22. Dec, 2017

God’s Love For Us

God’s Love For Us

“Love the Lord with all your heart soul and mind”, is the first and greatest commandment. [Matthew 19:22]  Yes love the Lord totally. He loves us totally so why not love Him the same in return? We are coming to the time of the year when people hopefully show love to everybody they meet. People are baking, buying and giving in acts of love for their neighbours and their family members. Many people struggle to show this love through the year so when given a time to express themselves towards others they might just break that spirit that holds people back from loving those around them. [Luke 6:32-33]

However as Christians we have to learn to express the love of God all year and not at a time we are told to love. If we invite only those who can invite us back, what benefit is there in this? [Luke 14:12-13] Last Sunday I heard a message from a person who I would have loved to ask some very important questions. He stated that we had to work in the Holy Spirit to follow God. In this I have no problem, but it is what he said after that when he told us the Bible was a book of rules of do’s and don'ts and this is not what we need to worry about when we are following the Lord.

Confused? Well he then went on to say that Yeshua told us what we could do or could not do. So now we have this we must work in the Holy Spirit to be able to obey the commands of Yeshua. The simple answer is the Holy Spirit was sent to reveal to us all things. [John 14:26] But again where is the guide for us to be able to do this? Well the Good News is we have a book, a rulebook that clearly lays out the do’s and don'ts of life. Virtually everything Yeshua said came from the very rules this speaker said we did not have to follow. [Matthew 24:35]

 Then I believe I received this message from the Lord:

 “If you see my commandments just as rules, then they will always be just rules. But if you see these rules as my love then you will learn to live, as I want you to live.”

 As parents we do not discipline our children because we don't love them we do so because we do. We have to remember we are not raising children to be children, we are raising them to be good adults. At the time it may seem hard and the children get upset but they don't see how upset as a parent we get because we felt we had to do what we did. Well we have to remember God is not raising people to just be people in this world, He is preparing His children for the Kingdom to come. [John 14:21]

 

I am sure our Heavenly Father does not want to discipline us but He has to because we are all sinners and have fallen short of the glory of God. [Romans 3:23] God put His love on the line when He said if you repent I will heal your land. [2 Chronicle 7:14] Then He said the Messiah would be the mighty councillor [Isaiah 9:6] and there would be one who would be bruised for our sins. [Isaiah 53:5] And finally God so loved the world that He gave His only Son in our place. [John 3:16-17] This is true love and leading up to this final event God gave us ways to live, not out of hate but out of love, as He is love. [1 John 4:16]

There are warnings in the rulebook of life as there is when a child of ours is around danger. If we allow them to just carry on into that danger do we truly love them?  So we lay down rules because of our love for them, as does our Father in Heaven for us. We have to stop looking at rules and start looking at the love of God, the love that is there for us all to experience within the pages of His wonderful rulebook the Bible. the book that directs our path. Psalm 119:105

The English translation of the Bible translated Commandments, Torah etc. as law. But in the Hebrew these words are just that, commands and teachings, teachings that keep us on the narrow path. [Matthew 7:14] If we read the Word and place either the word, commandments or teachings in place of the word law, the word takes on a whole new meaning and direction in our lives. Not one of salvation, as that can only come through the confession of Yeshua as Lord and Saviour, [Romans 10:9] but one of understanding what it means to live within that salvation. 

We say, and rightly so, that the Lord endured the cross for our sake. [Galatians 1:4] But have we ever stopped to think what else He endured to for us? He came as a baby and therefore endured the pain through childbirth so He could be like us, fully human. [Hebrews 2:17] He endured all the temptations of childhood and the teenage years and yet He still did not sin. [2 Corinthians 5:21] Yeshua walked and talked the truth and suffered abuse [Luke 22:63-65] and rejection [John 7:5] more than any of us could imagine. God of the universe comes to earth [John 1:14] and teaches the scriptures to the people and they tried to stone Him. [John 8:59] Can we even for a moment imagine what must have been going through His head?

The Lord endured all He did, when He could have called on thousands of angels to protect Himself. [Matthew 26:53] He could have just wiped us all away with the flick of His hand and withdrawn His breath from us and we would have been no more. [Job 1:21] The world celebrates Christmas without a thought of the message behind it. The people of the countries celebrate at this time of year as if they all believe in the saving grace of the Lord but their hearts are far from Him. [Isaiah 29:13] I ask where are the celebrations of the world over the resurrection after the Lord suffered died and rose again? [1 Corinthians 15:4] Where are the celebrations of the Lords ascension and the crying out for His return? Where are the tears and actions for the death of the innocent [Proverbs 6:17] or the death of the lost? [Ezekiel 33:11] the very ones the Lord weeps over. [Luke 19:41]

On the 26th, the celebrations come to an end and we get on with our lives for another year but what if we don't have another year? Loving one another [Matthew 19:19] is not for just one day a year it is about loving as the One who created us in His image loves. [1 John 4:16] He came to earth to demonstrate how strong His love is and He did this on the cross. [John 3:16] Not just for one day in time, but for all time. [Psalm 136] So when the celebrations are once more put away for another year we must remember God’s love is too great to be locked up in some box. His love continues, as should ours as we go into and through another year. We are made in the image of the living God so we are to live within the bounds of a love that knows no bounds. And that is to love with all our hearts, minds and soul. [Exodus 20:1-11 – Matthew 22:37]

 Your kingdom is an everlasting kingdom, and Your dominion endures throughout all generations. The LORD sustains all who fall and raises up all who are bowed down. The eyes of all look to You, and You give them their food in due time. You open Your hand and satisfy the desire of every living thing. The LORD is righteous in all His ways and kind in all His deeds. The LORD is near to all who call upon Him, to all who call upon Him in truth. He will fulfill the desire of those who fear Him; He will also hear their cry and will save them. The LORD keeps all who love Him, but all the wicked He will destroy. My mouth will speak the praise of the LORD, and all flesh will bless His Holy Name forever and ever. Psalm 145:13-21