Wednesday, November 21, 2012

Unconditional Love

God loves you for who you are.


Who among you have Children? I always understood the concept, unconditional love, but I never really fully understood what that meant, until I had my Sons. We throw the word Love around way to freely. We love our family. We love our Friends. We love our outfits. We love our Cars. Homes. Some love our Jobs. We love everything. Movies. Music. Food. Anything we really like, we call love.

We hear this...

John 3:
16 For God so loved the world, that he gave his only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in him should not perish, but have everlasting life.
We hear God IS Love. We hear how Jesus loves us. We hear

1 John 4:
7 Beloved, let us love one another: for love is of God; and every one that loveth is born of God, and knoweth God.
This all sounds so sweet. So nice. Doesn't it? But then we start thinking about these things in our worldly view. You love your car. But if it breaks down? Not so much. You love your Job, but if you Boss makes you angry, you turn your love to Hate. You love your Friends, but if they do something that angers you, you may just walk away from them and say, they are not my friends anymore. That's not unconditional love. We'll spend more time in 1 John 4 in just a few minutes.

Now for those of you who are Parents. You come the closest to understanding unconditional love. In...

Isaiah 49:
15 Can a woman forget her sucking child, that she should not have compassion on the son of her womb? yea, they may forget, yet will I not forget thee.

16 Behold, I have graven thee upon the palms of my hands; thy walls are continually before me.
You ARE a Child of God. Just like my boys, they are my Sons, I am their Father, God is ours. I am trying to raise my boys the best I can. Give them good advice, try to impart to them wisdom. Teach them the best way for them to go. I will love them no matter what they chose in the future. Nothing can ever change the fact, they are my Sons and I am their Father.

However, they will get to an age where their choices are totally their's to make. We all pilot our own ships through this wonderful and magical voyage called life. We are all the product of the choices we make. We reap the consequences of the decisions and actions we take. I cannot pilot their ships. I can not force them to do the things I would like to see them do. I cannot even protect them, if they choose unwisely.

Like we have talked about before. If I am cooking, and my Sons come to see what I am doing, I will tell them not to touch the stove or they will be burned. One listens to me, one does not. The one that does not listen, touches the stove and gets burned. The one that did listen, doesn't. Did I punish the Son who did not listen? Did I burn him? Did I reward the Son who did listen? Did I keep him from being burned? Or was the final result, solely the decisions that both boys made? One listened and obeyed the warning. One did not.

God is this way. He tells us He Loves us. He tries to teach us the ways we should go. He loves us so much He made the path and the way of Salvation simple and easy for all to obtain. It's up to us to listen. It's up to us to heed the warnings and listen to the Truth according to God. If not, we can get burned. Is it God that burns us? Surely not. It is ourselves. Let's look at....

Romans 5:
1 Therefore being justified by faith, we have peace with God through our Lord Jesus Christ:

2 By whom also we have access by faith into this grace wherein we stand, and rejoice in hope of the glory of God.

3 And not only so, but we glory in tribulations also: knowing that tribulation worketh patience;

4 And patience, experience; and experience, hope:

5 And hope maketh not ashamed; because the love of God is shed abroad in our hearts by the Holy Ghost which is given unto us.

6 For when we were yet without strength, in due time Christ died for the ungodly.
Stop right there a second. Notice what this just said to you. "For when we were yet without strength, in due time Christ died for the ungodly." He died for us while we were yet Sinners. While we were in the middle of our Sins. He did not say to us, you must change your ways. He did not require payment, or classes, or sacrifices from us. We could do nothing to obtain it anyway. No. He died while we were Sinners Sinning.
7 For scarcely for a righteous man will one die: yet peradventure for a good man some would even dare to die.

8 But God commendeth his love toward us, in that, while we were yet sinners, Christ died for us.

9 Much more then, being now justified by his blood, we shall be saved from wrath through him.

10 For if, when we were enemies, we were reconciled to God by the death of his Son, much more, being reconciled, we shall be saved by his life.

11 And not only so, but we also joy in God through our Lord Jesus Christ, by whom we have now received the atonement.

12 Wherefore, as by one man sin entered into the world, and death by sin; and so death passed upon all men, for that all have sinned:

13 (For until the law sin was in the world: but sin is not imputed when there is no law.

