Revealing the SIMPLICITY that’s in Christ

 * All content is free to study and use *

"Embracing God's love, part 2"

Embracing God’s love 2

Far too long, believers have been confused about their heavenly Father. We read verses like Psa 113:5 - “Who is like the LORD our God, Who dwells on high”, and shout a big, “HALLELUJAH!”, but always in the back of our mind we’re unclear what He’s like. But you can have a precise, clear answer to that question, “who is like the Lord our God?”  For the world is waiting for us to have that answer! So to really know who He is as your Father comes by embracing His love! 

You probably know that because you believed in Jesus, the Redemptive work that He did for you on the cross, God is now your Father and you are now His beloved child. His heart is for you to intimately know Him as “ABBA” (that’s like saying “daddy”) and who He is to you as “Father”! As a matter of fact according to what Peter said, unless you know how much that He cares for you as your personal Abba Father, you’ll be loaded down with cares, see 1 Pet 5:7. And as we saw last week from what Jesus told us in John 17:3, God has filled you with eternal life to increasingly know exactly who He is to you!

So again, who is like the Lord our God? No onefor He’s the Most high caring for me as Abba Father! My prayer is that, as we go through these lessons on embracing the reality of God’s love, that you’ll get a hold of it like never before, crying “Abba Father”

some more of what John and Paul said about God

Last week, I showed you 2 primary teachings in the New Testament from John and Paul. I want to start this week by looking at some more of what John said and then through the revelation of grace, how Paul broke down to for us who John said the Father is. 

Look at what John said in 1 John 4:8 and 16 - “(8)... for God is love. (16) And we have known and believed the love that God has for us. God is love. In John’s love-teaching, he said twice that God is love and that’s the reason why He has unconditional love for us! So without someone really knowing who God is — love — he cannot really know the love that He has for him. And because God your Father is love, everything that He does for your life is done from His “love-persona” for you (Meaning that it’s impossible for Him to do something to you outside of His love-persona)! And because of this, a lot of what happens to you is not from God, even though you might think that it is from Him (Honestly, either you’re right and John was wrong, or John was right and you’re wrong. No offense intended). Jesus said the same thing that John said in John 10:10. And He said this to a bunch of people who were told over and over again from Old Testament writers that God was the responsible thief that was stealing, killing and destroying (It’s important to remember that because they didn’t have eternal life inside of them, even as much as they were used by God in writing the Old Testament, they couldn’t really know God according to what Jesus prayed in John 17:3). 

Grace brings definition to God’s love. Without understanding the grace of Jesus Christ, one can understand (wrap his head around) the reality of God’s love, for it always be oblique to his understanding, like looking into a darkened mirror. It’s like the Redemptive revelation of grace, as explained by Paul in the New Testament, paints the beautiful picture of God’s love in glorious detail! This is what we discover from Paul. As John gives us the coloring book of who God is — He is love — Paul comes with the revelation of grace and colors ever picture in that coloring book! 

So look at what Paul said to a bunch of believers who were very excited about God using them in spiritual gifts (1Cor 12:31) - “But earnestly desire the best gifts. And yet I show you a more excellent way.” They were so excited about these spiritual gifts that God bestowed on them, that they became too excited! What do I mean by them becoming TOO EXCITED? Evidently from the things that Paul did say about them, these spiritual gifts started making them become competitive with each other. They wanted to outdo each other and then brag about it. These gifts, which God intended for the benefit of others — became selfishly performed. So look at how Paul wisely addressed this issue. He said that I am going to reveal to you a more excellent way for you to earnestly desire the best gifts. And then he gives us 1 Cor 13 as the revelation to their inspiration in using the spiritual gifts. He knew if they got a hold of love, everything would work out fine!

1 Cor 13 is all about one having the love-character in properly treating each other. This is why the KJV translators translated the word “love” 9 times in this chapter as the word “charity”, which is someone GIVING LOVE to another, just like God gave to them through Jesus Christ. But here’s the thing that I want to bring to your attention. 

How did Paul know how to describe “charity”, or love, the way that he did here in 1 Cor 13? It was because he knew that God is love and this is the way that He is to us! 

