On The Faithful Love of God

The Elements of Love

Ps 136 For HIs Mercy endures forever

Why Mercy and not love?  Mercy is one of the ways God’s love is expressed.

Mercy, compassion, loving-kindness, long-suffering, pity all resulting in service are all ways God’s Love is expressed.

It appears the word used depends on the context of the usage and it is this that gives each its different slant on the way the word expresses Love.

This is not a theological discussion about the Love of God but a presentation of things The Holy Spirit wanted me to write.  There are plenty theological books on the Love of God to read and study if you so desire but this is not one of them.

It is hope this book will draw you closer to God as you explore the practical nature of His Love toward you.

Neville Salvetti

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Introduction

God is complete in Himself.  He does not need you.  He did not need to make you. He made you for your benefit so He could bless you and give you pleasure far beyond what you can imagine as a result of the relationship you have with God.

God’s Love accepts us as we are and not as we think we should be.  As a result of His Love towards us He guides and matures us into what we can be as a person as teaches us what we need to know to live with forever in heaven.

God does not have to do this but Loves us so does this for us.

Who are we that God has done this for us?

That The Father cares so much for me that He wants to adopt us as His children.

That Jesus died so we could be with Him and The father and experience all the delights of heaven and that He looks after our every need as His Citizen, even though we do not know we need things at times.

That The Holy Spirit desires to live in each of us: guiding, empowering us and teaching us what we need to know as a citizen of The Kingdom of God.?

Who are we that The God of all does this for us?

The Love of God is not generic (not spread abroad like a general thing) that does not adapt to meet the needs of individuals.  It is personal.  It is tailored to meet the needs of each individual so that out needs are specifically met and not just met in a general way.  It is these needs He has planned to meet from before the creation of the world so that, as we walk in His, Will they are met (Mat 6:33).  God is a personal God and in everything He does for us he relates to us in a personal, individual basis so that in all He always works for our best

God has not called you to greatness.  He has called you to be His friend:

To walk with Him

To talk with Him

To Help Him build His Kingdom.

He uses you to be His representative on earth to rescue people from the kingdom of His enemy so they too can be His friend and also enjoy what God has prepared for you.

In all This is His Love expressed to you and to others through you!

What can compare To the Love of God? It is unique.  There is nothing else like it in the universe.

His Love is an expression of Himself and like God His Love is Holy, Pure and Undefiled as it is the expression of who God is.

His Love is eternal, infinite and everywhere as it is an expression of who God is and He is eternal, infinite and everywhere

God’s type of love does not depend on you being able to respond to it.  He is complete in Himself so does not need any input from you.

This is why a person with God’s type of Love can love when the world would walk away.  Their love is not based on it being accepted but on their love for God and the desire to serve others in the way He does.

God, His Love and His Kingdom are all an expression of The completeness of God. The Kingdom expresses God and the attitude of The Kingdom is Love.

Whenever we are expressing God’s type of Love we are expressing Him and His Kingdom.

Everything that happens affects the expression of God’s Love in some way. If it does not then it does not exist.

Any action will express Gods love, show Love to God, reject God’s Love or show hatred for God, even if only by the way it is done!  This is because Love is The expression of The Kingdom which is an expression of God, Himself, and any action will affect The Kingdom in some way.

Love and Faith

These are both choices you make.

While God states you cannot please Him without faith, He does not command you to have it.

You are, however, commanded to have love!

There is no way to get around this command to love with the same quality of Love with which He loves.  If you love Jesus and want to be like Him, Then you will learn to love others with the same quality of love He has and you will show by this that you are truly an adopted child your Father in heaven showing forth the same quality of Love Jesus has to God and all around you.

The Christian life is your response to the Love of God.

If you do not show the Love of God to those around you who will be able to respond to it?

The role of a citizen of The Kingdom of God is to show God’s quality of Love and to defend His Honour, Name and Holiness as well as to exalt Him over His enemy and by this bring Him Honour and Glory.

The preaching, teaching and demonstrating of The kingdom of God does this if it is done out of love for Jesus and the children of The Father and it is through how you do this that will determine how The Love of God will be shown to people.

Unless you show God’s quality of Love in all you do you will not represent Him and His Kingdom and do His work the way He desires you to do it.

Remember that the Love of God is all around you.

It is in His creation, designed to give you pleasure and joy.

It is in the life He has given you, to be able to relate to Him with the ability to feel love and joy in your relationship with Him and others.

It is in the way He sustains you and prepares you to be with Him forever and has done all He can to help prepare in you in this.

It is in the fact He loves you and desires you to relate to Him as a friend.

What more can God do for you to show that He loves you?

Our example of Love is God!

The Father:

Through all He did for us in and through Jesus.

Through perfectly providing provision for all our needs now and in eternity and beyond.

The Lord Jesus:

Through coming to earth, (even though He knew from before creation what it would cost Him in suffering and pain) so He could have us relate to Him in a better way as well as teaching and demonstrating to us what it means to be a citizen of The Kingdom of God.

Through dying at Calvary to redeem us and make it possible for us to live as a citizen of The Kingdom of God.

The Holy Spirit:

Through actually honouring us by living in us to guide us to live as God requires a citizen of The Kingdom of God to live.

Through teaching us and empowering us to be able to understand and do the work of The Kingdom of God preparing us to be with God forever.

God has done this all on His own initiative.  We did not know we needed these things.  Our part is to trust His Love is in all things and to obey and accept what He allows to happen to us.

Obedience should be a natural response of our love and appreciation for all God has done for us.  If it is not then you better find out why and deal with the problem as you cannot minister properly unless you minister out of love for Jesus.

It is out of love for Jesus, our King that we serve Him.  He directs us where to serve Him and/or who to serve as well as how to serve them.

Nothing is worth doing if it hinders the Love of God being expressed
Nothing is too menial if it expressed God’s Love
Love should be the source of all you
What is not of Love is sin. do

Preface

The Father, The son and The Holy Spirit are individual people.  They are also a single unity as God.  This Three in one relationship is called The Trinity (2 Cor 13:14, 1 Jn 5:7 KJV).

God’s Grace (His doing things for us we do not deserve) is an expression of His Love.  It is exemplified by Jesus in His coming to earth as one of us, turning His back on all He had in heaven,  teaching us what God required of us, then dying to redeem us to make all He taught becoming a reality in our life!

The Love and Grace of God is shown by The Father, who saw we were unable to do what we needed to approach God so sent Jesus to redeem us to make it possible.   He also monitors closely all that happen to us sustaining our life and providing all our needs to live as an adopted son of His in a correct relationship with The Father and Jesus (Which is really salvation Jn 17:3) as guided by The Holy Spirit.

The Holy Spirit shows His Love and Grace for us by living in our spirit, guiding and teaching us how to live as we should to prepare us for life in heaven and empowering us to do the work of The Kingdom.

The Father, Son and Holy Spirit are fully God so work in singleness of purpose, fully expressing Gods Love to us in all they do!

What does God do for you each day without you knowing?

He keeps you alive

He limits what Satan can do to you (1 Cor 10:13)

He meets your every need (Mat 6:33)

Live in you and Guides you (Jn 16:13)

Watches you as a father watches over His children.

The Importance of Love

God’s quality of Love should be shown by us in all we do, and doing this is perhaps the most important thing in the universe next to God.  It is because of this expression of God’s Love that everything exists.  All that He does to and for us is out of this Love and it is the mark of God that He is Love and all He does is in this quality of Love.  As He is our example in all things we too should express His quality of Love in all we do.

Unless God’s quality of Love is expressed in all you do you will not be like your Father in heaven.  Love is the basis of all things and if you are not expressing God’s quality of Love then you are not expressing God.

To be blameless before God you must love as He Loves without impartiality or favouritism.  You may not like what the person does but you must still love the person as God Loves them.  Love fulfils The Law so anything not done in God’s type of love transgresses God’s Laws, especially His Law of Love.

What is not of love is sin

What is not of faith is sin

All we do is done with faith in God believing He is who He said He is, Has done what He said He has done and will do what He said He will do.  Without this belief (Faith) there is no Christian life.  Without God’s type of Love there is no expression of the Christian Life.

God is Love and as we represent Him we need to work in and express  the same quality of Love He has for all.  Our faith helps us believe this expression of love is worth doing (Heb 11:6).

God is Love and unless we love as He Loves we cannot really say we have His Character.  If we do not have His type of Love we will not exhibit the fruit of that love (Gal 5:22,23).  We will not see Him as He is and not worship or fellowship with Him as we should.

While we will not always succeed in expressing God’s quality of Love we should always wholeheartedly try and express it.  You will not go to hell for wholeheartedly trying to express His type of Love and failing too, but you will go to hell for not trying to express it in all you do.

The Highest form of worship is when you mirror His Character so it is like He is looking in a mirror (character wise) when He looks at you.  Then there is unity of spirit and purpose and worship is completely unimpeded.  Love is the key to this relationship.

The Holy Spirit also drew my attention to 1 Cor 13:13 13.For there are these three things that endure: Faith, Hope and Love, but the greatest of these is Love.”

The Holy Spirit said to seek God’s Love and its expression as that is the basis of all ministry and what you need to express God’s Love will be given you: gifts, finances, marriage partner, faith, all you need to seek God’s Love and express it to others will be given you (Mat 6:33).  This explains why Jesus gave only one new commandment as this summarised all the law and the prophets:

Jn 13:34-35 “I give a new commandment to you: Love one another; just as I have loved you, you should also love one another. Every person will know by this that you are my disciples, if you shall have love one to the other.”

The expression of this Love is The Great Commission, the other commandment He gave to us.

There is no way out of expressing His type of Love.  It is all or nothing.  You either express it or you do not!

God is Love and from this flows all else.  This concept is foundational to our faith and to all God does.  The more we grow in God’s Love the more we will grow like him.

Love is required to be shown to a person no matter how badly that person offends you.  This is so you will develop the character of The Father.  The objective on earth is to be as Christ like as possible so we will fit into His Will and purposes seamlessly as if He Himself was doing the action so people will see Jesus and not us.  This attitude also prepares us for heaven so that the transition to the lifestyle there will be easier.

In a sense life is a continual pursuit of the love relationship we have with God and its expression to those around us.

If you do not understand the Love of God you will not understand Grace.

If you cannot accept God’s Love then you need deliverance.  The more you open yourself up to God’s Love the more intimate and deeper the relationship with Him will be.

The world says love = sex or doing things for people.  In its purest form love does not need the other person to respond.  The other person is loved for who they are, even if they do not accept the love shown to them or respond to it.   This is how God Loves those that reject Him.  This is how we are to love those that reject us.

The area of effect of love

Matt 25: 44-45 Then shall they also answer him, saying, Lord, when saw we thee an hungered, or athirst, or a stranger, or naked, or sick, or in prison, and did not minister unto thee?  Then shall he answer them, saying, Verily I say unto you, Inasmuch as ye did it not to one of the least of these, ye did it not to me.

Whatever you do to a person affects two people directly.  Jesus and the person you did the thing too.

Remember!  That in all you do Jesus is directly affected in some way and often another is.

God’s Love

He expresses it in at least, in five ways:

He Loves everyone even though He may not love what they do

He sustains everyone in existence - whether or not they worship Him - that is how precious life is to Him

He desires everyone to have a relationship with Him

He does all He can to help people find this relationship with Him

He is merciful and forgiving, not punishing us as we deserve but gives us every opportunity to do what is right and to stay in a correct relationship with Him.

He is our example to follow.

God’s Love (Author unknown)

Based on 1 Corinthians 13

Because God loves me, He is slow to lose patience with me.

Because God loves me, He takes the circumstances of my life and uses them in a constructive way for my growth.

Because God loves me, He is for me. He wants to see me mature and develop in His love.

Because God loves me, He does not send down His wrath on every little mistake I make, of which there are many.

Because God loves me, He does not keep score of all my sins and then beat me over the head with them whenever He gets the chance.

Because God loves me, He is deeply grieved when I do not walk in the ways that please Him because He sees this as evidence that I don’t trust Him and love Him as I should.

Because God loves me, He keeps on trusting me when at times I don’t even trust myself

Because God loves me, He never says there is no hope for me; rather He patiently’ works with me, loves me, and disciplines me in such a way that it is hard for me to understand the depth of His concern for me.

Because God loves me, He never forsakes me, even though many of my friends might.

Because God loves me, He stands with me when I have reached the rock bottom of despair, when I see the real me and compare that with His righteousness, holiness, beauty, and love.

God our example of Love

God is our example in everything that is good and this is especially so in the way The Father, Son and Holy Spirit express Love to each other and to us.

The Father Loves Jesus.  So when Jesus was asked To redeem all mankind He willingly went out of love for The Father and all mankind.  Because of His obedient Love The Father made Jesus Lord of all.

The Lord Jesus in:

Giving up everything He had as God

Coming to earth as a human

Teaching us w hat God required of us

Demonstrating The Kingdom of God

Then dying to make all He had taught and promised possible.

The Holy Spirit shows His Love for us by coming to earth to live in us to help us live as we should, and is now teaching, guiding and empowering the adopted children of The Father (us) and helps them in their role as citizens of The Kingdom of God, ruled by Jesus, preparing us to spend eternity with God in heaven.

