As you probably are aware, we've been discussing a number of issues that relate to a circumstance that came to light, when a friend who claims to be Christian let me know that he is hoping to find a Christian woman, because he believes he will be able to trust a Christian woman to be faithful to him. However, without marriage, he wants his relationship to be sexual, in nature.
If you wish to read about the various issues that come to mind, that relate to this, feel free to do so. We've discussed sin and how God cannot look upon sin, ever. We've discussed the blood of Jesus, that covers our sin when we trust in Him, so that God can look upon us, because cannot see our sin. We've discussed how even God's children stumble from time to time. Of course, this lead us to the issue of obedience, to Him. As lost sheep, God draws us back to Him, when we are part of the fold. Repentance is of utmost importance. Yesterday, we discussed forgiveness and how even though we are permanently saved once we come to Christ and are forgiven for past, present and even future sin, we can still lose our rewards in heaven.
Today, love is the issue.
Everyone needs love. There is none that I have ever met, nor probably will ever meet, who does not need love. Even so, some people think it is a crime to want to be loved, as if it is a negative.
When it comes to God, love is definitely a positive.
God loved us so very much that He sent His only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth on Him should not perish, but have everlasting life (John 3:16). Wow! Is that love or what?! To think that even before we were born, God made a plan for us to have salvation, because He loved us, is absolutely amazing, to me!
However, when it comes to us loving God, some people don't believe that God expects obedience, as part of the way we show Him we love him.
Here are a few Bible verses that show us that our obedience to God is truly part of love, and expected by Him:
* John 14:15, "If you love me, keep my commandments."
* John 14:21, "Whoever has my commands and obeys them, he is the one who loves me. He who loves me will be loved by my Father, and I too will love him and show myself to him."
* John 14:23, "Jesus replied, "If anyone loves me, he will obey my teaching. My Father will love him, and we will come to him and make our home with him."
* 1 John 2:3, "We know that we have come to know him if we obey his commands."
* 2 John 1:6, "And this is love: that we walk in obedience to his commands. As you have heard from the beginning, his command is that you walk in love."
Of course, we covered some of this when we discussed obedience, but today, we are thinking in a different context, the context of love.
While God expects us to be obedient, he doesn't want us to be obedient solely because he commands it. He wants us to do it because we love Him.
Even though we sometimes fall into sin, as discussed in another entry, God recognizes that we are not perfect and cannot be until we are in heaven. The Apostle Paul said it in a good and easy way to understand, when he said in Romans 7:19, "For the good that I would I do not: but the evil which I would not, that I do."
But, when we repent and confess to Him, He is faithful and just to forgive us our sin and cleanse us from all unrighteousness (1 John 1:9).
This leads us to almost the end of subject of whether or not my friend should be asking a Christian to sin. We've already seen that he should not.
But, is my friend saved? He thinks he is. The answer will be forthcoming, tomorrow.
Until next time...
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