There is no fear in love. But perfect love drives out fear, because fear has to do with punishment. The one who fears is not made perfect in love. — 1 John 4:18
Today is a very important day for three of my friends in church. Because it is the day of their baptism. I’m really pleased for them. As you known, baptism is to celebrate about ‘their old selves have gone and the new lives in the Love of God have come’. What an exciting journey ahead of them! I would like them to know about today’s verse, God is love! God is pouring his love on them!
Fear, we all have. It can be the fear of our future, job losts, financial crisis, terrorists, terrible family situations, life difficulties, death and so on, it can also be the fear of objects, such as snakes, spiders, sharks, rats, you name it.
Love, we all long for! It can be the brotherly love, parental love, friend’s love as well as partner’s love.
However, the Perfect love comes from our heavenly father, which is the unconditional love, a love above all else. In his love, there is no fear! His love always protects, always trusts, always hopes, always perseveres…
God is love. Whoever lives in love lives in God, and God in them. This is how love is made complete among us so that we will have confidence on the day of judgment: In this world we are like Jesus. There is no fear in love. But perfect love drives out fear, because fear has to do with punishment. The one who fears is not made perfect in love. We love because he first loved us. — 1 John 4:16-19
God loves you!
How great is the love the Father has lavished on us, that we should be called children of God! And that is what we are! The reason the world does not know us is that it did not know him. — 1 John 3:1
The most important thing I have learned from writing this blog is that I got to know truly about WHAT I AM – The Child of God, who is fearfully and wonderfully made, dearly loved by my heavenly father. I have started to call God, Daddy or Papa. My relationship with the heavenly Father is getting closer and closer which enables me to feel the true happiness and fulfilment. Never being happier.
In today’s verse John has pointed out that the same truth: The Father has lavished his love upon us. What kind of love is this? God adopted us as his children through sacrificing his own son Jesus. But the world does not recognise his sons and daughters by adoption because the world didn’t recognise his Son, Jesus. Nevertheless, how wonderful it is be to loved by God, the world’s greatest Father!
Paul Baloche – How great is the love
Love not the world, neither the things that are in the world. If any man love the world, the love of the Father is not in him. — 1 John 2:15
I am more and more excited as it is getting nearer and nearer to the end of this 100 verse bible. Today is the 96th day, it means there are only four days left before I finish this Mission of mine.
Today we are on 1 John. The author of this book is same as the Gospel of John. “First John was written to dispel doubts and to build assurance by presenting a clear picture of Christ. Entering history, Jesus was and is God in the flesh and God in focus – seen, heard, and touched by the author of this letter, John the apostle. John walked and talked with Jesus, saw him heal, heard him teach, watch him die, met him arisen, and saw him ascend. John knew God, he has lived with him and had seen him work. And John enjoyed fellowship with the Father ad the Son all the days of his life.”
Love not the world? Neither the things that are in the world? Why?
First of all, what does the world has to offer? I assume three most significant things people love about this world are POWER, SEX AND MONEY. If these things occupied our hearts, there is no space for the love of God which leads to eternal life. Imaging your heart is like a pie chart, if power takes 25%, Sex 30%, Money 35%, How much do you have left? 10%? How about other things? Is there even 1% left in your heart that is for God?
The things in this world are only temporary and easily destroyed. Yet what is unseen is eternal – Heaven and Hell. Will you choose the love of the father that leads to HEAVEN or the love of the world that leads to HELL?
So we fix our eyes not on what is seen, but on what is unseen. For what is seen is temporary, but what is unseen is eternal. — 2 Corinthians 4:18
But store up for yourselves treasures in heaven, where moth and rust do not destroy, and where thieves do not break in and steal. For where your treasure is, there your heart will be also. — Matthew 6:20
Put on the full armour of God so that you can take your stand against the devil’s schemes. — Ephesians 6:11
In today’s verse, Paul has revealed two important things. First of all, we have a battle to fight that is not against the physical powers but spiritual forces of evil.
For our struggle is not against flesh and blood, but against the rulers, against the authorities, against the powers of this dark world and against the spiritual forces of evil in the heavenly realms. — Ephesians 6:12
Secondly, we are not fighting the battle on our own but God has given us the mighty power of the Holy Spirit and equipped us with spiritual armours.
Therefore put on the full armor of God, so that when the day of evil comes, you may be able to stand your ground, and after you have done everything, to stand. Stand firm then, with the belt of truth buckled around your waist, with the breastplate of righteousness in place, and with your feet fitted with the readiness that comes from the gospel of peace. In addition to all this, take up the shield of faith, with which you can extinguish all the flaming arrows of the evil one. Take the helmet of salvation and the sword of the Spirit, which is the word of God. — Ephesians 6:13-17
What are the items of spiritual armour according to above verses?
1. The breastplate of Righteousness
2. The belt of truth
3. The Shoes of Gospel
4. The helmet of salvation
5. The shield of faith
6. The sword of the Spirit.
With these resources we become part of the Father’s army alongside Jesus. We will overcome the world of evil with the power of love!
For we are God’s workmanship, created in Christ Jesus to do good works, which God prepared in advance for us to do.
— Ephesians 2:10
Do you ever wish you could be a bit prettier, smarter, smaller, taller, stronger, slimmer … I often wish my teeth could be nicer so I can have a better smile, and I would like to be a touch smaller, and have bigger eyes, and so on … sad I know … I guess most of us, no matter how wonderful we might be, we still can not stop criticizing ourselves… why?
In today’s verse, Paul teaches us that we are God’s workmanship and are created to do his good works. On this subject, I would like to share with you Joel Osteen’s video ‘ you are God’s masterpiece.’ I hope you will be benefited from his teaching as I have been.
Instead of criticizing ourselves, we should celebrate who God made us to be. We are all God’s masterpiece!
I praise you because I am fearfully and wonderfully made; your works are wonderful, I know that full well. — Psalm 139:14
If I speak in the tongues of men or of angels, but do not have love, I am only a resounding gong or a clanging cymbal. — 1 Corinthians 13 :1
Today we are on one of the most famous chapters in the entire bible – 1 Corinthians 13. These fine verses are often read at weddings. They define what true love is! Amazing and powerful words, please read it with me here:
I think there is nothing more I can add on or explain about today’s verse, it speaks for itself. One of my favourite quote is this: “LOVE IS NOT LOVE UNTIL IT COSTS YOU SOMETHING TO GIVE IT AWAY!” Jesus demonstrates that true well, doesn’t he? For he loves us so much that it costs his life to give it to us! Through his love, we are saved from eternal sufferings and restored to be sons of God. How marvellous! Indeed, love never fails!
No, the Father himself loves you because you have loved me and have believed that I came from God. — John 16:27
In today verse, Jesus draws a close to his farewell before his crucifixion. He tells his disciples and us that the Father will give us whatever we ask because he himself loves us, because we have believed and love Jesus, his only son.
Here is an amazing video about the love of God, it’s a must see. I’m not going to say a lot today for a change, please just enjoy the movie:
God loves you!