Truest Love 

We live in a society where we have Hollywood and the entertainment world dictate and premiere the definition of love to us. 

According to most entertainment work, love is displayed or portrayed as an ‘uncontrollable feeling and lust towards someone’. This is nothing but Lust.

The truest love can only be found in God’s definition and action. It’s not based on feelings and affections but action.

John 3:16 “For this is how God loved the world: He gave his one and only Son, so that everyone who believes in him will not perish but have eternal life.”, this is the genesis and pinnacle of love. 

Following God’s pattern of loving is a duty to give ourselves to caring for everyone irrespective of religion, nationality, race and sexuality.

You love because you have been loved by Jesus (1 John 4:19).

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Living From Approval

I have lived a life of great challenges from my cradle up to this day. My story has been plagued with rejection, addiction, low self-esteem and many more.
My addiction to pornography almost ruined everything I have;  my job, career, relationship with people and communion with God. But God never left me to myself, he sought after me,  he drew me close to himself and he brought me to the hill where my sin, guilt, shame and reproach were nailed to the body of Christ Jesus.

Jeremiah 1:5 ““Before I formed you in the womb I knew you, before you were born I set you apart; I appointed you as a prophet to the nations.”

The above passage of the scriptures gave me a wonderful hope of the future, it also tells me that I don’t need people’s approval for achieving great things in life.  

Your life and hope should be centred on the fact that you’ve been loved and approved by God.

Isaiah 53:5 “But he was pierced for our transgressions, he was crushed for our iniquities; the punishment that brought us peace was on him, and by his wounds we are healed”. 

This is another confirmation of the beautiful work Jesus Christ did for humanity. No matter how dreadful and grave the situation, pain, difficulties, addiction and sicknesses, Jesus has bought the healing, strength and recovery with his blood that was shed on the Cross.

BEGIN TO LIVE FROM GOD’S APPROVAL OF YOU.

To put your trust in Jesus means accepting his free gift of salvation that brings eternal life. 

Choosing Hope 

Making life choices is never easy. You leave college or university, and you have to make some kind of choice about what happens next. Or you are midway through your career, facing a crossroads, and you think, you sense, God might be calling you to something new. Maybe you have been made redundant in a job you were wedded to for years, and you are confronted by a whole new series of questions about where to go next. And the rent bills keep on coming, so there is a degree of urgency to your situation.
Of course, such choice is the privilege of the few, and we should always see it as such. But the speed of change in technology and the rapidly changing face of the workplace make choice at times frightening and overwhelming. It is almost as if we can’t cope with the number of alternatives: stay where we are, take some time out and return to work, work from home or remotely, study further, change our jobs or the way of doing them, join with others in doing something new, move to something more “spiritual” or “meaningful,” take a break from full-time volunteer work. The choices are dizzying.

But in my experience, they are made significantly easier by the knowledge that God calls us and is there to guide us. God first. That is the place to start.

The Bible makes it clear that God gives us a choice—he works with us, not just through us. For the most part, we are given the freedom to seek God’s ways and then to make choices. We do not operate independently from him, but neither are we puppets dancing on a string. Our personal callings are not commands but beckonings and promptings. We enter into them in partnership with God, making use of the opportunities that God presents to us and the passions that he has given us.

Wherever you are right now (assuming that you are walking closely with the Lord and what you are doing is neither immoral nor illegal) is where you are meant to be. Your calling is not in some elusive, otherworldly, unreachable place. Your calling is right here, right now. You are called to get on and live in the light of that calling.

Loving The Unlovable 

Before we begin, the definition of love must be established.
According to Merriam Webster Dictionary, the noun ‘love’ is defined as “a feeling of strong or constant regard to someone”. ‘Love’ as a verb means “to hold dear” or “feel passion, devotion, or tenderness” or “to take pleasure”.

The definition of love according to Merriam Webster, corellates with the scriptures in 1st John 4: 17-21.

According to the text in 1st John 4: 17-21, we can only show the world how we’re have been loved by Jesus, through our service, love and compassion towards humanity and creation. 

We have been saved by grace through faith in alone in Jesus alone, not by our works of righteousness. But we’ve been saved by grace to do the works of love in this world (Ephesians 2:8-10). Our works of love shows the world that “yes my salvation has been sealed eternally by the Blood of Jesus. Therefore my present being in this world is selfless in regards to humanity”.

As Christians we’re are to lead the fight against injustice: misogyny, racism, war,  poverty, climate pollution, etc. We’re to preach and teach the undiluted message of hope and grace those who are lost in their sin. 

We are called to love the unlovable, despised, ridiculed. 

If we do the work of loving people many will never doubt the people, many won’t doubt the message of God’s love for humanity.

Living IN The Right Relationships.

Hans worked his way up from being a miner to owning a number of mines. His eldest son, Martin, was very bright and went to university at the age of seventeen. A respectable career as a lawyer lay ahead of him. Suddenly, to his father’s dismay, he cancelled his registration for the law course and became a monk and then a priest.

Martin wanted to live a righteous life. He fasted for days and spent sleepless nights in prayer, but he was still plagued by his own unrighteousness before a righteous God. Around the age of thirty, as he was studying Romans 1:17, the penny dropped. He later wrote:

‘I began to understand that in this verse the righteousness of God is that by which the righteous man lives by the gift of God, in other words by faith; and that this sentence, “the righteousness of God is revealed”, refers to a passive righteousness, ie, that by which the merciful God justifies us by faith, as it is written, “The righteous person lives by faith.” This immediately made me feel as if I had been born again and entered through open gates to paradise itself.’

This experience occurred 500 years ago. It not only changed his life, it altered the course of human history. He became one of the pivotal figures of western civilisation, the founder of the Reformation – the seedbed for social, economic and political thought. His name, of course, was Martin Luther.

In essence, righteousness means a right relationship with God, which leads to right relationships with others. It is a gift made possible through the life, death and resurrection of Jesus.
Copied from Bible in One Year; Nicky and Pippa Gumbel; HTB Church, London,.United Kingdom.