Friday, August 1, 2014
Steps of growth – Add love to mutual affection
Steps of growth
– Add love to mutual affection
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“Whatever a person may be like, we must still love them because we love God.” ~ John Calvin
Easy to say, not so easy to do
Think of that person who puts us down, who abuses us with words actions and sometimes with lies behind
Are we to love them?Surely not?
Surely yes! I don’t
see any escape clause in the bible that I know and read.
According to that sacred writing love is to overcome everything!
Everything!It makes me feel so inadequate when I hear this.
Perhaps you also feel inadequate? We need to know more about God if we feel this way...He makes things possible!
I possibly live up to doing this part of God’s request?
Peter in 2 Peter 1 says
“…make every effort to add to your
faith goodness; and to goodness, knowledge; and to knowledge, self-control; and to self-control, perseverance; and to perseverance,
godliness; and to godliness, mutual affection; and to mutual affection, love. For if you possess these qualities in increasing
measure, they will keep you from being ineffective and unproductive in your knowledge of our Lord Jesus Christ.”
that love comes at the end of the list. Jesus' love starts the list as faith in God which grows from God’s
love for us. This love generates that faith, and is our loving response to God.
We are submerged and surrounded by the love of
God but living in a world that has evil, pain and hate.
How do we respond?
If we want to grow we need to take steps to success.
We need to lift ourselves upwards and move onwards into God’s plans for our life.
We need to add into our life the goodness,
work at building our knowledge through our studies (and the most important of these studies is investigating
and learning more about God, Jesus and Holy Spirit), next we need to take what we learn and stop our selfish desires
from ruling us, allowing God’s power to flow through us into the lives of others.
That’s why that fisherman who followed Jesus and became the leader of the world Church says we
need to persevere. We don’t have to persevere when things go our way and are easy. Rather persevere
when we need to work against our natural desires.
Taking control over ourselves we focus on God’s
desires for our life and this moves us onwards into being more like God.
Then, as we mature, and God is able to enable us to do His will by
Holy Spirit who now activates and motivates our daily thoughts, decisions and actions, we find we have respect for
This respect for others starts to overcome differences between them and ourselves.
Respect for others overcomes
the fact they do things we do not agree with.
Respect for others becomes a precious respect for them
because God made them, and that they are like us able to respond in love to the great creator.
was willing to take abuse, rejection and despicable treatment until it killed Him, because he loved them so much.
That leads me
into wanting to do the same!
The love for Jesus becomes the love of Jesus flowing through me, using my hands in loving ways, being willing
to sacrifice myself for others, being willing to love the unloved. (Perhaps you have heard of the Christian who in loving
and helping Ebola patients, himself got the incurable disease. That's Christian love! That's a way God communicates His love
into our world through Christians! The world can heap abuse on us, but we do what God wants, not what is our selfish desire.)
another great man, Paul, a person who Jesus turned from hate in to love when he wrote this in 1 Corinthians 13 …
speak in the tongues[a] of men or of angels, but do not have love, I am only a resounding gong or a clanging cymbal. 2 If
I have the gift of prophecy and can fathom all mysteries and all knowledge, and if I have a faith that can move mountains,
but do not have love, I am nothing. 3 If I give all I possess to the poor and give over my body to hardship
that I may boast,[b] but do not have love, I gain nothing.
4 Love is patient, love is kind. It does not envy, it does not boast, it is not proud. 5 It
does not dishonor others, it is not self-seeking, it is not easily angered, it keeps no record of wrongs. 6 Love
does not delight in evil but rejoices with the truth. 7 It always protects, always trusts, always hopes, always
8 Love never fails. But where
there are prophecies, they will cease; where there are tongues, they will be stilled; where there is knowledge, it will pass
away. 9 For we know in part and we prophesy in part, 10 but when completeness comes, what
is in part disappears. 11 When I was a child, I talked like a child, I thought like a child, I reasoned like
a child. When I became a man, I put the ways of childhood behind me. 12 For now we see only a reflection as
in a mirror; then we shall see face to face. Now I know in part; then I shall know fully, even as I am fully known.
13 And now these three remain:
faith, hope and love. But the greatest of these is love.
Will you move to this pinnacle of love?
The place where the pure white love of
God reflects itself into our lives to enable others to have the water of God’s truth, to hear God’s words
and so be able themselves to gain the faith and then climb up the steps of success. and growth?
It’s the least we can do for our
loving Lord Jesus who was executed in our place so that we could go free.
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