Well HELLOOOOOO LE Family, I hope this blog reached you well and in good health!
This month I have been thinking about how we behave and share God’s Love with each other, to both those who believe and to those who are yet you find Jesus.
I have met many peopl over my years of being born again Christian and as person how had not accepted Jesus on my heart.
I wanted to take this time to look at how we love and share God’s love.
I have been taken back by some of the conversations I have heard! Some actually made my toes curl and my heart cry, I wondered have some of us become so religious and self- righteous that we have forgotten God’s new Command stated in; John 13:34, NIV: “A new command I give you: Love one another. As I have loved you, so you must love one another.”
Many people are hurting others by shaming and finger-pointing whilst sharing the gospel (Gods truth), Whilst God does not like sin, He still loves people.
Whilst sometimes we need to be shown what we are doing is wrong, there are ways to this lovingly, healthy and helpful! get this right and your winning! Get it wrong and you your self could be SINNING!
Let’s think about that for a second……
John 13:34, NIV:
“A new command I give you: Love one another. As I have loved you, so you must love one another.”
Read it again let that sink in, get love in your heart before we move on to today’s scripture!
New International Version
17 For God did not send his Son into the world to condemn the world, but to save the world through him.
What is your personal reflection of this passage? read the passage again slowly and hear what it is saying to you? Reflection: Fill this space with your thoughts…..for example:
God loves the world and He loves us so much He sent Jesus to die for us, not only that Jesus us Loved us so much he died for us!! Wowzers- I am thankfull.
God did not send Jesus into the world to spread Condemation but to save people and to save the world.
So as followers of Christ do we not need to be the same? to love and to bring people closer to being saved by God. Just as we are ?
If we are preaching out of fear does this help to bring them closer to our loving Jesus?
If you are living in fear, it is not from God
It doesn’t matter whether your fear is due to your own failures, due to your own insecurities, due to hateful brethren, or caused by religious leaders, it’s not from God.
God is love!
He took the penalty of your sins and allowed himself to be sacrificed on the cross in your place. He loved you when you are and when were dead in sins…
What are your personal actions for this new season, what has God said to you personally through this scripture?
Whatever you need to do, do it!
Fill this space with your actions…eg.
Do you need to Love others more?
Do you need to realsie that God does love you ?
Do you need to stop judging others?
Do you need help without condeming others?
Do you need to stop condeming yourself ?
Only you know if you have been acting Christ like or religous!
Send up your own personal prayer, remember prayer is the time when you talk to God, doesn’t have to be fancy 🙂 Prayer. If you are finding it difficult to pray you can say the prayer below to help you talk to God.
Loving God, fill my heart with the love that you so freely give. God, make love my first and last thoughts.
I pray that I may love others and freely give to them, as you do to me heavely father.
Please make my spirit a spirit of joy, happiness, and love for both my friends and my enemies. Thoes who are in chirst and thoes who are not.
Lord help me not to judge but to support, not to condem but to love, Lord ask you to take away any religous ways I have in me that hinders my relationship with others and sharing your truth.
Help me love as abundantly and freely as you have loved me. Amen.
Praise’s Go Up Blessing’s Come Down
More Scriptures for Love
John 3:16 NIV
16 For God so loved the world that he gave his one and only Son, that whoever believes in him shall not perish but have eternal life.
1 John 4:7-8 NIV
7 Dear friends, let us love one another, for love comes from God. Everyone who loves has been born of God and knows God. 8 Whoever does not love does not know God, because God is love.
1 John 4:9-11 NIV
9 This is how God showed his love among us: He sent his one and only Son into the world that we might live through him. 10 This is love: not that we loved God, but that he loved us and sent his Son as an atoning sacrifice for our sins. 11 Dear friends, since God so loved us, we also ought to love one another.
1 John 4:16 NIV
16 And so we know and rely on the love God has for us. God is love. Whoever lives in love lives in God, and God in them.
Romans 8:37-39 NIV
37 No, in all these things we are more than conquerors through him who loved us. 38 For I am convinced that neither death nor life, neither angels nor demons, neither the present nor the future, nor any powers, 39 neither height nor depth, nor anything else in all creation, will be able to separate us from the love of God that is in Christ Jesus our Lord.
Isaiah 54:10 NIV
10 Though the mountains be shaken and the hills be removed, yet my unfailing love for you will not be shaken nor my covenant of peace be removed,” says the Lord, who has compassion on you.
Romans 5:8 NIV
8 But God demonstrates his own love for us in this: While we were still sinners, Christ died for us.
Galatians 2:20 NIV
20 I have been crucified with Christ and I no longer live, but Christ lives in me. The life I now live in the body, I live by faith in the Son of God, who loved me and gave himself for me.
Psalm 136:26 NIV
26 Give thanks to the God of heaven. His love endures forever.
Ephesians 2:4-5 NIV
4 But because of his great love for us, God, who is rich in mercy, 5 made us alive with Christ even when we were dead in transgressions-it is by grace you have been saved.
Psalm 86:15 NIV
15 But you, Lord, are a compassionate and gracious God, slow to anger, abounding in love and faithfulness.
Zephaniah 3:17 NIV
17 The Lord your God is with you, the Mighty Warrior who saves. He will take great delight in you; in his love he will no longer rebuke you, but will rejoice over you with singing.”
1 John 3:1 NIV
1 See what great love the Father has lavished on us, that we should be called children of God! And that is what we are! The reason the world does not know us is that it did not know him.
John 15:13 NIV
13 Greater love has no one than this: to lay down one’s life for one’s friends.
Deuteronomy 7:9 NIV
9 Know therefore that the Lord your God is God; he is the faithful God, keeping his covenant of love to a thousand generations of those who love him and keep his commandments.
Romans 12:12 NIV
12 Be joyful in hope, patient in affliction, faithful in prayer.
Galatians 6:9 NIV
9 Let us not become weary in doing good, for at the proper time we will reap a harvest if we do not give up.
Romans 8:25 NIV
25 But if we hope for what we do not yet have, we wait for it patiently.
Philippians 4:6 NIV
6 Do not be anxious about anything, but in every situation, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, present your requests to God.
Psalm 37:7-9 NIV
7 Be still before the Lordand wait patiently for him; do not fret when people succeed in their ways, when they carry out their wicked schemes. 8 Refrain from anger and turn from wrath; do not fret-it leads only to evil. 9 For those who are evil will be destroyed, but those who hope in the Lord will inherit the land.