If You Keep My Commandments, You will Abide in My Love

The first and foremost question I must ask you is this: “Have you accepted God’s gift of love in the person of His Son, Jesus Christ?” Jesus Christ is the “beloved Son” of God, in whom God is well pleased (ref,Matthew 3*17). Because of this, we should “listen to Him”. To accept the sacrificial death of Jesus Christ on the cross of Calvary as God’s gift of salvation to you is to enter into His love.To reject Jesus Christ and attempt to stand before God in your own righteousness is to shun the love of God and to deservedly await eternal punishment. Only those who trust in Jesus Christ can experience and express the love of God. Those who reject the gift of His love in Christ have no claim on His love. The fact is that none of us have any claim on His love, but those who are saved gratefully receive it, and give glory and praise to Him for His grace.

In our witness to a sinful, lost, and dying world, we dare not distort the love of God. God is the One who defines love, not men. We must accept God’s love as God has defined and expressed it. We dare not rely on God conforming to the distorted perceptions of love to which fallen men ignorantly cling. We must be careful not to compartmentalize God’s love and separate it from His other attributes, or try to evangelize men by appealing only to the love of God. Our Lord did not indicate that we should depend upon the “attraction” of His love, as much as He has indicated that lost men should be compelled by a sense of His righteousness, our sin, and the judgment which awaits sinners (ref,John 16*7-11). The sinner ought not to be comforted by assurances of the love of God (apart from Christ), but should be reminded that God hates sinners:

The boastful shall not stand before Thine eyes; Thou dost hate all who do iniquity(ref,Psalm 5*5).

The Lord tests the righteous and the wicked, And the one who loves violence His soul hates (ref,Psalm 11*5).

I hate the assembly of evildoers, And I will not sit with the wicked (ref,Psalm 26*5).

If we are to enjoy the benefits of God’s love, we not only need to embrace it through faith in Jesus Christ, we need to actively enter into it in an ongoing way as a lifestyle:

“Just as the Father has loved Me, I have also loved you; abide in My love. If you keep My commandments, you will abide in My love; just as I have kept My Father’s commandments, and abide in His love” (ref,John 15*9-10).

May God grant that we may enter more and more into His love, and that we may therefore become instruments of His love to a lost and loveless world.

Salvation by means of the Forgiveness of Sins

From the first sin of mankind the sin of Adam and Eve it has become increasingly clear that only God can forgive sins. The words of the curse spoken by God in the Garden of Eden implied that He would remedy the problem of man’s sin through the offspring of Eve, who would defeat Satan:

And I will put enmity Between you [Satan] and the woman, And between your seed and her seed; He [the woman’s seed, who will be the Messiah] shall bruise you on the head [a fatal wound], And you shall bruise him on the heel [a non-fatal wound]” (ref,Genesis 3*15).

This is the first prophecy concerning man’s salvation by means of the forgiveness of sins and the defeat of Satan. It speaks of the coming Messiah, who will be of the woman’s seed (human), and who will defeat Satan while incurring injury to Himself.

God later clarified that the “seed” of the woman would be Abraham’s seed, and that through this “seed” all the nations of the earth would be blessed (ref,Genesis 12*1-3). Through Abraham’s grandson, Jacob (later named Israel), the nation Israel was formed. The Israelites went to Egypt during Joseph’s life and stayed on some 400 years, until God led the Israelites out of their slavery to the Egyptians and brought them into the promised land of Canaan. God made a covenant with the nation Israel, giving them the Law on Mount Sinai. During Moses’ absence, the Israelites committed a great sin against God, making a golden calf and worshipping it as their “god” (ref,Exodus 32). Only after the intercession of Moses did God consent to continue to be in the midst of this people as they entered into the promised land. When Moses sought to know God more intimately by seeing His glory, God revealed this about Himself to Moses:

Then Moses said, “I pray Thee, show me Thy glory!” And He said, “I Myself will make all My goodness pass before you, and will proclaim the name of the Lord before you; and I will be gracious to whom I will be gracious, and will show compassion on whom I will show compassion” (Exodus 33:18-19).

Your Mind is Useful to You…..

Too often, we are using our minds as weapons against ourselves. Let me show you what I mean . . .

 

A worried mind is a self-inflicted wound.

 

When we dwell on our problems when we are obsess about the cares of this world we are actually turning our minds against ourselves.

But God didn’t give you a mind so you would worry or be anxious. Quite the opposite . . When you learn to focus your mind on God’s promises rather than your problems, your future changes.

 

You can live worry-free . . . in every situation.

 

No matter how dire the circumstance, how difficult the battle, how many devils seem to be attacking you, God wants you at rest, at peace, living without worry or stress. Philippians 4*6—7 says it this way:

 

Be anxious for nothing, but in everything by prayer
and supplication, with thanksgiving, let your requests
be made known to God; and the peace of God
which surpasses all understanding, will guard
your hearts and minds through Christ Jesus.

 

It’s God’s peace that guards your mind. It’s His peace that destroys the worry. This is how you can “be anxious for nothing.”

Remember, your mind is a weapon. But don’t use it against yourself. Allow the peace of God to guard your mind so that you can defeat any foe and discover new levels of victory in your life.

 

 

Living in peace,.