It’s just like John said in 1 John 4:19 - “We love Him because He first loved us.” One cannot really love until he first embraces the reality of God’s love! This is what inspired Paul, and through the revelation of grace, he breaking down to us who God is and the amazing love that He has for us. Because once you embrace the reality of God’s love, you’ll start reflecting that love to others (you become like the moon that reflects the light of the sun — for the moon doesn’t have to “work” the sunlight, it just reflects it)!

embracing the reality of who your heavenly Father is

Remember that, according to what we read earlier from John, God is love and love is God — one can’t be taken from the other. So as we read about love in 1 Cor 13, we are reading about the descriptions of who God your Father really is. When I think of this, I think of the old game show, “To tell the truth”. At the end of the show, the players interviewing the three people who claimed to be “So-in-so”, not being able to see them and from their interviewing questions, they would guess who the real  “So-in-so” was. Then he would stand up. The way that Paul breaks down the reality of love Himself in 1 Cor 13 through grace, God stands up! 

I’m going to only cover v.4-7, using the Amplified translation. Although there are 15 descriptions in these 4 verses that Paul attaches to what love is and does, in this little study, I’ll go over 8 of them.

1) “Love endures long and is patient and kind”. Unlike many tell you about God your Father and how He may treat you, He’s “even-tempered” with love towards you! His love towards you is not some emotional roller coaster either, where He’s nice one day with you, because you’ve been doing good and then mad at you the next day, because you’ve been doing bad. Never! He’s ever so patient and kind towards you in all things of your life— especially in your mess ups and screw ups! So let your Father’s love-attitude towards you relieve you from all of your “What-abouts” — for you are completely secure in His everlasting arms! Your Father just doesn’t love you — He’s in love with you! God’s love towards you is unconditional, with no strings attached!

2) “love never is envious nor boils over with jealousy”. I remember that I use to think that if I spent too much time at the things that I enjoyed rather than praying to Him or reading my Bible, God would become jealously angry with me. But never! God takes great pleasure when you’re doing the things that you enjoy. As a matter of fact, He wants to enjoy them with you! That’s called FELLOWSHIP and that’s what you’ve been called to!

3) “love is not boastful or vainglorious”. Praise and worship is very important for your life, but many have the idea that unless you enter into “heavy” praise and worship, you’ll never experience God’s breakthrough of victory in your life. And that kind of thinking is incorrect, because your victory is based in you believing what Jesus has already done. Also this kind of teaching has given people the wrong mentality that God is boastful and therefore requires your praise, and then if you give Him enough of it, He’ll give you the victory over your situation. Beloved, love is never this way and your Father is never this way! Your praise should be as natural as you breathing oxygen, because of His amazing love and grace that you’ve seen in Jesus Christ!

4) “love is not rude (unmannerly) and does not act unbecomingly.” There’s no doubt about it, God your Father is sovereign! However it’s important for you to know that His sovereignty is from His love-persona for people and not from a selfish-persona. What does that mean? Your Father doesn’t operate like a chess player that moves pieces on the board to achieve his plan. Your Father does everything with you in mind. I like the way that John said this in John 1:1-3 - “In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God. (2) He was in the beginning with God. (3) All things were made through Him, and without Him nothing was made that was made.” The Word here in context of what John’s describing to us in the introduction of his Gospel is directly connected with God’s love— the Word is the message of His unconditional love for mankind! It’s sad that most of the translators in v.2 and 3 translated the little word “it” as the personal pronoun “He”, because it refers to God’s unconditional love! And everything that God has ever made, He made from His love-persona for you! And for your Father to ever act towards you without love, is for Him to act unbecomingly and love never acts unbecomingly. 

So know, even in your worst moments and in your darkest hour, your Father unconditionally loves you! This reality will gloriously change your life and supercharge your growth in Christ!

the final words for this week: my testimony

I don’t know about you, but talking about our Father’s unconditional love that He has for us gets me excited like nothing else! Years ago when I felt like I was, not only at the bottom of the barrel, but under it, the Lord started showing me how much that He loved me. And even though I had made all kinds of bad decisions to get where I was in life, He cherished everything about me! He was letting me know that I was not only forgiven, but I was the apple of His eye!

I remember at that time, searching and playing different love songs over the internet and when I heard them, I closed my eyes and saw Him singing directly to me! Then when I went to church on Sundays, the praise team would sing songs like Lord, I give you my heart and Keeper of my heart, and having my Father’s unconditional love for me as I worshipped Him, He supercharged my life to victory over all those things that were coming against me!

Knowing and believing in God’s unconditional love is so massive to one’s spiritual growth in Christ. Next week we’ll continue looking at the reality of God’s unconditional love for you from what Paul taught in 1 Cor 13. Please stay tuned for more simplicity that’s in Christ!     -    13120 Three Rivers Road Apt 3004  

Gulfport, MS 39503   


Make a free website with Yola