Made perfect in love: How we love others with the love of God

Made perfect in love:

How we love others with the love of God

 

Renewed mind and new man

First we start with our foundation: new birth and how we became born again.

  • John 3: 5-8
  • Romans 5: 12-15; 6: 4-6, 11-14

Once we are born again we have to focus on self through renewing our mind and nurturing our spirit man.

  • Romans 12: 1-2
    • We are changed by having fewer thoughts like the world and having more thoughts like the Kingdom.
  • Ephesians 4: 17-24
    • We flee from sin and start to become more like Christ.
  • 1 John 4: 4, 6
    • Since we are of God we should be more like Him.
  • Hebrews 5: 12-14
    • We must feed our spirit man “age” appropriate food.
  • 1 Corinthians 13: 11-13
    • We put behind us our childish ways (old ways) and look at ourselves the way God sees us. Now that our new man is developing we only know of God’s plans in part.
    • We must abide in the Lord. His greatest gift is love.

 

Greatest commandment: love God and your neighbor (1 John 4:21, Luke 10:27, Mark 12: 30-31, etc.)

 

Love

 

  • John 3: 16
  • 1 Corinthians 13: 4-7
    • Love is unconditional

God

 

 

        SORRY THERE WAS A PICTURE HERE THAT DIDN’T SHOW UP. It’s a huge heart with God in the middle. There are two stick people, one on each side of the heart. Arrows are pointing to the heart representing our love for God and God loving us. Within the heart our love for God turns into a dash line meaning God’s love is being manipulated so we can love others. Between the stick people is a squiggly, unconnected line with a stop sign on the line. This represents that we can love others from ourselves. Loving from ourselves is conditional, self-fulfilling.

  • When we love God we can love others. We can’t love others out of our own will because love is not in us. We don’t have the power to love from ourselves if don’t know and love Christ first.

  

How to love (God’s instructions)

 

As Christians we are to love one another, but we have to love others the way God love us.

  • 1 John 4:7-16
    • God is love
    • Though love is unconditional, there is one condition in loving others, we must ABIDE IN GOD
  • Ephesians 4: 25-32
    • Rid yourself of hateful and mean behaviors. Be sweet and kindhearted to one another.

    Romans 12: 9-21

  • 1 Samuel 16:7
    • When you love others don’t focus on what you see on the outside, look at what you see in the inside. When you look at someone’s heart you should see God.

    Colossians 3

  • Galatians 5: 22-23
    • Bare the fruit of the Spirit

Perfect love

  • Colossians 3:14
    • Love is what makes us perfect
  • 1 John 4:12, 17-19
    • Love has been perfected when we abide in God.
    • When we become obedient and put fear aside from serving others the way that God has called us to serve and love one another then we can be made perfect in love. We have to be bold and not worry about what people will think of us when we go ALL out to do the will of God, even when it goes against the norms of the world.
  • 1 Corinthians  13: 8-10
    • Once we become perfect in God’s love what we knew of God’s plans in part will no longer be done in part, but be done in completeness, wholeness, PERFECTION…. 1.
      • 1 represents unity, God (John 17: 20-26)
  • Matthew 5:48
    • We must be made perfect because God is perfect. BE LIKE CHRIST.
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Unmovable, unshakeable,…. faithless

Sometimes we get so comfortable with the way things are we start to become oblivious to the things that matter most. We don’t think there will be change or think that there is something much greater and better than what is before us. We just continue our lives everyday the same, day in and day out, STUCK in the same place with no care to move.

Earlier I began picking up reading where I left in “Life in Righteousness: The Word is Your Life” by Billy Miller. In Mr. Miller’s book, he mentions that “we use our experiences to determine God’s word”, but we can’t believe on our experiences alone to make the word true. We have to live it and believe it to be true. He also mentioned that “if we are not taught the Word, then it’s impossible to be in faith;” “If we never hear the Word on healing, then we won’t have faith for healing.” “We tend to hear the Word on salvation, communion, baptism, and the blood and rarely on anything else.” So we end up putting more faith in these areas and lack faith in other areas of life. Mr. Miller made a really good point about our experiences and our faith. We can’t put more faith in our experiences than in the Word of God or use only our experiences to justify the word of God as true. The word has and always will be true.

Revelation: For the past year of me living in North Louisiana, I have noticed that my physical condition (refer back to the hello world blog) has become a big concern within my life once again. When I was very young I never knew that I was “different” from everyone else until I was about 6 years old. Ever since then and throughout adolescence for me I had struggled with accepting myself for how I am. Once I finally accepted myself, which was probably in high school, I just overlooked my “difference” and looked at myself being no different than anyone else on this earth. Now to current date and after years of no BIG concerns aboutmy condition, I have found many people are showing concern about my wellbeing, hoping and praying that I will be healed. I have found that people are more concerned about me becoming healed than I am. It’s not that I don’t want to be healed or that I’m not concerned about my condition, it’s just that I’ve been this way all my life. I’ve learned to accept myself as I am and I believe God will heal me when He sees fit. (See where this is going?) I’ve become too comfortable being the way I am, more like oblivious. I never recognize that I’m different until I look in a mirror or see myself in pictures. I’ve become stuck in how I am physically. Referring back to what Mr. Miller mentioned about our experiences and our belief in the word, I need to do more than just believe that God will heal me and not just believe that He will heal me when I pass away, but that He will heal me while I’m still walking around on this earth. I need to hear more about the word of healing, understand it, and live it out. First of all and most importantly is I need to stop being oblivious and move from this spot!

(Matthew 17:20) 20 So Jesus said to them, “Because of your unbelief; for assuredly, I say to you, if you have faith as a mustard seed, you will say to this mountain, ‘Move from here to there,’ and it will move; and nothing will be impossible for you.

Use your words

I’ve been slipping on my inspirational messages lately because been so busy with school and all, but right now I got some stuff on my heart to say.

If you got something to say then say it. Subtle hints is one thing, but when you go to the lengths of “throwing up a huge banner” to make a point, not only is the person you trying to communicate to can see it, but everyone else can see it and all that shows is that you lack proper communication skills, that you lack confidence in yourself to be able to communicate with people, and just being foolish. When you can’t be direct about what is on your mind or on your heart to say no one can take you seriously and the further time passes the less important it becomes. There is no fear being who you are and expressing that. Just say what you got to say.

(Ephesians 4:29) 29 Let no corrupt word proceed out of your mouth, but what is good for necessary edification, that it may impart grace to the hearers.

(Matthew 5:36-37) 36 Nor shall you swear by your head, because you cannot make one hair white or black. 37 But let your ‘Yes’ be ‘Yes,’ and your ‘No,’ ‘No.’ For whatever is more than these is from the evil one.

Live out the word of God,…

Live out the word of God, don’t just read it. You have to breathe in the word, eat of the word, walk in the word, praise in the word, work by the word, wake up to and sleep by the word,…..etc. All in Jesus name, amen!

(Matthew 4:4) 4 But He answered and said, “It is written, ‘Man shall not live by bread alone, but by every word that proceeds from the mouth of God.’”[