This is not my first message on love but I feel led to write one today… the last few topics have been “harsh” and difficult to “swallow” and, although true, they must be considered along with the LOVE of GOD.
The Bible says, “The steadfast love of the LORD never ceases, His mercies never come to an end, they are new every morning….. ” (Lamentations 3:22 – 23)
When He announced Himself to Moses…. BOTH HIS LOVE and His JUDGEMENT were mentioned TOGETHER….. “The LORD, The LORD God, merciful and gracious, long-suffering, and abundant in goodness and truth, keeping mercy for thousands, forgiving iniquity and transgression and sin, and who will by no means clear the guilty, visiting the iniquity of the fathers upon the children, and upon the childen’s children, unto the third and fourth generation.” (Exodus 34:6 – 7)
The Bible record from the beginning to the end shows GOD’s LOVE, His mercy, His forgiveness to humans…. and the Bible record from beginning to the end show man’s failure and his inability to meet God’s requirements on even the simplest matters in a consistent manner…. certainly there are glowing examples of faith and love towards God by various people, but in each these same people’s lives are failure at some point…. yet God does not delight in man’s failure, He forgives because of His great LOVE for US…. read Micah 6:3 – 8 and Isaiah 1:18
In Jesus, we see BOTH the JUDGEMENT of GOD AND HIS LOVE….. Jesus suffered horribly on OUR account, because of OUR SIN…. and yet, showed forth HIS LOVE towards His disciples and the multitudes of people who sought Him out.
Every person who truly knows GOD can testify that HE IS GOOD…. that He answers prayer… that He forgives failure….. any resentment we might have towards GOD comes from the fact that we do not recognize His RIGHT to direct our path, we want to go our own way…. and yet He puts up with this too, and still welcomes us back again…. after we have made a mess of things, scorned His Holy Name and done more sins… and is this not LOVE ?
Therfore when the DESTRUCTION of God comes on humans, it is an absolute “last resort”……. and even then, the righteous are spared, remember Lot ? …. God delivered him out of Sodom before the destruction, because he was more honorable than the rest of the people there. (Genesis 19:29)
Doubtless… somebody will tell me of some good Christian person who died or suffered (in an attempt to show that God does not always deliver His people)…. can a few “apparent exceptions” disprove what the Bible says about God ?… moreover, although as humans, we view death and suffering as the worst possible thing that could happen to anyone…. yet God does not view it that way…. Jesus suffered and now He reigns supreme forever…. Job suffered and afterwards was given greater reward. (Job 42:10 – 12)…. there is a great difference betwen the JUDGEMENT of God on wicked men and the sufferings of righteous people.
EVERYBODY suffers whether little of much…. and EVERYBODY dies eventually whether sooner or later…
but those that LOVE THE LORD…. never suffer or die in vain…. “precious in the sight of the LORD is the death of His saints” (Psalm 116:15)
My friend…. the LORD loves you today….. TODAY He calls to you in LOVE….. saying “I LOVE YOU…. do you LOVE me ??”
My friend… the problem is never GOD’s love for you…. the real problem is, your love for GOD….. do you love Him ?
Jesus said, “If you love me keep my commandments”…. (John 14:15)
If you do not FEEL loving towards GOD today… you can still show Him your love by keeping His commandments and as you seek to know Him better… eventually you will feel loving towards Him also.
Whether your “love for God” starts with your ACTIONS…. or whether your “love for God” begins with your EMOTIONS…. if you are SERIOUS about “wanting to love Him”, then eventually you will grow to love Him in every way (with your Body, Will, Mind, Soul and Emotions).
Your relationship with God is VERY REAL…. even though He is not here like a human…. you can talk to Him in prayer freely, just like how you would talk to a human friend….. and He answers you in many different ways….. sometimes with a thought that comes into your mind, sometimes through the words of other people, sometimes through circumstances (“miracles” in your life), sometimes through the words of the Bible or the words of a hymn.
Although He can answer you through a direct “voice” also, this is NOT normally the way He communicates… except in rare instances, when a person is in deep CRISIS.
The main point is….. God WILL communicate with His children…. and He will lead them in the paths that they should go…. but He decides on the method.
The demons are trying to communicate with you also…. this is why you are supposed to TEST your thoughts, to see if they be “of God” or not….. but you need NOT fear them, because most times, GOD will make sure that you “know” what communication is from Him.
If you are His dear child, He will not allow you to “wander” too far… even if you occasionally make a “mistake” in thinking He has told you something, when it was not Him….. God knows your heart, He knows your motives…. God is well able to guide you and you must BELIEVE this…. as your relationship grows with Him, your certainty of His guidance will also grow…. but you MUST keep your heart pure…. sin in your life and in your thoughts, will lead you to confusion where you no longer are certain what is of God and what is of “other sources”….. the more you “drift” into sin and away from God, the easier it will be for seducing spirits to lead you…. if you dont repent and clean up your life, eventually you might even be following the demon guidance thinking that it is God leading you.
I have tried to explain to you in words, as exactly as possible, HOW God leads us through our spirits… because some Christian people don’t really understand this…. they believe they are not getting any answers to their prayers….. if they would draw closer to God, as I have explained above, then they would hear Him better.