Each of The God head is an example for us showing us how to love (behave) in certain roles.

The Father is our example of what an earthly father should be like, meeting out every need.  Even though we do not know we need things He provides them without our asking Him for them.

The Son is an example of how a son should relate to His parents as well as of how a king should rule coming to earth to tell us what we needed to do to satisfy God, then dying to make it possible and now ruling all for the benefit of the children of The Father, even though they may not appreciate it.

The Holy Spirit is an example of how a guardian and mentor should behave.  He shows His love for you through humbling Himself to live in you and serving you, teaching you  all you need to know or do to achieve your potential as a citizen of The Kingdom of God.

Only as we express in our life the quality of Love God has for us will we mature as a true citizen of The Kingdom of God and as an adopted son/daughter of the Father.

Love and The Kingdom of God.

Our position in The Kingdom of God is a citizen of it of it with all the: protection, joy, benefits, relationship with God and all else that results from this relationship is a result of God’s Love toward us!

All He does for us as a citizen of His Kingdom is an expression of His Grace. Grace is God showing His Love towards us when we do not deserve it.

When you think about it. We deserve nothing from God as we have nothing in us that qualifies us for God to show His Love to us.  In His Mercy He does not destroy us for our deliberate disobedience of His Laws, but gently guides us back to where we should be while still keeping us alive and giving us all we need to live as He desires us to live.

It as a result of His Grace (His Love expressed to us) that has brought us thus far and it His Grace that will support us through our life now and in eternity!

The Whole point about love is that it is selfless.  It desires what is best for another even though they may not be able to actually do what is necessary for another.  It seeks what is best for a person but does not do for a person what they should be doing for themselves.

Love will guide a person and help them to do what is necessary for them but never does what the person should be doing.

Love is selfless but lust is self-centred and uses a person for its own end.  This is the difference between lust and love.  The opposite of love is not lust but indifference.

God is Love so all he does is for our best and we need to appreciate this or we will doubt His Love and grow thankless and or depressed.

We do not have any rights that require God to do anything for us.  All He does is a result of His Love for us!

God does not have to do anything for us but does so as He loves us as we are His created Children.

Job 33:4  The Spirit of God hath made me, and the breath of the Almighty hath given me life.

God’s Love never ceases or fails.  If it did we would cease to exist.

Heb 1:3  Who being the brightness of his glory, and the express image of his person, and upholding all things by the word of his power, when he had by himself purged our sins, sat down on the right hand of the Majesty on high;

It is because of God’s Love we can have hope and faith in all He said and taught.

His Love and integrity means He is true to His Word!  So we can trust what He has said He will do!  That means all He promised us after death will occur, that He is working for our good, as He said He is, and that He does desire a relationship with us now and forever!

God is Love so all He says is in love and love does not deceive so what He says will occur as He is God of all and can make it happen.

The Love of God

How does one describe the Love of God?

Words fail to describe its depth, complexity or to portray the essence of its purity and simplicity.  It is as complex as the greatest theologian can make it or as pure as a young child can express or understand it.

The words we use to describe it are simple but also at times inadequate as they are limited to our comprehension of God’s Love as well as by our understanding of its description.

The Love of God is not generic (not spread abroad like a general thing) that does not adapt to meet the needs of an individual.

God’s Love is personal.  It is tailored to meet the needs of each individual so that out needs are specifically met and not just met in a general way.  It is these needs He has planned to meet from before the creation of the world (Eph 2:10) so that as we walk in His Will they are met in their fullness (Mat 6:33).  God is a personal God and in everything He does for us He relates to us on a personal, individual basis so that in all things He always works for our best

God’s Love is personal and it is really only as we experience it that we can begin to understand it.

God did not need to make us as He is complete in Himself but He loved us before we were brought into existence and prepared an individual path for each one of us before creation and has done, is doing and will do all He can to help us walk this path so we can mature into what He desires us to be – complete in Him, able to be with Him forever and beyond in intimate friendship with Him!

What does He desire from you for doing all this for you?

He desires you to love Him as the closest friend you can have.  A friend whom you love above all else and who is more important than anything created.

Life is a continual journey into the Love of God expressed by the way we respond to His Love and serve Him above all others, including ourselves.  This service is a natural expression of our love for Him and is really what the normal Christian life is – the expression of our love for The Father, Jesus and The Holy Spirit which drives us to serve them, regardless of the cost to our self.  In essence it is the nature of God (Love) expressed through us to Him and His creation.

God is Love and so should we be if we are His.

God never asks you to love others more than you are able too.  All He asks is that you try to the best of your ability and He will help you develop His type of Love in you.

He is Love and does not demand more from you than you are able to give.

Learn to appreciate God and His Love for you so that your response will be to love Him more and more and you will mature into the person you can be in Jesus.

All flows from God’s Love.  Learn to understand this and you will understand The Kingdom of God.

How many types of love are there?

Theologians talk about four types of love.  But for a Christian there is only one type of love.  The type of Love that God has.  It is the way it is expressed to others that varies and this is governed by the degree of trust and intimacy in the relationship and not by the way a relationship is categorised.

Any other type of love is sin as God says we are to love others as He loves them.  This was the only real commandment Jesus gave and all others in The New Testament are based on this.

Joh 13:34-35 (CEV) But I am giving you a new command. You must love each other, just as I have loved you.  If you love each other, everyone will know that you are my disciples.

This is God’s standard and what we are to wholeheartedly aim for it.  Only as we aim to love others as God Loves them will we begin to understand His quality of Love towards us.

We may fail to do this but if we try wholeheartedly to achieve this standard we meet God’s requirement of us in this area of showing God’s quality of Love to others.

God’s Love is our example of how we should love.

1Co 13:4-7 (ERV)  Love is patient and kind. Love is not jealous, it does not brag, and it is not proud.  Love is not rude, it is not selfish, and it cannot be made angry easily. Love does not remember wrongs done against it.  Love is never happy when others do wrong, but it is always happy with the truth.  Love never gives up on people. It never stops trusting, never loses hope, and never quits.

Love shows no partiality

Jas 2:1 (CEV) My friends, if you have faith in our glorious Lord Jesus Christ, you won't treat some people better than others.

Mat 5:44-47 (ERV)  But I tell you, love your enemies. Pray for those who treat you badly.  If you do this, you will be children who are truly like your Father in heaven. He lets the sun rise for all people, whether they are good or bad. He sends rain to those who do right and to those who do wrong.  If you love only those who love you, why should you get a reward for that? Even the tax collectors do that.  And if you are nice only to your friends, you are no better than anyone else. Even the people who don't know God are nice to their friends.

Love expresses the Fruit of The Spirit

All flows from Love which is why it is the first fruit of a Christian.

Gal 5:22-23 (ERV)  But the fruit that the Spirit produces in a person's life is love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness, and self-control. There is no law against these kinds of things.

Love does not count the cost of expressing itself to another:

Php 2:2-9 (ERV)  then do what will make my joy complete: Agree with each other, and show your love for each other. Be united in your goals and in the way you think.   In whatever you do, don't let selfishness or pride be your guide. Be humble, and honour others more than yourselves.  Don't be interested only in your own life, but care about the lives of others too.   In your life together, think the way Christ Jesus thought. He was like God in every way, but he did not think that his being equal with God was something to use for his own benefit.   Instead, he gave up everything, even his place with God. He accepted the role of a servant, appearing in human form. During his life as a man,   he humbled himself by being fully obedient to God, even when that caused his death--death on a cross.   So God raised him up to the most important place and gave him the name that is greater than any other name.

God’s Love responds immediately and even anticipates our needs before they occur.

EPh 2:10 (ERV)  God has made us what we are. In Christ Jesus, God made us new people so that we would spend our lives doing the good things he had already planned for us to do.

God does not sit there considering what to do.  If he sees a need His Love immediately acts in a way that is best for The Kingdom and that person.

There are many other passages on love but these provide a good overview.

We are to love people for whom they are, Created children of The Father, whom He Loves and whom desires what is best for them. We are not to condone any wrong thing they do but in each there is a potential citizen of The Kingdom of God, a person whom The Father desires to be with Him in heaven so this should also be our desire for them and if we have the quality of love God has you will love others in the same way He loves them and will do what we can to help them obtain heaven and the rewards God has for them.

You would be like Jesus? Then love others with the same quality of Love He loves you and everyone else with and you will correctly serve Him in The work of The Kingdom!

It is only as we are led by The Holy Spirit that we can understand this Love and learn how to express it to others.   This is why it is so important to be led by The Holy Spirit in everything.

God knew we would need Him so asked The Holy Spirit to come and place His presence in our spirit to help us love and live as God desires us too.

How does Jesus express His Love toward us?

Jesus is the best example of humanity expressing God’s Love while on earth but He now expresses this Love to us as King of the entire universe.

The Lord Jesus expressed His Love on earth at least three ways:

Towards God:

He obeyed The Father, coming to earth and giving up all He had as God. He taught, preached and demonstrated The Kingdom of God and trusted and loved The Holy Spirit so much He entrusted The Spirit to look after us and to help us live as we should as a citizen of The Kingdom of God.

Towards Himself :

As a steward of what God had given Him on earth He loved and appreciated what God had made Him and responded to the Love of The Father by obeying Him in all things, Even though it ended up costing Him His earthy Life.  He had a proper appreciation of who God had made Him and what God has asked Him to do which can only really occur if you love and appreciate what God has made you into.

Towards us:

Jesus saw The mess we were in and that we could not get our self out of it so came to earth to help us overcome The mess we were in.  He showed us His Love by voluntarily dying to free us from the consequences of our wrongs against Him

In a sense, the essence the Gospel of The Kingdom of God is that each member of The Godhead saw our need and out of Love for us did all that was necessary for us to be restored to the relationship mankind originally had in the Garden with God and out of Love for us will maintain our relationship with Him forever, doing all that is necessary to continue to keep us alive, meeting every need of ours that is necessary to do this.

What has The Love of Jesus resulted in?

It made Him leave everything He had as God and come to earth to teach, preach and demonstrate The Kingdom of God, dying for the spiritual consequences of our sins so that there was no longer anything hindering us from relating to God.

He was made Lord of all so can keep all the promises of He made to us because He is in a position to carry them out!

He is now in heaven ruling His citizens, providing their needs and interceding for them with The Father.

He has sent The Holy Spirit to live in us, guiding, teaching and empowering is to live as a citizen of The Kingdom of God should live.

Jesus has done so much for us. What more can He do that He has not already done for us?.

Our response to The Love of Jesus should be loving obedience to Him in all things.

God’s Love is expressed in everything He does to us which is why we should be thankful for whatever happens to us because God, in His Love, is working for our best (Rom 8.28)

After all it is the most perfect love ever expressed and by its nature can only ever work for the good of what it is directed at.

God gives you purpose through His relationship with you.  Without this relationship there is no real purpose in life.

Because you are a citizen of His Kingdom you have certain responsibilities.  If you love God you will carry them  out or at least try to learn how to carry them out.

A citizen of a kingdom has five duties only and these take precedent over their own needs:

To serve The King, as required by him, through complete obedience to Him.

To represent The King to persons both in and out of The Kingdom,   either in an official capacity as a representative of The Kingdom or just by virtue of being a citizen of The Kingdom.

To fight and protect what The King owns (as well as who He is, His Name and Glory as well as His Attributes and Character).

To be a good steward of what God has entrusted Him with (including family)

To relate to other citizens and those who are not citizens in an appropriate manner

Expressions of Gods quality of Love

If you do not have God’s type of Love how can you:

Love your enemies in the way He desires you too

Do good to those that persecute and/or hate you

Do only what is good towards all men and God

Show God’s quality of Love to others which is far superior to the type of love Satan promotes with its negative element of lust in it.

Unless the above are part of your attitudes toward everyone you will not be like your Father in heaven.

God knows you are not perfect and will not succeed in all your attempts to love in the way He desires you too.  However, He expects you to wholeheartedly try to love others in the way He Loves them.  You will not be condemned for wholeheartedly trying to love as He does and failing.  You will be condemned for not trying at all to love as He Loves.

God’s Love is Pure and Perfect

By His status of being God, His Love can only be this.  Because of this all He does for you is out of His complete love for you.  It can be nothing else as pure love fully expresses love in all it does.

He is 100% faithful to you.  Because His love is perfect it cannot be anything else.

Fear shows a lack of trust in God’s love for you in an area of your life.  If you really trust God there can be no fear in any area of your life.

Depression is a lack of belief in God’s Love toward you so that all appears hopeless, unobtainable or  usually not what you think it should be.

The basis of your Christian life is God’s perfect Love for you and it is on this foundation that He builds you up and matures you so that you can love others in the same way He does.

The whole of the Christian life is designed by God to mature His type of Love in you so that you will relate to Him as you should (intimate, consuming, selfless love for Him and others) and to serve Him wholeheartedly and joyfully (as a result of appreciating His Love to you) in the way He desires you to serve Him.

Thankfulness is a result of appreciating Gods Love for you as well as what it has done for you.  If you are not thankful to God then check you appreciation of His Love and what it has done for you.

