Tuesday, August 4, 2020

Love

1 John 4:16
God is love. (NIV)

When the Bible says that God is Love it doesn’t mean romantic or emotional love. It is a love that is much deeper than that. It is a love that defines his person. Imagine if you will, that the people that knew you best said that you were the embodiment of love. What a wonderful thing to have said about you. What a wonderful thing if it were true. It is completely obvious that God is powerful, and he is, without possibility of doubt, super-duper smart. But to say that he is Love; I don’t know many people that would have said that about him.

Let us look at what the Bible says this divine love is.

1 Corinthians 13:1–3
If I speak in the tongues of men and of angels, but have not love, I am only a resounding gong or a clanging cymbal. 2 If I have the gift of prophecy and can fathom all mysteries and all knowledge, and if I have a faith that can move mountains, but have not love, I am nothing. 3 If I give all I possess to the poor and surrender my body to the flames, but have not love, I gain nothing. (NIV)

Paul is talking about spiritual prosperity here and not worldly prosperity. In worldly terms if you could fathom all mysteries and had all knowledge you would have very much indeed, but Paul here says that without love he would have nothing at all.

Without the love of God abiding in you, a person can have nothing to say, nothing to do, and can be nothing. I am speaking of spiritual things here. Also Paul says that you can be the most zealous religious person in the world, but unless you have the God kind of love abiding within you, you have nothing of God in you, and your place will be outside of the kingdom of heaven.

1 Corinthians 13:4–8
… Love is patient, love is kind. It does not envy, it does not boast, it is not proud. 5 It is not rude, it is not self-seeking, it is not easily angered, it keeps no record of wrongs. 6 Love does not delight in evil but rejoices with the truth. 7 It always protects, always trusts, always hopes, always perseveres.
8 Love never fails. … (NIV)

If you want to know what God is really and truly like then look at the above paragraph. We have already seen that God is love, so all we need do is look at the above paragraph and swap the word God for the word love. Let’s do just that.

Qualities of God’s Person

  • God is patient
  • God is kind
  • God does not envy
  • God does not boast
  • God is not proud
  • God is not rude
  • God is not self-seeking
  • God is not easily angered
  • God keeps no record of wrongs
  • God does not delight in evil but rejoices with the truth
  • God always protects
  • God always trusts
  • God always hopes
  • God always perseveres.
  • God never fails

Well, my friend, I bet you haven’t in the past thought of God as having these qualities or being defined by these qualities. I imagine that in the past you have defined God in more scary and judgmental terms.

Matthew 7:15–20
“Watch out for false prophets. They come to you in sheep’s clothing, but inwardly they are ferocious wolves. 16 By their fruit you will recognize them. Do people pick grapes from thornbushes, or figs from thistles? 17 Likewise every good tree bears good fruit, but a bad tree bears bad fruit. 18 A good tree cannot bear bad fruit, and a bad tree cannot bear good fruit. 19 Every tree that does not bear good fruit is cut down and thrown into the fire. 20 Thus, by their fruit you will recognize them. (NIV)

Jesus told us that a person is known by what he or she does and not by what they say about themselves. We see God smiting people left and right. We see him washing away a whole world of people and yet the Bible says that God is love; what is up with that? The Bible says that God keeps no record of wrongs and yet people are judged and thrown into Hell. I can’t tell you how many times people have voiced such attacks against God to me. Are these criticisms right? No, they are not right. The Bible is never ever wrong about anything. The answers are there, but you must open your heart and ask God to explain rather than shake your fist at him.

Have you ever tried to talk to someone that will not listen? It is a complete waste of time. If someone doesn’t want to hear something then they won’t. They are full of themselves and such people cannot hear or see anything spiritual. A person must open their heart to God. They must really and truly want to know the truth.

The answers to non-obvious questions are usually pretty subtle. They require that you stop talking and start listening. They require that you ponder and think and allow the Bible thoughts and views to coagulate; one little piece at a time, until they all fit together.

I have looked out into the world that God has created for examples of God’s love and the best example that I can find is that of a mother’s love for her small children. A mother’s love for her children encompasses almost every attribute of divine love. She loves her child when her child is well, when her child keeps her up at night and when he or she is ill or cranky. She is delighted with every accomplishment and perseveres with developmental setbacks. She does not envy her child’s beauty and infant care is not beneath her. Anyway, I am sure that you get the picture here, but consider what she does if a venomous serpent were to slither up toward her child; would she not snatch her child away, or perhaps smash the serpent’s head with a convenient chair or pan. If she must choose between the life of her child and the life of the serpent, I don’t think that there is any question as to which she will choose.

