The best thing …

The best thing God does for us is providing us the opportunity be transformed into the new man by the renewing of our minds. Having a renewed mind is like a refreshing ice cold drink on a hot summer day for the spirit.

(Romans 12:2) 2 And do not be conformed to this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind, that you may prove what is that good and acceptable and perfect will of God.

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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.
Romans 8:28

Romans 8:28

Romans 8:28

I have ben seeing this everywhere. I truly believe in this and believe that when you are called to do something in the name of Jesus it because you love God and you listen closely enough to Him so that He can bless you. Though, the more and more I see this scripture, the more I find myself believing there is something deeper than this. Lord, I’m listening. What is my purpose you have called upon me? I wait patiently for You, oh Lord. I shall wait.

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By definition a trial is …

By definition a trial is a test to prove one’s own heart and tribulation is the mishap or trouble that one experiences. When the two “T’s” are put together it’s God way of molding us, helping us to grow, and to bring us closer to Him. We mope, groan, and complain during our trials and tribulations, but at the end of it all we are glad we made it through. Trials and tribulations bring about a change within us, a change that delivers us to live as we are called to live in Christ Jesus. Take time to think on your past trials and tribulations. How did you make it through? Did you call upon God or thanked Him afterwards? What was the result of coming out of your trials and tribulations?

(1 Peter 4:12-13) 12 Beloved, do not think it strange concerning the fiery trial which is to try you, as though some strange thing happened to you; 13 but rejoice to the extent that you partake of Christ’s sufferings, that when His glory is revealed, you may also be glad with exceeding joy.

(James 1:2-3) 2 My brethren, count it all joy when you fall into various trials, 3 knowing that the testing of your faith produces patience.

(Romans 5:3-4) 3 And not only that, but we also glory in tribulations, knowing that tribulation produces perseverance; 4 and perseverance, character; and character, hope.

(James 1:12) 12 Blessed is the man who endures temptation; for when he has been approved, he will receive the crown of life which the Lord has promised to those who love Him.

How to get to heaven

When I was a child I remember a preacher saying in order to get to heaven we have to live a righteous life. To understand what righteousness is read Romans and also read my blog post Living through the Lord our Righteousness to understand what it is not.

(Matt. 6:33-34) 33 But seek first the kingdom of God and His righteousness, and all these things shall be added to you. 34 Therefore do not worry about tomorrow, for tomorrow will worry about its own things. Sufficient for the day is its own trouble.