Why do we love God?

We love God because He first loved us. We love God because of what He has done for us.

It takes faith in a person to firstly accept their love (that what they are doing for us or have done for us will not harm us) and Secondly, to continue to trust them and to develop the relationship with them (that in the future they will not do anything to harm us).

This is why the Bible says There is no fear in God’s type of Love.  If we trust a person (an expression of love) we will not fear what they do!

There should be no fear in what God asks us to do! It all comes from His Love towards us.  If there is any fear, then you better find out why as it will hinder your intimacy with Him.  Deliverance (another sign of His love) and/or truth may be needed to remove any fear you may have towards God.

It is fear or selfishness that hinders our appreciation of God’s Love and what it has done for us.

Remember that God made you for your benefit and that He delights in you as you are His created child and that no true father hates their children but delights in them when they give their father pleasure, otherwise The Father grieves over them and does all He can to restore them to what they should be.

This is one purpose for trials: to restore us to a correct relationship with God!

God is Love

God is Love and all else flows from that.  We need to learn to Love God so that His Love can become part of our character and so that all we do will flow from our love for Him.

So how do we learn to love God in a deeper way?

We need to appreciate Him and His love for us.

We need to be thankful for what he has done for us.

We need to develop intimacy with him.

We need to see our self as He  sees us so we can appreciate what He has done for us.

Only as we see and understand His Love for us will we love Him as we should

He is Perfect Love

Everything He does to His People is out of perfect love for them.

He is always trying to:

Show His Love to you

Relate to you

Meet all your needs

Guide you to heaven

Heal you

If things are not going right:

Do not blame God!

Do not criticise Him

Do not complain to Him

That is to call His Love into disrepute

This is dangerous!

Because God is love and an else flows from that we need to learn to Love God so that all we do flows from our deep love for Him and for His things and possessions.

How do we learn to love God?

We need to develop intimacy as well as appreciate Him and His love for us,

We need to learn to be thankful and appreciative of what He has done for us,

We need to want to do these things,

We need to see our self before Him as we really are so we can appreciate what He has done for us.

Only as we truly see and understand His love for us will we love Him as we should.

God’s Faithful Love

There are a lot of promises in the Bible about God’s Faithfulness and Love towards us.   Either He is a liar or they are true.  If you believe they are not true then you call Him a liar.

If you believe they are true then you must act on them.  Not to do to so is hypocrisy and can lose you your Salvation.

If you believe They are true you will trust Him and walk in faith knowing that all that happens to you will be for your best so that you will not be concerned at anything that happens to you and in all things you will be  content because He is in complete control of the situation expressing His love toward you.

God’s Love is shown by the way He deals with us.

He is always showing His love to us. It just that sometimes we cannot feel a response in our emotions towards it.

It is not that love for Him is not there in us when we do not feel it. It is just sometimes we are more moved by it than at other times to express our love towards Him. Most of the time it is a deep knowing in our spirit that does not need expression because God knows it is there and that is all that matters.

Mercy, Grace and Favour

Do you have to ask God for his Mercy, Grace or favour?

No!  They are all aspects of His Love and God Loves us with unlimited Love.

You need to realise they are always there, waiting for you to claim them and thank him for them.

People mistake rewards and showing God’s Mercy, Grace and Favour.  Rewards are for service and prosperity is a reward not a right and God will give it to you only when He knows you will handle it properly.  God’s Mercy, Grace and Favour are primarily to do with His acceptance of you that allows him to prosper and reward you and you services  to Him as well as give you with all the blessings He has for you as a result of your faith in Him and because of the relationship you have with The Father and Jesus through your obedient faith.

Love needs to be worked at.

Love requires effort as it goes against the desires of our flesh which Satan uses to do everything he can to make it try and preserve itself and give itself pleasure

Love does the opposite of this, rejecting all the lusts the flesh tries to put on it and trusts God for its protection and delights in His things as it has joy from the relationship with and service of Jesus.

Love always requires effort but generally gets easier as Jesus becomes more and more Lord of the life He has given you.

God will test your love for him at every level of your maturity for the purposes of strengthening it.  God may appear to have deserted you, but He has never left you.  Satan tries to make it appear that way.

Love for Others

Unless you see people as God sees them you will not be able to love them as He loves them. You will also not relate to them as He desires you too.

While you react to people, become angry, defend your self-esteem or wear a mask as you relate to them you will never see them as they really are - as Jesus sees them.

Deliverance removes all that stops you seeing people as Jesus sees them as it removes from you everything Satan can use that would prevent you seeing people as they really are and relating to them as Jesus desires you to relate to them.

Jesus never forces us to love others or Himself.  He asks us to love Him and not obey out of compulsion or necessity.

God’s Love and Satan

Satan tries to hide God’s Love (and thus God’s nature) from us. If he can do this then God will either be not relevant or will obeyed out of fear and legalism and will appear to be a distant, loveless, authoritarian, merciless dictator. We will not be thankful and appreciative of what God does for us but will be always trying to win God’s Love and Approval. The Christian life will have no Joy or peace and will be spread to others through wrong motives. People will not be attracted by such a joyless lifestyle and will look elsewhere and find other religions and cults to follow where Satan has parodied God’s love and other principles of God.

This is what is happening. The church is not showing the Love of God to those in the world who are needy and people are finding the church irrelevant, looking to new age beliefs to help them cope with the crisis of life.

It was said of the early church “O how they love!” It can no longer be said of the current church!

If God is Love and His nature is Love what can be said of those in the current church system that do not show God’s Love and love others as God loves them.

“By your fruits you will know them” is the warning God gives to His people!

God’s Mercy

Rosa Velez once wrote to me the following (her capitals):

UNCONDITIONAL LOVE WHAT IS IT?

ITS WHAT GODS KINGDOM IS ALL ABOUT ,WE LOVE WITHOUT ANY CONDITIONS.

WE SUPPOSE TO RESTORE AND BUILD UP NOT TEAR DOWN TO ANYTHING OR ANYONE .

GODS WORD SAYS I CAME TO SAVE NOT DESTROY .

WE TO LOOK AT ANYTHING AND ANYONE AS IT CAN BE DONE THOUGH GODS EYES, ANYTHING IS POSSIBLE WITH GOD.

EVEN IF SOMETHING LOOKS LIKE ITS OVER AND EVEN IF A PERSON LOOKS LIKE ITS IMPOSSIBLE  FOR GOD TO  CHANGE

WITH GOD ALL THINGS ARE POSSIBLE WE HERE TO RESTORE WHAT HAS BEEN BROKEN WHAT HAS BEEN LOST WE ARE CALLED RESTORERS OF THE BREACH...... HAVE WE  COME TO BUILD UP AND RESTORE OR HAVE OR HAVE WE COME TO TEAR DOWN AND DESTROY ?

GODS KINGDOM IS UNCONDITIONAL LOVE THEN THINGS BEGIN TO GET RESTORE....

ROSA VELEZ

God’s Mercy is a result of His Love and Grace.

Everyone knows the story of the woman caught in adultery (Jn 8:1-11).  How the Jewish leaders tried to trap Jesus using a woman caught in adultery hoping He would say not to stone her as the law required so they could then accuse Him of blasphemy.  If Jesus had said not to stone her, He would have contravened the Mosaic Law so could not be the Messiah!  He did not accuse her but ignored them and wrote on the ground and they were puzzled.  He had not reacted as they had thought he would.  so they kept asking him as if he had not heard the first time.

He did not tell them not to stone her and  break The Law, but said those who were sinless could carry it out.

Jesus got up and said “let he who has not sin cast the first stone”.  And the accusers all left starting with the eldest and ending with the youngest.  They realised that they too were sinners and deserved judgment and that God alone had the right to judge and punish.

Jesus had the right to condemn her but did not. This attitude was in line with the New Testament He was ushering in based on Love and Mercy and not the legalism of The Law that these people were trying to use trap Jesus with (Jn 3:17).  This beautiful event shows God approaches our sins with Mercy and not Judgement.

There is now no excuse for believing God cannot forgive your sins (except for one against The Holy Spirit - the irreverent treating of The Holy Spirit and the things of His to the extent you no longer value Him or have Him living in you because of the rejection and/or ridicule you have given Him).  Jesus has demonstrated God is merciful and forgiving.  So we too should be merciful and forgiving of those that offend us in the same way God forgives us.  Unforgiveness, if not repented of, will lose you your salvation.

Compassion and Grief

Compassion is love expressed for another that seeks to comfort them in their trials.  People mistake sadness or grief for compassion at times.  Compassion implies God is able to Act while grief implies God has failed.  A Christian should never grieve over the living as there is always hope until the person is buried in the ground.  God can still raise the dead, if it is His Will and has at times has done so and given them a chance to choose for or against Him.

Expressing God

The Nature of God must be expressed in all you do and that nature is Love.  If you do not express or try to express this Love then you are not expressing God’s character.

All you do must have love as its motivation, even if it is only doing mundane tasks properly because you love God and want to show it by how you do things each day.  Our life then becomes continual worship to God.  Worship that is not based on Love is empty worship and is only lip service to Jesus as Lord.

The Faithfulness God requires

The faithfulness which God requires is not perfect faithfulness.  But is faithfulness carried out wholeheartedly to the best told your ability to be faithful. In other words, you are as faithful as you are able to be.

God has promised to never ask of you more than you are able to do (1 Cor 10:13). For him to ask you to do things perfectly would result in God asking you to do more than you are capable of doing.

There is a principal that God follows when He asks us to do things. But he will never ask us to do more than we are capable of doing. In other words, the faithfulness God requires you to do is only that which you are capable of doing.

The Lovingkindness of God

Lovingkindness is the tenderness and mercy God shows to you because of His Love for you.  This expression of God’s Lovingkindness is shown to us because of our salvation relationship with The Father and Jesus.

It is as eternal as God is, unable to be fully comprehended by us and is something we should show to others if we claim to love in the same way Jesus does.

It is the type of love a parent has for their child and because we are His adopted children He shows this to us.

This Lovingkindness (tenderness/mercy) is in all He does for us so we would never fear or doubt God’s purposes for us as to so do would doubt this Lovingkindness of His towards us.

The loving kindness of God was a major theme in The Old Testament. They knew how much God’s Love had done for them as well as how much He was still doing for them and would continue to do for them, both individually and as a nation.

They knew Their relationship with God was only because He had instigated it and was maintaining it (Hos 2:19 principle). They realised that it was the love of God that made this relationship possible (Jer 31:3). They understood that God sustained them and maintained the relationship they had with Him. (Is 40:11)

Their response was a desire to be Like God, showing His type of Love to all they interacted with (Ps 119:88). They knew God would be merciful to all who truly repented because of His Loving kindness to them (Ps 51:1). They realised that because of His Loving kindness to them that His Mercy was a natural outflow of His Love for them (Is 54:8)

It was because of God’s Lovingkindness toward them that they asked God to give them spiritual life and to evaluate (judge) them to do what was necessary for Him to be able to quicken them (make them more spiritually alive Ps 119:149).

They knew He would listen  to them because of His Lovingkindness toward them.  They meditated on the Lovingkindness of God and it motivated them to live pure (godly) lives.  His Love for them motivated them to love Him in return and also to obey and serve Him (Ps 26:3).  His Lovingkindness was with them in trials and suffering and sustained them in these (Ps 42:7-8).

His Lovingkindness redeemed them from destruction and was the main attitude of God in all He did too and for them (Ps 103:4).

God’s Lovingkindness is eternal.  It s never completely removed or we would cease to exist.  If we do not see it then we need to ask God to give us understanding  to be able to see and understand how He is showing it to us at that moment (Ps 89:33, Is 51:10)..

When They had done wrong they drew attention to God’s examples of His Loving kindness to them in the past.  More To reassure themselves than the doubting of God’s continual loving kindness toward them (Ps 25:6. 89:49).

They desired Him to show His Lovingkindness towards them so they asked God to give them understanding of it. (Ps 17:7,143:8).

In The New Testament we are given a greater realisation and understanding of God’s Love so we know it is always shown to us so that we do not need to ask for Him to give it to us. What we are to ask for is a greater understanding of His Love and its outworking in our daily life!

Our response to God’s Loving kindness should be to Love and praise Him for it and to tell others about it (which is what evangelism really is).

God’s Love did not change Character in The New Testament. We were given a greater understanding of it.

Perhaps if we appreciated the Loving kindness of God more we would respond more and love, serve and obey Him more

The Loving kindness of God is the Hebrew (Old Testament) concept of God’s Love.  It is God’s gentle,  tender Love and Mercy we lose in our rather austere definition of God’s love.  Their revelation of it was not complete as its fullness is found in Jesus and He had not come to earth until The Old Testament portion of the Bible was complete (even though The Old Testament Covenant was not really completed until Jesus died at Calvary).