So, on the one hand she is a loving and tender mother, and on the other she is a formidable warrior. Which defines her character? Love defines her character. Because of love she watches over her child, and because of love she defends her child.

So it is with God. God watches over and loves his children, but the serpents will be squashed like a bug if they threaten the safety of his children. Heaven is God’s home and he will not let any serpents live there, any more than any reasonable mother will allow a cobra to live loose in the nursery. I am not saying here that God’s children are not exposed to danger and even death. Things are more complicated and subtle than I have let on, but God will not allow Satan to move against his children beyond certain points. God allows what he allows for the ultimate good that will result, but that is a whole different topic. Every child needs to be disciplined so that he or she will know what is right.

To understand the qualities that the Bible attributes to God you must examine them from the right side of the family fence, so to say. You must always look at everything from the perspective of what is the intended purpose. And, you must understand that it is God’s intended purpose that the Bible is talking about and not man’s. So, with this in mind consider why God destroyed the world by water, but saved Noah and his wife and their three sons along with their wives. Why did he do that? Did not the whole world abandon God and chase after self-serving goals? Did not the whole world become a nest of vipers in which Noah and his family lived? Did not God have to save his children at the expense of all those that were spiritually dead anyway? My friend, you have probably seen at least one of those ridiculous zombie movies where the people must kill a hundred zombies to save themselves and who sympathizes with the zombies? Zombies are dead anyway, and they must go or they will destroy the world. A zombie is a pretty good analogy for a spiritually dead person. God is able and willing to raise a spiritual zombie to life, but before that happens let not the zombie threaten one of the living. Not one single zombie will make it to heaven, but the place will be filled with former zombies. I am not going to explain this now, but that is what the whole thing concerning Jesus Christ dead and buried, and then resurrected to life again, is all about. The whole Bible is about raising zombies to life, (please understand that my tongue is in my cheek here. There is truth in what I am saying, but I am putting it in a humorous light. In this context zombies are pretty funny.)

As I close this paper I want to describe what Love is and what its opposite is. I love opposites because they usually make both side easier to understand. To summarize love we can say that its motivation is outward. A mother’s love is directed toward her child, that is, out from herself. Love’s opposite is self, that is, inward directed motivation. What I am telling you here is big. This is a big revelation. Sin is sin because it is not love. Sin is sin because it is a motivation that is directed in toward yourself. Satan fell from heaven because he valued himself more than he valued God. God values you more than himself! Does this surprise you?

1 John 3:16
This is how we know what love is: Jesus Christ laid down his life for us. And we ought to lay down our lives for our brothers. (NIV)

If you can understand this, then you can understand everything.

Love by its definition can exist forever because it sustains and has no limit, but self-centeredness destroys because it drains others and also has no reasonable limit.

God Bless,

Mark Heaney

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This is my greatest desire: That the eyes of my heart may be enlightened in order that I may know the hope to which he has called me, the riches of his glorious inheritance in the saints, and his incomparably great power for us who believe. Ephesians 1:18–19

3 COMMENTS

  1. Until we admit to God we are plagued with the sinful nature, that we are empty, evil, and seek only pleasure and go into our search for the Holy Spirit with mourning, nothing will change. And going to church singing songs thinking that that’s God’s will we are denying God and ourselves the communal experience of being reborn into the Holy Spirit, being grafted into heaven itself in your Spirit. Even being righteous is not enough because we MUST believe what Jesus said, we MUST do it, personally seeking HIS righteousness and Heaven itself to come upon us and NOT move until power comes.
    Who seeks heaven now and hates their own life stopping all to find the hidden treasure? “For nothing is impossible with God.” Luke 1:37

