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Commandment To Love

John 15:9-12

9As the Father hath loved me, so have I loved you: continue ye in my love.

10 If ye keep my commandments, ye shall abide in my love; even as I have kept my Father’s commandments, abide in his love.

11These things I have spoken unto you, that my joy might remain in you, and that your joy might be full.

12 This is my commandment, That ye love one another, as I have loved you.

Lesson:

Jesus gave us a main commandment which is to love one another as He loves us. He has no conditions on His love for us. Meaning He loves us with a love like a mother. You know how your mother loves you no matter who you are or what you have done. God loves us even when we do wrong but He sends His word for us to get it right. He does not want us to continue to walk blind in our sin. And He does not want us to continue on a path of destruction.

We love people with conditions, with the main condition being, if you hurt me in any kind of way or you don’t treat me the way I feel you should treat me then I won’t love you anymore. But Jesus loves unconditionally, meaning no matter how we treat Him, He still loves and cares for us. And we do Him wrong everyday, we turn our backs on Him, we act like we don’t need Him and we say hurtful things to Him or about Him. Yes we are all guilty of one or all of these in some kind of way. That does not mean that we do always do it intentionally but we do it none the less.

Lives can be changed if we will follow this commandment that was given to us. Love can break a multitude of evil down if we use it the same way God used it when He sent His son to die on the cross for our sins. The same way Jesus uses it as He sits on the right hand of His Father forever making intercession for us.

My question to you today is, “Can you love the way Jesus loves?”

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Speak of My Saviour

Shortly before his death, Carey said to a friend: “You have been saying much about Dr. Carey and his work. When I am gone, say nothing about Dr. Carey; speak about Dr. Carey’s Saviour.” – William Carey

What will they say about me when my time on this earth is gone. This is the thought that plagues me often in my walk with Christ. Will I have lived a life representative of Christ which will leave people speaking of my great Saviour or will there be whispers of my flaws and short comings? Truth is there may be a bit of both but my hope is that I will have lived, done or said something that will ultimately leave others speaking about the Saviour that I have loved and served.

In speaking I have learned that my experiences in this life are not about me. They are about learning in order to gain wisdom, growing in faith and giving back to someone in need. I have heard many times how can you relate to someone if you haven’t gone through what they are going through. The greatest example of that is when Jesus came in the form of flesh, suffered at the hands of men, and was hung on the cross for our (yours and mine) sins, failures, flaws and shortcomings.

For we do not have a High Priest who is unable to sympathize and understand our weaknesses and temptations, but One who has been tempted [knowing exactly how it feels to be human] in every respect as we are, yet without [committing any] sin. Hebrews 4:15 (AMP)

I believe in order to give with the right motive, compassion plays such a huge part. When I say give I don’t mean just monetary or materialistically, I mean giving back by praying for and with someone, helping to carry the burden of our brother/sister in Christ, fighting a spiritual war on behalf of a lost soul in order to draw them to Jesus, interceding for those we don’t even know, and loving them that spitefully use us. If we can do these things just as Jesus has done them and much more for us, and all in the name and strength of our Saviour, how then will others speak about us (you and me).

I pray that when they speak about me, they will say…There is one whom she loved an served, and He caused her to love others. He in turn showed us His love through her. And others will ask who is this one that you speak of. The answer: His name is Jesus. And what he has done for her, he has done for others and will do for you.

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Growth in Christian Virtue

Growth in Christian Virtue Post

If there is ever a time when I could say that I have grown in Christ, I would hope that it was now. But as I read these word better yet instructions today, the words seemed to come alive from the screen and renewed my mind in what I know to be faith, wisdom, revelation and understanding. God’s word truly is a mirror and will cause you to see yourself for who and what you really are. (I am talking to myself right now) It will reveal all of the truth in finding out you are not all that you think you are. But you need more work done on the inward parts. Your heart need more fixing, more mending, molding and still yet a complete transformation into the things of Christ.

As I read this passage of scripture this morning, I felt chastised by the word of God for doing far less than what it calls for me to be. I realized I have not been doing all that I know to do. We can be well but can always do better. I am guilty of knowing I should do better. As I sat down and asked God for a word of encouragement for His people today, I was convicted because I should have done more than I have done over the last week. I should have read more, prayed more and loved others more than I did. I repented because I realized that I cannot say that I love God and not do all and then some more of what He has called me to do. I may not be out intentionally sinning but I fall short daily.