They saw God’s Loving kindness as being greater than anything, being able to forgive and accept them regardless of what they had done (Neh 9:17). They saw it as something Wonderful (Ps 36:7); Good (Ps 69:16) that all could trust in and shelter under.   It was seen as something to marvel at, that the God of all could love them this way (Ps 17:7, 31:21)

They realised that God showed His Loving kindness in many ways and told other people of these ways. This did two things::

It gave them a better understanding of how God was showing His Love towards them:

It showed how God could Love Them:

It also brought Him Glory, Praise and Honour as His Nature of Love was broadcast to the entire world around them.

If loving-kindness is a part of God’s Love then we too should show this in all we do and indeed we should as the components of loving-kindness are all found in The Fruit of The Holy Spirit.

Our Response to God’s Love

 God always loves us to the best of His ability as He is God and perfect in all He does.  People should never be upset over what happens as His Love is in it in its fullest toward them.  To do other than rejoice over His Love and control being expressed to you in its fullest possible way calls His Character into question as well as the degree of His expression of His Love to you to you.

(1 John 4:19 KJV) We love him, because he first loved us.
(John 14:15 KJV) If ye love me, keep my commandments.
1 John 4:16 And we have known and believed the love that God hath to us. God is love: and he that dwelleth in love, dwelleth in God, and God in him.

The Man of Love 

(The Perspectives of a person whom expresses God’s Love Mat 5:3-11).

The person who knows God’s Love realizes nothing in this world is as important as knowing God and expressing His Love to others and from this position of knowledge, tries to meet the need for God’s Love in others, through expressing God’s love to them. Worldly matters are not important to these people as God’s spiritual purposes outweigh all worldly considerations. They Love and so serve God out of love and gratitude for what He has done for them and are in an intimate relationship with Him desiring others to be in a similar relationship. God’s nature of Love is a part of their make up and main motivation as a person in all they do.  It permeates their every thought and is a natural expression of their character.

What God’s Love is (1 Cor. 13 4:7)

The way of the person who expresses God’s Love

A person with God’s love is patient with others
They are kind to others and help them in a useful way
They are not jealous of others and are willing to help them in any Godly endeavour
They do not promote themselves at the expense of the feelings and emotions of others
They do not boast at the expense of the feelings and emotions of others
They do not indulge in inappropriate behaviour.
They do not seek their own advantage at the expense of others
They are not easily provoked or angered by others
They do not think evil things of others and accept them as they are
They do not delight in evil but delight in truth and integrity
They endure silently the wrongs done to them and do not tell others about these
They have a positive attitude to the spiritual state of others
They always look for what is best for others and help them achieve this
They have the inner strength and spiritual maturity to sustain this attitudes of Love!

Love must be expressed in some way.

Love is intangible (cannot be seen in itself).  It only exists when it is expressed even if only if it results in doing nothing.  Usually it will be seen in some way by an action.

Until it results in an action, or even inaction, love is only a concept or theory.

The love of God requires a response from us.  We either Love God in return and express this in our obedience to Jesus, be indifferent (which in a sense is a rejection of God’s requirements of us) or reject Jesus outright as agnostics, atheists and their king, Satan does (which really includes those in the new age as Satan is their god whether they know it or not as he is their ruler!)

If we Love Jesus we will keep His commandments and serve Him as He desires us to serve Him.   Jesus said the evidence of our Love for Him would be shown by the way we obeyed Him.

He said that those who obeyed Him would love others with the same quality of Love with which He Loves them with. If you do not Love others with the same qualify of Love which Jesus loves them with you will not see the necessity to obey Him and do the work of The Kingdom of God!

What is the work of the The Kingdom of God?

Rescuing people from the kingdom of His enemy, Satan, and then teaching Them how to live as citizens of The Kingdom of God.

Delivering and healing them from what Satan did to them while they were citizens of his Kingdom.

Destroying The works of the enemy, The devil, and hindering the expansion of his kingdom.

The Father gives everyone what they need to get to heaven .  He would not be a God of Love if He did not.

Each soul is precious to Him so that He perseveres until there is no longer a hope of their responding to Him.

If we Love The Father we too will love His created people as He does and do all He asks us to do to show people what they need to do to get to heaven and we will persevere as He does, not considering the cost to us because we will value souls as highly as He does.

If we trust God’s Love as we obey Him we will not question what He allows to happen to us.

Trusting God’s Love means you believe God always works for your best in all circumstances whether or not you understand how this is happening.

To be impatient or question what is happening to you is to doubt God’s Love and control of your circumstances.

Part of loving God is enduring trials for Him and His Kingdom, even To the point of death (Rev 12:11).  So if you are not willing to die for Jesus you had better find out why.  If you deny Him you will lose your salvation as He will deny He knew you before The Father in heaven.

God gave us the weapons to fight Satan so expects us to use them.  Although He could fight Satan, He has asked us to do it and does not interfere unless it is to limit what Satan can do.   As He has given us the authority to deal with Satan He expects us to use it.

If you love God you will be doing His things.  The things He requires a citizen of His Kingdom to do.

Not only are we to fight for The Kingdom but we are to declare what God has done for you and others so that others can appreciate He is Love and that He seeks only to help people to know Him and be who they can be as a person.

Unless you show others God’s quality of Love and not just tell them of it how will they know they are loved by Him?

As part of God’s Love for His Kingdom He created a place for those defiled by sin to be separated from His Holiness and Kingdom so that it was not polluted by this defilement of Sin (hell).

If we love God we will separate our self from the defilement of sin and all else that defiles us no matter what it costs us as we desire to keep our self holy (wholly) for God, His Kingdom and His purposes.

Offending God

Jesus said that whatever you do to a citizen of His Kingdom you do to Him (Matt 25:40).  But He did not call them Citizens, He called them brethren (family).  So when you offend a fellow Christian you are firstly offending the person and secondly offending Jesus.

This is why it is so important to clear up these matters of offence or unforgiveness as they are against God and the person.  If they are not cleared up you are out of fellowship with God and may lose your salvation if deliberately not repented of.

If you Love God, you will not offend His people (family) so that you will not offend Him.  This is why the Bible state we need to have a conscience that does not want to harm anyone in anyway.

Thankfulness and God’s Love

If you do not trust God’s Love you will find it difficult to thank Him for what you have or what happens to you.

Faith is required to:

Believe God Loves you

Trust His Love

Believe He gives you what you need

Be thankful He has done that

Without faith it is impossible to please Him or be thankful to Him for what He has done for you and others.

So how do we Learn to Love God?

The Holy Spirit teaches us what Gods quality of Love is like and shows us how God has shown this to us in our life so we can appreciate His Love to us.  This then results in a response in us toward the Love God has shown to us.

We are Told to love God with our whole heart.   God is wholehearted in His Love towards us so we should also be wholehearted in our love toward God.  Anything less and we are not showing God’s quality of Love

As we begun to see and understand God’s love to us it should produce in us thankfulness as we appreciate all He has done for us when we did not know we needed it and did not deserve it!

This is a part of His Grace which is a natural expression of His Love as is His Mercy and compassion.

Compassion and graciousness to others should be a natural expression of Gods quality of Love in us as should be loving service.

The nature of Love is that of a servant and God serves us in many ways we do not realise.  He does this out of His Love for us.

He does not serve us to obtain anything from us.  He serves the wicked, keeping them alive, trying to have them understand the truths they need to know so that they will not reject Him but accept all He offers them.

How much more will He serve (meet the needs) of those who love Him.

You should serve out of love for God and for the person God has asked you to serve. He loves them and asks you to serve them out of love for Him.

So how do we know we are learning to love as God Loves?

You will exhibit His quality of Love in all we do.

God’s Love to man

The source of all love is God (1 Jn 4:7) and He has commanded us To love others as He loves them (1 Jn 14:21).

The only real moral commandment Jesus left us is to Love others in the same way He loves them (Jn 13:34-35).

The only one who can teach us to love this way is God (1 Thes 4:9) as all that the world offers is against the love of God (1 Jn 2:15-16)!

The Love of God in you is evidence of the presence of The Holy Spirit in you as it is the first of The Fruit of The Holy spirit from which all the other fruit comes and grows from.

It is our Love for Jesus that enables us to place our faith in Him regardless what happens to us!

Only the pure in heart can love are in the way God does. (I Pet 1:22)

The nature of love is that of a servant so God’s type of Love in you will result in service to others.  This will be a natural expression of your love for them regardless of the cost to you of serving them.  It will be really service to Jesus that results in your serving them (1 Thes 1:3, Heb 6:10, Mat 25:40).

Love will always exist, not only now but in heaven (1 Cor 13:13) which is why it is important on earth to work at loving in the way God does.

It is to be remembered that life is not a preparation for earth but for heaven!

God’s quality of Love is the attitude you need to have if you would try and serve and obey Jesus in the way he desires you too (1 Tim 1:5) and to prepare yourself properly for heaven.

If you do not minister love to others as you serve them then your gifts, sacrifices or anything else done is not acceptable to God as it is not done in His Love but will be done for gain of some sort.  You will not minister God’s love to them but will minister out of your own personal need.

You represent God and his love to people on earth and unless you show this to them they will have no reason to be attracted to Jesus and what He has done for them.

It is the love of God that draws people and we are the only way people on earth will see it.

God’s Love in Suffering

God only ever gives you what you need to be able to do what He desires you too or to endure a trial or situation He is allowing you to go through.  To do anything more could allow you to be opened up to temptation and/or expose you to sin.

No loving Father gives a child what is bad for them or which will lead them astray into evil.

The Father in heaven loves you more than any earthly father and will never do anything that is not for your good. This means He will never ask you to endure or do more than you are capable of doing or enduring.

Next time you are suffering, remember this love of The Father in heaven and rest in it and His control over all your circumstances because you know that all works for your best in the trial and that the trial is really a sign of His love towards you.  If He did not care about you He would not put you through a trial as He does not need you to go through it for His sake but only for your sake.

He is either using the trial to mature and teach you, show you are worthy of His trust, prepare you so He can use you to minister or to draw you back to the path He has prepared for you which you have strayed from.

If you cannot trust the Love of God what is left to trust?

He shows His Love for you in that He risks losing you as a result of the trial through your giving up and taking the easy way out of it.  But those that persevere to the end He will use for His Kingdom in  a way they would never have thought possible or have been able to imagine.

Faithfulness

God’s faithfulness is an expression of God’s Integrity.

He loves you and perseveres faithfully in His Love to you because He is true to His Character (and God is Love) so is not fickle or changeable in His love to you like hypocrites are.

If you love someone you will be faithful to them so If you really love God you will be faithful to Him.  You will not do anything to hurt or offend Him.

This is how God deals with you and how you should relate to Him if you really love Him.

God’s faithfulness is expressed in His Loving-kindness to us which combines the concept of compassion, kindness and Grace, all of which are an expression of His Love.

Love and order

Good is a God of order.  He desires you to have your life ordered.  Disorder comes from the suggestions and attacks of Satan.  So that the first thing you may need to do to get order into an area of your life is to repent in an area of your life and/or have deliverance in that area.

If you love God, you will do all you can to reflect His order in your life and mirror the order He has in creation.  If you do not love God or have any deliverance you need, you will reflect the disorder of Satan in your life.

Love seeks to please another and if you love God you will seek to please Him and bring your life and all under your stewardship into the order He desires it be in.  The Holy Spirit will guide you what to do if you are willing to listen to Him and be helped by Him.

Remember that Love is not a feeling but an attitude that may result in a feeling so that you should never let feelings determine your love for a person but it should be evidence by your attitude to them

So what evidence is there that The Love of God is in a person?

They will exhibit The Fruit of The Spirit

They will obey and serve Jesus regardless of the cost to them (including death)

They will minister to Him and as He directs, to others

They will do the work of The kingdom of God:

Evangelism

Deliverance and healing

Destroying the works of the Devil

Ministering out of love for Jesus and the person being ministered too

They will desire to spend time with The Father, Jesus and The Holy Spirit

They will do all they can to learn about The Father, Jesus and The Holy Spirit

They will be thankful to God and appreciative of what He is doing in all their circumstances

The Love of God is the mark of the citizen of The Kingdom of God and its expression matures its citizens.

If you are not exhibiting, or at least trying to exhibit God’s type of Love in all you do then you better find out why.  Jesus only gave one moral command in The New Testament.  The “Law of Love” in Jn 13:34-35 on which all else we are told to do in The New Testament is based on.

To deliberately not try to love with the same type of Love God has will result in loss of salvation if not repented of (Rev 3:5).

If you are trying to exhibit God’s type of Love but have difficulty in doing this then you may need deliverance to be able to show God’s type of Love in what you do each day.

You need to be able to express God’s Love in all you do, especially as you minister to another.  In a sense all interaction is either ministry or being ministered too.  So without God’s quality of Love in all you do you will not live as He requires you too.

Love and Knowing God

IF you love someone you will seek to spend time with them and learn more about them so that you can relate to them properly and not do anything to offend or hurt them.  If you Love God, you will seek to deepen the intimacy with Him and to serve Him better in all you do for Him.  Remember all we do is in some service to either God or the devil.  So if you love God you will do only that which pleases Him and which also serves Him.

There are only two possible kings to serve.  God or Satan and one reason to know God better is so you can know what is from Him and what is from The devil. When you serve yourself before what God desires you to do you are really serving Satan.