    We are natural pleasure seekers equating pleasure with all things good; hence equating God to pleasure which is a huge mistake. Most can’t perceive God when they suffer, but think of God only when they are having fun. This is our fallen nature, twisted, not knowing God’s ways and squeezing His eternal truths into our mundane way of thinking causing us to suffer more.
    Make suffering a friend for a while and deny yourself with reading only the Gospel, fasting and waiting for power, telling God to send you power from on high as to destroy your sinful nature. It will break you and unless you break, HE cannot build you up. We cannot ask for heaven now His Spirit and go on living our life; we must stop all and wait. That waiting is suffering, boredom is the worst and for human beings, doing nothing drives us crazy and there is nothing harder for us then to do nothing. Let nothing give you comfort, wait for God and He will come, seek comfort and pleasure and He will not.
    Without pleasure in music, TV, each other, drinking, smoking, drugs, shopping, comedy, movies and more; people would suffer hard if they stopped all things pleasurable. HE knows that. That’s the plan, Christ Himself went to the desert for 40 days removing all pleasure, clothing Himself with suffering to gain the fullness of God’s power and that power is to be sought and received calling us not to be servants but friends and brother and also said if you share in my suffering while waiting for power and not moving until you receive it, you will rule with me and sit on my throne as I overcame and say with My Father on His throne He said in Revelation 3:21.
    That’s why He said to leave all things and hate the world and everything in it. We do not have to get up and go anywhere like a desert, etc. Christ means for us to mentally stop depending on anything, anyone or even what you think you know. Stop playing with Satan in his playground. God did not create anything here except us and dirt, all else is from the Evil one. Heaven is forever and too good for people to just use God and slip on in, so we must suffer here or suffer there, which will it be? We can suffer here and not sin, but if we do not ask God and take seriously the gift, as impossible as it sounds, heaven now within us, then He will let the person suffer now and also might not give heaven later because that person did not believe God but rather in their own understanding. Heaven is real. IT IS GODS. HE takes what it feels like and shares it with you within, but we must reject comfort and read only the Gospel while we suffer unto the flesh, diligently reading, earnestly asking, even with tears for our sinful nature and expulsion from heaven to be removed.
    “Do not love the world or anything in the world. If anyone loves the world, the love of the Father is not in him.” 1 John 2:1
    “In the same way, any of you who does not give up everything he has cannot be my disciple.” Luke 14:33. Again Christ telling the rich man to sell all he owns and give to the poor is another metaphor for us to sell (give up) all that we think, our wants, needs and ambitions and seek Christ, so we can become rich, so that we can share the Spirit with the poor who do not have the Spirit.
    “Anyone who comes to me and does not hate his father and mother, his wife and children, his brothers and sisters–yes, even his own life–he cannot be my disciple.” Luke 14:26
    Hate comes from a Greek word that means ‘loving less than’ and not like ‘despising’.
    “Holy Father, protect them by the power of your name–the name you gave me–so that THEY may be ONE as we are ONE.” John 17:11
    “I pray also for those who will believe in me through their message, that all of them may be ONE, Father, just as you are in me and I am in you. May they also be in us.” John 17:20
    So you hear the message of how much POWER one should have being connected literally to God, here and now, while we walk the earth? Listen carefully Beloved of God not one is worthy and we feel that and don’t try because of it, that is pride, why? Because nobody is worthy except Christ and to not seek because one thinks they will not receive due to their unworthiness is denying God because of one’s own pride. We are not called to be worthy, we’re called to be obedient, Christ said stop all and ask for heaven and abide in the word and God will do this, trust me, God is waiting to do this, aching to do this!
    “Or do you suppose it is to no purpose that the Scripture says, ‘He yearns jealously over the Spirit that he has made to dwell in us’”? James 4:5
    There is our human spirit we are born with and the Spirit which God sends to us, the power; actual power. Even Christ who was born from the Holy Spirit needed to go get baptized to receive the Anointing of power from the Holy Spirit and He too, being born from the Holy Spirit since birth needed to be Born Again. So how much more us as sinners that become Christian saying, “I am now born again” because they think they are. These are the virgins that have no oil. Matthew 25:1
    The more wretched a person the more God wants to come in, so who are we to not do God’s will because of what we believe? All He wants is you to read, ask and wait. Not even believe but merely ‘slightly hope’ like a child that heaven is real and God will give it to you, within, to make us whole, finally!
