THE PRIDE OF LIFE

THE PRIDE OF LIFE

1John 2:15,16

What is the pride of life that the Bible tells is is not born of God’s love? How and why is it damaging to ourselves and others? The Bible gives us real insight and wisdom into this subject. Let’s take a look.

1John 2:15,16 says: “Do not love the world, nor the things of the world. If anyone loves the world, the love of the Father is not in him. Because, all that is in the world, the lust of the flesh, and the lust of the eyes and the boastful pride of life, is not from the Father, but is from the world. And the world is passing away, and also its lusts; however, the one who does the will of God, abides forever.”

Notice that the “love of the world” and “things of the world” here referred to, are the materialistic selfish pursuits of what the world we are all a part of and have helped create, has to offer us, in the promise of a better tomorrow. The materialistic oriented world we live in, creates in us the constant need and desire to have more and need more. It appeals to the desires of the “eyes” and the “senses.” We have created a counterfeit world with counterfeit values based on acquiring more, and having more in the pursuit of happiness. This creates in us the desire to greedily pursue and achieve or gain what we then feel will make our life happier, more fulfilled, and with it give us the sense of value, and acceptance and love we perceive we are lacking and in need of. This materialistic oriented world which we create, provides us with a false sense of self as a substitute for love, in order to mask over the pain and suffering we also have created in our selfish pursuits. This pursuit of materialistic pleasure, is creating a bankruptcy in the human spirit, and a loss of our true sense of self in the unity of love and brotherhood that we all truly need to be happy.

The “love of the world” the Bible refers to, is a love centered on selfish wants and desires we greedily pursue, giving them primary importance in our life, and which thus exists outside the will of God. The will of God is fulfilled in unselfish love, which pursues values that blesses others and has a balanced respect for all life and relationships. Jesus taught that the will of God is fulfilled in love of God and love of neighbor (Mathew 22:36-40; Romans 13:9,10). His teachings were rooted in selfless love, mercy, compassion and non judgment (Mathew 5:43-48; Luke 6:35-38).

The “world” the Bible is referring to is the world we have created to serve our fleshly desires and selfish longings (2Peter 1:4; Ephesians 2:1-3; James 1:144,15). It is the world centered on materialistic goals and values which feed and create our constant longings for more, and also creates value judgments of those with less and those with more (James 2:1-4). The love of the world here in scripture is called lust, because it is fueled by greed or selfishness which the Bible actually defines as a form of idolatry or worship of self in undue selfish devotion to the pursuit of having and getting, in order to be valued by self and others, based on we can have, what we have accomplished and what we possess (Colossians 3:5; James 2:1-4).

We create the “pride of life” by measuring our worth, or that of others by what we or they possess, or how we/they look, etc. The Bible refers to this type of pride as boastful. Boastful pride is all about self. It says: “look at me, how I look, and what I have, and what I have accomplished.” It is a form of self worship; of idolizing oneself through the eyes of others. It is the pursuit of self, and valuing self over “others.” Whereas love looks to serve others and bless others with what we possess and what we have accomplished,” and love places equal value on others for what they are able to do, and accomplish, great or small, and contribute to in life (John 13:13,14,15; James 2:1-4; Mathew 20:1-16).

Pursuing materialistic oriented goals to find our worth, or true meaning of life, robs us of these very things, and enslaves us to the pursuit of getting and having without ever finding the fulfillment that we seek. Instead it instills in us a false sense power in the pursuit of having and getting, in order to buy acceptance and love, and fulfillment in life. This need to have and acquire is actually fueled by the fear of not being enough, or having enough in order to find “real” happiness and meaning in our life and to be accepted by others.

Materialistic pursuits in and of themselves cannot “cure” our world, or fulfill what it promises. The very foundation of the materialistic world we live in and its premise, is built on false pride and beliefs which deny the very foundation and sustaining power of life, which is unselfish love for the sake and fulfillment of love itself. If love is the foundation of all our goals and actions, then material goals are used to benefit and bless everyone, and not to buy love, and self worth, and gain power over others. Love gives us self worth and happiness and works for the good of all. Love is Master over all situations and conditions and yet never seeks to control, because the need to control is born of fear; and fear is born from lack of love. The Bible says “There is no fear in love, but perfect love casts out fear…” (1John 4:18) Love is the answer in all situations which are out of harmony with love and goodness, therefore it never has a need to control because it is the balance point and harmony of all things great and small that challenge our lives.

The moment we are in the true Light of perfect love, which is by it’s nature free of fear and unconditional, we become the answer and have a clear understanding of what is needed to bring things back into balance and wholeness. Our thoughts and actions then come from that understanding and balance within us. That is why the Bible says that love never fails (1Corinthians 13:8).

The Bible says that the “world” of materialistic lust and self pursuit, is passing away, and also its lustful selfish desires. This is because such a world does not support life, it is self destructive, and if continuing in the way of selfish pursuits, will self destruct from the inside out. Trying to find happiness in materialistic pursuits is like trying to fill a bottomless well. There is no solid foundation there to support the structure of our life (Mathew 7:24-28). There is no real lasting satisfaction in what we attain, when it is sought after for the wrong reasons. We can’t find lasting happiness and fulfillment in the things we possess if that is our motivation for having them. We will then, always have to have more. We find happiness and fulfillment in how we use, and appreciate and share with others, in love, the things we possess. Otherwise the things we possess own us, and we serve them and give up our freedom to have them. That is why the Bible refers to greed as idolatry (Colossians 3:5). Greed is a self centered lustful appetite which seeks to have, own and possess for the sake of self gratification. Greed seeks to fill an emptiness, whereas love comes from the fullness of life itself. We can only find lasting happiness in what we accomplish if it is motivated by love of what we are doing, and if our motivation is not only to enrich our lives but that of others. Love embraces the whole of humanity (John 3:16).

Jesus (Yeshua), said He is “the way, the truth, and the life” and that no one comes to the perfect knowledge of the Father except through Him, as the Son. He is the way of life and rebirth into the kingdom of the Father’s perfect love through faith, by Way of the Cross for the atonement and forgiveness of our sins, which then frees us to love and let go of unforgiveness and hatred, and to enter the knowledge, experience, and true reality of the unconditional nature of perfect love, and be perfected and sealed in that love through the power of the Holy Spirit of God’s love, which is given to us in Yeshua’s Name by “Way of the Cross,” in our walk of faith. He is the Truth, meaning He is the living embodiment of Truth and the revealer of perfect Truth as the eternal nature of perfect love, and as our true nature, born in Christ of the Father’s perfect love (Colossians 2:9; 1John 4:8-12,16,18,19; Mathew 5:44-48; Ephesians 3:17-20; Galatians 4:19).

Truth is not a doctrine, or a religion, it is the living principle of life, manifested as perfect love (Titus 3:4-6; Ephesians 3:16-20; John 1:14,17,18; 15:9,12,13; 17:22,23,26; 1John 1:1,2,3; Psalm 36:9). He is the life, meaning in the reality, experience, and Truth of His perfect love, is the source and revelation of eternal life, and our eternal nature in that perfect love (1John 1:1,2; John 1:1,2,3,14,17; 5:26; 8:12,31,32,34,35,36; 17:23,6; 11:25,26,39,40,44; 2Peter 1:4; Psalm 36:9). That is why Jesus (Yeshua) said, that no one comes to know the Father (source of life) except through the Son (being born from the Truth and Life essence of the Eternal Son of God, which carries the “genetic blueprint” of what we are to become as eternal sons and daughters of the Eternal Father and source of life) (2Corinthians 3:18; 1John 3:2,9; 1Corinthians 15:45,47,49; Galatians 4:19).

He truly is the way the truth and the life. He was with God as the living Word of Life, in the beginning and from all eternity, as the Son, the perfect reflection of the Father, and as the beginning of all creation who spoke life into existence, as the Living Word of God, the creative life force (John 1:1-3; Hebrews 1:1-3). He is the living Word of life, implanted in our heart through the life giving Spirit of the Eternal Son who is formed and born in us through faith by Way of the cross (Galatians 2:20; 4:6,19; 1John 3:9,11,14; Romans 1:16,17; John 1:1,12,14,16,17,18).