Then I ran across a journal note to myself on this one verse, “For by these He has bestowed on us His precious and magnificent promises [of inexpressible value], so that by them you may escape from the immoral freedom that is in the world because of disreputable desire, and become sharers of the divine nature.” 2 Peter 1:4 I got excited, so I opened the entire chapter and began reading. And as I read the mirror started to reveal my reflection. And oh boy it is not as beautiful as I’d like it to be. But it is the truth about me. I can admit to God when I don’t like what I see or who I am. Why? Because I want to be more like Him and less like myself. I know what His word says about us as people but also what it says about His saving grace and His everlasting love that transforms us into righteousness. It causes us to be joint heirs, sons and daughters of a King, blessed and highly favored.

Jesus left us some amazing instructions on how to live the best life possible on this earth. He did not say we would not have hard times. But he showed us how to get through even the storms of life and still have joy knowing that trouble doesn’t last always. I for one intent from this point on to follow more closely these instructions so that I may live the a life of dynamic spirituality and godliness, and share in all of the promises that He has promised to us.

Those instructions I spoke about, they’re below:

2 Peter 1:1-12 Amplified Bible (AMP)

1 Simon Peter, a bond-servant and apostle (special messenger, personally chosen representative) of Jesus Christ,

To those who have received and possess [by God’s will] a precious faith of the same kind as ours, by the righteousness of our God and Savior, Jesus Christ: Grace and peace [that special sense of spiritual well-being] be multiplied to you in the [true, intimate] knowledge of God and of Jesus our Lord. For His divine power has bestowed on us [absolutely] everything necessary for [a dynamic spiritual] life and godliness, through true and personal knowledge of Him who called us by His own glory and excellence. For by these He has bestowed on us His precious and magnificent promises [of inexpressible value], so that by them you may escape from the immoral freedom that is in the world because of disreputable desire, and become sharers of the divine nature. For this very reason, applying your diligence [to the divine promises, make every effort] in [exercising] your faith to, develop moral excellence, and in moral excellence, knowledge (insight, understanding), and in your knowledge, self-control, and in your self-control, steadfastness, and in your steadfastness, godliness, and in your godliness, brotherly affection, and in your brotherly affection, [develop Christian] love [that is, learn to unselfishly seek the best for others and to do things for their benefit]. For as these qualities are yours and are increasing [in you as you grow toward spiritual maturity], they will keep you from being useless and unproductive in regard to the true knowledge and greater understanding of our Lord Jesus Christ. For whoever lacks these qualities is blind—shortsighted [closing his spiritual eyes to the truth], having become oblivious to the fact that he was cleansed from his old sins. 10 Therefore, believers, be all the more diligent to make certain about His calling and choosing you [be sure that your behavior reflects and confirms your relationship with God]; for by doing these things [actively developing these virtues], you will never stumble [in your spiritual growth and will live a life that leads others away from sin]; 11 for in this way entry into the eternal kingdom of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ will be abundantly provided to you.

12 Therefore, I will always be ready to remind you of these things, even though you already know them and are established in the truth which is held firmly in your grasp. 13 I think it right, as long as I am in this earthly tent, to inspire you by reminding you, 14 knowing that the laying aside of this earthly tent of mine is imminent, as our Lord Jesus Christ has made clear to me. 15 Moreover, I will diligently endeavor [to see to it] that even after my departure you will be able, at all times, to call these things to mind.

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Bind God’s Word Upon My Neck

Proverbs 6:20-22 scripture

This passage of scripture was speaking towards adultery and was a warning and given wisdom of how to not be seduced by the sexual and immoral sins. But as I looked at the words of God I saw more than just that. His word leaps from the pages and shows me how to keep God’s word as close to me as it can get.  Bind means to tie or fasten tightly together. This means I can tightly hold on to God’s unchanging word that provides security for my life. This is the only attachment to something that I want to have.

So many things in this world want to attach themselves to us. Fear, rejection, doubt, poverty, sickness. But t I attache myself to the word of God all of those blood and life sucking leeches have no other option that to detach themselves. Why? Because James 2:19 says, “Thou believest that there is one God; thou doest well: the devils also believe, and tremble.”

In Luke Jesus appointed seventy disciples and sent them out before Him into every city and place to spread the gospel. He told them to carry nothing with them. They were to grant peace in every home they entered and fellowship in the same homes and heal the sick. Who ever received them, received Jesus and whoever did not received them, did not receive Jesus. That same seventy returned to Jesus with joy saying to Jesus, “Lord, even the devils are subject unto us through thy name.”

This is because Jesus had given them all power over their enemy and he could not hurt them. God has done the same for us. He has given us power and that power can only be discovered in His word. When we discover that power, hold tight to it! A thought came to mind as I am writing this. Witches and warlocks wear magical amulets around their necks that they say posses power. But what more for us in Christ Jesus that tie His word around our necks and carry it with us!

But remember to not get overly excited about those spirits being subject to us. But rejoice more because your name is written in heaven.

Proverbs 6:20-22; James 2:19; Luke 10:1-21