and evils of all kinds, yet his love is willing to “…cover the multitude of sins…” (1 Peter 4:8 KJV).
No matter what sinful behavior God witnesses, He never wavers on his belief of your betterment and he hopes, it seems, against all hope with a consist attitude of love (Romans 4:18).
Such a love has a powerful endurance where longsuffering is its fruit. It is hard to hold back from giving someone a piece of your mind, when they wrong you.
God chooses to keep silent when he suffers an offense and won’t voice his own personal hurt. God’s love believes all things and it’s impossible to persuade him to mar his heartfelt love for you.
Even when you give up on yourself, God is still rooting for your triumph and never gives up on you.
God’s love is so patient it waits for you; sometimes for days, weeks, months, years, and his love never loses its potency. God’s love bears, believes, hopes, and endures all things
1 CORINTHIANS 13:8
God’s love will NEVER fail or end, but goes on eternally. All other things in life, even pleasant things, like spiritual gifts, will fail or end, but not Godly love (1 Corinthians 13:8).
God possesses an eternal love for you that never fails and ends, but goes on and on and on and on (1 John 4:8).
Many human relationships, because “…iniquity shall abound..., [will find their]… love [for others] shall wax cold…” (Matthew 24:12 KJV).
JEREMIAH 31:3
 God’s love will never wax cold or falter since he has “….loved [you]...with an everlasting love….” (Jeremiah 31:3 KJV).
God’s love is witnessed all through the Old Testament as an ongoing, steady, and consistent flowing stream in a dry, unloving, rebellious world.
God continues to love you on purpose, for free and not based on a wishy-washy, sometimey, undependable, or rocky kind of love, but a solid, strong, and
everlasting one. “[No]….greater love…than this…”(John 15:13 KJV).





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Sunday, February 28, 2016

TRANSFORMING LOVE (GOD LOVES YOU, PART 6)


