Friday, August 24, 2018

God's Love

Our understanding shows differences in the way we love.  Some religious personalities have committed themselves to missionary love.  Their actions embody God’s mercy, and bring healing into a broken world.  This is how they showcase the good news taught in the Gospels of Christ.  Margaret D. Nadauld (b. 1944), the eleventh general president of the Young Women Organization of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints wrote, “Our outward appearance is a reflection of what are on the inside.  Our lives reflect that which we seek.  And if with all our hearts we truly seek to know the savior and to be more like Him, we shall be, for He is our divine, eternal Brother.”  In seeking to know Christ, and by accepting his love causes us to embrace his teachings.

But there’s much more to the story according to Ellen G. White (18271915), a prolific author and  Christian pioneer of The Seventh-day Adventist Church, who wrote: “In the consequences our limited ideas of the sufferings of Christ, we place a low estimate upon the great work of the atonement.  The glorious plan of man’s salvation was brought about through the infinite love of God the Father.  In this divine plan is seen the most marvelous manifestation of the love of God to the fallen race.”  It’s enlightening to know God’s love doesn’t discriminate, and reaches out to all men, women, and children.  We live under his protection by loving him, and our neighbors.

Real Joy

Some individuals may ask how could people be happy?  Thomas S. Monson (b. 1927), a religious leader and sixteenth president of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints said, “Finding the real joy of Christians come not in the hurrying and scurrying to get more done, nor is it found in the purchasing of gifts.  We find real joy when we make the Savior the focus of the season.”  This type of happiness is found at all times - not only at Christmas, but whenever we worship and praise God.

Our love for him is revealed when we do volunteer work for the poor and destitute.  As God’s co-creators on earth we must bless, uplift those in need, while doing homage to the risen Christ.  Noam Chromsky (b. 1928), a linguist and social political activist wrote, “Changes and progress very rarely are gifts from above.  They come out of struggles from below.”  A lot depends on how people view struggles.  It’s best to offer them up to God as gifts.  Soon Christ’s wonderful love occurs and opportunities present themselves.  Hard work is essential, but Christians ought to put their dependence on God, who makes all things possible.  It’s a mistake to underestimate what God can do.

God’s Gift

God’s precious gift of love is marvelous and free.  All we’ve to do is to seek his blessings, while pursuing his will.  Much of what we end up receiving comes through his grace.  Our approach must be one of persistence in our beliefs, and faith in our heavenly Father, Son, and Holy Spirit.  He’s the Almighty One, who knows all things, and blesses us.  That’s surely is his divine love.

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