Wednesday, August 25, 2010

How Dwells The Love Of God In You?

              These scriptures from (1 John 3:16-20) below should tug at our heartstrings.  Sometimes our heart gets out of tune and becomes sour and “dodgy.”   We want to be in tune, and sing of His love and our love for Him.  However, some days it’s just the blues.
              We have all heard a friend tell us, “I’m sorry,” and know they don’t mean it.  It is just a means of getting past the hurt.  
              Jesus Christ laid down His life for each of us.  So where is your life?  Is it acceptable to God?  On the other hand, is it an “I hope so” kinda situation?

(Romans 12:1-2)  I beseech you therefore, brethren, by the mercies of God, that ye present your bodies a living sacrifice, holy, acceptable unto God,which is your reasonable service.  2  And be not conformed to this world: but be ye transformed by the renewing of your mind, that ye may prove whatis that good, and acceptable, and perfect, will of God.

              We as Christians need to know what we are and where we are.  We see what our reasonable service is, and it involves us transforming our minds by renewing what we do.  You and I cannot do this on our own; we must have a desire to want to be what God expects of us.  God has never expected us to hang on a Cross and die.  This living sacrifice is letting our Spiritual life control our worldly life.  
              Show Christ in you, and work to remove (renewing) the world from controlling your life.

(Hebrews 10:22)  Let us draw near with a true heart in full assurance of faith, having our hearts sprinkled from an evil conscience, and our bodies washed with pure water.

              This desire must be done with a true (sincere) heart with the faith that God will give what He has promised.  This verse also tells us we must rid ourselves of all the hatred, anger and all that miserable stuff in our minds.
              So where do you stand?  Are you a living sacrifice, do you love others in word only, or is your heart in the right place.  Only you and God knows.  Talk to Him about your sacrificial life.

Bro. John R. E Chastain   

1 John 3:16-20  Hereby perceive we the love of God, because he laid down his life for us: and we ought to lay down our lives for the brethren.  (17)  But whoso hath this world's good, and seeth his brother have need, and shutteth up his bowels of compassion from him, how dwelleth the love of God in him?  (18)  My little children, let us not love in word, neither in tongue; but in deed and in truth.  (19)  And hereby we know that we are of the truth, and shall assure our hearts before him.  (20)  For if our heart condemn us, God is greater than our heart, and knoweth all things.

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