CHAPTER 4
PART 6
GOD LOVES YOU
“[No]….greater love…than this…”(John 15:13 KJV)
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God’s love is patiently self-sacrificing and he knows when you have made a permanent lifestyle choice that doesn’t include Him.
 Out of loving respect for your wants he gives you over to a reprobate (depraved) mind. A reprobate mind is the only kind of mind you can have without God.
A reprobate mind indicates that you are following after your sinful thoughts and ways to the fullest extent and stubbornly will not heed to God’s corrective directions. A reprobate mind, therefore, is godless, filled with sin, and excludes God by suppressing his truth through disobedience.
Self-sacrificing love doesn’t give “up” on you, but you can give up on it and out of respect, self-sacrificing love will give you “over” to a reprobate mind.
Without responding by God-given faith to his promises, God can’t clear you of guilt - without true repentance - and therefore, you will reap what you sow. “The Lord is slow to anger and great in power, …[but the Lord] will not at all acquit the wicked…” (Nahum 1:3, Exodus 34:7, Numbers 14:18 KJV).
God laid down his life so you can live a holy life and he is long-suffering toward you. Or despisest thou the riches of his goodness and forbearance and longsuffering, not knowing that the goodness of God leadeth thee to repentance?” (Romans 2:4 ASV).
And account that the long-suffering of our Lord is salvation…” (2 Peter 3:15 KJV). God patiently waits (long-suffering) for your repentance.
For without repentance the guilty will not be acquitted of sin or its affects or its consequences. If you have not repented, you will not receive the blessings of the righteous in this life or the life to come.
 It isn’t because God has condemned you or has stop loving you, but because you have condemned yourself through unbelief (John 3:17).
Also, laying down your life for another is witnessed, not through physical death, but through your willingness to invest your resources and your most precious treasures (money, time, etc,) for the one you say you love (John 15:13).
Self-sacrificing love is an immutable and ongoing service to another and is willing to bear the fruit of long-suffering (1 Corinthians 13:4).
Self-sacrificing love calls you to give up what you love, because you love someone else more (Hebrews 11:17).
God’s love is always self-sacrificing to those who “abide” in His love. If [you]… keep My commandments, [you]… shall abide in My love; even as I have kept My Father's commandments and abide in His love” (John 15:9-10 ASV).
Again, to “abide in God’s love” is to stay engulfed, surrounded, covered, or soaked IN His love, which is through Christ by faith.  “…abide in his love (John 15:10 KJV). God’s love is not self-seeking.
God’s love is not easily provoked or easily angered, but peaceful. God remains calm and peaceful at all times.
God’s peaceful attitude demonstrates his ability to handle our mistakes and short-comings without exhibiting an instant angry response; which is usually common in humanity.
God’s love instantly and peacefully “... [covers]……a multitude of sins…” instead of reacting with an outburst of anger (1 Peter 4:8 ASV).
Anger is not sinful, but it can turn into sin if it is not properly handled in a timely manner. (Ephesians 4:26).
Mankind often makes instant judgments and readily jumps to conclusions when they are angry, which can lead to unforgiveness, revenge, or a harden heart. God is extremely “…slow to anger [because He is] abundant in lovingkindness and truth….” (Psalm 86:15 ASV).
God is not easily provoked or angered since He overflows with a love that slows and calms anger almost to a complete stop…with peace. “And the peace of God, which passeth all understanding, shall guard your hearts and thoughts in Christ Jesus” (Philippians 4:7 ASV). Love does not anger easilyl
God’s love does not keep a record of wrongs. God used Jesus to demonstrate his willingness to erase the record of wrongs committed by sinners.
  Jesus distinctly asked God to erase the record of wrongs when he said, “…Father, forgive them…” (Luke 23:34 KJV).
God encourages humanity to do the same thing when He says, “…as the Lord forgave you...” and in order to forgive in this way, “….put on love…” (Colossians 3:13-14 ASV).
Humanity seeks God to erase their record of wrongs, but they are quick to demand payment from others for past wrongs just like in the parable of the ungrateful servant (Matthew 18:21-35).
This is not Godly love, which focuses on forgiveness and chooses to  “…blotteth out …[my] transgression and remember not… [my] sins… (Isaiah 43:25, Hebrews 8:12, 10:17 ASV).
God’s love looks beyond your faults  preferring to service your needs instead.  God is not talking about allowing people to walk over you or abuse you.
 God is saying don’t keep a record of wrongs particularly against those who are NOT actively seeking forgiveness.
God keeps no record of wrongs in order to provide an ongoing opportunity for everyone who decides to seek his forgiveness (2 Peter 3:9).
God doesn’t want anyone to perish, but for them to come to “…the knowledge of the truth... [or] come to repentance…” (1 Timothy 2:4, 2 Peter 3:9 ASV).  God keeps no record of wrongs, but out of a loving desire he prefers to make amends.
God’s love does not rejoice in unrighteousness, but rejoices in truth. God finds happiness in what is right and holy and not the opposite.
If you happen to be reaping the wrong you sowed or are feeling guilty over a sinful act, or feeling anxious over a mistake, God’s love will never rejoice in those moments.
Moments of unrighteousness is a time for struggle, disappointment, or sorrow and not rejoicing. In those moments God’s love continues for you, but does not rejoice in any unrighteous behavior (Proverbs 12:22).
 In other words, God loves you, but not your behavior. God only delights in truth and rejoices when the truth is “…in …[your] inward parts…” (Psalm 51:6 KJV).
God is holy and “…..hath no pleasure in wickedness [or unrighteousness]…. (Psalm 5:4 KJV).
Sin separates you from God and is another reason God does not rejoice in unrighteousness. God knows unrighteousness or sin traps you into a world of deceitfulness, darkness, and lies.
God’s love helps you in your struggle with sin or unrighteousness. God is happy to show his delight when he rejoices with you in truth.




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"GOD LOVES YOU" FROM THE
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Saturday, February 27, 2016

TRANSFORMING LOVE (GOD LOVES YOU, PART 5)



