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The only thing that counts in our relationship with God (Day 17) – “What Is Love?” Challenge

the only thing that counts

It’s Day 17 of the “What Is Love? Challenge“, where for 29 days I’m sharing bible verses on Love so that we can gain a deeper understanding of the true meaning of Love according to God’s divine plan.

On Day 16 we talked about Four things we should be praying for…and today we’ll talk about the only thing that counts in our relationship with God.

Galatians 5:1-6 English Standard Version (ESV)

For freedom Christ has set us free; stand firm therefore, and do not submit again to a yoke of slavery.

Look: I, Paul, say to you that if you accept circumcision, Christ will be of no advantage to you. I testify again to every man who accepts circumcision that he is obligated to keep the whole law. You are severed from Christ, you who would be justified by the law; you have fallen away from grace. For through the Spirit, by faith, we ourselves eagerly wait for the hope of righteousness. For in Christ Jesus neither circumcision nor uncircumcision counts for anything, but only faith working through love.

I was talking to a friend the other day and we were discussing how everyone is a “Guru” of something these days…so many of us are just so lost, searching and seeking for answers…and thanks to the Internet, there’s an answer for anything and everything….whatever it is you’re trying to do…there’s an “Expert” out there, ready to give you the winning formula….

Most of us live our lives governed by a set of “formulas”…. It’s how we think we can at least determine we’re doing this thing called life correctly. It’s how we measure our success. It puts our mind at ease knowing that we’re headed on the right track. It at least gives us the sense of security and control that we seek.

From the moment you’re a child, you’re told go to school, earn great grades, work hard, get married and have children by a certain age and eventually everything will fall in place…but we soon realize that’s not necessarily true.

Life is unpredictable…and what works for one person may not necessarily work for everyone, sometimes we take a wrong turn…a detour and it sets us on a path we really never set on embarking and that’s the beauty of life.

But wouldn’t it be so boring if we all lived the same exact life, based on the same exact series of formulas…we wouldn’t be able to share the unique experiences that makes the world so rich with history, culture and diversity. These unique experiences is what life is really about, it’s what makes us human….

It’s the same thing with our relationship with God…some of us try to do this Christian thing by living according to a set of Formulas…we live our lives governed by a set of laws…we have a checklist and we say, if we do this or that and that…then we believe we’re “good” Christians…

But Paul warned the Galatians about this…he reminds us that we do not have to “Earn” our way to a relationship with God or into heaven, based on laws…because Christ already set us FREE.

If we do live our Christian lives based on a formula then we’re really just slaves and we’re actually forfeiting God’s gift of grace. It’s not something we can “Earn”, because God already gave us his grace and love through Jesus Christ who set us free when he died for us on the cross.

So how can we measure our Christianity then? how can we know we’re doing the right thing by God? Paul says laws don’t count…

The only thing that counts is faith expressing itself through love.

So once again it all boils down to LOVE…ultimately all the formulas and laws don’t matter if we don’t live our lives as an embodiment of God’s love.

God Bless you,

XOXO

Dee

 

 



Love One Another (Day 9) – “What Is Love?” Challenge

daily-devotionals-jesus-loves-all   It’s Day 9 of the “What Is Love?” Challenge where for 29 days I’ll be sharing bible verses in an attempt to gain a deeper understanding of the True meaning of Love according to God’s Divine Plan.

On Day 8 we read a beautiful declaration of God’s Love for us and we spoke about our worth in his eyes. Today’s verse is another reminder to love each other,

John 13:34-35 English Standard Version (ESV)

34 A new commandment I give to you, that you love one another: just as I have loved you, you also are to love one another. 35 By this all people will know that you are my disciples, if you have love for one another.”

Today’s reading emphasizes on loving others, this is a lesson we’ve had over and over through this challenge so far on Day 1, Day 4, Day 6 and Day 7… this goes to show just how important loving one another is…

The background story of today’s reading…it was almost time for Jesus to leave the world and return to his father…he already knew this but his disciples had no idea what was about to come….during his last supper with the disciples, he gave them a few words of advice…

IMO this was really his way of saying Goodbye…he wanted them to know what he wanted to happen in his absence…if they were to do anything or had learnt anything at all from him…this was the most important thing he wanted them to know….. He wanted us to love one another…

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One symbolic thing he did during the supper was wash his disciples feet…he humbled himself and served them…and he was also about to do the biggest sacrifice ever done…all in the name of LOVE…he was about to pay the ultimate price for our sins by giving up his precious life…

He gave us a living example of what love should look like, love should be unconditional, love involves being humble, casting aside our pride and egos, love is sacrificial…as the Son of God, the disciples were the ones who were supposed to wash his feet, but he washed their feet to demonstrate that love requires serving others, it requires submission, humility, love demonstrates care to others, love requires obedience and love requires forgiveness. Jesus knew that one of the disciples was about to betray him which would lead to his crucifixion but he also trusted that this was part of God’s bigger plan and God was about to turn all that evil for our good…

Jesus demonstrated to us TRUE LOVE and he set an example for us as to what LOVE should look like.

And he says…as his followers, loving others, is our badge, when we love others the way he loved us, we demonstrate pure christ like love and this way we are living examples of what God embodies…LOVE.

Today let’s pray that God helps us to cast aside our pride and ego, to help us serve others in love, to help us submit, obey and humble ourselves before others in love and ask him to help us as his disciples be living examples of what it means to truly love as he loved us.

Stay Blessed,

XOXO Dee