14 Nevertheless death reigned from Adam to Moses, even over them that had not sinned after the similitude of Adam's transgression, who is the figure of him that was to come.

15 But not as the offence, so also is the free gift. For if through the offence of one many be dead, much more the grace of God, and the gift by grace, which is by one man, Jesus Christ, hath abounded unto many.

16 And not as it was by one that sinned, so is the gift: for the judgment was by one to condemnation, but the free gift is of many offences unto justification.

17 For if by one man's offence death reigned by one; much more they which receive abundance of grace and of the gift of righteousness shall reign in life by one, Jesus Christ.)

18 Therefore as by the offence of one judgment came upon all men to condemnation; even so by the righteousness of one the free gift came upon all men unto justification of life.

19 For as by one man's disobedience many were made sinners, so by the obedience of one shall many be made righteous.

20 Moreover the law entered, that the offence might abound. But where sin abounded, grace did much more abound:

21 That as sin hath reigned unto death, even so might grace reign through righteousness unto eternal life by Jesus Christ our Lord.
Remember Saul's entire existence was to murder and enslave God's Chosen People. He was in the middle of doing so,,,,

Acts 9:
1 And Saul, yet breathing out threatenings and slaughter against the disciples of the Lord, went unto the high priest,

2 And desired of him letters to Damascus to the synagogues, that if he found any of this way, whether they were men or women, he might bring them bound unto Jerusalem.

3 And as he journeyed, he came near Damascus: and suddenly there shined round about him a light from heaven:

4 And he fell to the earth, and heard a voice saying unto him, Saul, Saul, why persecutest thou me?

5 And he said, Who art thou, Lord? And the Lord said, I am Jesus whom thou persecutest: it is hard for thee to kick against the pricks.

6 And he trembling and astonished said, Lord, what wilt thou have me to do? And the Lord said unto him, Arise, and go into the city, and it shall be told thee what thou must do.

7 And the men which journeyed with him stood speechless, hearing a voice, but seeing no man.
What are you in the middle of doing right now that you feel disqualifies you from the love of God? Are you perfect? Of course not. Are you a Sinner? Of course you are. But God IS unconditional love. He loves you for who you are, not what you do. He knows what you WILL do. He understands our weakness. He understands our heart and minds. He wants for you, a better way.

Saul became Paul, who wrote what you just read in Romans. A man equal to Hitler in every way but one. Jesus said follow me, Saul said, Yes. He became one of the greatest Saints that ever lived. He became the First Pope to the non-Jews. God knew He would. God knew that even with all the things he was about to suffer for God's sake, Paul would endure til the end.

There is no Sin that can separate you from the Love of God, save one. Rejecting His Son. The only Sin you can commit that you cannot be forgiven of, is the rejection of Jesus Christ. Why? Because without Jesus, the key, you cannot receive the Spirit of Adoption, the Holy Spirit. You cannot become a Child of God. Therefore, if you are not a Child of God, you cannot be forgiven of any Sins. You cannot be blessed and loved by someone you chose to have nothing to do with.

I love my boys. However, if when older, they chose to go their own ways, and they chose to have nothing to do with me, it will be their choice. Will I still love them? Of course I will. Can I still be part of their lives and assist them? Show them love and bless them? Can I protect them from the poor decisions that they may make? Nope. I give them a key to my front door. I tell them if they even need anything, use the key and come in. One takes it, the other says, no thanks. If the one who said no thanks walks away, there is nothing I can do. If he attempts to come into my house after, he will not be able to. Why? He rejected the key.

Let's go back to....

1 John 4:
1 Beloved, believe not every spirit, but try the spirits whether they are of God: because many false prophets are gone out into the world.

2 Hereby know ye the Spirit of God: Every spirit that confesseth that Jesus Christ is come in the flesh is of God:

3 And every spirit that confesseth not that Jesus Christ is come in the flesh is not of God: and this is that spirit of antichrist, whereof ye have heard that it should come; and even now already is it in the world.
Stop right there a second. This is why I always tell people, do not believe everything I tell you without question. Do not believe everything anyone tells you without question. Learn for yourself. The importance of the knowledge of Truth is this simple. Know the Truth, and you cannot be mislead. Understand the Truth, you will know a lie when someone tells you one. It is extremely important to get to know God for yourself. Spend time alone with Him. Talk to Him. Read the Word. Find a Church that He leads you to. Pray often. The Holy Spirit will indeed teach you all things. Trust in Him. Trust in God.

