Sunday, September 1, 2013

Jesus is Love and He is the Love of God.

John 15:13 New American Standard Bible (NASB)
(Red letters are Jesus' own words.)
13 Greater love has no one than this, that one lay down his life for his friend.
Deuteronomy 6:5, (NASB)
You shall love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your might.
Psalm 37:5, English Standard Version (ESV)
(The Capitals are mine as I felt it was a statement worth remembering.).
Romans 8:39, (NASB)
39 nor height, nor depth, nor any other created thing, will be able to separate us from the love of God, which is in Christ Jesus our Lord.
Revelation 4:11, (NASB)
11 “Worthy are You, our Lord and our God, to receive glory and honor and power; for You created all things, and because of Your will they existed, and were created.”
Revelation 5:9-10, (NASB)
And they *sang a new song, saying, “Worthy are You to take the book and to break its seals; for You were slain, and purchased for God with Your blood men from every tribe and tongue and people and nation. 10 “You have made them to be a kingdom and priests to our God; and they will reign upon the earth.”
Revelation 5:12-14, (NASB)
12 saying with a loud voice, “Worthy is the Lamb that was slain to receive power and riches and wisdom and might and honor and glory and blessing.” 13 And every created thing which is in heaven and on the earth and under the earth and on the sea, and all things in them, I heard saying, “To Him who sits on the throne, and to the Lamb, be blessing and honor and glory and dominion forever and ever.” 14 And the four living creatures kept saying, “Amen.” And the elders fell down and worshiped.

My Comments: Beloved, Abba Father sent His Love, Jesus to love us so much He willingly died our death on the Cross to pay the penalty for our sins. His Love is so great He died so all could live with Him in Heaven forever. His word is true and throughout His word He tells of His love for His own. When we accept Jesus as our Savior we become His and become adopted Sons and Daughters of God the Father who becomes our Daddy or Abba. He does not just love, He is Love. He is the Love of God Almighty Father which the Father willingly sacrificed for us. He did not just do it for one of us which would be amazing, He did it for All, so all may have life everlasting and more abundantly.

All my life I loved God and I knew He loved me yet I did not know I needed to go through His Son, Jesus, to become Born Again (John 3:3) and thereby a daughter of the One and Only Living God, Jehovah. The day I finally understood that was the day I started to live for Him. For me it did not happen all at one time though the overwhelming love for Him did happen like a huge wind coming into my chest and filling my lungs with His sweetness.

It was an ordinary morning. I was getting ready for work and was standing at the end of my bed getting dressed and listening to the TV. There was a Televangelist on and he laid out the Gospel of Jesus and what being Born Again was and why it was important. I had never heard it all explained and never at the same time so I knew the whole picture. I realized I would never go to Heaven and be with the God I had always loved if I did not wash myself in the Blood of the Lamb. I learned that I could not buy salvation with prayers or good works. I could not do anything good that would get me to Heaven. The only way to the Father and heaven was through the Love of God, Jesus the Messiah. My eyes lost the scales clouding my mind and my heart opened to the truth that Jesus is the only way to the Father. When I did this I knew fully the Love of Jesus my Messiah and He came into me and became my Savior.

It would be years before I understood what all of it meant and walked away from the untruths I had been taught by the world and the way I was raised and the cult I had been in for many years. To gain understanding I had to get a good version of the Bible without extra books and with a true translation. When we come to the understanding of the Love of God for us and the Love Jesus has for us it is sometimes overwhelming, freeing, exhilarating, humbling and radically changes our lives and views of life because we are filled with His presence and the Holy Spirit.

The Angels and the saints in Heaven know He is worthy. He is worthy because of all He has done and because of His Love and because He is Love. He purchased it all for us with His blood on the Cross so we will not have to go to Hell. When the Father looks upon us He sees the Son who paid the price for our sin by the shedding of Jesus' precious and Holy blood. When we believe He died for us and rose on the third day as He said He would then we are forgiven, resurrected in Him.When we in trust and in faith call upon the Father through the Son we are heard by our Abba who loves His children. Following Jesus, reading the Word of God, praying, praising Him with music, words, or in our hearts and trusting His Word all bring us closer to being more Holy as He is Holy (though we cannot become as God).

We are to love the Lord with all our heart, soul and might (Deuteronomy 6:5, ESV) and if we do we will love others (even those who persecute us; Matthew 5:44, ESV) with the heart of Jesus Christ. With His heart we will have fear of the Lord which is hatred of evil (Proverb 8:13 ESV). With His love we will be able to turn the other cheek as Christ did when those He loved turned on Him and reviled Him. Jesus is Love (1John 4:16, ESV) and with Jesus we have love. How can we not forgive others?

When we were sinners we persecuted Him by the lives we led and our rejection of Him; and He forgave us and covered our sin with His blood. He laid down His life (John 3:16, ESV) for everyone. Not just the ones who were nice to him but even the ones who wanted to kill Him. And like Saul who became Paul, who persecuted the followers of Jesus and thereby persecuted Jesus, when we fall on our knees before Him and accept Him as our Savior then our sin is covered as well because the price was already paid and we just had to accept the gift. It is never forced on us. It is our choice to reject or accept the gift of salvation and thereby assure our place in Heaven or choose Hell.

I chose to follow Jesus. I chose His Love. I chose His free gift of salvation, His sacrifice to cover my sin with His blood. Won’t you ask Jesus to be your Savior? I pray you will.

Abba Father, we praise You and lay down our lives for to bring the Gospel of Jesus Christ to a fallen and dark world. Jesus you sent us out to the world to be a light and to bring Your Word, to bring the knowledge of Your Gospel, to bring salt in a world without flavor and water to a world thirsting for the knowledge and love of You Jesus our Messiah.  

Lord, help any who struggle with understanding. Open their minds, hearts and eyes to Your truth. Fill them with an overwhelming desire to read Your Word and find a way to give them the Word. Bring people into their lives that will help them on their road to salvation and grant them the gift of understanding Your Word through Your Holy Spirit so all will come to know You through Your Son. In Jesus name I pray in union with the Holy Spirit. Amen


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