In Him is the promise of true freedom from the pain and suffering, and evil that we experience in our world and in our life. Yeshua truly provides the way to our salvation, by becoming the living Way through faith and rebirth into the eternal kingdom of the Father’s perfect love. In perfect love, evil cannot exist because it has nothing to feed on or sustain itself with. Yeshua says in the Bible book of Revelation 21:1,2,4,5 that He is making all things new, and sickness, death, and sorrow will cease to exist. He promises a New Heavens, and a new Earth manifesting the pure light of Truth and love. Only those who enter into the true Light of the Father’s love as revealed in Truth and grace by way of the Cross through the heart of His Eternal Son, will enter into that eternal City (Psalm 36:9; Revelation 21:10,11,22-27) Yeshua said He is the door (John 10:7,9,10,11,15,17,18). He is the entry point through our heart, into the unconditional love of the Father, and through that love, into the realization of our eternal son-ship with the Father of all creation (John 1:12; Mathew 5:44-48; 11:27-30; John 16:26,27; 1John 1:1-3; 4:8-10,144.16-19; 5:10-12; Romans 8:2,15; Galatians 4:6,7; 2Thessalonians 3:5; Colossians 3:14-15; Ephesians 3:17-19). He is the eternal Truth of life, revealed in the Father’s eternal love, by Way of the Cross of His beloved Son, for our eternal salvation (Mathew 5:8; Ephesians 3:17,19; Colossians 2:2,3,9; 3:15; 2Thessalonians 3:5; John 1:12,14,16-18; 1John 4:7-1,14,16-19; Psalm 36:9).

He invites everyone to come to Him and learn of Him, and to receive rest for there souls from the cares of this life and be truly set free from addictions, from sorrow, from fear, from depression, and the powers of darkness, and from death itself (Mathew 11:28-30; John 8:12,31,32,34-35; Colossians 1:13,14; Romans 6:4,6,11,12,18,19,21-23; 2Thessalonians 3:3; 1John 5:18; Revelation 21:4,5). He died and rose again so that in Him, through Him and by Him, we can be reborn, regenerated, and brought into a true eternal sonship relationship with the Eternal Father and life giver and sustainer of life, and enter into the kingdom of heaven, both inwardly and outwardly, and which will be manifested in the New Earth which is to come according to His loving intention and purpose for mankind, and for our regeneration through His love by faith, and the sanctifying work in His love by the Holy Spirit, which He gives to those who accept Yeshua as their Lord and Savior in faith working through the power of His love (1John 4:7-9; Mathew 6:10; 19:28; 2Peter 3:13; 1Timothy 1:10; Ephesians 1:3-13; 2:4-10; 3:16-19; Titus 3:-7; Galatians 5:6; 4:19; Romans 5:5).

PEACE

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I AM THE RESURRECTION AND THE LIFE

I AM THE RESURRECTION AND THE LIFE

John 11:25

This is the time when Christians celebrate the death and resurrection of our Lord and savior Yeshua (Jesus). However, the true celebration of His death and resurrection takes place in our own death in Him to the power of sin, and new birth in Him through the power of His resurrection working mightily in us through love. What truly celebrates His death and resurrection is how we live our life in Him through faith, which then releases the resurrection power of His love in us (John 3:16; Ephesians 3:16-20; 5:1,2,8,9; Galatians 2:20; 5:6; Romans 8:37-39).

Yeshua said In John 8:12 “I am the light of the world; he who follows Me shall not walk in the darkness, but shall have (posses) the light of life (eternal life). Yeshua said He is the resurrection. Our resurrection takes place in Yeshua. Ephesians 2:4-6 says that God in His love, made us alive together with Christ and has raised us up with Yeshua and seated us with Him in the heavenly places. We die in Yeshua to sin, and are raised up with and in Him to new life by the power of the life force of His resurrection, which becomes our life force and resurrection in Him, through faith, by the power of His Love and life giving Spirit, which conquered sin and death on our behalf at the Cross in order to liberate us from its power (Romans 8:1,2,3,4,6,9,10-14,37-39; 6:4,5,6,14; John 8:34,36). That is why there is cleansing power in His shed blood; because the purity of His love remained unconquered at the cross, and was carried in the DNA of His life blood, which He willingly, out of intense love for the human race, shed as an atonement sacrifice for our sins, in order to release us through faith, from the power of sin to keep us trapped in destructive guilt and condemnation through negative judgments and un-forgiveness towards self and others (1John 1:7; 3:5,8,9; 4:8-10,11,14,16,18,19; John 3:16; 10:9-11,17,18; Romans 6:6,14; 8:34,37-38; Mathew 6:12; 5:43-48; Luke 6:35-37).

Sin is always born out of negative judgments (beliefs) of self and others, and then justified therein, and fueled by the lust born of the selfish desires of our heart (James 1:13-17). Accepting through faith God’s love, and gift of righteousness through the death and resurrection of His eternal Son, born as perfect man and dying a sacrificial death on our behalf, results in our spiritual rebirth in Him, through which we receive His divine nature or spiritual seed of Life, DNA, which is carried in the eternal nature of His love, and in which we are reborn in His Spirit and in the perfection of that love, and regenerated by His Spirit which is the Holy Spirit (Titus 3:4-6; 1John 3:9; Galatians 5:14,16,22,23,24; Romans 5:5; 2Corinthians 3:17,18; 2Peter 1:3,4; 1Peter 1:2,3,5,8,9; Romans 8:9,14; Galatians 4:6). He in turn is born in us (Galatians 4:19). We thus develop and are gradually born anew in His love and made perfect in the power of His unconditional love, which by its very nature, sin cannot conquer and in which sin cannot exist, and thus loses its power over us to judge and condemn us, or to cause us to judge and condemn others (Romans 8:1,2,3,9,34,37-39; 6:6,14). We are thereby, freed from destructive quilt and the power of sin, which exists in judgment of self and others, and we are then made free to receive and live in His love and walk in it and to love self and others unconditionally (Ephesians 5:2,8-10; 3:16-19; 1John 4:18,19). We then bear the fruit of His perfect love in our relationship with our Heavenly Father and His Son Yeshua, and each other (Philippians 1:9-11).

In Yeshua, by His eternal Spirit of love, which He gives us and pores into our heart, we can fulfill the Law of Love which Yeshua taught is fulfilled by loving God with our whole heart, mind and soul, and loving our neighbor as our self (Mathew 22:36-40; Romans 5:5; 13:8-10; Galatians 5:14,22-24; 1John 3:144:18,19; James 2:8,12,13). This is not a love that can be self-generated by our ego. It is a love that by-passes the analytical intellect, and judgment nature of our divided sin nature, which exists in judgment of self and others through its dualistic perception of “good” and “evil” (Ephesians 3:18,19; Philippians 4:7). These feed off each other, and keep each other alive through judgment and hatred. “Good” and “Evil” are two sides of the same coin or nature. The love that brings true freedom from sin and from negative judgment which fosters hatred by measuring when to love and whom to love or not love, is a love that is pure unconditional love, and is pure goodness, and cannot be earned. Instead, it can only be revealed, entered into, experienced, realized and perceived, by the process of dying to the ego and it’s selfish self centered fear based perceptions, and divided nature between the two polar opposites of “good” and “evil” which it perceives and self generates. Through the process of rebirth or resurrection we are brought into the awareness, of the true reality of pure unconditional love which has no opposite within its nature, and in which we are brought into the unity and wholeness of that love. In that pure love, these opposing forces of “good” and “evil” are resolved and unified in pure love, and will no longer exist in our perceived reality. Pure love is pure Goodness, nothing negative, or destructive can originate or be found, within that purity of love (Ephesians 5:,8,9; 1John1:5). Yeshua, provided the living way to experience this death and rebirth of our soul into the Kingdom of heaven, through His death and resurrection, and our rebirth in Him through faith, love, and surrender of the self willed nature of our ego, which the Bible refers to as our lower nature (Ephesians 4:21-24). In this way, we are able to enter into the living Truth and experience of that love and gradually be transformed by it (Ephesians 3:16-20; 5:2,,8,9,10; Galatians 2:20; 1John 4:16-19; 2Corinthians 3:18; 1John 4:8,9,10,16-19; John 17:2,23,26).