Love and Intimacy

According to your degree of love and respect for the integrity of a person will be the degree of intimacy and disclosure you will have with that person.  You will not share your life and its problems with someone you cannot trust.

How much you love and appreciate God will determine how much you will desire to spend time with Him as well as what you will disclose to Him and He will disclose of Himself to you.  Disclosing things to Him is not so He will know them because He knows everything, but is more for our sake so we can deal with them with His help.

How do I know I have greater intimacy with God?  By spending time with Him sharing my heart with His heart.  He will reveal more and more of Himself to me and will give me more spiritual insight in my daily life.

Satan tries to make you fear God to destroy the intimacy and trust you have with God.  But God is pure love and should never be feared by those who wholeheartedly try to obey Him.

If God required perfect obedience then none would satisfy Him.  He knows we are imperfect and will do wrong.  All He requires is for us to repent and wholehearted try to do what is correct (Luke 9:62).  It is not what you achieve that matters but the attitude you show as you do that matters.  You may do wonderful things for God, but if they are not done with His quality of Love they will be worth nothing in His eyes.

If you fear God and do not feel worthy of his acceptance and of approaching Him, or feel unacceptable to Him, then you need deliverance.

The Christian life is a life of intimacy with God in which the love relationship with Him is matured and if you do not have this intimacy you need to find out why and then deal with it.  Deliverance and emotional healing in an area of your life is usually necessary.

Love and Stewardship

The Christian life is all about correct stewardship of what God has given you, including your life and its attitudes. Correct stewardship is a result of love for God and His things (including what He has given you to be a steward of).  The Christian life then is really an expression of your love for God and His things.

Your love for God will be an expression of how you appreciate what He has done for you as well as how you understand your complete reliance on Him for everything and that every good thing you have comes from God as a result of His Grace.

Even rewards are a sign of His Love and Grace.  He does not have to give them but does so out of His Love for us.

Your Love for God will be shown in the way you: relate to Him, those that love you, those that hate you, those that are indifferent or ignore you as well as how you look after what He gives you to be stewards of (the things He trusts you with).

Stewardship of Love

True Love is very precious to God and He expects you to treasure it as a rare jewel… a jewel rare in the sensuous world of the kingdom of darkness. It is through their love the early Christians were marked in their sensual times. Should it be any different now? Only as God’s Love is expressed through us in a loveless world will people see anything worthwhile in our faith!

Faithfulness is tied up with Love, If you love someone you will be faithful to them.

As a steward

As a Servant

As a spouse

If you Love someone with Gods type you will serve them not for your benefit as worldly love does obtaining all you can get for yourself out of the relationship. But you will serve them faithfully for their benefit.

Only as you faithfully serve God out of love for Him and those He sends you to serve on His behalf, will you satisfy God’s requirement of you as His servant.

Remember, that God is our Steward and it is because of His Faithfulness that we grow and mature in the life He has given us.  In this He is our example of faithfulness.

How do you show love to a person

1 Cor 13: 4-7 and Gal 5: 22-23, show the expression of love by defining its characteristics. But really the attitude behind its expression is important.  Without the proper attitudes behind whatever do it will not express God’s Character.

A person who expresses God’s type of Love will derive only what is best for another and will willingly humble themselves to serve a person out of love for them.

As you understand how God’s Love is expressed toward you it strikes a chord in your heart and will raise in you a desire to Love and serve God and others humbly in the way God serves us and others.

This is perhaps the chief mark of a Christian that they love others with the same type of love God Loves them and others with and that all they do should be a result of the expression of this type of love to God and others.

How do you learn to express God’s Love?

It’s qualities are expressed in Gal 5:22-23 and 1 Cor 14:4-7, which primarily say the same thing.

It requires self-discipline, the suppressing of the flesh that Satan tries to use against us to stop God’s quality of Love being expressed by us in a situation.

In a sense, it is a battle against Satan as he uses the flesh and its attitudes to try and make you reject performing God’s quality of Love in all you do.  This means you need to:

Know how to defeat Satan when he attacks

Need to know how to correctly hear The Holy Spirit so you know what to do in the situation.

1 Cor 13:4-7 has been dealt with earlier so I will only discuss the fruit of The Holy Spirit

The fruit of The Holy Spirit

Gal 5:19  The wrong things the sinful self does are clear: committing sexual sin, being morally bad, doing all kinds of shameful things,

Gal 5:20  worshiping false gods, taking part in witchcraft, hating people, causing trouble, being jealous, angry or selfish, causing people to argue and divide into separate groups,

Gal 5:21  being filled with envy, getting drunk, having wild parties, and doing other things like this. I warn you now as I warned you before: The people who do these things will not have a part in God's kingdom.

Gal 5:22  But the fruit that the Spirit produces in a person's life is love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness,

Gal 5:23  gentleness, and self-control. There is no law against these kinds of things.

Gal 5:24  Those who belong to Christ Jesus have crucified their sinful self. They have given up their old selfish feelings and the evil things they wanted to do.

Gal 5:25  We get our new life from the Spirit, so we should follow the Spirit.

Gal 5:26  We must not feel proud and boast about ourselves. We must not cause trouble for each other or be jealous of each other.

The ‘Fruit of The Spirit’ is the evidence of The Holy Spirit in you and of you expressing the Love of God to others. It is the expression of your faith in Jesus and is a sign you belong to Him.

Having just stated the attitudes of worldliness, Paul now contrasts them with what should be the attitude of a Christian! It is to be noted that the more time you spend with Jesus the more you will show His Love in all you do in your life.

‘Fruit’ in this verse is singular tense so there is only one type of fruit (because there is only one spirit behind it) but it has many colours.  The only real fruit of The Holy Spirit is Love and its expression is in all we do of which Paul gives us eight marks of the character of person who has this quality of love in them.

A Christian should show this one fruit (love) in their life as it is the character of God whose image they are being changed into. Every Christian has The Holy Spirit in them so the fruit is in them but how much of it they show in their life is up to them and the more they understand and show God’s Love the more of this fruit will be shown to the world as they prepare for eternity

Love (1 Cor. 13:4-7)

This fruit should be the hallmark of a Christian, as it is the one which contrasts a Christian with a person of the world.  It is love - not just any type of love - but the love that marks God and His relationship with people. A Love that caused Him to forsake all, come to a Godless world (where His enemy rules) and die for the people in it so that those people could gain eternal life, be with Him and enjoy the delights He has prepared for them if they accepted Him and His teachings

The example of Jesus is our example of Love - the giving up of things far greater than we can ever imagine to come to earth and die for those who would reject Him.

Joy

Not just any joy, but the joy of having a relationship with Jesus, of being delivered from the evil kingdom of Satan and hell, of being counted worthy of doing the work of Jesus, of knowing what His love for you really means! Of knowing who you are (a child of The Kingdom) and knowing where you will go when you die. The joy of not having to worry about anything (Mat 6:33) as you do His Will, as you trust completely God’s Love, Purposes, Plans and Control over all circumstances.

It is also Joy when others follow Jesus as Lord and prosper under His blessing as well as seeing people freed from the bondages of the enemy.

Peace

Not just rest but a peace that pervades all we do because we know The Father is in control of all our circumstances and loves us and meets our every need! This is a peace that does not have a care as it casts all its worry on our Saviour and trusts Him fully to deal in the matter in a way that most is advantageous for us and for the task God has called us too.

It is peace resulting from the Love relationship we have with God because we are at peace with Him and so under His full provision, protection and Love..  It is also the peace we have when we serve others on behalf of Jesus, even though they may not appreciate what we do.  The service is done to please our beloved Lord so the consequences or being appreciated by the person served is not important as long as our King is pleased by our loving service and that is all that matters.

Long-suffering (Patience in serving others 1 Cor 15:58)

This attitude of ‘patience in suffering’ results from knowing that our reward is in Jesus and that at the end of the suffering is rest in the Kingdom of God with Jesus. It also is suffering while doing the work of Jesus and because of our love for Jesus willingly bear it for His purposes to be effected because of the benefit it will bring to others. We do not care what happens to us as we trust Him for whatever happens to us (Rev 12:11).

It is also being patient with others in the way God is patient with us so that we desire the best for the person and are willing to wait for the person to be able to mature into what is best for them in that area.

Gentleness (kindness out of compassion and love)

People who love as Jesus loves cannot willingly hurt another or be harsh with them. This term ‘gentleness’ portrays this. It is kindness and compassion to others out of love for them, just as Jesus has shown to them the same Gentleness.

 It is the attitude Jesus has with sinners and the unlovely that the world discards and that many have difficulty relating too. It is an expression of the Love Jesus has to all.

Goodness

This person is virtuous and honest in all they do. Their character expresses the goodness of God. They are pure in their motives and seek evil for none, esteeming the values of God above all the world values so that God’s values permeate their nature and they reflect the goodness of God in all they do.

It is a conscience that cannot harm another as God’s Love is in them and He does not do anything to harm others.

Faith

This is an active belief and trust in what Jesus asks us to do, because of whom Jesus is, what Jesus has done and said as well as all that Jesus has promised and accomplished for us. This belief permeates everything we think and do. We are assured of whom we have believed in and the promises made by Him (Jesus) to us.

The faith of this person cannot be shaken and they will die rather than deny their belief in Jesus, whom He is, what He has done and what He has promised to do for them. (Heb 11:6).

Because they do not seek evil in a person but only their good, and know that God only ever works for the best of a person, they are willing to wait and trust God for what happens to that person.

Meekness (Humility)

The meek person realises that he is only what he is by God’s grace and takes no credit for what God has done or is doing through them.  He has a true estimation of himself before God and knows that all comes from God. He knows he lives only because God keeps him alive and is able to work and serve God only because God allows him to do this and also that God gives him what he needs to serve Him. He has no doubt as to his complete reliance on God and as a result does not declare his own greatness or achievements! He cannot! As he realises he has only done what God has asked because God has prepared these for him and allowed him to do them and has prepared him for doing  these things for God and that there is nothing in what he has done that he can claim any ‘glory’ or originality for!

Because of this attitude, he has the heart of a servant and God can use him greatly.

He will never seek to control another but gently guide them as instructed by The Holy Spirit.  They are true pastors, in service to others in whatever area God directs them to serve in.

God does not Love us for what we can do for Him as He can do it all Himself. He Loves us because He made us and is our Father. Those who respond in Love towards Him will be with Him in heaven. Those who reject His Love will be with His enemy in hell when they die. Remember, enemies are placed in prison where they cannot harm the good citizens of the kingdom. This is one reason hell is necessary.

Temperance (self-controlled in all things)

This person controls them self in all things so that they never abuse anything God allows them to have control over (what they are stewards of in other words) and are also able to control them self so that they can express the ‘fruit of the Spirit’ in all they do. While all the ‘Fruit’ flows from love, self-control is what allows a person to express them properly. These are the faithful and good stewards of all God has entrusted them with.

These people never react to another or assume anything about another but ask The Holy Spirit what to do or say.  They will always be self-controlled as they do not let their emotions and feelings decide what to do but always do what The Spirit tells them is the correct thing to do or say.

‘against such there is no law’

Against such there can be no law as Love fulfils God’s requirements of The Law and the ‘fruit of the Spirit’ is the expression of God’s Love, through us, to all.

The above attitudes and way of thinking are designed to remove worry and fear from our minds as these cloud our thinking and make it hard for us to hear God. They also ensure we have the correct attitudes and habits to be a good citizen of The Kingdom of Heaven, relate to others correctly and to be able to fearlessly do the work of The Kingdom. In a sense they are Mat 6:33 in action!

Worry and fear are attitudes Satan tries to make us have so we doubt God’s Love for us and His control over our circumstances and we will be more hesitant to serve Him and trust His Will and control.

This is why we should never become angry, react or assume things so Satan cannot use them to place wrong attitudes in us that go against faith in and love to God and the expression of these in our life.

It is to be remembered that the expression in our life of the Quality of Love God has will result in our expressing God’s attitude to a person as this type of Love expresses God’s attitude to people.

To express this quality of love you will need to discipline the flesh so it does not get in the road of your spirit as it responds to the promptings of The Holy Spirit as He guides you how to express the Quality of God’s Love in your life.

If you truly love Jesus then all you will see as you minister is His Love for the person being ministered to and how He wants it expressed to them.

We must remember that In heaven, the Love of God permeates everything, so we must learn to express Gods quality of Love in all we do on earth as preparation for our life in heaven.

As we listen to The Holy Spirit’s advice on what to do in that situation we will show God’s quality of Love as we deal with whatever the problem is.

Relationships or activities not based or motivated by God’s quality of love are selfish and will misuse other people or things

Attitudes to others

You do not judge others except to help them

There is only one King, Lawgiver and Judge!

James 4:12  For there is One Lawgiver, who is able to save and to destroy. Who are you who judges your neighbour?

In regard to spiritual things you are not the judge of another.  You can only evaluate according to the principles of God for the purposes of helping the other person.  You are a sinner like them so cannot condemn or criticise them to show their errors as you too are guilty of sinning.  You may not like what they do, but you are to Love them as a fellow child of The Father in Heaven who loves them very deeply and whom He Loves should also be someone you love.  After all He is family and you love Him and all whom He Loves.

