Wednesday, June 24, 2015

#FOODFORTHOUGHT: GOD'S LOVE REVEALED

Hey Loves! In my life, the love of God has been a constant. At my lowest, I felt unlovable. At my highest, I am often puzzled by how God can love me so much. Through the lows and the highs, God always showed me His love for me whether I knew it or not. I no longer question or doubt God's love for His children because the answer has been revealed to me.
And I am convinced that nothing can ever separate us from God’s love. Neither death nor life, neither angels nor demons, neither our fears for today nor our worries about tomorrow—not even the powers of hell can separate us from God’s love. No power in the sky above or in the earth below—indeed, nothing in all creation will ever be able to separate us from the love of God that is revealed in Christ Jesus our Lord. (Romans 8:38-39 NLT)

Simply, Christ is the answer. We all know it and we've studied it in Sunday School. The story of Jesus's love and sacrifice is engrained in us every Easter and Christmas. The religion itself and the Holy Bible we govern our lives by is shaped around Jesus Christ. However, the true reveal of God's love does not occur through your acquired knowledge of Jesus. True revelation of God's love is when you begin to experience Jesus for yourself.

Dictionary.com's definition of reveal is as follows:
verb (used with object) 1) to make known; disclose; divulge; 2) to reveal a secret; 3) to lay open to view; display; exhibit.
noun 1) an act or instance of revealing; revelation; disclosure. 2) Architecture - the framework or edge of an automobile window.
Synonyms 1, 2. unveil, publish, impart, tell, announce, proclaim. previously concealed or secret. To reveal is to uncover as if by drawing away a veil: To disclose is to lay open and thereby invite inspection: to disclose the plans of an organization. To divulge is to communicate, sometimes to a large number of people, what was at first intended to be private, confidential, or secret: to divulge the terms of a contract.


When I read this definition, scriptures just ran through my head. Too many nuggets! But I will try my best to summarize for you all The Ways God's Love is Revealed through Jesus Christ:

1. God will make Christ known to you. God will place someone in your path to divulge information about Jesus and to lead you to Him so that you can be saved. The information is not necessarily secret, but it is sensitive and new to you. This is the disclosure and the first instance of God's Love Revealed by giving you a chance to have eternal life. God doesn't want it to be a secret anymore. Jesus was always with God. The world just wasn't given an official announcement of God's plan until Jesus was born. The job Jesus was given here on earth was to announce and proclaim to the masses that the way to God and eternal life is now through Him. God's love is for anyone who wants it. God's love is for anyone who believes in His son Jesus Christ.

2. God will reveal your purpose. Most times, we don't know what God called us to do until we we've began building a relationship with Him for ourselves. Even, if our wonderful parents already saw it in us and imparted in us, we really don't see it ourselves until we hear it from God. However, God already knows your purpose. Since you don't know, it is a secret. Once you begin to grow in your relationship with the Lord, God will begin to show and tell you pieces of your full purpose. He is loving in this way because those not connected to His son are often wandering in life aimlessly. Even if they have worldly success, they often feel like something is missing. No Father wants to see His children trying to figure out what they are going to do with their lives. Especially when He has already prepared a path and an inheritance for them.

3. God will begin to lay open your heart. Once you begin to walk with Jesus and God begins to show you what He has for you, God must then prepare you. You are going to have to open up your heart and let God inspect it. It is a painful process but God has to do it so that you can acquire what He has prepared for you. He has to clean out the filth, adjust somethings, and shut some things down. But He can't do it  if you don't let Him. You may feel like the God is abandoning you or even hurting you but it all love. If He didn't love you and want to see you better, He wouldn't allow you to go through the pain. If He just wanted to inflict pain on you, He wouldn't give you a choice to lay your heart open for yourself.

4. God will connect you with the Body of Christ. We can't walk this walk alone. We thrive off of fellowship, accountability, love, guidance, and serving others. You have to stay connected to like-minded believers. God knows how hard this walk is. Yes, you have Jesus; He is the framework holding the entire Body together. We also have the Holy Spirit with us. But God knew David would need Jonathan. Mary would need Elizabeth. Jesus would need John The Baptist. God knows that You, believer, will need other believers.

5. God will draw away your veil. I live in Philadelphia and we have a strong Muslim population here. Muslim women wear hijabs as apart of their modest attire. Before and during the time of Christ's time on earth, women in Israel wore a very similar head covering for the same purpose. Every day, I see woman walking down the street wearing a hijab. And every day, I think of this scripture:

But whenever someone turns to the Lord, the veil is taken away. (2 Corinthians 3:16 NLT)

Before Christ died on the cross for our sins, God did not play any games with us. He was killing people on sight. Taking them up to heaven without warning. Tithes were literally animal sacrifices. Don't forget you had to build the alter first before you started chopping up anything.

But then God sent His only son to die on the cross for our sins because He loved us so much. He was tired of having to continuously punish us without a way for us to be redeemed. He knew we were incapable of not sinning against Him. Since Christ died for our sins, He took all of our baggage on the cross with Him. Once you choose to to turn to Jesus and follow Him, God will remove your veil and free you. Freedom from shame, freedom from guilt, freedom from pain, freedom from strife, and freedom from anything that may seem to have you temporarily bound on this earth. God loved you so much, He gave you freedom. 

6. God gave us the Word. 

In the beginning the Word already existed. The Word was with God, and the Word was God. He existed in the beginning with God. God created everything through him, and nothing was created except through him. The Word gave life to everything that was created, and his life brought light to everyone. The light shines in the darkness, and the darkness can never extinguish it. (John 1:1-5 NLT)

This may be the most important part and it can be taken in two ways.

a. God loved us so much that He reveals it by inspiring many men to write about Jesus to make one Holy Bible. The Bible is living and breathing. It holds so much power and wisdom. God didn't want to keep us here without a way to know He wants from us. In the Bible, He also provided laws for us to govern ourselves. If you read closely and attentively, nothing in this world is a repeat. Everything we can encounter here on earth, God saw fit to prepare us for it through His word. Through His word, we know Him.

b. All of the above can said about Jesus Christ, the Word, whom is referenced in the scripture above. God loved us so much that He decided to publish the Word by making Him a man. He wanted us to see our reflection in the Word. He gave us a mirror. We will never be able to portray an image as perfect as the mirror. How ever we will always have the mirror to show us our hearts. The Word, Jesus, shows us who we can be in Him. He set a standard in which we now reach. While we will never reach it, God thought it unjust  for us not have an example.

God's Love has been revealed to us. If you feel it hasn't, continue to experience Jesus for yourself. Through Jesus, you will know God's plans for you and the world. God will open your heart. He will connect you with other believers. He will take away your bondage. He will never take away His Word or Jesus from you. That's real love. Let God Love You. SMOOCHES XOXO

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