Paul said that in God we live, and move and exist (Acts 17:27,28). Yeshua said that as the Father has life in Himself so has he given to the son to have life in Himself (John 5:26). This tells us that the I AM in exodus 3:14 referring to the self existing nature of the Father, is also granted to the Son. That is why Yeshua refered to Himself in John 8:58 as I AM, revealing His eternal nature in relationship to the Father who bestowed that upon His Son, being that Yeshua was begotten of the Father from eternity (John 1:1,14,17,18).

Yeshua said in John 6:51 “I am the living bread that came down out of heaven; if anyone eats of this bread, he shall live forever, and the bread also which I shall give for the life of the world is My flesh.”…….In verse 54 He says: “He who eats My flesh and drinks My blood has eternal life, and I will raise him up on the lat day (day of resurrection full regeneration, and complete redemption of mind, body and spirit by the living Spirit of the eternal Son of God, Philppians 3:20,21; Mathew 19:28; Titus 3:4-5; 1Thessalonians 21-24; Romans 8:23). In verse 57 Yeshua says “As the Father sent Me, and I live because of the Father, so he who eats Me, he also shall live because of Me.” In verse 35 Jesus (Yeshua) says: I am the bread of life, he who comes to Me shall not hunger, and he who believes in Me shall never thirst.” What did He mean by all these words? He meant the He who comes to Him shall not hunger for Truth, because He said in John 14:6 that He Himself is the Truth. In Him is the complete revelation of life and of spiritual reality and Truth, because He is begotten from the Father and came to reveal the Father to us, and to bring us into the full revelation of our son-ship with the Father and of the Fathers love (John 1:1,12,13,14,16,17,18; 17:23,26; 3:16). He also was referring to His sacrificial death on the cross and resurrection, by which He would become the living way to the Father through His atoning sacrifice for our sins, so that by feeding on His flesh and blood figuratively through faith, we could become free of all the conditions we place on love and forgiveness and come into unity with the Fathers eternal unconditional love for us, and the perfection of that love in us by the power of His love and resurrection from the judgment power of sin. Thus He Himself became the living way into the Kingdom of God’s perfect love (John 17:22,23,24; 8:12;14:6,16,17,18,23,26,27; 5:24)

Jesus (Yeshua) said in Mathew 11:27-30 “…no one perfectly knows the Son, except the Father; nor does anyone perfectly know the Father, except the Son, and anyone to whom the Son wills to reveal him. Come to Me, all who are weary and heavy laden, and I will give you rest. Take My yoke upon you, and learn from Me, for I am gentle and humble in heart, and you shall find rest for your souls. Because, My yoke is kindly and my load is light.”

We come to Him through faith, love, and surrender to His teachings of love and goodness, and accepting His Spirit to come and rule in our hearts through love, and forgiveness, and Grace. We cannot do this apart from being in a personal relationship with Him in faith and love because He Himself is the living way through our death and rebirth into the unconditional pure love of the Father, through His Cross and His Grace held there for us in the full assurance of our Salvation and rebirth in Him (John 14:6; Hebrews 10:14-22; 1Peter 1:2-5,8,9; 2Corinthians 5:19-21; 7:1; Romans 1:16,17; 3:23,24).

The Bible says He will perfect us in love through His Spirit which is Holy and pure love (Romans 5:5; Galatians 3:2-5; 4:6,19; 5:6; 1John 4:10,12,13,16,18,17,19). It says we are God’s workmanship and He will finish what He has stared in us, if we continually take up our cross and follow Him in this process of death and rebirth into the purity of love (Philippians 1:6; Mathew 16:24; 2Thessalonians 3:5; 1John 4:7,8,9,10,11,16-19; Hebrews12:2,14; Titus 3:4,5; 1Thessalonians 5:23,24).

PEACE

WHAT IS TRUE JUSTICE?

WHAT IS TRUE JUSTICE?

True justice is in the application of judgment that is not based on and generated by our personal fears, anger, and hatred. This means that true justice is in the application of judgment rooted in love for the good of all (1Thessalonians 5:15). This can involve discipline or punishment that is intended to heal and restore a person to the wholeness and balance of love, in response to the action that is in violation of the true nature and freedom of love, and which is therefore, hurtful to self and others (Hebrews 12:9-11). Basically true justice can only come from a love that is free from the conditions we place upon love, and therefore is free to act from pure goodness to bring about healing and restoration through its application and redemptive nature, which gives and restores life to the fractured, broken pieces of a person’s life from which their loveless actions spring forth.

We adulterate pure love with our prejudices. Prejudices are preconceived opinions and judgments that are rooted in fear, and they are therefore, hate based by looking at another as our enemy or the enemy of society based on our perceived fear of threat. God is the pure source of love which is unconditional in nature, and therefore cannot be destroyed or diminished by conditions or actions outside love’s true nature (Psalm 36:9; 1John 4:7,8) God’s love is referred to in the Bible as Light (1John 1:5 compare with 2:9,10).

Jesus said to love our enemies, and not to return evil for evil (Mathew 5:38,39,44; 1Thessalonians 5:15). He taught the power of love is in nonresistance which is non judgment (Luke 6:35-37; Mathew 5:38,39; John 3:16). He said “He who lives by the sword will die by the sword” (Mathew 26:52). This statement simply means that war and violence makes more of the same, and never truly resolves anything because it can’t reach the root of the problem. It is a dead end! It means that a person, society, or nation that lives depending on its military strength and or power over others to resolve conflict, will eventually fail and die in their pursuit. When Jesus said “he who lives by the sword” He was referring to a “mind set” of looking for the answers or solutions to conflict in the power of resistance through violence or the threat of violence. The “enemy” is never really “conquered” through force, only temporarily subdued. However the “enemy” can be “conquered” or permanently transformed through the experience and personal realization of unconditional love. That alone brings about the perfection and unity of the love that Jesus spoke about in John 17:23,26, and which He said is our only true witness to the world to draw others into the realization and unity of that love.

True justice is born of love it is the fruit of the “tree of life” rooted in love and compassion, and mercy and reveals the heart of grace (James 2:8,12,13; Mathew 23:23; Luke 11:42; Galatians 5:22; Hebrews 10:16-22; Ephesians 5:2,8,9; Philippians 1:9,11; John 1:17). The Bible teaches that the power of transformation exists only in unconditional love (1John 4:7-13,16-19; Romans 12:21; Luke 6:35-38; Titus 3:4,5; Ephesians 3:19,20). It says that God is just and the justifier of those who place their trust in Jesus atonement sacrifice for their sins, and are thereby reborn in their heart and spirit through His love by the free gift of His grace and righteousness bestowed by grace (Romans 3:22-26; 5:5; 1Peter 1:2,3)

The Bible says that grace and truth are realized through Jesus Christ (John 1:17). Absolute Truth is found in the revelation of His love (Psalm 36:9; Ephesians 3:17-19; John14:6; Colossians 2:2,3 1Corinyhians 13:8,9,10,12,13; John 8:31,32,34,36; 14:6,16,17,18,23; 18:37; 17:23,26). His love reveals the truth principles of the life sustaining wisdom and power of His love, and fills you with the light of life (Psalm 36:9; John 8:12; 1John 1:1,2,5; 2:10; 3:11,14; Colossians 2:2,3). It is indestructible! (1John 4:8; Psalm 36:9).

True justice is never divorced from the heart of pure love (Luke 11:42; John 1:17; Romans 8:33,34,38,39; Luke 23:34). True justice creates the atmosphere in which true change and healing can take place. It is never fueled by hatred, un-forgiveness, or fear. The Bible says that those who accept God’s gift of grace and salvation in Christ are freed from the power of sin because they are no longer ruled by fear, under the penalty of the Law given by Moses, but are ruled under the power and freedom of grace, which overcomes the power of sin in our life through the revelation in Christ of the unconditional love of God in our minds and hearts (Romans 6:6,14; 8:1,2,15; Hebrews 2:14,15; John 8:31,32,34,36).