Jn 8:7 He that is without sin among you, let him first cast a stone at her.

In a kingdom, the king judges and makes the laws and the citizens evaluate everything in accordance with the laws and decrees of the king.  To do otherwise could result in the death penalty or other punishment.  However, for his purposes, a king may delegate to others the right to judge others or make laws.  This is possible with the laws of a land but with spiritual laws this is not possible as God alone can delegate the authority to do these things and He has not done this.

So no one on earth has the authority to spiritually judge another or make spiritual laws in regards to another.

Judging can occur through criticism, negative comments, declaring a person’s sin or similar, without love being the motive for the comment.  There is a difference between evaluating a weakness to help the person and condemning them for it (James 5:16).

We are to evaluate a weakness but not condemn it so that we can help the person deal with it and overcome it, just as The Father in heaven does not condemn us but helps us to overcome our weaknesses so we can be better citizens of His Kingdom and better children of His.

So when a person does something wrong we are to help them and not condemn, judge or criticise them negatively.  Love does not condemn, criticise or judge, but evaluates for the purposes of helping the person be a better person as well as to help them overcome or deal with a problem area in their life.

Everything that happens is allowed by God or prepared by God for His purposes.  So whenever anything happens we are not to assume the worst of the person but ask God what our part is in His plans in regard to that person at that time.

If we believe everything happens for a purpose and nothing happens that is outside of God’s control, then we will not condemn, criticise or judge because God has allowed it to show up a weakness in the person He desires us to help the person with.  We will ask our part in what God desires done out of love for the person so we can help them be a better citizen of The Kingdom of God.

The main reason we condemn is because we have an inadequacy we need to deal with that makes us have a need to be better than another for the purposes of our self worth.  Normally we judge a person out of:

The need for self–esteem

Anger at them

Rejection of them

Pride in our being better than them

Self–protection so we do not have to face the fact that we have the same weakness in us or another weakness.

If we believe God is in charge of all things then we will not question an event or condemn another for their weakness but ask God why He allowed the event to happen and what our role is in this event.

After writing the above Jesus then spoke to me of the attitudes His people would have:

They do not promote themselves or seek rewards.  They believe God will supply all their needs (Matt 6:33_ including rewards (Heb 11:6) and that whatever happens is best for them (Rom 8:28).  So they seek Jesus and His Will (Col 3:1-2, 20) and give themselves completely to Him and His Will (Rom 12:1).  All they say is for the benefit others (Phil 4:6-8).  They trust God’s stewardship of them that He will meet all their needs (Phil 4:19) and give thanks to Him in all things (1Thes 5:18), appreciating His Love for them that does these things for them knowing that whatever happens is God’s Will for them (Duet 29:29).  To be ungrateful for whatever happens to them is to say God does not love them, is not working for their best in the situation and is not in control of it or it would not have happened to them

So they are always content, being satisfied with what God allows to happen to them, being content in His provision for them.  They have nothing worldly or selfish to distract them from the work of Jesus so that He can prosper them as they seek to serve Him and do His Will.

These are His family and children of His Father in Heaven.

He told me Matt 5:1-12 (The Sermon on The Mount) shows the attitudes of those who will not judge others but seek only their best – the attitudes of a citizen of His Kingdom and member of His Family.  The rest of the Sermon on the Mount shows how they are to live. These type of people are the ‘salt of the earth’ and an example of how a citizen of the Kingdom of God should live!

He said that God is not interested in whether you are a prophet, do miracles, signs or wonders, teach, write or minister etc.  He is only interested in showing His quality of Love, guided by The Holy Spirit so that you will show it where He desires it to be shown.  How we speak is a major way we demonstrate this quality of Love

Then they will say of you what they said of the early Christians: “Oh how they love” and you will be a child of The Father in Heaven, a member of His Family and a true citizen of His Kingdom.

Speech and attitudes

Eph 4:29 Let not any evil word go out from your mouth, but words that are good and useful for edification that it may impart a blessing to those who hear them.

Tit 2:8 Choose sound words that are instructive, so that no man can point the finger of scorn at us, that he of opposition may be ashamed, having nothing bad to say about you.

Mat 12:35-37  The good man out of the good treasure of the heart puts forth good things. And the evil man out of the evil treasure puts forth evil things.  But I say to you, that every vain word, whatever men may speak, they shall give an account of it in Judgement Day.  For by your words you will be justified, and by your words you will be condemned.

Vain = negative, useless

God is positive and speaks only life and encouragement to all.

Satan is negative, speaking only death and discouragement to all.

God never puts negative thoughts, emotions or attitudes in you.  These can only come from Satan.  There is nothing wrong with the initial occurring of these in you.  The problem is when you accept these (what Satan has suggested to you) and so speak incorrectly to or of another, speaking the things Satan desires said about them.

So whenever you have a negative thought, emotion or attitude, remember these are Satan’s attempts to have you accept them, gain a foothold in you, and sin.

When these occur, in Jesus’ Name immediately send them( and the demons behind them) to The Throne of Judgement to be dealt with by Jesus and ask The Holy Spirit to replace them.

These attacks are usually Satan trying to get a foothold in your mind, bur if they are coming from within you then you really need to do The Five Steps to get rid of them and any damage they have done to you.

A Christian should never speak anything negative about anyone.  If they cannot stop doing this, then they need deliverance in an area of their life.

Remember, it is not the thought that initially occurs in you which is the sin, but the acceptance of them which results in their eventual expression by you,.  The acceptance of these is the sin.  Their expression just shows you have sinned already and are putting into action the expression of the sin in you.

The Five Steps in summary

Give the: area, weakness, event, problem, situation, temptation to Jesus to be Lord of

Repent of any sin forgive others including yourself

In Jesus’ Name command Satan to leave what you have given to Jesus as he no longer has a right to be there

Command healing and restoration in Jesus’ Name

Ask The Holy Spirit to fill you completely so the demons cannot come back in.

Talking about others

The Lord spoke to me about the attitude we have when talking about the wrong things others do either against us or against others.

Wrong reasons we talk about others:

To justify our position towards them.  We show they have behave badly or wrongly towards us or others and are right in criticising then (self-justification and self-righteousness))

Gossipping to show how much better we are than they are

To tell others how bad these people are so they will have a wrong attitude towards then (incorrectly warning them about these people).

Correct reasons for talking about people:

To discuss how to help them

To warn others of their problems so that they can correctly relate to them and make any allowances for them that are necessary.

It can be seen that if we do not talk about another out of love for them then it is sin.

Negative attitudes

These kill love and prevent God using you to show His type of Love to others which also means it also hinders any proper ministry to another.  Any negative emotion kills love and causes the other person to also raise defence mechanisms against you so that they will find it harder to receive and expression of God’s quality of love that they show to you.

A negative emotion or attitude shows a need for healing or deliverance or a Biblical truth that will set you free from it and prevents God moulding you to His Character, maturing you and using you to do work for The Kingdom in the way He desires you to work.

Love and Sin

Sin is the result of a lack of love to another expressed as selfish desires desiring to use another in some way for self-gratification.  It also shows a lack of love toward God.

The Bible says that whatever is not of love is sin and that sin is transgression of The Law of Love, because that is the only real Law that is broken (all other laws being an example of how not to break this law or the consequence of breaking this law).

Expressing God’s quality of Love fulfils His requirements so that you do not fall short of His moral requirements.

So when you deliberately do something for your own selfish benefit  the Bible says you sin (fall short of God’s requirements).

Repentance is required or may end up losing your salvation if you do not want to repent of the sin

Offence

I was challenged to not cause offence to anyone and to show only God’s Love in all I do.

I was puzzled as you can cause offence to those you correct or guide in accordance with The Bible.

Then I got the necessary insight.

We represent Jesus so when we do His will if anyone is offended then they are offended by Him as we are only the messenger.  It is when we do not do things in humility and meekness and  promote ourselves as having some part in the decision to correct instead of just being bearers of the Will of Jesus that we offend, even if only God.

So how do we offend?

Correcting others or disciplining others from our own reasonings and not what Jesus says should be done.

 Not correcting in meekness and humility

 Not showing God’s Love in all we do and thus causing a person to be hurt in some way.

Lust

Lust occurs when selfish desire is promoted over selfless desire.

Lust is any love expressed by you that does not fulfil the desire (Love) of God for a person  It is a desire for something God does not want you to have or do.  It is directed towards things Satan wants you to have or do so it is directed away from God’s Will for that event or activity.

Lust promotes and provide for you selfish desires and negates God’s protection, promotion and provision of your needs and work against His Plan for your life.

Lust promotes itself in three ways:

An incorrect desire for fleshly/spiritual pleasures that are not Godly

An incorrect desire for what you see

An incorrect desire for promotion and self-importance.

1 Jn 2:15-16  Do not love the world, neither the things that are in it, for whoever loves the world does not have the love of The Father in him.  For everything that is in the world: the desire of the body and the lust of the eyes and the pride of temporal life, these are not from  The Father but these are from the world. 

Lust is designed to overwhelm the voice of The Holy Spirit in you and capture you in that area for Satan and his  kingdom of hell!

To avoid lust you need to discipline your flesh so you can focus on God and his things.

1 Cor 9:27  But I subdue my body and I enslave it, lest I who have preached to others would be disqualified myself.

Unless you can discipline yourself in an area God will not usually use you to teach others in that area but Satan will as he tries to use you for the purposes of is kingdom..

Lust is abuse of what God has asked you to do and of the person you show the lust too!  Whatever is not of love is abuse!

In its truest sense, abuse is using someone incorrectly for your own selfish purposes.  It has to be intentional to be abuse otherwise it is not wilfully done.  Selfishness is a wilful act and not an accidental one.

So whenever you have used someone for  your own selfish purposes, even if only to have them bring you a cup of tea, because you were too lazy to get it,  you have abused them with lust.

Unforgiveness and unreconciled offences

Unforgiveness and unreconciled offences show a lack of love toward a person.  Unreconciled offences are a sign of unforgiveness.  Both will lose you your salvation if not repented of.  Unforgiveness is a major cause of Christians going to hell.

If you do not forgive others, The Father in heaven will not forgive you (Matt 6:14-15).

If you are not forgiven by The Father you do not go to heaven.

God would be a hypocrite if He let you into heaven if you refused to love others as He requires you too. He would be ignoring His own requirements. Until you forgive the person who offended you, God will not hear your prayer (except the one of repenting of the wrong attitude) or will not accept any ministry, gift or other thing you do. (Matt 5:43-48).

You are to love people and not  the wrong they may do then you will have the character of Love your Father in heaven has (Matt 543-48).

The Father’s desire is for all too come to a knowledge of Jesus. If you love others as He Loves them this will also be your desire for others.

Bitterness, anger,

These are all selfish emotions and negate love. If not repented of they will lose  you your salvation as they are a result of unforgiveness which will also need o be repented of.

They are all a result of an attitude of lovelessness and selfishness where you refuse to do God’s Will and forgive people as you have been offended and do not want to give up the offence until you have had your revenge.

You forget what The Bible says:

Rom 12:19 (ERV)  My friends, don't try to punish anyone who does wrong to you. Wait for God to punish them with his anger. It is written: "I am the one who punishes; I will pay people back," says the Lord.

God alone is judge and not you and to seek revenge is to say you have a right to punish them.  God alone is judge and alone can determine their punishment and does so in accordance with Gal 6:7-8.

Remember!  the danger of negative emotions are that they are in disobedience to God!  They block His Love being shown and if not repented of they will result in loss of your salvation.

Tolerance

Where an act being done does not contravene the laws of God (in other words a choice we can make under free will) then from Romans 14 I have deduced the following principles:

We are answerable to Jesus for what we do and not anyone else as Jesus is our judge.  All another person can do is show from the Bible that a person has broken God’s Law and take any action to stop them harming others by their actions (which is why we have jails).

If what we are doing is God’s Will then we keep doing it and trust God for the consequences until he tells us to do otherwise then we rust in this change He is making to what we do.

If it is a matter of personal choice and it causes another to sin then out of love for that person we no longer do it.

So in evaluating something we do we ask first:

Is it sin (contravene a law of God in The Bible)

Does it cause another to sin and thus break The Law of Love?

If the answer is ‘yes’ to either we are to stop doing the action as it is sin.

Usually these matters are not of eternal consequence and may even be a custom of the people you are with and it is a matter of love and self discipline to stop the activity offending others.  This is especially so in marriage or Satan can use these unimportant activities to eventually break up a marriage.

Trials and God’s Love

People complain about their life and/or circumstances.  God, out of His Love for you, saw this was the best time for you to be born and live.  He made you so you could cope with all that is happening around you as long as you do it with His strength in you, His provision for you as well as under the guidance of The Holy Spirit.

What does it mean if you were born in the best time for you to be born in?

What you face you are able to deal with or you would have been born at another time

Whatever happens to you, you will be able to deal with through the guidance of The Holy Spirit

People do not realise this and complain about their circumstances.  This calls God’s Love into question.  God does all He can for them but often their circumstances are a result of their own choices and not things God has imposed on them (Gal 6:7-8 applies and God does not go against our free will).

