Monday, August 16, 2010

Love God's Word

My kitchen table in the morning hours
11This is the message you heard from the beginning: We should love one another. 12Do not be like Cain, who belonged to the evil one and murdered his brother. And why did he murder him? Because his own actions were evil and his brother's were righteous. 13Do not be surprised, my brothers, if the world hates you. 14We know that we have passed from death to life, because we love our brothers. Anyone who does not love remains in death. 15Anyone who hates his brother is a murderer, and you know that no murderer has eternal life in him.

16This is how we know what love is: Jesus Christ laid down his life for us. And we ought to lay down our lives for our brothers. 17If anyone has material possessions and sees his brother in need but has no pity on him, how can the love of God be in him? 18Dear children, let us not love with words or tongue but with actions and in truth. 19This then is how we know that we belong to the truth, and how we set our hearts at rest in his presence 20whenever our hearts condemn us. For God is greater than our hearts, and he knows everything.

21Dear friends, if our hearts do not condemn us, we have confidence before God 22and receive from him anything we ask, because we obey his commands and do what pleases him. 23And this is his command: to believe in the name of his Son, Jesus Christ, and to love one another as he commanded us. 24Those who obey his commands live in him, and he in them. And this is how we know that he lives in us: We know it by the Spirit he gave us.

I John 3:11-24

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The Bible is God breathed words written by others so we might know the boundaries to live within and it outlines the life of Jesus Christ which gives us the “how to” within the parameters of the law. Yet at the same time, the Word of the Lord is poetry, a book of family heritage, gives us written laws, and speaks in parables. But through the entire book, love resounds a harmonious chord of peace. The Bible helps us to renew our minds and allows us to filter out the lies Satan tells us so we might stand on the great and precious promises given to us by our Heavenly Father.

“Be” in the Word of God and what you “do” will become His agenda and not yours.

5 comments:

Wanda said...

Wonderful, Shannon and especially like your last line. Have a blessed WFW!

Denise said...

Amen, amen.

Ozjane said...

This fits in with the theme of my WFW today....stay in the light to reflect the light.

Joyfull said...

Wow! Very powerful Scripture and reminder of obeying God's Word. Thanks for sharing today.

Amydeanne said...

amen!