Jesus came to reveal that love to mankind, and lift us out of the judgment nature of our fears, hatred, and prejudices, all of which exist in conditional love, which is what the Bible actually calls the sin nature (1John 3:4,5; 4:18,19). You can read and learn the way of true justice and redemption through His love in the pages of the Bible. The Bible says in Colossians 2:2,3,10 that in Christ is hidden all the treasures of wisdom and knowledge, and that in Him we are made complete. His grace through His atonement sacrifice on the cross, and resurrection, is the greatest action of true justice and of love on our behalf in Human history. In Him the revelation of unconditional and unadulterated love is gradually realized and we are perfected in that love and freed from the power of sin (1John 4:8-12,14,16-19; John 17:23,26; 15:12.13; Ephesians 3:17-19).

Sin itself is injustice. It violates the purity of love. As already mentioned, falling short of love is what the Bible calls sin (1John 3:4). That is the only form of injustice! You cannot “cure” injustice with more injustice or loveless actions or motivations. That is why Jesus said to love your enemies and pray for those who mistreat you (Mathew 5:43-48; Luke 6:27,28,29,35,36,37). The law to be truly just must be governed and ruled by love in its enforcement and application, in order to bring about true healing and transformation. The human application of law is always flawed because it is created and applied and enforced within their limited conditional perception of love, and filtered through personal prejudices and limitations.

Jesus took upon Himself all of our sins and sickness on the Cross so that in Him we can find true unconditional love and forgiveness, and be completely healed as we surrender our life to the power of His love through faith (Isaiah 53:4,5,11,12; 1Peter 2:24; 1John 4:7-10,17,18; Galatians 5:6; Colossians 2:12,13; Ephesians 3:17,18,19). He promises to never leave us or forsake us, and promises His love will dwell in our hearts forever and He will send the Holy Spirit of His love to guide us into all truth and fill us with His love (Hebrews 13:5; John 17:23,26; 16:7,13,14,15; Romans 5:5; Ephesians 3:17-19; 2Thessalonians 3:5).

He will give you a new beginning (2Corinthians 5:17,21). When you accept His love and ask Him to come into your heart, forgive you of your sins and dwell in you with His eternal Spirit of love, you will receive His gift of righteousness and be transferred out of the kingdom of darkness into the Kingdom of the eternal light of life (Colossians 1:13,14; John 8:12; Psalm 36:9; Romans 5:17,20,21). You will be a new creation in Christ and He will guide you and perfect you in His love (2Corinthians 5:17; John 17:23,26; 1John 4:7-12,14,16-19; Galatians 3:3,5; Titus 3:4-6).

PEACE

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FOR ONTO US IS BORN A SAVIOR

FOR ONTO US IS BORN A SAVIOR

Luke 2:10,11

Have you ever asked yourself “why do I need a savior?” A savior implies we cannot save our-self from a particular situation and need rescuing does it not? So why does the Bible teach we need a savior? What are we being saved from?

The Bible teaches that we are being saved from a condition called sin (Mathew 1:21; John 1:29; 8:34,36; Romans 6:6). What exactly is sin? In the Bible it is defined as falling short of perfect love (1John 3:4; Romans 13:9,10). With this salvation comes true freedom (Galatians 5:13,14; John 8:34,36; Luke 4:18). Freedom from what? From the pain of injustice, from violence, from hurtful acts, and from a guilty conscience. Freedom from addictions, and depression and feelings of powerlessness and feelings of not being “good enough” or of not being loved. The Bible also promises freedom from sickness and death! (Ephesians 3:15-20; Romans 8:37-39; 6:22,23; 1John 3:1,2,8,9,11; 4:7,9,10,14,16,17,18,19; 2Timothy 1:7; John 17:23,26; 14:23; 15:4,5,9,12,13; Colossians 1:13,14; Revelation 21:1,4,5; 2Peter 3:13). Would you agree this is a salvation that we are all in need of?

You might ask yourself, “How can this kind of salvation come about? The Bible gives us the answer.

Back in the Biblical account of Adam and Eve God promised a savior for the human race who would restore God’s original purpose for mankind when He created Adam and Eve and placed them in the Garden of Eden (Genesis 3:15; 1Corinthians 15:24,25; Romans 16:20; Revelation 20:1-3,7,10). This Savior arrived on the scene exactly as prophesied in the person of Jesus Christ of Nazareth in the first century (Romans 5:6,8; John 1:14-18). He was born without sin to the virgin Mary by the power of the Holy Spirit as promised by the angel (Hebrews 4:15; Luke 1:34,35,37). She was told by the angel that He was therefore to be called the Son of God and was to save the people from there sins (Luke 1:35; Mathew 1:21).

How was Jesus to save humanity from their sins? He would do this by giving them a new nature (2Peter 1:3,4; 2Corinthians 3:18; 5:17; Ephesians 4:24; Philippians 1:6,11; 3:21). How? By an event that would chance the course of human history. This was to be by His sacrificial death on the cross in atonement for our sins, and by His resurrection from death. How does this save us from our sins? Let’s take a closer look.

The sin nature exists as judgment. That judgment nature exists within the concept of good and evil which is divided within itself and at war within its very nature (Romans 7:14,15,18,21,23). There is not one sin that can take place without fear based negative judgment as its root cause (Romans 13:9,10; Galatians 5:13,14; 1John 4;18). The negative judgment which exists within the judgment nature of sin is always fear based (1John 4:18; Genesis 3:1-7). The Bible defines how sin happen in James 1:14,15 which says: “But each one is tempted when he is carried away and enticed by his own lust. Then when lust has conceived it gives birth to sin, and when sin is accomplished it brings for death.” The judgment nature that sin carries is rooted in selfish desires and longings which when examined are rooted in fear based judgments (1John 2:15-17; 4:18). Our fear based judgments are the result of our sense of separation from God who is perfect love and goodness, which causes us to experience a disconnect or separation from one another causing us to live in fear based judgments of ourselves and others and of God (Genesis 3:5-13; 1John 4:18). Selfish desires which the Bible says give birth to sin, are rooted in fear of not being loved or lovable, fear of not having or of being less valued than someone else and then placing our love on having and getting and satisfying our desires for more, instead of what gives true value to a person, which is how fully and completely they can love themselves and others. This takes place by our realization, experience, and connection with the source of Love in which we breath and exist, which the Bible says is God (Acts 17:27,28; Psalm 36:9; 1John 4:8,9,10,16,18,19; Ephesians 3:17-19; Romans 8:38,39) Fear sees lack and creates lack, love sees fullness and creates wholeness (1Corinthians 13:7,8). Before lust and desire gives birth to sinful, unloving thoughts and actions, negative judgments of self and others must take place.

Jesus died to bring us to a place of unconditional love and non-judgment, by taking the judgment of all our sins upon Himself, taking the punishment for all our sins, so that we cannot justly hate anyone or hold unforgiveness toward anyone or fail to love our-self and others unconditionally. How does what He did give us a new nature in perfect love? The Bible says that we are made a new creation in Jesus through faith (Galations 6:15; 2Corinthians 5;17). Jesus said that this happens through a new spiritual birth which takes place through His teachings, which He refers to as the waters of life, and by the power of the Holy Spirit which is given in His name (John 3:5; 4:13,14; 6:63; 7:38,39; 15:3; 14:26; 16:13,14,15; Romans 5:5). He went on to say that this new birth takes place in Him through faith in His sacrificial death on the cross as the free gift of God’s love and grace to the world (John 3:5,14,15,16). He taught our rebirth takes place by the cleansing atonement sacrifice of His shed blood on the cross in our behalf, for the forgiveness of sins and cleansing of conscience from guilt and condemnation, by which we are then reborn into His unconditional love and are freed from the power of sin and death (Hebrews 1:3; 9:14; 2Thessalonians 3:5; John 3:3,5,14,15,16; 15:12; 17:23,26; 1John 4:7,9,12,14,16,17,18,19; Romans 6:6,14,22).

