Hunger for the love of God who can save you from total destruction; put your trust in him. Thirst not for the love of men who can be deceptive and wicked; for even the wicked love one another. But love all without expectations — in so doing the love of God will resides in you.
I seek the wisdom of God, and I have learned to not take his love for granted. The love of God is magnificent, magnanimous, but that alone will not secure our place in heaven. It has open the door, but our behavior going forward will either provide eternal life or eternal death. If we don’t do what’s necessary, eventually that door will be shot permanently. And his merciful love will be lost for all eternity. We must be fruitful in the sight of God and deemed justified, holy, and worthy for his kingdom. We must do the needed work!
But God shows his love for us in that while we were still sinners, Christ died for us. Romans 5:8 (ESV)
It was not by our doing but by the love of God, who is merciful, and full of grace; that we have seen the overflowing of our Father’s love. But despite that, many exist like empty vessels, without thought for their existence, and their functionalities here on earth. Do they understand the God who created them? Do they really understand what true love is? True love does not come by so easily. In its purest form it was demonstrated by God, when he gave his Son Jesus Christ to redeem our sins by dying on the cross of salvation. A mother’s love is endearing, in many cases enduring and oh so wonderful. But God’s love is beyond any love and just so awesome. Nothing can match it or even come close to it. But his love is not without conditions. We cannot claim to do whatever we want and foolishly believe that he will love us for all eternity. At some point in time even he will throw in the towel, and that is the harsh reality. His salvation is unconditional, but everything else needs to be justified or deemed worthy.
Many are the sorrows of the wicked, but the LORD’s unfailing love surrounds the one who trusts in him. Psalms 32:10
“My son, do not make light of the Lord’s discipline, and do not loose heart when he rebukes you, because the Lord disciplines the ones he love; and he chastens everyone he accepts as his son.” Hebrews 12:5-6
When I was an unbeliever I did not quite understand how to qualify true, pure love. But that changed when I became a believer. Love was when your mother scolded you when you did something wrong, when she denied you something if it was going to hurt you, or she just wanted to teach you discipline, regardless how you felt then. The same is true with God. He will not give us, his beloved children, the things that are detrimental to our souls. Instead, he chooses to give us eternal life, should we accept him, and live obediently for his glory. Truly, this is real love, godly love. Hallelujah, praise God, who has saved me from this world in so many ways. And I will forever thank him for all he has done for my future guidance and protection, and for providing a way for me to dwell in his heavenly kingdom.
The LORD redeems the lives of his servants; none of them who take refuge in him will be condemned. Psalms 34:22 (ESV)
What have you done to show your gratitude for the love of God? Do not make the mistake of many whom are misled, blinded by the antichrist, lost in a world of vanity and deceptions, and forsaken the true love of God. Remember, he loves you more that ever, but his love is conditional. Take the initiative, fulfill the conditions, and secure your place in his heavenly kingdom.
No discipline seems pleasant at the time, but painful. Later on, however, it produces a harvest of righteousness and peace for those who have been trained by it. Hebrews 12:11 (NIV)