CHAPTER 4
PART 5
GOD LOVES YOU
“[No]….greater love…than this…”(John 15:13 KJV)
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MATTHEW 20:28
God considers those he chooses and draws as more important than himself. He loves you so deeply. Even though he is the Almighty God he serves his love ones his blessings in the same manner as a committed servant.
God is the only one who truly has a right to think highly of himself, yet he is willing to serve in the most menial position for you. God’ love is not boastful but modest.
1 CORINTHIANS 13
God’s love is not prideful, but humble. Pride linked to love describes a person who is selfish.
Jesus was a perfect example of an authentic, humble love. He came into the world with all the rights and support of heaven yet he became a servant out of his love for “…the world” (John 3:16 KJV).
Jesus previously knew the unlimited freedom of the Holy Spirit, but humbly put on the limitation of the flesh for love (Philippians 2:6-8).
Jesus could have been prideful and choose not to be obedient to God’s will, but his love for sinners made Him stay, “…obedient unto death – even the death on a cross…” (Philippians 2:7 KJV).
JOHN 3:16
Jesus demonstrated his love by not thinking of himself and becoming a humble servant through his death on the cross for  “..the [whole] world..” (John 3:16 KJV).
Pride is not a holy characteristic and “…is not from the Father [above]…” (1 John 2:16 ASV).
Pride is concerned about pleasing oneself, while humility is concerned with benefiting someone else.
Humble love primarily looks out for the needs of the one loved and is focused on loving his or her neighbor as they love themselves.
God greatly opposes the prideful, but supports the humble with abundant grace (James 4:6).
ROMANS 12:3
The bible warns “…not to think more highly of …[yourself] than [you]… ought to think; but to think so as to have sound judgment…” (Romans 12:3 ASV).
Pride exalts itself with its own self-applause and makes love focus on self more than on others. God says, “…everyone who exalts himself will be humbled, but he who humbles himself will be exalted…” (Luke 18:14 ASV).
Remember, however, God tells you not to be selfish, not selfless. God loves out of his abundance and wants you to follow suit. God’s love is not prideful.
1 CORINTHIANS 13
God’s love is never rude, but polite or courteous. God treats those he loves with the utmost respect and dignity.
God always demonstrates good manners, even if you make mistakes or are rude towards Him. God’s love does not treat a person according to their wrongs towards Him. Instead of rudeness, God reacts with grace instead.
Therefore, God’s behavior is always honorable and respectful. God’s love will never be experienced as mean, vengeful, manipulative, cruel, or resentful.
Even if you do something that deserves a rude response, God’s grace will always direct him to treat you with politeness.
Grace is a core characteristic of God. Many people do and speak to each other insensitively or thoughtlessly, but God’s love language is deeply, immutably considerate (Philippians 2:2-6).
GOD'S ONGOING TRAIT
God’s love is polite because he is the absolute expression of politeness. God’s ongoing desire to be courteous and utterly mannerable - is unchanging.
God’s politeness demonstrates how important you are to him personally and therefore, God’s holy manners are constantly in action at all times.
Mankind often treats each other rudely based on what they feel at the moment. Rudeness can be seen through the fruit of unforgiveness, holding onto anger, ongoing resentment, unfaithfulness, projecting your wrongs onto others, excusing bad behavior, through criticism, abuses of any kind, all unkindnesses, and other fleshy behaviors that can potentially diminish another person’s spirit.
USUALLY A FIRST RESPOND
Mankind’s love has a tendency to react with rudeness first - or putting down another’s character - instead of respect or honor.
Human nature doesn’t immediately take the high road of good-manners, but will often choose rudeness as an initial response.
When something happens to cause conflict between two people, the one who feels they have been done wrong will be concerned with his or her feelings instead of the other persons.
The first response to conflict or misunderstanding is usually criticism, rudeness, arguments, or tearing the other person down.
This behavior is not a demonstration of Godly love and totally misrepresents the ongoing politeness of God’s ways. Rudeness is NOT and is NEVER an example of true love.
ITS SELF-SACRIFICING
God’s love is not self-seeking, but self-sacrificing. God gave his only begotten Son to save your life from the destruction of sin (John 3:16).
God’s self-sacrificing love demonstrates the way God intervened and manifested himself through Christ and changed everything for your salvation.
When you give up your life through the “…death…” of self, like Christ’s“…death of the cross…” it’s the truest example of self-sacrificing love (Philippians 2:7 KJV). 
Jesus abandoned any personal interest of his own for your well-being, which meant more to him. The bible says, “….For Christ pleased not himself;…” (Romans 15:3 KJV).
 Evidently, God was committed to loving you, on the deepest level, no matter what it cost Him to do it.Greater love hath no man than this, that a man lay down his life for his friends” (John 15:13 KJV).
Jesus’ self-sacrifice, death on the cross, - to redeem sinful humanity - was an overly generous performance of an undeserving love.
 For the wages of sin is death, but the free gift of God is eternal life through Jesus Christ our Lord” (Romans 6:23 KJV).
LOVE IS COSTLY
Love is always costly and therefore, self-sacrifice will challenge you sooner or later. Self-sacrificing behavior will make you put aside your own feelings, your wants, your needs, your interests, and your desires for the benefit of the object of your love.
God, through Jesus, literally laid down his entire life for you. You were the object of his love and sometimes the object of God’s love will not reciprocate that love and will reject it instead.
Yet, God is willing to risk his heart, anyway, through self-sacrificing love. God’s self-sacrificing love respects your wishes and gives you over (not up) to your own desires; even when they don’t include Him.
The Old Testament records stories of God’s wrath and judgment
I STILL LOVE YOU
regarding continuous sinful behavior. God gets angry at sin, but not YOU and continues to love you even when you shut him out of your life.
However, it appears that God ran out of love with sinful Israel over and over, when in fact he didn’t. 
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