True love is not a reward, it is a consequence of doing the will of God. True love is what God requires from us.
We human beings may pretend that we love others, but most of the time we do not genuinely love them. For most of us, love requires conditions. You must love someone in return for your love. You must give love to someone in return for your love. True love is unconditional.
God loves everything He created. He loved us first and so He is love. He loved us because He loved Himself. He knew we were unwanted by Him, so He came to be a substitute. He sent His son to die for us. He wills for us to be saved. He wants us to have everlasting life.
We could not save ourselves because we are sinners, and even though Jesus died on the cross, it was to save us. Love has no conditions. It is unconditional and so is God.
Some Christians think that you have to be a certain age to be saved. Being a child of God is inherited. He has no age limit. What He has is eternal life. It is not a duration or a limit of some type. It is a limitless resource we have of enjoying God’s immense love.
God loves His people. Who are we to refuse His love. Some of us know that we have been saved by God’s grace. Maybe we have heard the testimony of some who did not know the saving grace of God. They testify that they are living in the power of God’s love. If you have not accepted God’s offer of salvation, receiving the gift of eternal life is the next best thing to heaven.
With all that being said, I want to look at the subject of love.
No, it is not enough to love God and man unconditionally. We must first love ourselves.
Do you realize that it is not enough to simply love God and man? We must also love ourselves.
Christians know that God loves them, too. So they enter into His love, and find it very real because it is from the heart of God. As indwelt with the love of God, Christians develop a beautiful relationship with themselves, which inspires and satisfies the core of their Christian identities. A Christ-follower becomes a Christ-like being inrelationship with God, and therefore with others.
But, as Christians, how do we actually bring this loving relationship into our earthly lives? Many relate with their commitment to Christ by their daily prayer habits. This is part of the solution. But consistent inattention to self will render the prayer methods irrelevant.
Con As inattention to self, Christians repeatedly die to themselves. The spiritual life is not only about Christianity, it is also about living consciously unto God. A deeper understanding of our own sinfulness and the problem of our human sinfulness becomes a part of the problem we confront. A solution that responds to the problem becomes an obsession; a victim of circumstance.
Inattention to self results in:
Denial: There is no such thing as denial.
Refusal: You can’t have it both ways. Either you are a Christian or you are not.
Isolation: Living in isolation means that you shut down your human connections to seek the refuge of God and His righteousness only to find that the world makes no sense. You isolation is profound.
Deception: You have deceived yourself to such an extent that you believe your reformed self-esteem and trust issues are solid.
Isolation is the mind’s refusal to accept its own conscience, which states that it is a sinner. The mind refuses to acknowledge that what it does is wrong. Living in continuous denial, Christians have become the victim of their own pride. The Christian has become so identified with his faith that he considers himself blameless before God.
Pride: Christians are proud of their indwelling Christ. Thus they are easily angered.
Anger: Knowing that Christians are proud, the natural response is to walk away from potential conflict situations.
Confidence: Believing that the Christian is righteous, the walk away from conflict situations is just a natural reaction for a Christian.
Consistency: Knowing that conflict situations would arise in the future, the conscience seeks a conscience after God’s presence, which results in Christian-on-Christian-forcer, do- bosses.
Odalal: In the Jewish culture, the worddalalmeans a ” stain on the right cheek” and is a penalty for a mule that carries a curses from an evil man. Christians have adapted this word to refer to thekeepingof an oath.
Dalelaying: To avoid a bad situation, Christians will at times, seemingly without reason, allow others to walk away from a bad situation.