Everyone who places their trust and faith in Jesus as their personal Lord and Savior is sealed in the power of the Holy Spirit for eternal redemption in Christ which will include the redemption of our bodies to eternal bodies of light of the highest energy of Love and perfection within that love (2Corinthians 1:21,22; 3:18; Ephesians 4:30; Hebrews 9:12; Romans 8:23; Philippians 3:20,21; 1Corinthians 15:45-49; 1Timothy 6:16 compare 1John 3:2; 4:12,16-19). The Apostle Paul teaches that these redeemed bodies will be fashioned after the resurrected body of our Lord Jesus and not be subject to death (1Corinthians 15:45-49,51,52; Luke 20:36). The Apostle Peter says there will be a new heavens and a new earth where perfect love will rule the hearts of all those who are saved and made a new creation in Christ (2Peter 3:13).

The Apostle Paul says Jesus is being formed in us through the power of the Holy Spirit (Galatians 4:19; 3:3; 5:5,6). The Apostle John said in 1John 3:9 that Jesus “seed” is in us so that He is born in us and in Him we are freed from sin. Paul said in Romans 6:3,4 that we are baptized into Christ death through faith and raised up with Him to new life by the same power of God that raised Him from the dead. He taught we have a new birth in Christ and are freed from the power of sin through His grace and gift of righteousness (Romans 5:17-21; 6:3-6,14,22,23).

How do we receive His gift of righteousness? Jesus was without sin and thus at the cross He took our sins upon Himself and by thus paying for our sins He imparts to us the gift of His righteousness which is His perfect love as the divine exchange (Romans 5:5,,8,9,10,11,17; Ephesians 5:2; Colossians 2:12,13; 3:1,3,4). He indwells us with the Holy Spirit and thus perfects us in the Holiness of perfect love and is gradually born in us as divine man and woman to the full maturity of the Christ perfected in the love of God (Romans 8:2,9,10,11,15; 1Peter 1:15,16,18,19,22; Galatians 4:19; 2Corinthians 3:18; Ephesians 4:12,13,15,16; 1John 4:10,11,12,13,16-19; John 17:23,26; 15:12,13). Sin cannot exist in God’s perfect love (1John 1:5; 4:18; John 8:12; James 1:13,17). Thus we are freed from the nature of sin and death and enjoy eternity in the heavenly kingdom of God’s presence in the Paradise of God, where eyes have not seen and ears have not heard what He has in store for those who love Him (Revelation 2:7; 1Corinthians 2:9).

The answer to all of humanities problems and pain and suffering is in our spiritual rebirth in the love of Christ Jesus (2Corinthians 1:20; John 14:6,16,17,26,27; 15:1,5,9,10,11,12,13; 17:23,26; Ephesians 3:17,18,19). He is the only Savior of the world and our only hope for a new beginning and a new world of mankind, having the divine nature of perfect love in the unity with the One Spirit of perfect love and eternal Life source (2Peter 1:1,3,4; Acts 4:12; Psalm 36:9; Revelation 21:1-6; Mathew 11:27-30).

Jesus said:
“I am the way, the truth, and the life”….. He is the Road…the embodiment of love as Truth…and the living principle of Life and Existence.

Jesus also said:
“No one comes to the Father except through Me”….. 
No one comes to know and experience God in relationship as our Father, except through His beloved Son Jesus who He sent into our world to redeem us from sin and separation and restore us to His love. John 14:6 and 11:27; 3:16; 2Thessalonians 3:5; 1John 4:8,9,10,18,19; Romans 8:15,37,38,39; Galatians 4:6

PEACE

(C) Hand of Grace 2018

WHAT IS TRUE WORSHIP?

Jesus said in John 4:23,24 that true worshipers must worship the Father in spirit and truth. What did He mean? One thing we can derive from this is that all forms of worship are not true worship. Thus, we can conclude from Jesus words that God does not approve of all forms of worship. Another way to say this is that His Truth and Spirit are not present in every form of worship. So all roads do not lead us to the One God. Also, since we are to worship in our spirit, we can conclude that true worship involves our innermost thoughts and emotions and heart motivations. So what exactly is true worship?

Jesus summed it up quite simply and beautifully in the two greatest commandments upon which He said everything else having to do with worship and right living is summed up. His words are recorded for us in Mathew 22:37-40 in which Jesus says “You shall love the Lord your God with all your heart, and with all your soul, and with all your mind. This is the great and foremost commandment. The second is like it. You must love your neighbor as your self. On these two commandments depend the whole Law and the Prophets.”

Of importance to note here is how Jesus linked these two commandments upon which true worship is based. Love of God and love of neighbor are linked as one, and are inseparable. You simply can’t have one without the other (1John 4:20,21). Also the order given is of utmost importance. Without fully loving God with all that we are, we cannot fulfill the second commandment to love our neighbor as our self. Why is that?

Simply because God is the fullness and complete reality of love, as the Bible says “God is love.” So in order for us to love God with all that we are, we must first come to know our self in His love, because He is the source of our love. We must first come to know and receive the fullness of His love before we can love Him with all that we are and love self and others completely in unselfish love. This is made known to us in 1John 4:7,8,19.

The Bible teaches that God’s love for us is unconditional in nature (John 3:16; Romans 5:8; Luke 6:35,36; 15:21-24; Mathew 5:44-48; 1John 4:8-10,19). What does this mean? It means that He does not love us because of anything we do to earn that love. He loves us because He is love (1John 4:8). He does not have love to “hand out” and give to those who “measure” up to His standards, That kind of love is judgment based and is a “counterfeit” love. It is a controlling fear based love. The Bible teaches that the fruit or that which is birthed by fear is not of love (1John 4:18). It teaches that true unadulterated love is the fruit or result of God’s Spirit in our life (Galatians 5:22; Romans 5:5). God is love itself, it is His very nature (1John 4:8). God loves because He is love. Once we truly experience that love, we will be free to love without judgment and without selfish motives. Loving in this way is living in Truth and worshiping in Truth (Mathew 5:223,24,43-48).

When we love God with all our mind, heart, and soul, we are living in Truth and in unity with His Spirit, which is perfect love. His Truth is only revealed in the light of perfect love (Ehesians 3:19; 1John 4:7; Mathew 5:45,46,48; John 1:17; 14:6; 8:12; Psalm 36:9; 1John 1:5; 2:10). So to worship God in Spirit and Truth is to live and walk in the Spirit and wisdom and Truth of perfect love (Ephesians 5:2,8,9; John 6:54-58,61,63; 8:31,32,34,35,36; 15:9,10,12).

Jesus taught that unity and peace comes in the perfection of love, and the perfection of love is revealed in our creator’s love, through His Son Jesus and to whom He referred to as Father (John 17:22,23,26; 1:17,18; 14:8-11). Jesus taught that it is only through Him, by His teachings, life, death and resurrection, that we are granted entrance into the kingdom of heaven through the door of Grace at the foot of the cross (John 3:5,14-16; 10:7,9,15,18; 14:6). It is through His death and resurrection on our behalf and our rebirth into the unconditional love of God through faith, that we are perfected in love through the power of the Holy Spirit of His love which He refers to as the Spirit of Truth, and which then comes and indwells us and perfects us in love through faith (John 3:16; 14:17,26,27; Romans 5:5; 1John 4:9-12,16,19; 1Peter 1:2,3,5,8,9; Titus 3:4,5,6; Galatians 3:2,3,5).

The Bible says plainly in John 1:17,18, that grace and truth were realized through Jesus Christ, and that Jesus who is in intimate son-ship relationship with the Father has revealed God to us. Jesus said that He came to bear witness to the truth (John 18:37). He is the living way to the father (John 14:6; 15:1,4,5,8,9,10,12,13; Hebrews 10:19-22; 1Peter 1:2,3). He said that He is the way, the truth, and the life (John 14:6). And added that no one comes to know their son-ship and the Father’s love except through Him, the door of grace and rebirth through faith (John 14:6; 3:5,6,7,9,14,15,16,17; 10:7,9,11,17,18; 15:1,4,5,9,12,13; 1Peter 1:2,3,5,8,9; 2Peter 1:4).