They forget the purposes of trials:

They mature you

They prepare you for service to God

They show you are worthy of what He is going to do through you

They are used to remove from you attitudes, relationships and possessions that would hinder your Christian life and growth

They bring you back to the path God has for you that you have wandered away from.

No matter how dark it may seem, remember God’s Love is in there somewhere.  It is just that we cannot see it working.

So look forward to what God will do for you in the exciting times ahead and trust His Love, Control and Purposes in all that He asks you to do for Him

Remember, to complain says that God does not Love you.

Jesus once said to me:

When you have created a universe and given it all up to go to planet you have created to teach them what you require knowing they will put you to a cruel death and most will still ignore you,  then come and complain about your circumstances.

The ministry of Love (Is 61:1-2 Mat 25:40)

Love must minister in some positive way to the recipient or it is not God’s type of Love and will have a selfish component in it.

Love is shown and tested by the way we relate to others.

The attitudes we have in the way we relate to others is an expression of the character of God in us and as a result of this also the degree to which His quality of Love is in us.

The more of God's quality of Love we express to others.  The more of God's character is in us.

The more closer our character is to God's character the closer we will live to the lifestyle we will have in heaven.

Love and service

According to your love of God will be the sacrifices you will make for Him.

If you love Him sufficiently you will even die for Him.

You can only learn of God’s Love as you trust Him through the trials you face.  As you trust Him in the trials you will see more of His love for you and will appreciate it more and  be willing to sacrifice yourself more for Him.

Love for Others

Unless you see people as God sees them you will not be able to love them as He loves them. You will also not relate to them as He desires you too.

While you react to people, defend your self-esteem or wear a mask as you relate to them you will never see them as they really are - as Jesus sees them.

Deliverance removes all that stops you seeing people as Jesus sees them as it removes from us everything Satan can use that would prevent you seeing people as they really are and relating to them as Jesus desires us to relate to them.

The work of Jesus given to those who Love as He does.

The Lord has given us The Holy Spirit to guide us in declaring His Good News to those who are spiritually humble. It requires humility to admit you need Jesus and that you also need Him on a daily basis. He has sent us on a mission:

To heal and make whole those who have been crushed or have a broken heart.

To proclaim the truth of divine forgiveness and freedom for those who have been made spiritual ‘prisoners of war

To destroy the work and plans of His enemy Satan

To help the spiritually blind recover their sight

To publish God’s acceptance of all who seek Him.

To proclaim and demonstrate the Kingdom of The Father and

To further it through people joining it by becoming followers of Jesus and The Father and through the One The Holy Spirit indwelling all believers, uniting them as one.

The citizens of The Kingdom are called to be guided by The Holy Spirit, working in and through them, to be used to help make people whole through showing how to have a vital, living relationship with Jesus and The Father with all that follows this: deliverance, anointing for service, healing etc., (Jn.17:3) and through this extending the Kingdom of The Father.

If you do not have love as the basis of any ministry or relationship you do then the Holy Spirit is not in it guiding you and what you do brings no Glory to Jesus and does not serve Him in any way or expand His Kingdom.

Love is the basis of all ministry and only as God’s Love is there is the Holy Spirit also working there and will Jesus be brought Glory by what happens.

The Prayer of Love (Intercession)

It is the Compassion of God’s Love expressed to others.

It is empathy for the pain and circumstances of another. It is loving the individual, because He is a creation of someone you love (God), and asking God to help this person because He is the person’s creator and loves that person.

It is drawing close to God when reasons says that no more can be done and saying to Jesus, “You are greater than the circumstances.  I trust You.“

It is also saying “The Holy Spirit show me what to pray so I will pray what is best for this person and in accordance with God’s Will” or, “Holy Spirit please intercede for them as I don’t know what to pray“ (Rom 8:26-27).

Intercession is asking God to do something for another out of His Love and Compassion for them and out of His Love for you and the and relationship You have with Him.

Examples of Intercession

Jesus standing in the gap between God and us through His death.

Jesus asking The Father to send us The Holy Spirit (Jn. 14:16)

Jesus asking The Father to keep us from the evil one (Jn. 17:15)

Jesus asking The Father that we may be one with Him and Jesus and through this, with other believers (Jn. 17:20-22)

Jesus asking The Father for us to be with Him in heaven (Jn. 17:24)

On the Cross saying, “Father forgive them, for they know not what they do!”

Jesus interceding with The Father in heaven for our present needs

The Apostle Paul never prayed for physical prosperity or the physical needs of himself or others. He assumed God would provide them out of His Love for them (Matt 6:33 principle). He thanked God for the spiritual progress, spiritual understanding, gifts and thankfulness to God, of other Christians, and prayed they would increase even more in these spiritual things.

The Proclamation of Love (2 Cor. 5:18-20)

The message of God’s Loving reconciliation with mankind through Jesus.

The person of Love knows God’s love through their being reconciled to God as a result of what Jesus has done as well as seeing God’s love in action in their life. As John said “We love Him because He first Loved us”. They rejoice in these things of God and His expression of His Love and desire to zealously communicate these things with those who do not know God’s Love and reconciliation (Salvation) and freedom from Satan and his kingdom so these people can be in the same relationship with God that they are!

This is why we tell others of Jesus and what He has done for therm.  All Christians have been given this task and should be able to tell others these things when The Holy Spirit asks them too.  If you cannot do this then you had better find out why as you are not doing something Jesus desires you to do and may not even be saved as you do not seem  to know what is required to be saved or you would be able to tell others of these things.

The Obedience of Love (Jn. 14 14-15)

The joyful obedience to God because of His Love for you as well as joyful thankfulness for what God has done for you

They appreciate all God has done for them and love Him because of these things and willingly obey Him out of Love for and gratitude to Him.  In everything that happens they give thanks to God as they, in some way, know it shows His Love toward them.

The man of Love is not concerned with doing great things for God. He is concerned with developing an intimate, love relationship with God and with bringing Glory and Honour to Him through obedience and being content with the lot that God has given him to do each day.   His life is a continual obedience to God and by this is also a life of continual worship to God.  He understands Mat 6:31-34

Matthew 6:31-34 31.Therefore do not be concerned or say, “What will we eat?” , or :What will we drink?” , or, ”What will we wear”?  For the Gentiles are seeking all these things, but your Father who is in Heaven knows that all these things are necessary for you.  But seek first the Kingdom of God and his righteousness, and all these things will be added to you.  Therefore you shall not be concerned about tomorrow, for tomorrow will be concerned for itself. A day’s own trouble is sufficient for it.

Competition

Love does not compete. It encourages and rejoices when the other succeeds even if they do so in a far superior way that they can do.

Love does all it can to further another’s success knowing that by doing so they please God and show His character as well as help fulfil God’s purpose for that person. One of the main pleasures they derive is from helping others apart from the rejoicing in the other’s success.

The Joy of love is the pleasure that you have that results from the success of the other person as well as sharing in the joy they will have as a consequence of this.. Every teacher needs the Love of God in them to teach properly so that the student will reach their full potential as a follower of Jesus and the Father under the guidance by them of The Holy Spirit.

Serving others in love

If you love a person you are willing to suffer for them. If you really love them you will die for them. However, you will not be doing what they should be doing for themselves as this is not showing love to them.  The citizen of The Kingdom knows that it may be necessary for them to suffer and even die so The Kingdom will benefit or people freed from the kingdom of darkness.  By this they show the same attitude to Jesus as He does towards us.

How much you really love Jesus and others will be shown by how much you are willing to suffer for them when asked to by Jesus - but not out of a sense of duty or fear of hell, but out of love for them, His Name and His purposes

Love serves because it can see the benefit for another and is willing to pay the cost for that to occur. By this is the Love of God shown in our lives that we serve others because it benefits them and are not concerned about any selfish interest or benefit to us.

True Love does not do for another what they should be doing for themselves but helps another do for themselves what they cannot do but need to be able to do.

Love does not do anything that is not necessary for the other person.  God is economical in that He does only what is necessary and so should we be in all things and that includes what we do for others.  We should never do for another what they should be doing for them self or do more for them than God desires us to do for them.

If you do less than you should you will not provide all God desires them to have and that may cause them problems they should not have to face. To do more than God desires for them will give them things they may need to care for that they should not have too which may hinder their Christian walk in some way.  It can even be argued that to knowingly do more than God desires you to do is disobedience as is doing less than He desires you to do.  Thus the importance of being led by The Holy Spirit in all you do so that you know exactly what God desires you to do.

Some general comments on love

Love does not do for another what they should be doing for themselves

Love helps another who needs to do something but is unable to do something alone or unable to do something at all.

Love seeks the benefit of another and seeks no benefit (reward) in return.

Love is a natural expression of our relationship with God and all that is done for the purposes of God’s Kingdom should be done in love.

Grace is the natural expression of love - the benefiting of another when there is no compulsion, rationale or reason for showing God’s Love to them.

Remember that love in action fulfils all the requirements of God’s Laws while love inaction does not.

Loving Services

Just a faith without its expression is dead  so Love without its expression is dead also.

We serve God as He is our King (Lord) and He is to be obeyed.  It is His Will we do as a citizen of The Kingdom of God and none other.  We do what He says, When He says to do it, where He says to do it and how He says to do it.  To do anything else or serve another in His place is idolatry and disobedience.  This means when we show His quality of love to others it will be as He desires it to be shown and not as you think it should be shown.  To do otherwise is to love them second best as you are not loving them as God desires you too.

There are too many people to help  and you cannot help them all so you need to know who God wants you to serve so Satan cannot exhaust you trying to serve all around you or serving when you should not be.

Satan will try to get you to help everyone to wear you out. This is why you need to ask Jesus who to serve and not be concerned about those you cannot help as they are His problem and He has someone to help them or he would have asked you to help them.

By trying to help these you are told to ignore you will be getting in the road of the person who God has designated to help them and may even be hindering them learning what God wants them to learn as well as Jesus wants to do for them through another.

Matt 6:33 applies.  You serve whom He tells you to and let Him worry about the rest.

Each person has their role and if you get out of your role and serve where you should not you get in their road and cause waves of disorder in The Body.  Each person has their role in The Body and if you do what you should not you will cause inefficiency and disorder in The Body in some way.

God requires you to do only what He asks and nothing else.  If you do this you are on the path of Mat 6:33 which will accomplish all He desires to do through you and it will allow Him to bless you as He desires to bless you.  The hardest thing is to not do something for a loved one because they need to do it.  Love does not do for another what God wants them to do for themselves.

Service does not finish on earth at It continues in heaven.  Heaven is a place of love and the nature of love is service without the desire for reward, This is the pattern in heaven and is the altitude we should also have on earth as we prepare for eternity.

To serve with expectation of a reward is employment and not the expression of God’s Love.  So prepare now for eternity. Serve with no desire or expectation of reward and you will be like Jesus.

How God’s Love is Expressed (Gal 5 22,23)

If you love a person you are willing to suffer for them. If you really love them you will die for them.  The citizen of The Kingdom knows that it may be necessary for them to suffer and even die so The Kingdom will  benefit or people freed from the kingdom of darkness.  By this they show the same attitude to Jesus as He does towards us.

How much you really love Jesus and others will be shown by how much you are willing to suffer for them when asked to by Jesus - but not out of a sense of duty or fear of hell, but out of love for them, His Name and His purposes

Love serves because it can see the benefit for another and is willing to pay the cost for that to occur. By this is the Love of God shown in our lives that we serve others because it benefits them and are not concerned about any selfish interests being foregone.

Meeting people

You cannot meet person without forming an opinion of them.  This is natural.  However, the person led by The Spirit does not form an opinion but asks The Spirit what to think of the person and if you are to help them.  The Spirit will tell you how God sees that person and what Jesus wants you to do for that person, if anything.

This is why you should not react or assume anything so that you will hear what The King wants you to do in that situation so that you serve Him and not your reactions or fears.

If you listen to The Holy Spirit you will serve the King in all you do.  If you do not then you will serve The King how you think He desires you to serve Him which may not be what He actually desires you to do so that you are actually hindering Him in His work instead of being used by Him to promote it more and may even be serving Satan.

Satan tries to parody God’s Love and to replace it with His version of it. Things like:

Sex is love and acceptance

Love money and not people

Condescend in your love so you will help those inferior to yourself or not at your social level etc.,

And many other things He uses to replace God’s Love with his perverted sense of love.  His love has you as its centre.  God’s Love has your love for Jesus as its centre.  That is how  you know the difference.  His type of love is focused on you and what you can get out of it.  God’s type of Love is focused on what Jesus can do for the other person.

James 2:1My brethren, have not the faith of our Lord Jesus Christ, the Lord of glory, with respect of persons.

James 2:9 But if ye have respect to persons, ye commit sin, and are convinced of the law as transgressors.

Gal 3:28 There is neither Jew nor Greek, there is neither bond nor free, there is neither male nor female: for ye are all one in Christ Jesus.

You must treat all people equally as they are all equal before Jesus.  To discriminate is to sin as it does not show the love to that person that God has for them.

Conclusion

What can one say to the Love of God?  With all its wonder, beauty and Grace?

