Tag Archive | love of god

I Timothy 4:12 ” Don’t let anyone look down on you because you are young, but set an example for the Believers in speech, in life, in faith and in purity.”

The Apostle Paul was encouraging Timothy to stand up for himself as a Pastor,  even though he was considered young for the position.  Paul admonished him to behave in such an exemplary way, with integrity and confidence, that no one within the Church would question his assignment.  Timothy was to lead by example…his way of life on constant display for others to imitate and follow.   I would then challenge all of you who are also considered “young”…don’t think being youthful is an excuse to not set a good example.  Just because you’re young doesn’t mean you can’t influence others for Christ while modeling  God’s love to the world.

Joshua 22:5 ” But be very careful to keep the commandment and the Law that Moses the servant of the Lord gave you: to love the Lord your God, to walk in all His ways, to obey His commands, to hold fast to Him and to serve Him with all your heart and all your soul.”

You can see the love of God in His covenant relationship with His people.  He wants only the very best for us and in return asks only for our obedience.  For when we pay careful attention to our obligations to this covenant…primarily in our lifestyle and relationship with Him…others will sense the difference in us and ask questions.  And those questions can lead to eternal answers.

I John 3:18 ” Dear children, let us not love with words or tongue but with actions and in truth.”

To move towards loving one another…we must move away from empty meaningless words and move towards words and actions that are rooted in sincerity.   So, how’s your follow-through?  Are you real good at promising things, but then lack the commitment to carry them out?  Romans 12:9 tells us, “Love must be sincere…”    When your word is your bond,  your actions are dependable and genuine…and the integrity of your character will never be questioned.   When your actions follow your words…the love of Christ is carried out and on display for all to see.

I Corinthians 1:27 ” But God chose the foolish things of the world to shame the wise; God chose the weak things of the world to shame the strong.”

God could easily use the powerful and super-intelligent to move His Kingdom forward…but He doesn’t.  He could utilize those who are  idolized and obsessed over…but He chooses not to.  God would rather select those who the world would view as ridiculous to direct the course of redemptive history.  Verses 28-29 go on to say, “He chose the lowly things of this world and the despised things – and the things that are not – to nullify the things that are, so that no one may boast before Him.”    God uses everyday, common, ordinary people to do extraordinary work for Him on a regular basis.  He takes the nonsensical and creates the incredible.  All He needs is a willing heart and spirit.

Psalm 119:154 “Defend my cause and redeem me; preserve my life according to Your promise.”

If the Lord Almighty is defending my cause…why do I always feel compelled to justify or explain myself?  If God is contending for me in a dispute…why do I need to somehow prove myself right also?   St. Augustine was correct when he prayed, “O Lord, deliver me from this lust of always vindicating myself.”  We have this fleshly desire to be right…to explain ourselves away until everyone finally agrees with us…but if you look at Jesus teaching among the crowds, He never explained anything or made excuses for Himself.  He left the misunderstandings and misconceptions of others to correct themselves.

Joel 2:12-13 ” Even now, declares the Lord, return to Me with all your heart, with fasting and weeping and mourning. Rend your heart and not your garments.”

Humans are funny…we get caught in something, and we’re sorry…not sorry for what we did…but rather sorry we got caught.  We make a big emotional show…but there’s no humility or remorsefulness involved in our actions.  Psalm 51:17 reminds us of what God really wants from us…not a showy display of  emotions that look good to those who are watching, but lack the brokenness of spirit that comes from a truly regretful heart.  Rather, God desires  from us authenticity, humility, and taking responsibility for our actions.

Galatians 2:20 ” The life I live in the body, I live by faith in the Son of God, Who loved me and gave Himself for me.”

Jesus loves you.  He knew your name before the beginning of time.  He saw your tiny frame being formed in your mother’s womb and loved you even more.  If you had been the only person on the face of the earth…He would of still handed over His life as a sacrifice for you…that’s how precious you are to Him.   I know it’s humanly impossible to fathom the love Jesus has for us…for it’s beyond our comprehension.  But Jesus loves you with a love that will never end…never give up…never forsake.