Published: Fri, May 19, 2017
U.S. | By Eddie Scott

God's love in Jesus

God's love in Jesus

Before we can follow Christ, we need to "unfollow" ourselves.

To forgive others frees us of resentment, bitterness, helplessness and despair. You can not earn your way into God's house. He asked, "To have lawsuits at all with one another is already a defeat for you". Jesus never forced Himself on anyone and neither should we.

"As the Father loves me, so I also love you" said Pope Francis quoting from the Gospel reading of the day to highlight the fact that the Lord's love is infinite. Now they do it to obtain a corruptible crown, but we an incorruptible one. It is just that He allows us the great privilege of entering into the labor. Rather, Jesus describes the "dwelling place", when he tells the disciples, "Dwell in me as I dwell in you". It was the same reason that God parred down Gideon's army to 300. We can't think with our feelings. We are no better than anyone, especially the unsaved.

We have lost our way, when the church becomes known for whom it hates rather than whom it loves. Jesus said that many traveled the road to destruction and only a few would find eternal life and salvation. That's the only difference between us and unbelievers. And one of the malefactors which were hanged railed on him, saying, If thou be Christ, save thyself and us. God sees me as a sinner we may say or feel. God definitely doesn't leave us on our own. God wants men to have a close, loving relationship with Him, in all humility and reference, to "walk humbly with God". Some even go so far as to mock God, and far too many only use His name as a swear-word by which they express their anger. But that "with God, all things are possible".

John 14:6 was never meant to be used as a judgment against others. We should understand that it is God Who must quicken them in order for them to understand Who Jesus is and why they need Him.

The Lord let none of Samuel's words fall to the ground. It takes the Word of God and the Spirit of God to make the children of God, so it's all about God, but it's our involvement that God uses as part of the means to save some. It is not our responsibility to save anyone; it is their response to His ability, even though it is our responsibility to tell them. (Acts 1:8) This verse tells us not to be afraid to tell our friends about our friend, Jesus. 4. By taking advantage of this freedom as much as we can, we are not only being true Catholics, but we are being true patriots as well. We find the way of Jesus when we get to know and love those who are different than us, whether they are a different ethnicity, nationality, or religion. That's not hard to understand. "Be merciful, even as your Father is merciful" (Luke 6:35-36). Jesus is telling us that the way to God is found in the way of service. We must give people respect. I feel sorry for the Christian who doesn't have something in the circumstances of his life that he wishes were not there. Without giving people respect, how can we ever expect them to listen to us? The Bible says here we must forgive others in the same way when they mess up too. To respond in kind is to destroy your witness for Christ.

Maybe that's why almost every morning when I pull out my prayer journal I want to groan. I know. I've done it. But at the same time, what I had to endure does raise some pressing questions about the importance of ensuring that our children are educated in a Christian environment as much as possible.

I want to pray with more faith, fervency, and passion.

Jack Wellman is Pastor of the Mulvane Brethren Church in Mulvane Kansas.

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