Therefore, to worship God in Spirit and Truth we must come to know Jesus, because He came directly from the Father’s perfect love into this world to reveal Him to us (John 1:14,17,18; 17:23,26). Jesus said that He and His Father are one. He said that He who has seen Him has seen the Father also (John 14:8,9,10). Jesus said that to enter the Kingdom of heaven we must be born of water and Spirit (John 3:5). This was referring to the living waters of truth He spoke of, which would become in us the source of Truth by the indwelling Holy Spirit of God’s love (John 14:17; 7:38,39; 4:14; Romans 5:5). He added that He was the door or entry point to the kingdom of heaven by virtue of His sacrificial death on the cross for the atonement of our sins and complete forgiveness and revelation of the unconditional love of God (John 3:3,5,14-17; 10:7,9,17,18; 1John 4:9,10,19; Romans 5:8).

God’s grace is realized at the cross where Jesus died to redeem us from the power of sin through His shed blood for the atonement and forgiveness of sins (Romans 5:1,2,5,8; 6;14; Ephesians 2:4-8). God’s Truth is realized in His perfect love, which is unconditional and revealed to us through faith, in relationship with His Son Jesus (Psalm 36:9; 1John 4:8-10,14,16,19; Ephesians 3:17-19; 4:15; John 1:14-18).

Why is this relationship with Jesus necessary for true worship? This is because the Bible teaches us that God gives us the gift of righteousness through grace (Romans 5:17,18,20,21). This grace is the gift of His love through the death and resurrection of His beloved Son Jesus, who volunteered to come into our world and give His life on the cross for our sake, to provide the way of redemption in order to end the judgment of sin and death in our life and bring us into the freedom of the Son’s of God in the perfection of His love (Romans 8:19,21,23; 1John 4:18,19).

Thus the Bible teaches us that Jesus gave us the right to become true son’s of God in the power of His Name (John1:12). On the cross, He overcame the power of sin to judge and condemn us and hold us bondage through guilt and condemnation (Romans 8:1,2,3,4,32,33,34,37,38,39). Through His eternal Spirit and the power of His resurrection, we also can overcome the power of sin and death in our life (Romans 6:3,4,5,6,8,14; 8:2; 2Timothy 1:10; Ephesians1:19-21). The Bible says that we are raised up with Jesus from the power of sin and death (Ephesians 2:4-10; Romans 6:4-6,14; Romans 8:2; Colossians 2:12,13).

The Bible teaches us that His seed of life is implanted in us through faith and Jesus is then formed in us and is born in us through the power of the Holy Spirit! Wow! (1John 3:9; Galatians 4:19; 1Peter 1:2; Titus 3:5; Romans 5:5; Ephesians 3:16-20). That is the immaculate conception of the Son of God in us, to whom we give sacred birth to as He is born in us through faith and love working together (Galatians 4:19; 5:6; 2Corinthians 3:18). Jesus resurrected life, is our soul’s spiritual DNA blueprint for eternal life (1Corinthians 15:45-49; 1John 3:9) We give birth to the eternal Son of God in us, as us whose exact image and likeness the Bible says we will become!!! (2Corinthians 3:18; 1John 3:1,2). God incarnated in us through the Holy Spirit of His perfect love!

We are the Body of the risen Lord (1Corinthians 12:27). And the Bible says we have been given the Mind of Christ (1Corinthians 2:16). This incarnation or rebirth of the Son of God in us, is our divine heritage encoded by the Holy Spirit in our spirit soul’s DNA, which is the book of life that our name is written on for eternal life because we are the body of our risen Lord, and His word says His “seed” is in us, so that we have His “life force” in us, and we shall become His exact image and likeness with resurrected heavenly bodies not subject to death, having immortality (1John 3:9; Galatians 4:19; Colossians 2:12,13; 3:1,3,4; 1Corinthians 15:47,48,49,50,51,53; 2Corinthians 3:18; Philippians 4:3; Ephesians 1:13,14). This immaculate conception of our Lord in us by the Holy Spirit, takes place when we accept Jesus through faith as our Lord and Savior. Wow! What a gift! Our rebirth into the divine nature as sons and daughters of God’s grace and love in Christ Jesus (2Peter 1:3,4; John 1:12; 1John 3:1,2; Philippians 3:20,21). As we stay living in faith, eventually in this life or after our death, our egoic mind will transcend its divided consciousness which exists in the perception of the false “reality” of “good” and “evil,” and which was symbolized by the tree of the knowledge of good and evil; and we will be reborn into the unity of the One Truth which is held in eternal love, in the heart and Mind of our eternal Father, and manifested in His eternal Son, born into humanity as Jesus Christ whose exact image and likeness we will become through the power of His resurrection (John 17:22,23,26; Ephesians 4:4-6; 1Corinthians 2:16; 2Corinthians 3:18; Philippians 3:10,11,20,21; Psalm 36:9).

The Bible teaches us that just as we bore the image of the first man Adam, we shall bear the image of the last Adam, which it says is the resurrected Jesus (1Corinthians 15:49). We are through faith and love being created anew in His perfect image and likeness, and are to have resurrected heavenly bodies the same as His with the same Glory of perfect love and divine nature! (2corinthians 3:18; Galatians 4:19; Philippians 3:20,21; John 17:22; Philippians 3:20,21). We are each individually to become perfect and unique reflections of the eternal Son of God and enjoy all the privileges and inheritance of His Son-ship and eternal life with the Father (Acts 26:18; 20:32; 1Peter 1:2-5,8,9; 1John 5:11,12; 3:1,2). One eternal Son, reflected in the many. Jesus died to give us all of this and more. The Bible says that ear has not heard and eyes have not seen what God has in store for those who love Him (1Corinthians 2:8,9). Would you like to be included? The Bible says “…for the witness of God is this, that He has born witness concerning His Son. And the witness is this, that God has given us eternal life, and this life is in His Son. He who has the Son has the life; he who does not have the Son of God does not have life.” (1John 5:9,11,12).

In summary, we see that according to the Holy Scriptures true worship involves our relationship with God through a living faith in the life, death, and resurrection of His only begotten Son Jesus, who was and is the living Word of God made flesh, walked among us, died to atone for our sins and give us the gift of His righteousness, and rose from the dead on our behalf as the living testimony that He overcame death, and all of our sins are forgiven in His name. What a gift! Will you accept God’s gift of Himself, and surrender your life to Him in faith and love? Just tell Him, and ask Him to come into your heart and life and cleanse you of your sins. Our sins are all the ways we fall short of perfect love (Galatians 5:13,14; Romans 13:9,10; 1John 3:4). Follow continually the living Word of life Jesus, and read His written word, the Bible (1John 1:1-3; James 1:21; 1Peter 1:23; 2:22; 2Timothy 3:16). Find others who teach the true Gospel of Grace and who follow Jesus from a pure heart (1Timothy 1:5; Galatians 3:2,3,5; 5:1,4,5,6; Hebrews 10:24,25).

Jesus said He will never leave you or forsake you (Hebrews 13:5,6). Trust your life to Him, He believed in you enough to die for you. The Bible says while we were yet sinners Christ died for us. He will overcome sin in your life. He will give you of His Spirit, and give you new life. The Bible says in Him you are a new creation, the former things have passed away (2Corinthians 5:17). Trust Him. The Bible says “…He who began a good work in you will perfect it until the day of Christ Jesus (return).” Philippians 1:6

Jesus said “Come to Me, all who are weary and heavy laden, and I will give you rest. Take My yoke upon you, and learn from Me, for I am gentle and humble in heart, and you shall find rest for your souls. For My yoke is easy and My load is light.” (Mathew 11:28-30). This is His personal invitation to you. Jesus loves you with an everlasting love (John 15:13; 3:16). Revelation 22:17 further invites you saying: “And the Spirit and the bride say, Come. And let the one who hears say, Come. And let the one who wishes take the water of life without cost.”

           PEACE
© hand of grace 2018

Poem: Love Is I Am

Love Is I Am

Love dwells unhindered,

In this ever present moment.

