How do we respond to God’s love?
I’m reading the book of the above title written by John Bevere. It is quite interesting so far. I want to share little things that popped out to me that made me think about God in a different way.
John writes, “We can’t do one thing to make God love us any more than He already loves us, and conversely, we can’t do anything to make HIm love us any less. However…we are responsible for how pleased God is with us.
2 Peter 1:3 says, “We have everything we need to live a life that pleases God. It was all given to us by God’s own power.”
We can please God through his power because it’s hard to please a perfect God when we clearly aren’t perfect. Thank you God for your grace! That’s his power that he has given us to be able to please him!
Titus 2:11-12 – “For God has revealed his grace for the salvation of all people. That grace instructs us to give up ungodly living and worldly passions, and to live self-controlled, upright, and godly lives in this world.”
John says, “Grace not only instructs but also empowers us to live above our own human potential – extraordinary. We’ve been born again; we’re brand-new people; we’re sons and daughters of God.”
I know that without God’s grace it is hard to keep self-control, it is hard to live upright, and it is hard not to go back to old habits. We need God’s grace and to fully receive it to get the strength we need to pull through our trials and tough times and struggles.
I feel like I am learning about God’s grace all over again and how to please him and where the strength comes from to do that. It’s not from myself, but from God.
to know if you are born again and not to be deceived by false teachers…
how to deal with sin…
I just listened to a sermon by John Piper about the above. It was good because it was talking about if you are born again (believe in Jesus that he died on the cross, rose from the dead and is still alive in heaven today) then you should not be practicing sin. But everyone sins. So we all do wrong things. The difference is that if we are born again then we won’t want to keep on sinning and doing those wrong things. We have someone to come to when we do those things and can say sorry and ask for forgiveness. We don’t have to keep the guilt hanging on our shoulders because we have an advocate that can take that away…Jesus Christ.
I know I have done something wrong and asked God for forgiveness and then did it again. Not because I was going against him, but because it happened. one of those addictions that is hard to quit. But as I continued to seek God and ask his forgiveness I conquered that sin. 🙂 And now it is so much better. We probably all have something in our life that we are dealing with like that, but doesn’t mean that we are not born again believers. If we do something wrong and know it is wrong and continue to do it with out remorse and don’t care…then we need to re-evaluate and see what is going on there.
See what kind of love the Father has given to us, that we should be called children of God; and so we are. The reason why the world does not know us is that it did not know him. 2 Beloved, we are God’s children now, and what we will be has not yet appeared; but we know that when he appears we shall be like him, because we shall see him as he is. 3 And everyone who thus hopes in him purifies himself as he is pure. 4 Everyone who makes a practice of sinning also practices lawlessness; sin is lawlessness. 5 You know that he appeared to take away sins, and in him there is no sin. 6 No one who abides in him keeps on sinning; no one who keeps on sinning has either seen him or known him. 7 Little children, let no one deceive you. Whoever practices righteousness is righteous, as he is righteous. 8 Whoever makes a practice of sinning is of the devil, for the devil has been sinning from the beginning. The reason the Son of God appeared was to destroy the works of the devil. 9 No one born of God makes a practice of sinning, for God’s seed abides in him, and he cannot keep on sinning because he has been born of God. 10 By this it is evident who are the children of God, and who are the children of the devil: whoever does not practice righteousness is not of God, nor is the one who does not love his brother.
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He has a bunch of other sermons on different topics. He is a good speaker!
With a bit deeper thoughts today,