Friday, March 11, 2016

THE REVELATION OF GOD'S LOVE: PT. 2

God’s desire is for people to love Him.  He pronounced that His Name is Jealous and that He is a Jealous God  (Exodus 34:14). His desire is for His creation to turn to Him and worship Him and Him only.  He looks for His creation to worship Him in spirit and in truth –
But the hour is coming, and now is, when the true worshipers will worship the Father in spirit and truth; for the Father is seeking such to worship Him. God is Spirit, and those who worship Him must worship in spirit and truth. John 4: 23-24
Our motives for loving God should not be for material gain, or any selfish motive.  Rather, God wants us to worship Him and to love Him just because of who He is.  This is expressed in His own commandment to love.
You shall love the Lord your God with all your heart, with all your soul, and with all your strength. Deuteronomy 6:5
As believers study the Scriptures, we see time and time again the expression of

God’s love for us, and His intention and desire to restore fallen mankind to Himself.  As Jesus walked the earth, healing all manner of sicknesses and diseases, and as He taught about the Kingdom of God, what He was really doing was a restorative work for those who have eyes to see it.  The expected response was that men would be grateful enough for their deliverances, and as a result follow after Jesus and glorify God the Father.  Some caught it, but most didn’t.

God knew that all would not choose to follow Him at His Word, but He still pursues mankind today with His blessings.  I ask again - What kind of love is this?

God extends His grace to persons as a gift, so that when a person believes the Word of God, the salvation of their souls can follow.  Salvation is not only a gift from God, it is truly a miracle wrought solely from the love of God.  Mankind cannot do anything in order to attain Salvation.  Our best efforts cannot result in Salvation.  The Bible teaches that Salvation is a gift from God.
For by grace are you saved through faith; and that not of yourselves: it is the gift of God: Ephesians 2:8-9
For God so loved the world that He gave His only begotten Son, that whoever believes in Him should not perish but have everlasting life. John 3:16
Imagine...God in His unconditional love for us, saw us when we were frolicking in sin in times past, yet He did not abandon us. Instead, He chose to work with us, even without us knowing it, until He succeeded in getting our attention focused on Him.  When we look back at our former state, I am sure we could attest to the fact that it could only be the unconditional love of God to bring us out of the level of sinfulness that we were steeped in.

To be continued...

5 comments:

  1. I love how you bring Romans 5:8 into this. It's often looking back at hard times or struggles where I strayed, that I realize...God was there, too. Not just now that the sun is back out in my life, but in the darkness, too. In my good choices, and my ginormous mis-steps. What kind of love is His, indeed. It's amazing. Visiting from the #RaRaLinkUp!
    Happy Monday!
    Megs

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  2. Excellent post! I agree with Megs.....love the inclusion of Rom. 5:8. Happy to be your neighbor at the linkup at Testimony Tuesday.

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  3. How great the Father's love for us! Thank you for sharing this today at #RaRa Linkup. We need this reminder every day!!

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  4. Yes! I love this! Our God loves us so much that he pursues us... relentlessly. What a great God we serve.

    Thanks for sharing and for linking up to the #SHINEbloghop.

    Wishing you a lovely weekend.
    xoxo

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    1. Thank you for sharing your inspiring post with us here at Tell me a Story. I love God, because He first loved me.

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