Sincere love

God is identified in the Bible as the God of Love–even more, it declares that God IS love. It says,and is verified by Jesus, that the most important commandment is to love God with all you have and to love your neighbor as yourself. Three references to love that appear to be different. Are they, or does it matter? Some say the God of the Old Testament is not the same as the God of the New Testament, but others see Him as the same God, but under different circumstances. Isaiah says that God’s thoughts are above ours, often beyond our comprehension, His ways different than ours. A deep and sincere study of the Bible reveals that God loves in ways that are not always obvious according to our “want it now” view of things. The intent of Transformation The Servant’s Heart-A Life of Faith is to encourage Christians to look in the mirror and respond honestly to what they see there. One part of the book is devoted to Romans 12:9, 10 and where it leads when it talks about love being sincere. In 1 Corinthians 13 Paul talks about nothing being sincere unless it is done in love. Jesus talks about obedience to Him being the sign of our love for Him. Simply put, love is giving yourself away. Loving your neighbor means putting he or she first. One way to look at loving your neighbor as yourself is that you treat them as you want to be treated, better known as the Golden Rule. Jesus said to take up your cross and follow Him. This means to die to yourself. So much for pride. The God of Love expressed His love for people by sending His Son to die in payment of their sins. Jesus, the Son, was willing to pay that penalty because of His love for us. The amazing thing is that none of us deserves that love. Love is the answer–for so much. I can testify to that.

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