God’s Amazing Love Overcomes Our Fears And Indifferences

GOD’S AMAZING LOVE Overcomes Our Fears and Indifferences

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Jude 22:21-22

“Keep yourselves in the love of God, looking for the mercy of our Lord Jesus Christ unto eternal life.  And of some have compassion, making a difference:”

As I sat  in Bible class this morning the Holy Spirit began to bring things to my mind about GOD’S AMAZING LOVE.

While we are not of the world Jn17:14,  we must go and PREACH THE GOSPEL TO THE WORLD Mk16:15, ‘For GOD SO LOVED THE WORLD, that He gave His only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in him should not perish, but have everlasting life’ Jn3:16.

We are to share the love of God wherever we are, for we are the light of the world and the salt of the earth, Mt5:13,14. We are to make a difference in the world!

But this is not possible if we insulate and isolate ourselves from the world as Christians, from the people of the world and are not compassionate toward them.

I am suggesting a change of mindset for many of us- a change of attitude about the world that God so loved and Jesus died for, to go forth to tell others about Jesus!

Is it difficult to extend kindness and understanding to the poor and disadvantaged?  I remember the first time my 11 year old granddaughter Emily helped serve dinner at a shelter and realized that “the homeless people are just like us guys.” (See ‘Pity the Poor’ at  https://heulu.wordpress.com/2012/06/02/202/).   Emily said that the families there looked like ‘normal people’!  This is a startling revelation for a young child who has always known comfort and plenty, and it would also be for many adults who have not fallen upon hard times.

Jesus was not reluctant to approach society’s ‘cast offs’, a prostitute, an adulteress, lepers, demon possessed, the  downtrodden, the poor, and others who suffered ostracism and alienation from the public.  These folks were no more sinners than we were before we were saved by God’s grace.

As I sat in class I heard the teacher speaking about faith and how ‘..with God all things are possible’  Mk10:27, I remembered a young hair stylist in the Philippines a few years ago.  All of the young men working in the salon were homosexuals, but the one who worked on me was ‘born again’.  He showed me a picture of his former self as a transvestite, a cross dresser in his wig and high heels.  God saved him and he now shares the love of God with his co-workers and clients.  God in His Mercy and Grace touched his life!  Praise the Lord!

Next I recalled the time when I was vacationing on a neighbor island and a cruise ship dropped off a shipload of gay men at the beach near our hotel.  They came in a long procession with their partners, many hand in hand.  I was invited by friends on a glass- bottom boat ride which happened to reserve 3/4 of the seats for these guys, and we all had a great time looking at the coral reef and tropical fish.

I recently became acquainted with a transsexual person through the blogging community, whom God saved, and is now a Christian.  This is her site and testimony of her challenges as a Christian and a transsexual person. http://minkyweasel.com.

I thank God for his AMAZING LOVE that overcomes fear and indifference in my life  regarding my attitude toward the LGBT community.  I know that no legislation will change the way I practice my faith which is by revering God’s Word and striving to obey it.  There is also no legislation that will be able to force me to accept, affirm, or encourage a lifestyle that is disapproved of God.  However, others have the right to make their own choices, to live by them and to be accountable themselves to God and the law of the land, even if some Christians consider living with them intolerable or inconvenient.  That is what Lot chose to do.  And we’re living in the days of Noah and Lot as the Bible says in Luke 17:26-29.

Here are some scriptures to remind us to love others with the love of God:

The love of God is shed abroad in our hearts by the Holy Ghost which is given unto us. (Ro5:5)

For if ye love them which love you, what reward have ye? do not even the publicans the same?  And if ye salute your brethren only, what do ye more than others? do not even the publicans so?  Be ye therefore perfect, even as your Father which is in heaven is perfect.  (Mt 5:46-48)

And the Lord make you to increase and abound in love one toward another, and toward all men, even as we do toward you:  To the end he may stablish your hearts, unblameable in holiness before God, even our Father, at the coming of our Lord Jesus Christ with all his saints.  (1 Thess 3:12-13)

…There is none righteous, no, not one. For all have sinned and come short of the glory of God. (Ro 3:10; 6:23)

For by grace are ye saved through faith; and that not of yourselves: it is the gift of God: not of works, lest any man should boast.  (Eph 2:8-9) 

And finally, let us be encouraged and steadfast in our faith:

For God hath not given us the spirit of fear; but of power, and of love, and of a sound mind.  

Be not thou therefore ashamed of the testimony of our Lord, nor of me his prisoner: but be thou partaker of the afflictions of the gospel according to the power of God;

Who hath saved us, and called us with an holy calling, not according to our works, but according to his own purpose and grace, which was given us in Christ Jesus before the world began..  (2 Tim 1:7-9)

(Beautiful Bible Scripture in Picture by Darrell Creswell)

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About Shofar

Retired Teacher/Administrator, Christian missionary. Enjoy playing ukulele and guitar, oil painting, swimming and snorkeling, travel photography. Author of 'Sounding the Shofar-Exhortations for the End Times' eBook published Jan. 2012 available at Amazon.com or find it in Side Bar 'From Journal and Shofar eBook.'

Posted on June 10, 2013, in Enduring Love and tagged , , , , , , , , , , , , , . Bookmark the permalink. 18 Comments.