    “Father, I want those you have given me to be WITH ME WHERE I AM and to SEE my glory, the glory you have given me because you loved me before the creation of the world.” John 17:24
    “Surely the Sovereign LORD does nothing without revealing his plan to his servants…” Amos 3:7
    Most get no communication from God because they never admit they are in need of a new nature but seek their own will and do not believe God’s word or plan to reunite their spirits to Him now.
    We must suffer first — Then the prize comes!
    1 Peter 5:10 – “After you have suffered for a little while, the God of all grace, who called you by the Messiah Jesus to his eternal glory, will restore you, establish you.”
    God’s wants all from a person along with suffering and refraining from any and all pleasure (fun) for a short time, suffer hard asking only for heaven itself to come upon you saying: Take me Lord and place in me an entirely new creation, Christ. Not the knowledge and faith in Christ, literally. People seek pleasure and the Spirit will not come until they remain still at His feet reading, suffering and waiting. Personally, it took three weeks for me. I did fast a lot though, as much as I could, to each to do as much as they can. The more one does suffer free willed while waiting and denying all pleasure while they read and wait, the more OIL God will give. This is the same Oil in the parable of in Matthew 25:1. Most people anoint themselves, never wait for power because they do not think they are worthy or that God is able, either way, they have no faith and it’s not possible to pleasure God without faith. Even hoping slightly is faith because hope comes from faith.
    “But if we are to share his glory, we MUST also share his suffering.” Romans 8:17
    “Grieve, mourn and wail. Change your laughter to mourning and your joy to gloom. Humble yourselves before the Lord, and he will lift you up.” – James 4:9
    “Since they did not know the righteousness that comes from God and sought to establish their own, they did not submit to God’s righteousness.” Romans 10:3
    This describes nearly ninety percent of Christians, maybe more, as well as the rest of the world. Until we say to God remove our sinful nature and read for that reason only, nothing will change and God will be silent.
    We must suffer with total abstinence and solitude from the world’s ways (fun) while we read. It feels bad to do this because our flesh is dying, our old self is dying, but if something old doesn’t die, nothing new can be reborn.
    “But rejoice that you participate in the sufferings of Christ, so that you may be overjoyed when his glory is revealed.” 1 Peter 4:13
    “I am going to send you what my Father has promised; but stay in the city until you have been clothed with power from on high.” – Luke 24:49
    MOST are disqualified because they seek men to teach them and not God, they break the rules.
    “Similarly, if anyone competes as an athlete, he does not receive the victor’s crown unless he competes according to the rules.”
    2 Timothy 2:5
    “…and you do not need anyone to teach you. But as his anointing teaches you about all things and as that anointing is real, not counterfeit.”
    “Nor will people say, ‘Here it is,’ or ‘There it is,’ because the kingdom of God is within you.” Luke 17:21
    “Whoever believes in me, as the Scripture has said, streams of living water will flow from within him.” John 7:38
    “… and all that is secret will be made known.” LUKE 12:2
    “IF you ABIDE in my word, you are TRULY my disciples.” John 8:31
    “… How much more will your Father in heaven give the Holy Spirit to those who ask Him!” Luke 11:13
    NOTHING IS AUTOMATIC WITH GOD… WE MUST SRIVE AND ASK AND SEEK AND DENY.
    MOST say they have the HOLY SPIRIT and they do not, they have their sinful nature and self righteousness and they will not receive a single spiritual gift from God.
    People love their lives. Now some might say, what if nothing happens? It WILL happen… you stay persistent and earnest and go all out, watch! God is just waiting to give it, it’s why HE made you!
    “But the Counselor, the Holy Spirit, whom the Father will send in my name, will teach you ALL things and will remind you of everything I have said to you.” John 14:26
    “But when you pray, go into your room, close the door and pray to your Father, who is unseen. Then your Father, who sees what is done in secret, will reward you.” Matthew 6:6
    “Instead, seek his kingdom, and these things will be added to you.” Luke 12:31
    BE THIS GUY BELOW!
    “To him who overcomes, I will give the right to sit with me on my throne, just as I overcame and sat down with my Father on his throne.” Revelation 3:12
    NOT THIS GUY: “…always learning but never able to acknowledge the truth.” 2 Timothy 3:7
    HEAVEN Is not in the sky, it’s now and we must battle Satan (doubt) to receive it here.

    • Hi Alex,

      I started writing for that blog thing about two years ago and yours is the first comment that was real. I am pretty amazed that more people aren’t excited about the Bible and about the Lord Jesus Christ. This is very exciting stuff.

      Mark

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