Tag Archive | For God so loved the world

Hebrews 12:7 ” Endure hardship as discipline; God is treating you as sons. For what son is not disciplined by his father? “

Maybe you were the child that all your parents had to do was look at you sternly and you stopped misbehaving.  Or maybe it took much more effort from your parents before it finally sunk in that what you were doing was wrong.  Parents correct their children out of the love they have for them, not because they want to be mean, but because they want only the best for them.  Our Heavenly Father does the same for us.  Deuteronomy 8:5 says, “Know then in your heart that as a man disciplines his son, so the Lord your God disciplines you.”  When we can view difficulties in our life as loving correction from God rather than just punishment…our entire spiritual perspective and faith will be impacted and increased.

Ephesians 5:25 ” Husbands, love your wives, just like Christ loved the Church and gave Himself up for her.”

In a marriage, men are to look to Jesus as the example.  For Jesus spoke of the Church as His bride and He the bridegroom.  Jesus demonstrated His love for His bride by willingly dying in her place.  This type of love is devoted, selfless, and sacrificing.  It’s a love that cherishes, values, and treats as precious another person.  In modern language, it’s a love that would take a bullet for her.

Romans 12:1 ” Therefore I urge you, brothers, in view of God’s mercy, to offer your bodies as living sacrifices, holy and pleasing to God – this is your spiritual act of worship.”

Paul was more than just encouraging his fellow Believers here…he was beseeching and imploring them to take that decisive and dedicated step called sanctification. Why?  When we first become a Christian we tend to hold on to parts of us that are comfortable, easy, or allow us to cope.  But as we journey along with the Lord, He starts to demand we separate ourselves from those things.  This process can be painful, but necessary for us to fully become God’s.  Holiness or sanctification is being totally His…with nothing withheld…and Paul recognized that this was not only God’s Will but the very least thing we could do in view of the Lord’s sacrifice for us. (I Corinthians 6:20)

Philippians 2:5 ” Your attitude should be the same as that of Christ Jesus.”

Jesus wasn’t cocky or arrogant.  Nor was He condescending, even though He had every right to act in this manner.  Just imagine, God came down from heaven and willingly became nothing.  He humbled Himself to the lowest of social status…a slave or servant, as an example for us to follow.  Servant-hood is probably one of the hardest things to do and do well.  Our selfish human nature would rather be waited on, rather than wait on others.  And the whole humility and obedience thing is in direct contradiction with everything the world tells us to do.  But it all starts with our attitude as the verse says.  For we can bring under submission our bad attitudes and then take on the role of servant for His glory.  We can extend His grace and mercy with genuine love and concern if we become humble and obedient… with Jesus as our guide.

Jude 2 ” Mercy, peace and love be yours in abundance.”

Do you realize just how much God loves you?  He’s not stingy or tight-fisted with His compassion towards you.  Nor does His unconditional love depend on how good you are any peculiar day …or how many “works” you have on your mental score-sheet.  God’s grace and  love towards you is generous, abundant, and more than enough to cover anything that happens to you today.

I John 4:12 ” No one has ever seen God; but if we love one another, God lives in us and His love is made complete in us.”

In the Gospels, it tells us to love each other…whether it’s family, neighbors, or enemies…God’s word instructs us to love one another.  For when we obey His word, His love is truly made complete in us. (I John 2:5)   And by the indwelling of the Holy Spirit,  God’s love will manifest and be perfected in us as we display that love to others.

Colossians 2:6-7 ” So then, just as you received Christ Jesus as Lord, continue to live in Him, rooted and built up in Him, strengthened in the faith s you were taught, and overflowing with thankfulness.”

Jesus says to us in John 15:4, “Remain in Me, and I will remain in you.  No branch can bear fruit by itself; it must remain in the vine.  Neither can you bear fruit unless you remain in Me.”  For us,  this means being rooted and established in the truth of the Gospel and trusting in the Lord daily.  And from this will come a over-abundance of fruit in our life…of love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness, and self-control. (Galatians 5:22)