  1. we are looking for acceptance–on our terms. God says i have defined you in My image: enjoy your definition!

  2. randy tongg once told me to read it like this–God has (perfect) love when most read it God is love. Extrapolating, He has perfect everything–anger jeealousy compassion hatred patience. He is unfathomablly amazing in that regard. There is NO point of reference for Him. and thats where we continuously fail–we do not accept His definition of and for us.

  3. Wendell, the conclusion of Chapter 9 of my eBook is here (only 2 posts).
    https://heulu.wordpress.com/2012/11/27/an-angry-god-conclusion-chapter-9-shofar-ebook/

    These are but a few Biblical examples only, about God having feelings. Consider that we are living in the last days and God is judging the earth for man’s sins of disobedience, “God feels rejected and despised, reproached, ignored, and is provoked to anger” applies to us as well as it did for Israel of old. This is a quote from my eBook.

  4. I Nominate you for a Special Bouquet of Awards – 3 Nominations

    please accept it and oblige

    there are no linkbacks for this award

    http://ajaytao2010.wordpress.com/2013/06/15/a-bouquet-of-special-awards-3-nominations/

    • Ajay, thank you for the nomination for such a special award. It is an honor to be included among those who seek peace in a troubled world. I will thank those who originated the award, but friendship with you and many others in the blogging community is a reward in itself. Thank you so much!
      I leave you these words from the greatest Peace Giver of all, Jesus, who spoke of Real Peace: “Peace I leave with you, my peace I give unto you: not as the world giveth, give I unto you. Let not your heart be troubled, neither let it be afraid.” (John 14:27) Blessings to you!
      ~Liz

  5. You are so right – so many Christians have said this world is too sick, and it would be great to just escape from the world and live in our own community of Christians. Sounds great, but we wouldnt be accomplishing anything God wants us to

    • Thank you so much for your words of affirmation. May God work His will in our lives so we can share His Amazing Love with others. Blessings to you,
      -Liz

  6. Liz-

    I guess you could say ‘look at things from God’s perspective,’ and that should bring us down a notch or two, or three. Then again, there is no competition at the bottom…the natural man wants to strive, go ‘up’ the ladder as it were, but the baptist reminds us ‘I must decrease.’

    No wonder he was cited as the greatest prophet born among women;’ couple that with ‘I am not worthy to unlatch his sandal,’ and you have the correct pedigree of a spiritual man.

    But u are correct, ‘we ONCE were alienated, sinners full of spots,’ just like all others. It is natural to rank sins in a way that God does not, but natural is not spiritual. Good article

    • I appreciate your comments, John. Yes, when we consider what God has done for us, we should be humbled and have pity for those who ‘kick against the pricks’ and have yet to come under conviction for their sins as well. And we should remember that God looks at the heart of man, his soul and spirit, and not so much the outward appearance as we tend to do.

  7. Hi Liz as you know from my messages on my Blog, I believe very much we are to Love everyone but that does not mean we accept the wrong they do or say. I’m sorry but I don’t believe God wants us to promote those who continue to sin but claim they are Born again and this is confirmed by Scripture.

    1 John3:1-11 (9) No one who is born of God will continue to sin, because God’s seed remains in him; he cannot go on sinning, because he has been born of God.

    Yes Salvation is a free gift that we accept by heart repentance which means turning away from evil and doing good, this shows we do believe in Jesus Christ and what He has done for us, He said to the Adulteress, I do not condemn you but go and sin no more.

    1John 5 18-20 We know that no one who is Born of God sins; but He who was Born of God keeps him, and the evil one does not touch him

    We have been set free from the slavery of sin and no Temptation will be greater then we can bear, we are not to be friends with the world, meaning accept it’s evil or be apathetic about it, and we are never to promote it but we stand against it.

    John 8:34-36 Jesus replied, “I tell you the truth, everyone who sins is a slave to sin. Now a slave has no permanent place in the family, but a son belongs to it forever. So if the Son sets you free, you will be free indeed.

    Lot did not stay in Sodom and Gomorrah, it was destroyed, he was a righteous man living in an evil place and he knew it was, thankfully he escaped but his wife looked back with regret even after being warned not to and so like her hard heart she was turned to stone.

    Daniel 12:10 Many shall be purified, and made white, and tried; but the wicked shall do wickedly: and none of the wicked shall understand; but the wise shall understand.

    God tells us we are to be Righteous in our actions not continue doing the evil we did which shows we do not have Jesus’ Righteousness…

    1John 3:7 Little children, let no man deceive you: he that doeth righteousness is righteous, even as He is righteous.

    Take Care in Christ Jesus – Christian Love from both of us – Anne

    • Very good scriptures, Anne! We are to be separated unto God, separated from sin, unrighteousness, and the ungodliness of the world. Amos 3:3 says, “Can two walk together, except they be agreed?” This Word tells us that we should dissociate ourselves from ministries that compromise God’s Word and don’t teach about sin and repentance from sin, holiness and hell, the inerrancy of God’s Word, etc. As watchmen we watch for the wolves that lurk about to steal, kill, and destroy the sheep. We stand on God’s Word, submitting ourselves to God, resisting the devil and putting him to flight with the truth of the Word of God. AMEN! \o/ ~Liz

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