This is a redo of part 2 of an earlier post the bears reposting…
My beloved friends, let us continue to love each other since love comes from God. Everyone who loves is born of God and experiences a relationship with God. The person who refuses to love doesn’t know the first thing about God, because God is love—so you can’t know him if you don’t love. —1 John 4:7-8 (Message)
Too often, the extent of our knowledge of God is limited to what we have heard from others. This is not an indictment against anyone you may trust, where the Word of God is concerned, but it is to call attention to the responsibility we have to know God for ourselves.
Many have rendered themselves submitted to another’s opinion of God more than they have submitted to God Himself. This positions us to rely on feelings and theory—rather than TRUTH! It is our belief in and submission to the Truth of God’s Word that gives us the power to be the light of God that this world needs to see!
You know how you have to grope around in a dark room to find your way? This is how it is in this world when no light is shown and there’s no light brighter than the love of God.
In the same way your light must shine before people, so that they will see the good things you do and praise your Father in heaven.—Matthew 5:16 (GNT)
People think it is okay to be rebellious, revengeful, and hateful; when they don’t know it is against God’s Word to be so. My friends, if we behave like the world, what’s the difference? Any person on this earth should be able to look at a Believer and see a difference in their life and living. We have a responsibility to show the love and hope of God in our daily lives…this is the light that the world needs to see. There is plenty of preaching but are we being the living Word?
Far too many people can tell you about God’s judgment but not enough about His love. It is love that allowed Jesus to die on the cross!
9 God showed how much he loved us by sending his one and only Son into the world so that we might have eternal life through him. 10 This is real love—not that we loved God, but that he loved us and sent his Son as a sacrifice to take away our sins. 11 Dear friends, since God loved us that much, we surely ought to love each other.—1 John 9:11 (NLT)
Since our very existence is predicated upon God’s love for us, it would be appropriate for us to replicate that love towards others because the alternative is not so pretty. Love your neighbors, love your friends, love your enemies, show love to strangers. It has nothing to do with how we are treated or how we may feel because we are commanded to love.
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