The cross’s magnetism

I think the conclusion to today’s study is worth a great deal of meditation: “God’s love will flow into us only if we let it and if we really want it.To desire it is like the touch of the hand on a roller blind; instantly the spring rolls up the blind and the sunlight flows in. Just to want His love is enough; He will do the rest.”

We MUST want God’s love to flow through us and control our lives and we must let His love take us in directions we might not wish to go! What do you think about today’s study?

Love creating love

This statement by Selwyn is really good: “If we fail to comprehend how much we are loved by God then we will have no energy to live our lives in the way they are meant to be lived.”

It is the major reason, why so many live half-lives. Do you agree?

The following is also good: “Whenever, as a young Christian, I doubted the love of God, I was told I should go to Canvary. I never quite understood what that meant. Then one day I complained to God that He couldn’t really love me; if He did, I argued, He wouldn’t allow the things that were happening to me. He gave me no answer, but instead He showed me the cross. And  I saw His Son dying there for me, the scales fell from my eyes, and I found love for Him flowing out of His love for me.”

If you ever feel that God does not love you then just stop and look at the cross. First, see yourself there dying for your sins; then see Jesus taking your place – a wonderful God, who created everything good – who did nothing wrong – but freely took upon Himself, your sins – and died for you. So that you could have eternal live – how will you respond to what He has done for you?

What a tranquilliser!

Selwyn draws our attention to the issue that when we neglect God’s love we can slide to low levels of worship. His says that the current “low level of spoirituality in today’s Church, is that our hearts are so little occupied with thoughts of God’s divine love.” We don’t appreciate or recognise the love that God has for us and therefore we don’t live our lives in an appropriate response to His amazing love.

In Ephesians 1:4- ; we read, “For he chose us in him before the creation of the world to be holy and blameless in his sight. In love he predestined us to be adopted as his sons and daughters through Jesus Christ, in accordance with his pleasure and will – to the praise of his glorious grace which he has freely given us in the One he loves. In him we have redemption through his blood, the forgiveness of sins, in accordance with the riches of God’s grace that he has lavished on us with all wisdom and understanding. … ”

As Selwyn says in his conclusion; God never lets us travel a path which will lead to suffering in hell – He loves us to much to let that happen without intervening and directing us to safer ground – because his love is pure and holy – he will highlight our sins so that we can deal with them and change our ways. He will work with us and use His power in us to overcome our evil ways. Do you agree?

Amazing love

I like two statements found in today’s study. The first is found in the introduction: “When the Bible says God is love, it is saying more than that God loves, or that God is loving, or even that God is lovely; it is saying that love is the energy behind everything He does – love is not merely one of His attributes but is His whole nature. God is not only the Author of loving acts; He is love in the very core of His being. … And that love has its beginning, not in us, but in Himself. He is love’s source as well as its river.”

Many times in the New Testament we are reminded of the love of God – which is personal – His love is directed to each one of us – as an unique person. In Paul’s letter to the Galatians, we read in Chapter 2, verse 20; “I have been crucified with Christ and I no longer live, but Christ lives in me. The life I live in the body, I live by faith in the Son of God, who loved me and gave himself for me.”

The love of God for you is eternal – it will never be taken away by Him – only you can reject His love!

The prayer is rather special: “O God, what security it gives me to know that Your love for me will never be diminished and never be taken away. Help me reflect on this and draw from it the inspiration I need to walk tall and strong through every day. In Jesus’ name. Amen.”

The high-water mark

Selwyn now  moves on in order ‘to consider another aspect of God’s character – His love’. When John writes in 1 John 4:8, ‘God is Love.’; he captures the most important characteristic of our God.

In John’s Gospel, we read; ‘For God so loved the world (us) that he gave his one and only Son that whoever believes in him (Jesus) shall not perish but have eternal life. For God did not send his Son into the world to condemn the world but to save the world through Him.

If you consider all the other religions of the world which one has a God whose entire relationship with us is based on love. a love that has resulted in our existence and upon who - we can base our future?

If we could not depend on God’s love, we would be the most miserable creatures in the entire universe!

I like the prayer for today: “O Father, I am so thankful that you have demonstrated categorically that the greatest thing about You is love. My heart gladly rests upon that glorious fact. And I look forward to exploring it forever. Amen.”

 

A watershed truth

There are two points with which I agree: one is, when Selwyn says: ‘The story of Israel is really the battle of the gods – which god is the real God. Not until belief in one God was laid deep in the consciousness of the Jewish nation was God ready to reveal more clearly to humankind the sublime truth of the Trinity.’

The second point is this: ‘It is a strange thing, but I have observed it as a fact of the Christian life that when this truth is modified or pushed aside, it is as if the door is opened to the inrush of all kinds of absurd ideas, bizarre theories, and half-truths.’

In addition, I’ve noticed that when people talk as if they fully understand the doctrine of the Trinity they also appear to branch out into the realm of the bizarre. Have you experienced the same thing?

The great triune God

We spend another day looking at the Trinity. Overall, I’m not that keen on Selwyn’s discussion of this doctrine – and, perhaps you can detect that from what I’ve been posting.

The only bit I like today, is his last sentence of the conclusion: “Thus we see that God is one, but also three in one: God above us, God among us, God within us. The Father in majesty, the Son in suffering (and saving), and the Spirit in striving. This is the central mystery of our most holy faith. Together, and with all our hearts, let us adore the great triune God.”

What are your views on this topic?