“We know that for those who love God all things work together for good, for those who are called according to his purpose. (Romans 8:28 ESV) A very well known and often quoted scripture. What is it really saying?
“Whoever has my commandments and keeps them, he it is who loves me. And he who loves me will be loved by my Father, and I will love him and manifest myself to him.”
“On that day you will know that I am in My Father, and you are in Me, and I am in you. Whoever has My commandments and keeps them is the one who loves Me. The one who loves Me will be loved by My Father, and I will love him and reveal Myself to him.
How do we “keep His Word”? “Jesus answered, “The most important is, ‘Hear, O Israel: The Lord our God, the Lord is one. And you shall love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind and with all your strength.’ The second is this: ‘You shall love your neighbor as yourself.’ There is no other commandment greater than these.” (Mark 12:29-31 ESV)
All things are possible for the one who believes. (Mark 9:23b) You say you believe?
Belief is accompanied by a life style that puts feet to the words claimed and declared as truth and walks it out where talk = the walk; they are one and the same.
Where your choices truly matter and make a difference and leave impact upon your world as in reality in practice, where running the right race with passion matters.
Ask yourself “Do I believe more in who God is than who I am? “So we have come to know and to believe the love that God has for us. God is love, and whoever abides in love abides in God, and God abides in him.” (1 John 4:16) What this all comes down to is at what level do you and I live in the love of God, isn’t it? God is love. The real question we need to ask ourselves is will we also “be love” or will we merely act loving? There is a difference.
Jesus asks us to love all others as we love ourselves as we read in Mark 12:31. We are “to love” as “we love ourselves”. That is the where the rubber truly meets the road in life. will we “be this”?
Faith and love are intricately woven together here. Faith and love must be equally proportioned; equally mixed. Really the only thing that counts is faith expressing itself through love. “For in Christ Jesus neither circumcision nor uncircumcision has any value. The only thing that counts is faith expressing itself through love.
Furthermore were or are you running a good race? Who or what cut in on you to keep you from obeying the truth? What has perhaps sidelined you? That kind of persuasion does not come from the one who calls you. “For freedom Christ has set us free; stand firm therefore, and do not submit again to a yoke of slavery. (Galatians 5:1 ESV)
The only time faith is activated is when love is targeting your action of faith. We are called to a way of truly loving in deed and in truth. “If I speak in the tongues of men and of angels, but have not love, I am a noisy gong or a clanging cymbal. And if I have prophetic powers, and understand all mysteries and all knowledge, and if I have all faith, so as to remove mountains, but have not love, I am nothing.
(1 Corinthians 13:1-2 ESV)
Our decision here is very simple; “will I be the heart of God in the earth? I will leave you with that question today.