It strikes a chord deep in those who love Him and drives them to love and serve Him regardless of the cost to them.

They do not look for reward in what they do for God but only to please the one whom they love (God)

If His Love does not motivate your life then you better examine why.  Expressing His type and quality of love to all around you will mature you fully into His Image (Character).  A citizen of The Kingdom of God should show God’s quality of Love in all they do!

God has put everything He has into expressing His Love to you.  What price are you willing to pay to love and serve Him as He loves and serves you!  To love Him above all that the world offers you!

You will never fully understand and appreciate God’s Love to you.  But this should not stop you trying to express it or understand it in your life and the life of others.

The Holy Spirit promises to teach you how to show God’s quality of love to others as well as to strengthen you to be able to do it so that you have no excuse for not trying to express it.  The expression of this type of love shows the presence of The Holy Spirit in you and that you belong to Jesus.

As the expressing of God’s Love is a command (Jn 13:34-35) you have no choice but to wholeheartedly try and do it.  As it is a required act of obedience to deliberately not express God’s quality of Love and knowingly not repent of doing this will lose you your salvation.

You may need deliverance to succeed to do this but that does not stop you from trying to express it.  You will only have yourself to blame if you do not try to do whatever you need too to express the Love of God in all you do.

As always, the choice to express or not express His Love is yours and yours alone and you alone will answer to God as to whether you were a good steward or not of His Love in you!

The Bible states:

Lam 3:22  It is of the LORD’S mercies that we are not consumed, because his compassions fail not.

Lam 3:23  They are new every morning: great is thy faithfulness.

God’s Mercy and compassion never fails.  His Love never ceases.  It is we who cannot see it or appreciate it at times so that we feel God has deserted us.

The core of The Gospel is that God is love and that all He has done for us is out of this Love and it is when you forget this that Satan can play havoc with your mind causing you terrible fear.

May you understand God’s Love in an ever increasing way till it consumes you in all you do!

Neville Salvetti

Epilogue

As you can see we are surrounded by a universe full of God’s love.  All designed for our best

The more we appreciate what God has done for us, The more we will love Him.

Seek the expression of God’s Love toward you in everything that happens to you. There are no accidents with God.  Whatever happens to you has a purpose and will be a manifestation of God’s Love toward you.

Seek to express God’s Love in all you do to you so you will mature and be truly an adopted child of the Father giving Him Joy and pleasure for which He created you for doing that which will also result in the greatest pleasure for you. Now and in eternity to come!

*****
Who am I that:
The Father cares so much for me
The Lord Jesus came to earth and died for
The Holy Spirit desires to live in me
God does all He can for me
Who am I?

 


 

The Fruit of The Spirit

 

Category

 

The Kingdom of God

 

Marriage and family

 

Holy Spirit

 

Other Christians

 

Love

 

Love and gratitude to God is the motivation in all we do for The Father and Jesus

 

Love for our spouse and family is the motivation for all we do for them

 

Love for The Holy Spirit and His love for us (His presence in us to guide and teach us personally) is the motivation for doing what He asks us to do and accepting what He teaches us.

 

Love for God results in Love for our fellow man and is reflected in the way we relate to them.

 

Joy (of the relationship we have with them)

 

 

 

 

We should rejoice we are citizens of The Kingdom with all the rights and benefits that go with that.

 

We should rejoice that God has given us a spouse and family and all that goes with it that are signs of His blessings towards us and be thankful to Him for these.

 

We should rejoice God lives in us and relates to us in a personal way, teaching, guiding and empowering us in all we do.

 

The joy of the relationship we have with God and fellow Christians because of the unity we have with them In the Holy Spirit

 

Peace

 

The peace we have with god (that we are not under His judgment) because of the relationship we have with The Father and Jesus.

 

The peace we have with our spouse and family because of the unity in The Spirit we have with our spouse and all we can do together because of our love for each other.

 

The peace we have as The Spirit guides us to do The Will of God so that Spirit does not have to give unease to bring us back to where God wants us.

 

The peace we have with other Christians because of the unity we have in The Holy Spirit

 

Long suffering

 

The patient waiting for God to work because we trust and love Him

 

The patience we express to our spouse and family as we seek to serve them and train them in the way God wants them trained

 

The patience we show as The Holy Spirit teaches us and guides us to be like Jesus and live as He desires us to because we Love Him.

 

The patience we have with all mankind because we seek to do God’s Will His timing and not our own in our timing.

 

gentleness

 

Tenderness in the way we relate to The Father and Jesus and in the way we serve the people they send us to serve because their love is in us.

 

Tenderness in the way we relate to our spouse and children out of our love for them

 

Tenderness we relate to The Holy Spirit because of our love for Him and His love for us in living in us even though He is God.

 

Tenderness to others as God is gentle with them so we follow His example out of love for He and they.

 

Goodness

 

Seeking best for the King and His things of The Kingdom because of our love for The King and The Father

 

Seeking best for our spouse and family because we love them

 

Seeking what is best as we respond to the leading and guidance of The Holy Spirit which we do out of love for Him.

 

Seeking what is best for our fellowman as we love them as Jesus loves them

 

Faith

 

Trusting the King for all that happens to us as His citizens

 

Trusting God for all that happens to us in the marriage

 

Trusting The Holy Spirit in all that He asks us to do on behalf of Jesus.

 

Trusting others until they show they cannot be trusted

 

Meekness

 

Humility because of what God has done for us and the fact He desires to relate to us.

 

In humility serving our spouse and family as God serves them in all He does for them

 

In humility and awe serving The Holy Spirit in the knowledge He honours us by His presence in us.

 

In humility serving others on behalf of Jesus out of love for Jesus and they.

 

Temperance

 

Moderation in all we do as citizens so we do not abuse what The Father and Jesus have given us.

 

Moderation in all we do so that we can provide for our spouse and family and not corrupt them through immoderation.

 

Moderation in all you do for The Holy Spirit to reflect the character of God in all you do.

 

Moderation in all you do uncluttered by the things of the world so that its excesses do not snare you and you can represent God’s economic ways in the way you live in the world and in all you do to others.

 

Other comments (based on 1 Cor 13:4-7_)

The way of the person who expresses God’s Love

 

The way of the person who expresses God’s Love to God

 

The way of the person who expresses God’s Love to their Spouse

 

The way of the person who expresses God’s Love to The Holy Spirit

 

The way of the person who expresses God’s Love to everyone

 

A person with God’s love is patient with others

 

A person who loves a God will wait for His timing to do things and will trust God with what God is doing even though He can see nothing happening

 

A person who loves their spouse and family will be patient with and tolerant of their problems as they work with God to help their spouse and children overcome their weaknesses.

 

A person with God’s Love trusts God’s timing of events and the Guidance of His Spirit to be able to know what the timing is

 

A person with God’s love is patient with others. They allow them to make mistakes and teach them how to avoid them in future

 

They are kind to others and help them in a useful way

 

They will serve God in any way they can and be gentle with His things

 

They are gentle and compassionate and do only what helps them grow closer to Jesus and The Father as well as mature into what God wants them to mature into

 

They are respectful of The Holy Spirit and will serve Him and will do whatever He asks them to do for Jesus.

 

They are kind to others and help them in a useful way seeking always for what is best for them

 

They are not jealous of others and are willing to help them in any Godly endeavour

 

They serve God and not man’s will and willingly help others do the work of God even if they do not get any recognition from it as their joy is in serving God and not man’s recognition

 

They do not envy what God has allowed others to do and help them in any way they can as they Serve Jesus out of love for Him and not for the purposes of self-esteem. They do not use the successes of their family for purposes of their own self-esteem

 

The do not envy the gifts others have as they believe each is given the necessary gifts they need to serve God and that others with different service to God will naturally have different gifts to them. They appreciate the fact God has given them gifts so they can serve Him.

 

They are not jealous of others and are willing to help them in any Godly endeavour as they seek the betterment of others as others have helped them mature and grow in their faith.

 

They do not promote themselves at the expense of the feelings and emotions of others

 

They are sensitive to the feelings of others and will not hurt people to promote themselves because it reflects adversely on God whom they love

 

They do not promote their own abilities in the family when it will cause others to feel inadequate or worthless

 

They realise in them self they have no power to express the gifts or power of God so do not promote their own abilities but promote what God has done through them.

 

They do not promote themselves at the expense of the feelings and emotions of others as they realise that people can be made to feel inadequate and worthless through this and desire only to show God’s accepting and maturing love to them

 

They do not indulge in inappropriate behaviour

 

They do not do anything that will bring discredit to God and His things

 

The do not embarrass their spouse or children through inappropriate behaviour either to others, their spouse or their children

 

They do not bring The Holy Spirit into disrepute through inappropriate attempts at expression of the gifts or miracles but only express these as The Holy Spirit directs them.

 

They do not indulge in inappropriate behaviour that will mislead others or cause them to stumble or be offended.

 

They do not seek their own advantage at the expense of others

 

They do not promote them self if it will adversely affect God’s Name and Holiness

 

They do not promote them self if it means their spouse or family will be brought into disrepute or emotionally damaged in any way

 

They do not seek their own recognition or promotion at the expense of that of The Lord Jesus knowing full well they only do things because The Holy Spirit empowers and allows them to on behalf of The Lord Jesus.

 

They do not seek their own advantage at the expense of others

 

They are not easily provoked or angered by others

 

They are patient in doing what God gives them to do regardless of what others say or do to or about them

 

They are not upset by things their spouse or children do to them and serve them in spite of what their spouse or children do to them just as God serves us in spite of our rejection of Him at times

 

Because they serve Jesus and are led by The Holy Spirit they realise that when people attack their service they are really attacking God so they give to Jesus their vindication and do not attempt to vindicate them self.

 

They are not easily provoked or angered by others as they do not need to protect them self or the self-esteem so are not threatened by negative comments from others.

 

They do not think evil things of others and accept them as they are

 

They do not get angry with God and always trust Him for what He is doing thinking only good about Him because they realise His love for them and their love for Him responds.

 

They do not look for evil in their spouse or children or denigrate them in any way or think wrong things about them but accept them as they are, build on that and help them be the person God wants their spouse to be

 

Because they see people as God sees them they do not seek evil in people but look for the good in them as shown to them by The Holy Spirit who gives them the ability to discern what is in the spirit of others.

 

They do not think evil things of others and accept them as they are as they realise God is the judge of all and not them and it is His standards and not theirs that needs to be kept.

 

They do not delight in evil but delight in truth and integrity

 

They joy in good as it is an expression of God whom they love

 

They rejoice in the good their spouse and children do and in the character and strength of God in their family

 

The delight when God, His Kingdom and His Principles are promoted and rely on The Holy Spirit to guide them in these and the recognition of these.

 

They do not delight in evil but delight in truth and integrity as the desire to see God’s goodness and holiness in all things and not the inadequacies of others and their weaknesses

 

They endure silently the wrongs done to them and do not tell others about these

 

They endure silently what man does to them as they serve God because their love for Him drives them to this attitude

 

They do not complain when their spouse or family wrongs them but seek God on how to help their spouse or children overcome their weaknesses

 

The do not complain when others ridicule or criticise them for expressing their faith as it is guided by The Holy Spirit and God is the only judge they are concerned in pleasing and not man and his reasoned evaluation of what they have done for Jesus

 

They endure silently the wrongs done to them and do not tell others about these as they know it is really Jesus who is rejected and criticised and not them and leave Him to deal with them

 

They have a positive attitude to the spiritual state of others

 

They look for the expression of God in others and not negative things and help people draw closer to God

 

They look always positive at their spouse family and their relationship with God, helping them to overcome any weaknesses they have.

 

They have a positive attitude to what The Holy Spirit is doing in their life and the life of others and assist others in their spiritual walk as asked to by The Holy Spirit

 

They have a positive attitude to the spiritual state of others as they know Jesus has made them and others what they are so that they really have no basis for criticising what God has done with others as God can only do with them what they have allowed Him to do

 

They always look for what is best for others and help them achieve this

 

They seek the good of people as it draws people closer to God whom they love and will do what is necessary for people to become more intimate with God

 

They seek what benefits (is good for) their spouse and family as good stewards of them and help them become more intimate (closer to God)

 

The seek to serve others in their spiritual growth as God desires them to and are servants to others as God is to them

 

They always look for what is best for others and help them achieve this

 

They have the inner strength and spiritual maturity to sustain this attitude of Love!

 

Their love for and appreciation of God and what He has done for them sustains their desire to serve and represent Him in a correct way

 

Their relationship with God enables them to relate to their spouse and family in a correct manner.

 

They have a correct relationship with The Holy Spirit which allows The Holy Spirit to empower them, guide them and express God’s requirements of their service to others

 

They have the inner strength and spiritual maturity to sustain these attitudes of Love! because Jesus is their Lord and their relationship with Him is the basis for all they do

 

 

This book is about the Love of God and how we should respond to it.

The Love of God pervades every area of our life and should be shown in everything we do.  Only as we understand and appreciate God’s Love will we respond to it as we should and live as God desires us to live.

This book aims to help you appreciate God’s Love so that you can respond to it as you should.