Because Love Has No Limits!

“What would you do for someone you love?”

That was the headline at the top of our local newspaper insert, Parade. Oh, and yes, in this instant internet age I still read the newspaper. Nevertheless, that question piqued my interest here on the brink of a new year.

Immediately my thoughts were turned to, “What would I do for the One Who Loves me eternally? What would I become and do the for Christ Who gave Himself for my redemption and justification? What would I do for Christ Who demonstrates His for me love today, tomorrow and for all eternity?”
But God demonstrates His own love toward us, in that while we were still sinners, Christ died for us (Romans 5:8).
For the love of Christ compels us, because we judge thus: that if One died for all, then all died; and He died for all, that those who live should live no longer for themselves, but for Him who died for them and rose again (2 Corinthians 5:14-15).

In these past few days, we have heard much through preaching, podcasts, and social media to encourage us to begin a new year with a “clean sheet / a fresh start.” Therefore, may I simply ask each of us to consider what we will be and do in 2019 for the Lord Jesus Christ, the One Who motivates us by His eternal, unconditional love?

The answer should be the same one word answer as found under the question in the Parade insert that prompted this post. That word . . . EVERYTHING.

 

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4,851 likes!  Facebook sent a year-in-review video and shared with me how many times I “liked” something in 2016!  Thank you, Facebook.  I like that!

As I thought about Facebook’s revelation of my “liked” responses, the following came to mind: How many times has my Heavenly Father “liked” or been pleased by my actions this past year?

Walk as children of light . . . and try to discern what is pleasing to the Lord.  (Ephesians 5:8,10)

We make it our aim to please Him. (2 Corinthians 5:9)

And so, from the day we heard, we have not ceased to pray for you, asking that you may be filled with the knowledge of His will in all spiritual wisdom and understanding, so as to walk in a manner worthy of the Lord, fully pleasing to Him: bearing fruit in every good work and increasing in the knowledge of God. (Colossians 1:9-10)

What are your guidelines, your motivations for “liking” something on Facebook?

a) You really do like it.

b) You just want your friend to know you saw it.

c) You feel some emotional attachment to the post.

d) You do it out of obligation because your FB friend just might defriend you.

e) It’s part of living in the Facebook world.

f) All of the above!

What are your guidelines, your motivations for pleasing your Heavenly Father?

Because of my position in Christ, I am always accepted by God the Father (Ephesians 1:6).  In the practical out-working on a daily basis of who I am in Christ, here are some guidelines from the Word that should help me:

  1. Read, study, memorize, meditate on, and share the Word of God (Joshua 1:8; Psalm 19:14; Psalm 119).
  2. Respond to life each day through a biblical worldview (Romans 8:6-8; 2 Corinthians 10:3-6).
  3. Live in the atmosphere of prayer; of communion with God (Luke 18:1; 1 Thessalonians 5:17).
  4. Obey the Word (Psalm 119:1-8)
  5. Give the right opinion of Who God is by your talk and your walk (1 Corinthians 10:31).
  6. Keep short accounts of sin (1 John 1:9).
  7. Walk in the victory that we already have in Christ (Romans 8:28-39).
  8. Live by faith (Hebrews 11:6).

When a man’s ways please the LORD, he makes even his enemies to be at peace with him (Proverbs 16:7).

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