Tuesday, March 13, 2012
On the right hand side of my Blogger is a list of places I visit regularly. A Joyful Chaos recently started a series of “Little Lessons,” and I’m eager to see how she’ll best her first one. You can read it in full by clicking here.
In a nutshell (and she shows it much better!) her little girl’s asking “Mom, do you love me” gave insight as to how we so often question God. “Am I really saved?”
For God so loved the world, that he gave his only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in him should not perish, but have everlasting life. (John 3:16 KJV)
“Does God really love me?”
We love him, because he first loved us. (1 John 4:19 KJV)
Why then do we keep asking? Because we’re afraid we might be wrong. If that’s the case, we need to understand that fear does not belong in our loves once we’ve accepted God’s love.
There is no fear in love; but perfect love casteth out fear: because fear hath torment. He that feareth is not made perfect in love. (1 John 4:18 KJV)
Are we perfect? Nope – but He is. Maybe it takes a building of faith to accept Him at His word.
So then faith cometh by hearing, and hearing by the word of God. (Romans 10:17 KJV)
When we understand how much He loves us, we’ll love Him, too. Then we also understand what our love does in return.
And this is love, that we walk after his commandments. This is the commandment, That, as ye have heard from the beginning, ye should walk in it. (2 John 1:6 KJV)
Christ confirmed the commandments, both including love:
Master, which is the great commandment in the law? Jesus said unto him, Thou shalt love the Lord thy God with all thy heart, and with all thy soul, and with all thy mind. This is the first and great commandment. And the second is like unto it, Thou shalt love thy neighbour as thyself. On these two commandments hang all the law and the prophets. (Matthew 22:36-40 KJV)
Unfortunately, others come with a different message. We’re also told what to do in such cases:
Whosoever transgresseth, and abideth not in the doctrine of Christ, hath not God. He that abideth in the doctrine of Christ, he hath both the Father and the Son. If there come any unto you, and bring not this doctrine, receive him not into your house, neither bid him God speed: (2 John 1:9-10 KJV)
Spread the word and spread the love. Of God and our neighbor.