Love Each Other!…
Love each other with genuine affection, and take delight in honoring each other.
Note from Kip…
Last night, as I always do, I made my way to our local church for Wednesday night Bible Study. This is an evening that I always look forward to for many reasons, not the least which is our shared time in God’s word and seeking to apply it to our lives as a group and individual followers of Jesus Christ.
I didn’t really think about as pastors dear wife put her hand on my shoulder and asked me how I was feeling; you see, I was sick Sunday and couldn’t make it to worship.
This morning when I started my devotions and this passage came up, I reflected on the genuine care expressed by Jenny and reflected back on our study group and how you could simply know that you were loved, just by being there.
I then realized just why Wednesday nights were so very special to me. It was simply a time, that we as part of the body of Christ, could exercise this directive given by Paul to the Romans.
Paul was only echoing that which Jesus had already made abundantly clear; We are to love as Jesus loves us, We are to forgive as Jesus does, and we are to reflect the Grace and mercy He has bestowed on us.
Not only to our fellow believers, but as a beacon of light in a dark world.
He (Jesus) loved us so, that before He spoke the universe into existence, He reflected on all that creating us would cost Him; and yet because of that love, He made man a living soul and breathed life into him.
We are loved, beyond measure. So love one another and don’t bother to measure.
What then are we to say about these things?
If God is for us, who is against us? He did not even spare His own Son but offered Him up for us all; how will He not also with Him grant us everything?
Romans 8:31-32 (HCSB)
“If anyone comes to Me and does not hate his own father and mother, wife and children, brothers and sisters — yes, and even his own life — he cannot be My disciple. Whoever does not bear his own cross and come after Me cannot be My disciple.“
Luke 14:26-27 (HCSB)
And he said to Him, “I will give You all these things if You will fall down and worship me.”
Then Jesus told him, “Go away, Satan! For it is written: Worship the Lord your God, and serve only Him.”
Then the Devil left Him, and immediately angels came and began to serve Him.
Matthew 4:9-11 (HCSB)
Note from Kip…
The Lord Jesus didn’t ‘need’ to be tempted by the Devil to prove that he was willing to do what he asks of us. He endured this, to provide as he so often did, an example to us of just how we should seek to respond to temptation.
For it is written. The Lord God says.
If we base our responses to temptation, with our own logic and reason, we allow Satan to remain and continue his attack. On the other hand, if we resist with the Word of God and stand firm on that foundation, he simply isn’t going to hang around. He will flee!
For I consider that the sufferings of this present time are not worth comparing with the glory that is going to be revealed to us.
For the creation eagerly waits with anticipation for God’s sons to be revealed.
For the creation was subjected to futility — not willingly, but because of Him who subjected it — in the hope that the creation itself will also be set free from the bondage of corruption into the glorious freedom of God’s children.
Romans 8:18-21 (HCSB)
Note from Kip…
Something jumped out at me in this passage this morning. I’ve come to refer to us; humanity, as The Creation. I’ve done this because as I’ve studied the Creation event and related passages, its become abundantly clear to me that the singular reason, Jesus created the universe and all it has in it, was to support one thing; humanity. His Creation.
A product of His love for us.
So this morning as I read Romans 8:18-21 there it was! “ in the hope that the creation itself will also be set free from the bondage of corruption into the glorious freedom of God’s children.”
‘Creation itself’; us, will be set free from the bondage of corruption; our flesh and early desires, into the glorious freedom of God’s children; adopted sons and daughters of God.
Seems if I would have seen that earlier, my conclusion regarding His Creation, would have come a bit sooner. But it is a blessed confirmation, nontheless.
For everything created by God is good, and nothing should be rejected if it is received with thanksgiving, since it is sanctified by the word of God and by prayer.
1 Timothy 4:4-5 (HCSB)
Because you are his sons, God sent the Spirit of his Son into our hearts, the Spirit who calls out, “Abba, Father.”
Galatians 4:6 (NIV)