Free from the past.

Existing in timelessness.

The eternal now,

unburdened by our past,

Free from our regrets and failures,

From what is birthed in fear and held in guilt.

Free from all that is not love,

From the future and the past,

Free to be fully present,

Here and now.

Eternal in this moment.

Pure and undefiled,

Dwelling in eternal innocence.

Waiting to be discovered.

Waiting for our arrival.

Dwelling in our heart forever,

Our One and only Truth.

Love Is I Am

(Exodus 3:14; John 8:59; 1John 4:8,16,17,18,19; 8:12; 2John 1:1-6; 2Corinthians 3:18; Psalm 36:9; 46:1) (c) Hand of Grace 2018

WHAT IS LOVE?

WHAT IS LOVE?

Have you ever asked yourself what is the true nature of love? In our human experience we recognize different types of love, such as love of friends, family, spouse, children, pleasure, possessions, nature, animals etc. As we go through life we experience love that is very conditional and comes and goes depending on how circumstances and events play out in our life and that of others. Is there a love that exceeds our present capacity to love, and if so how can we come into the conscious awareness and experience of that love? Is there a love that is constant, doesn’t judge and condemn us, and by virtue of its very presence in our life transforms us into a true image of itself? Is that where true freedom is realized? If we are not able to love unconditionally, are we truly free? I’d like to take you on a journey and exploration of this subject, into perhaps new insights and understanding which can greatly enrich your life and open a whole new world for you, bringing you true freedom and into the true peace and nature of a love that no one nor any circumstances can take away from you.

You will see that in the truth of perfect love, you are greatly loved, no matter what you have or have not done in your past or might do in your future. This love I speak of does not excuse wrong behavior, it fills you with itself, and all the dark places of pain and hatred and anger and hurt surrender to the overwhelming beauty of this love that fills those dark places with itself, and they just disappear (1John 4:7,8,10,11,12,17,18,19; Ephesians 3:17-19; 2Corinthians 3:18; Psalm 36:9). This love, not only forgives us but it liberates us from the root causes of our pain and suffering and the motivations that caused us to behave in destructive ways towards our-self and others whether intentionally or un-intentionally (Colossians 2:12,13; 1John 1:7; 3:5,8,9,11; Ephesians 2:10; 3:16-19; Hebrews 4:12-16; Romans 6:4-6,14; 8:1,2: 2Corinthians 3:18; Galatians 4:19; Philippians 1:6,11). It is a love whose source the Bible reveals to us, and through its pages teaches us how to come into its presence, and through faith release its power in our life. It is a love that brings us to our knees in repentance and at the same time raises us up to new life in the fullness and complete acceptance of that love that fills us completely (Romans 2:4; 8:37-39; Ephesians 2:4-10; 1John 4:8,10,16-19; John 3:16; 17:22,23,26). In fact, it is a love that redeems us not only from the debt of our loveless thoughts and actions, but which liberates us from the power and control of our thoughts and impulses which have a negative and destructive force in our life and that of others (2Corinthians 10:5; Philippians 4:6-8; Ephesians 4:21-24; Galatians 2:20; 1John 4:18,19). Is this not a love worth discovering and coming into the full experience and revelation of? (Ephesians 3:18,19; Romans 8:38,39; John 15:9,11,12,13; 17:23,26; Psalm 36:9)

The Bible tells us in John 1:17 that “Truth and grace were realized through Jesus Christ,” and verse 18 goes on to say, that Jesus the only begotten Son of God, and therefore in the most intimate relationship with the Father, has taught us about Him (1John 5:20; John 1:14). The Greek word used their for “has explained Him” means to thoroughly or particularly teach. This Greek verb translated “explain,” comes from our English word “exegesis,” which means the unfolding through teaching. So we see here that John 1:18 is telling us that Jesus truly unfolded or revealed the true nature of God to us through His life and teachings. That is why He could say to His disciples that those who have seen Him have seen the Father also, because He and His Father are one, and said His Father dwells inside Him, just as Jesus said He dwells in all of His disciples who place their trust and Faith in Him, thus receiving the progressive revelation of His love unfolding in their life through the obedience of faith working through love (John 14:9,10; 17:21,23,26; Galatians 5:6; Philippians 1:9-11; 1John 4:16,18,19).

Jesus teaches us that God is love and that the true nature of love is unconditional, redemptive, transformative, and will be with us and in us, forever, and is entered into through our personal relationship with Him (Mathew 5:44-48; Luke 6:35,36,37; 15:13,14,17,2024; 2Corinthians 3:18; John 17:23,26; 14:17; 2John 1:2,4,5,6; 1John 4:8,10,12,16,18,19; Ephesians 3:16-20; 4:15,16,22,23,24; 5:2,8,9; 2Thessalonians 3:5; Psalm 36:9). The Bible also teaches us that the truth of who we are and of our true nature in the love of the Father is revealed in Jesus, whose exact image and likeness we are destined to become as children of His perfect love (2Corinthians 3:18; 1Corinthians 15:48,49; Colossians 3:4; 1John 4:17; 3:1,2).

IJohn 4:8-18 is one of the scriptures that addresses what love is. It tell us that God is love, and the source of love, then goes on tells us how we can come to know and experience His love. This scripture teaches that God’s unconditional love has been made known to us by sending His beloved Son Jesus to die as an atonement sacrifice for our sins, for the purpose of bringing us into the full experience and perfection and personal realization of that love which frees us from the power of sin. Verse 9 says “the love of God was manifested in us by sending His only begotten Son into the world so that we could live through Him.” Verse 10 says “in this is love, not that we loved God, but that He loved us and sent His Son to be the propitiation (atonement sacrifice) for our sins. The following verses teach us that this demonstration of unconditional love for humanity, was for the purpose of bringing us into a personal relationship with God as our Father and His Son Jesus as our Savior, and bring us into the experience of the fullness of perfect love which is unconditional in nature and beyond what words, or thoughts and our human experience can reveal or conceive (1Corinthians 2:9; Ephesians 3:17-19).

Verse 19 of 1John chapter four tells us that “We love because He first loved us.” And how did He first love us? Unconditionally. So then how is it we are to love? Unconditionally. The Apostle John is telling us that in our experience of God’s unconditional love, and our intimate relationship to Him in that love, through faith in the atonement sacrifice of His Son Jesus, we are then able to live through His love and in and by His unconditional love, and thereby, come to know, experience and believe in the unconditional love of God.

Verse 18 reveals to us that His love frees us from fear and the suffering fear brings. It says “There is no fear in love, but perfect love casts fear out…” This is because as it explains in those verses, the love of God is redemptive by the assurance of His grace through the atonement sacrifice of His Son for the forgiveness of all our sins. It goes on to say that if we have come to know and believe His love as revealed in His Son and walk in its truth, then we will be brought into the perfection of that love, and be free of the destructive guilt that fear brings into our mind and heart, and the destructive ways that it plays out in our lives and relationships (1John 4:10,16-18).

1John 4:11 says we are to love each other with the same unconditional love that God has demonstrated on our behalf through Jesus. And, verse 13 says that He has given us of His Spirit so that we can abide and dwell in His love and walk in its truth. Verse 14 says God sent His son to be the Savior of the world. Through Jesus we are saved in His love, by His love, and for His love (Romans 8:31,32,34,37,38,39; 1John 2:12; 4:9,10,12,16,19; John 13:34,35; 15:1,4,8,9,12,13; 17;23,24). Jesus said He is the “way, the truth, and the life,” and that “no one comes to the Father except through Him.” He came to reveal the Fathers love through His life, death, and resurrection. He became the living way into the experience of that love and its redemptive power through grace (John 1:14,17,18; 17:23,26; 15:1,9,12,13; 1John 4:8-10,16,19; Hebrews 10:10,15,17,18,19,20,22, Ephesians 3:17-20). He established grace as the living pathway and entrance into the presence of God and the love that is truly love, and will set us free from the false self of the ego and its conditional love which is divided in judgment of itself and others between the “good” and “evil” it perceives and creates within its own split nature (Romans 7:15,17,18,19,21,23,24,25; 8:1,2; 6:14; John 8:34,36; 17:23,26; 2Thessalonians 3:5; 1John 4:8,9,10,18,19).

