God Is Good

God so loved the world that He gave His only begotten Son, that whosoever believes in Him should not perish but have everlasting life. John 3:16. I was thinking about this verse yesterday morning on my way to my bible study taught by Sherrie Anderson, just a wonderful godly teacher.

As I contemplated God so loved the world on my 40 minute ride in a question came to my mind “What was it about the world that God would love it?”

The topic of our first study with Sherrie was God Is Good. In the beginning everything that God created was good. In Gen 1:31 it says then God saw everything that He had made and indeed it was very good. But then sin entered the world He had created through the serpent and the lovely couple Adam and Eve that God had created to tend His beautiful garden and corrupted all that He had made that was very good. Jesus verifies this when in Mark 10:18b He says “No one is good but God.” And in Romans 7:18a Paul says For I know that in me (that is, in my flesh) nothing good dwells.

So as I thought about that question with these scriptures in mind the answer “Nothing” came to mind. There was nothing in or about the world that caused God to love it. Naturally my next question was “how do you love without a cause?” That is the million dollar question. How do we love like that? How do we love someone when there is absolutely nothing in them to cause us to love them? How do we love our enemies? Can we say as Christ did, “Father forgive them they know not what they do?” Or harder still can we forgive the ones that are close enough to hurt our hearts. Judas comes to mind and Peter as He denied Jesus, his beloved trusted friend three times in Jesus’ presence. Without the Spirit of God we cannot. It is impossible for us, but scripture says in Luke 1:37 “For with God nothing will be impossible.” And Phil 4:13 I can do all things through Christ who strengthens me.

I heard it once said that love is the sweet fragrance the rose releases on the heel that just crushed it.

I pray we learn to love like that. Without the Spirit of God it is impossible.

Thank you Lord for teaching me. I so need it everyday. ;)

 

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6 Comments

  1. janet says:

    Keep it coming, Beth! I love it and get so blessed when you share “what the Spirit has to say to the church”.

    July 27th, 2012
  2. Beth says:

    Thanks Janet. That blesses me as well. Just trying to be obedient to my Abba Father. ;)

    July 27th, 2012
  3. Joyce says:

    Yes, there is not much in the world we can look at and love, and, yet, there is. No matter what, God loves us and through His perfect love we can love others.

    July 27th, 2012
  4. Beth says:

    Yes you are so right Joyce through His perfect love we can love others. Thanks for your comment. ;)

    July 27th, 2012
  5. Alicia says:

    I love the statment about the rose and the heel that crushed it. To aspire to love in this way, while I struggle with pride and fear, that is a goal to keep close to the heart.
    thanks for the reminder to pray for the ability to love like that.

    August 1st, 2012
  6. Beth says:

    So nice to see you here. That definately is a very difficult thing to do. We can truly only do it when we allow the flesh to die and allow the Spirit to live in us. Somedays I walk in the Spirit other days my flesh runs all over the place. lol But alas it’s a life long journey. Two steps forward and 1 back. I guess as long as the steps forward are more than the steps back God will get me there eventually. ;)

    August 1st, 2012

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