Where Does Love Come From

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The Love of God

Love is natural. No one needs to encourage little children to love puppies. You put a 4-year old with a litter of puppies and pretty soon they are all laughing and rolling around in the grass.  (I pity the lactose intolerant; everybody loves ice cream. )

Romans 5:5 And hope maketh not ashamed; because the love of God is shed abroad in our hearts by the Holy Ghost which is given unto us.

God’s Image in Us

We have natural love because God is love and we are made in the image of God. But we forget that over time, or we never knew it, and we pick up false, bad images that make no sense and live our lives only with natural love which is unsatisfying and can wear thin with time. When people say they “no longer love” someone or something, they are telling me that they probably never knew what love was to begin with.

God’s love is constant and continues because it does not depend on behavior. The drug addict, the murderer, the liar is still loved by God even when he or she is serving time in prison. Human beings do not understand this kind of love because they define love as tolerance or endorsement or even applause.

The Best that You Can Be

God does not need to love your behavior in order to love you; He is giving you time to make a decision for His Plan, His Program and His Kingdom.  And you don’t have forever to do that. The definition of God’s love is wanting for you the very best that you can be. You may not even have a clue what that is.  It took me a long time to know what call God had on my life. When I came to that position, I felt a calmness I had never felt before.  Then it all started to fall into place like a frustrating puzzle with so many pieces that all looked alike.

God allows the laws of man to work themselves in our lives as a way of showing us that crime (sin) does not pay. You may be headed for the electric chair and God still loves you. You may reject God entirely but He does not reject you. 

However, He won’t change the law for you either. The law says, repent of your past and accept His offer of salvation. It is not complicated and does not require a church either. This is between you and Him.

The Love of God is Constant

The whole of creation is moral – that is, good survives and evil is self-destructive. (Modern atheism rejects this idea.) It is very easy for people to believe that God will forgive no matter what they do – or that having once been “saved” they can go back to their old life and old sins and expect God to brush away any new bad deeds. Or – to think the forgiveness of a year ago covers new sins of today.  It does not. God loves you but He does not need to accept you. We think in our human mind that love includes tolerance or even forgiveness.  It does not. And we treat salvation as an event because usually we remember when and where we were saved.

Salvation is also a Process

The salvation process is recognition that we have secret faults and old sins that come up in our memory. As they do,  we are expected to immediately repent and confess to God that we want forgiveness and leave that event behind.  But if those sins are not dealt with at the time, they hang on our memory and cause us to lose ground.

Sometimes the resulting grief and regret gets a grip on our mind.  The Enemy brings it up over and over.  This is your chance to be aggressive about cleaning those memories out of your mind. It is here that Faith, that all important attitude towards God and life, clicks in.  It is the core of personal spiritual warfare.  Thoughts are not necessarily yours – they can come from movies and other events popping into your mind as unwelcome guests.  https://corneliascottcree.com/evil-thoughts-come-in-my-mind-what-can-i-do/

The Poor in Spirit

What I’ve described here is the process of a life of holiness.  Desiring holiness is the request that Jesus makes on your life to follow His path. Of Him istwas said, “Greater love hath no man then that he die for his friends.” Holiness is death to your wrong self, and the release of your better self.

Holiness is the process of personal crucifixion

Paul said, “I am crucified with Christ, yet not I but Christ lives in me.” Paul means this: that he has turned over everything dishonest, corrupt, foolish, time-wasting or lacking in purpose. Too much of our lives, even if we are not doing anything outright wrong, is taken up with something of no value.

You can see this has nothing to do without outward holiness such as taking church orders or living a life of poverty and service.  The poverty of life that God demands is your ability to see your need for his constant direction.  That is why Jesus can say “Blessed are the poor in spirit.”  He does not mean the absence of the Holy Spirit; He means the deliberate putting down of your self will and letting His will direct your life. Self-wlll is your enemy.

The Message is a fresh translation of the Bible and underappreciated.

2 Corinthians 10:3-6 says 3-6 The world is unprincipled. It’s dog-eat-dog out there! The world doesn’t fight fair. But we don’t live or fight our battles that way—never have and never will. The tools of our trade aren’t for marketing or manipulation, but they are for demolishing that entire massively corrupt culture. We use our powerful God-tools for smashing warped philosophies, tearing down barriers erected against the truth of God, fitting every loose thought and emotion and impulse into the structure of life shaped by Christ. Our tools are ready at hand for clearing the ground of every obstruction and building lives of obedience into maturity.

The Christian life is not about sitting in one place and happily staying there; it is about learning to reflect what of God Christ has given you. George Washington Carver, a black child and son of slaves, once asked God if God would tell him the secrets of the universe.  God asked George to pick up a peanut.  He said, “I will teach you about the peanut” and one of the most famous scientists of all time started on his distinguished life.

Finally, a story from the past. A little boy was pronounced dead in a hospital from a sudden fall.  His parents were distraught. After an hour or so, the child woke up to the shock and rejoicing of family and staff.  They asked him what heaven was like and he said, “Puppies!”

Puppies!

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The Ministry of the Watchman – An observer on the wall sharing a report of what God is seeing and doing in the world at large and also in the congregations of His people. Cornelia Scott Cree, Watchman, Change Agent, Essayist.

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The Ministry of the Watchman – An observer on the wall sharing a report of what God is seeing and doing in the world at large and also in the congregations of His people. Cornelia Scott Cree, Watchman, Change Agent, Essayist.

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