Jesus said He is the door to freedom, to salvation, to realizing the fullness of joy, life, and love (John 10:7,9,10,11). He is the only one with those God ordained credentials and able to restore the human race in the redemptive power of divine love (Acts 4:12; John 3:16; 1John 4:14; Hebrews 1:2,3; 2:9,14,18; Ephesians 3:17-21; John 1:1,3,4,14,17,18; 14:6; 1John 3:5; 5:7,11,12; Philippians 3:14,20,21; 1Corinthians 15:45-49). He is the real deal! Don’t miss out on the promises and blessings and freedom that are freely given to us in the authority of His Name, paid for by His shed blood on the cross on your behalf (John 1:12,13,17; 8:31,32,34,36; 1Corinthians 2:9; 1John 1:7,9; Romans 5:17,20,21; 2Peter 3:13). Through faith, we enter through Him, by Him, for Him, and in Him into eternal life in His love, and find our true nature and true identity in the eternal love of our heavenly Father, and of our Lord Jesus Christ (1John 1:1-3; 5:11,12; Ephesians 3:17-19; 2Thessalonians 3:5; Colossians 3:3,4; John 3:16; 17:22,23,26; 1John 4:9,10,19; Psalm 36:9).

When we accept Jesus as our personal Savior and walk in faith through His love which is pored into our hearts by the Holy Spirit breath of God, our lives are made new and we are gradually transformed by His unconditional love into the same image and likeness of His love (Ephesians 3:16-20; 4:22,23,24; Romans 5:1,2,5,8; 1John 4:9,10,17,18,19; 2Corinthians 3:18). Even our bodies will be redeemed from death and changed into eternal bodies of the purest energy of light and love which is eternal in nature (Philippians 3:20,21; Romans 8:23; John 8:12; 1Corinthians 15:50-53). The Apostle Paul says in Philippians 3:21 that He will do this by the power of His mighty life force, which like a magnet brings all things together in Himself to be transformed into His Glory and likeness. The Bible also speaks of a new heavens and a new earth in which righteousness will dwell in the hearts of men and there will be no more wars or sickness or death. Jesus says look “I am making all things new” (2Peter 3:13; Revelation 21:1,5).

If you would like to be a part of this “new world” just ask Jesus to come into your heart and life with the Spirit of His love, and forgive you for your sins and cleanse you and purify you by the power of His love and shed blood on the cross for the forgiveness of all your sins, and surrender your life to Him as your Lord and Savior to walk in faith through the power of His love (Ephesians 5:1; 2Corinthians 5:19-21; Romans 5:1,2,5,8-10,17,20,21; 10:9,10,11; John 1:12; 3:16; Galatians 5:6).

If you prayed that prayer sincerely from your heart you have now come into a special relationship through faith, as a child of God’s grace, conceived in His love and have passed from death to eternal life (John 8:12; Ephesians 5:2,8,9; Titus 3:4,5,6,7). Read the Bible as it contains the living testimony of those who walked with Jesus when He was on earth and were witnesses of His resurrection. The Bible is God’s letter to you for your salvation, treasure its contents. Your salvation is a daily walk and journey of faith in the awakening beauty of God’s love and power in your life, and its transforming presence (1Peter 2:2; 2Peter 1:16; James 1:21; 2Timothy 3:14-17; Hebrews 4:12; John 6:63).

Jesus taught us what love is by His teaching, life, sacrificial death on the cross and resurrection. He reveals that love in our heart by the Holy Spirit and perfects us in that love through faith.

The Apostle Paul gives a beautiful explanation of what love is in 1Corinthians chapter 13, he says that love is the strongest power in life, and can overcome all obstacles and challenges of life. He first mentions what love is. Love is patient (it considers the needs of others and their weaknesses and is not overbearing or demanding), love is kind (it expresses thoughtfulness and consideration of others feelings and needs). Then Paul tells us what love is not. It is not jealous, does not brag, does not look after its own interests apart from that of others, does not keep track of injuries received, or seek to “get even.” Love is not overcome by the enemy and provoked into hateful behavior, and retaliation, it does not rejoice in unrighteousness (deceit and lies), but rejoices with the truth (with what is good and birthed in love), He concludes by saying that love never fails when we live, walk, and dwell in its truth. What the Apostle Paul is describing is unconditional love. That is love that is not self-serving, self-centered, self absorbed, selfish, and that holds negative judgments against others in un-forgiveness.

To be truly free we must love unconditionally. If we don’t then we are still holding anger, hatred, resentment, and un-forgiveness in our heart. Jesus said that we must love our enemies, pray for those who treat us badly. Jesus taught that we are not to hold un-forgiveness in our heart towards anyone, in order to prove ourselves to be true sons and daughters of our heavenly Father who’s image we are as His children, born of His Spirit (Mathew 5:43-48; Genesis 1:27; 1Corinthians 15:47-49; John 1:12,13; 3:5,6,17,18; 2Cointhians 3:18; 1John 4:12,13,14). The Bible teaches that in order to be able to love in this way we must first receive His Spirit and unconditional love in our life (1John 4:10,13,16,19; Romans 5:5; 6:14; 8:37-39; Ephesians 3:17-19; Philippians 1:6,9,11). We do this by opening our heart to Him in faith to receive the truth and grace of His love, and the forgiveness of all our sins through the atonement sacrifice of His beloved Son Jesus as a means for our complete redemption in His unconditional love sealed in His blood, by the life giving power of His death on the cross, which opens the pathway for us to come into the experience of His love as we surrender our self to receive it through repentance and by letting go of our un-forgiveness towards our-self and others (1John 4:8-19; Hebrews 10:10,17,18,19,22; Titus 3:4-6; Mathew 6:12,14,15; 18:21,22,33,34,35; 22:37,38,39; Luke 6:35-37). We are then filled with the fruit of His love blossoming in our life in loving thoughts and actions towards self and others (Philippians 1:11; Galatians 5:22-25; Philippians 1:8; Ephesians 5:2,9; John 15:1,4,9,12,13). We are gradually brought into the perfection of His love by faith working through love (Philippians 1:6; 1John 4:10-1218,19; Galatians 5:6). Galatians 5:22 tells us that love is a fruit of God’s Spirit. It is not something that we own and give out in measure as we choose and judge whether someone deserves to be loved, rather, it is the direct result of having God’s Spirit of unconditional love in our heart. In other words, we come to know our-selves as that love and as our natural state, by dwelling in the fullness of His love and knowing we are fully loved unconditionally. If we live in that awareness we will automatically be loving others unconditionally because our love will not have any conditions by which to be measured and thus judge others negatively in un-forgiveness. If we love our neighbor as our-self as Jesus taught us, then once we come to love our-self in God’s unconditional love, we would be loving others the same way.

If we don’t love others unconditionally, we have not yet come to know ourselves in God’s love and still hold judgment against our-self. 1John 4:17 says basically that the reason there is no fear in love is because love is free of guilt and the need for punishment, and says that he who lives in fear, has not yet been made perfect in love, and therefore has not come to know fully the redemptive love of God’s grace, so as to be able to live in the truth and fullness of His love towards self and others. Verse 18 follows by stating clearly that we love because He first loved us. We must receive and appropriate His love into our very being and consciousness and knowing, before we can love others in the same unconditional way that God loves us. This is why Jesus said in John 17:53-58 in reference to His sacrificial death on the cross for the forgiveness of our sins and realization of God’s unconditional love, that unless we eat His flesh and drink His blood, we have no life in ourselves. He is the doorway of grace into the perfection of the Spirit of God’s love, and eternal life. He refers to Himself as that door in John 10:7,9,11,17,18.

Jesus describes unconditional love in Mathew 5:43-48; 18:21,22,23,27,28,33,34,35; Luke 6:35-38; 15:12,13,17,20,21,22,23,24; John 3:16; 15:12,13)

BLESSINGS & PEACE