Even with these Messages that are given directly by Him, read, look them up, question, do whatever you need to do to find the Truth for yourself. This is not meant to be your Gospel. That you read this and go out into the world and do this or that because some guy named Peter told you to. I do not want you to follow me. I am Flesh. I am a Sinner. I have nothing to offer you but the Truth. Follow God. Follow Jesus. Learn from the Holy Spirit. If you read something from the Word here, and it guides you into the Word for yourself, then I have done my part. A Shower of The Way. A Teacher. A Sower of the Seed. A Helper of those in need. That is all I am. It's up to YOU to walk the walk. To Learn the Way. To receive the Truth according to God Himself.
4 Ye are of God, little children, and have overcome them: because greater is he that is in you, than he that is in the world.

5 They are of the world: therefore speak they of the world, and the world heareth them.

6 We are of God: he that knoweth God heareth us; he that is not of God heareth not us. Hereby know we the spirit of truth, and the spirit of error.

7 Beloved, let us love one another: for love is of God; and every one that loveth is born of God, and knoweth God.

8 He that loveth not knoweth not God; for God is love.

9 In this was manifested the love of God toward us, because that God sent his only begotten Son into the world, that we might live through him.

10 Herein is love, not that we loved God, but that he loved us, and sent his Son to be the propitiation for our sins.

11 Beloved, if God so loved us, we ought also to love one another.

12 No man hath seen God at any time. If we love one another, God dwelleth in us, and his love is perfected in us.

13 Hereby know we that we dwell in him, and he in us, because he hath given us of his Spirit.

14 And we have seen and do testify that the Father sent the Son to be the Saviour of the world.

15 Whosoever shall confess that Jesus is the Son of God, God dwelleth in him, and he in God.

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.

17 Herein is our love made perfect, that we may have boldness in the day of judgment: because as he is, so are we in this world.

18 There is no fear in love; but perfect love casteth out fear: because fear hath torment. He that feareth is not made perfect in love.

19 We love him, because he first loved us.

20 If a man say, I love God, and hateth his brother, he is a liar: for he that loveth not his brother whom he hath seen, how can he love God whom he hath not seen?

21 And this commandment have we from him, That he who loveth God love his brother also.
Unconditional love is that. Love one another no matter what. If that Son of mine, that refused the key, and went off on his own returns? I shall rejoice as the story of the Wayward Son returning, that Jesus told us about, did the father of his Son. God loves you, not because of what you have done, or even will do, He loves you for who you are. We should attempt to do the same. If we should show unconditional love, being far from perfect, then how much more shall God, being Holy? By showing unconditional love is showing that we are truly Children of God. For those who reject our love, it is on them, for the decision to reject it is solely theirs.

Do you know Jesus as your Savior? Have you been adopted into the Family of God? Are you confident that God is your Father and has nothing but unconditional love for you? If not, say this Prayer. Right now. Wherever you may be. Say it in your own words, and do not doubt in your heart. God will hear you. He will send the Spirit of Life to you. Let us Pray..

"Oh heavenly Father, Lord God. I am a sinner. I know this. I know there is nothing I can do to change that. But I know you can. I accept Jesus's sacrifice for me. I repent my sins. Please send the Spirit of Adoption into my life. Help me to get to know the real you. Save me. Please. In the name of Jesus, Amen!"

That's it. It really is that simple. Now go tell someone what you have just done. "That if thou shalt confess with thy mouth the Lord Jesus, and shalt believe in thine heart that God hath raised him from the dead, thou shalt be saved." {Romans 10:9} You need to find a Church that God leads you to, and be Baptized the way Jesus said to be. You are now a Child of God. A new Creature. You "have put off the old man with his deeds, and have put on the new man, which is renewed in knowledge after the image of him that created him." {Colossians 3:10}

If you want to tell me, or comment, question, give testimonials, or just say "Hi," the Email is opntalk@gmail.com

Until next time, be blessed, and Jesus IS Lord of all.

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