Curious about the title? The word “gain” is used because people are misinformed.
Welcome back to the second part of, Is God Mad At Me .
Many of us believe we need to GAIN God’s love, but the truth is He already loves us. So what do we do with His love?
We need to make sure that God is a part of our own heart. Keep reading to find ways on how to do so.
(1.) He Is Our Priority
This means we may have to let go of certain beliefs and make sure He is first on our list.
(NIV) Jonah 2:08, “”Those who cling to worthless idols turn away from God’s love for them.”
The people of Nineveh, whom Jonah was sent to, were told if they didn’t turn from their ways that God would destroy the city. Similar to how Sodom and Gomorrah were destroyed.
But guess what? They turned from their ways of worshipping idols and inappropriate behavior.
And God showed them love and mercy.
Following Other Beliefs And Idols
God is a jealous God. He is the Creator of the entire world and universe. He is Alpha, the First and He is Omega, the Last. So when we worship, or pray to anything, or anyone other than Him, we are taking glory away from His name. We are giving glory to something other than Him.
All other creatures and beings are beneath Him, not to be worshipped. Anything or anyone created by God but worshipped by man is similar to this.
Instead of giving praise to the Potter, the praise goes to the pot.
Instead of praise going to a doctor who created a cure, it goes to the pill.
The clay pot and the pill do have benefits for people, but the one who created them is forgotten, and recognition is given to the one undeserving.
Give God all the credit that is due to Him. God created us. Jesus Christ gave His life for our salvation. Don’t cheat Him of giving recognition to someone else.
(2). Desire For God’s Love In Ourselves
(NIV) John 5:42, “But I know you. I know that you do not have the love of God in your hearts.”
God loves us, but that doesn’t mean we are allowing Him to love us. Like what was discussed earlier in Is God Mad At Me?, we can be afraid, and when we’re afraid we need to pray.
(NIV) 2 Thessalonians 3:05, “May the Lord direct your hearts into God’s love and Christ’s perseverance.”
God does love us. He accepts us with our flaws and our darkness. Sometimes we become ashamed of ourselves. In turn, we can’t face ourselves, and we can’t face God with what we’ve done. We believe God can’t accept us in our shame, but beloved child of God, He absolutely can.
Christ Gave His Life For Our Darkest Sin
(NIV) Romans 5:05-06, “And hope does not put us to shame, because God’s love has been poured out into our hearts through the Holy Spirit, who has been given to us. You see, at just the right time, when we were still powerless, Christ died for the ungodly.”
At our darkest moment in our life, when we committed sin, that was the very moment Christ died for us. This was the moment Christ was willing to give us salvation. Even when we couldn’t look at Him, He looked back at us with love.
Telling us that if we were willing, He already was ready to receive us, and make us anew.
(NIV) Jeremiah 31:34, “Because they will all know me, from the least of them to the greatest,” declares the LORD. “For I will forgive their wickedness and will remember their sins no more.””
Unlike humans, when God forgives us, He does not hold a grudge.
God will answer, but we need to pray for diligence.
(NIV) Matthew 26:41, “”Watch and pray so that you will not fall into temptation. The spirit is willing, but the flesh is weak.””
Sin is not always easy to give up.
(Check out this blog post Giving Up Sin When It’s Hard for more information)
(3.) Improve Our Relationship With Christ
Sometimes we won’t immediately be able to change all of our ways. This is part of life. But there are things we can do consistently that will increase our relationship with God, which in turn, will help us draw closer to Him and away from sinful behavior.
Understanding God will help our trust. This is done through prayer and scripture reading. Scripture is not simply reading it, but following it. A quote once said, “Don’t say God is silent, when your bible has been closed.”
(NIV) James1:22-24, “Do not merely listen to the word, and so deceive yourselves. Do what it says. Anyone who listens to the word but does not do what it says is like someone who looks at his face in a mirror and, after looking at himself, goes away and immediately forgets what he looks like.”
If we do not apply what we claim to believe, then we will remain in the same place. We won’t grow as Christians, nor will our relationship with Christ blossom. We’re basically telling God, “I hear You, but I’m not going to do it.”
This is seen often with groups of people who go to church. Church for some reason appears to be the only place people have a “relationship” with Christ, and this is simply wrong. (Read It’s Not About Church for more information)
In a relationship, in general, not everything will be perfect, and a relationship with God is just the same. Jesus knows that. We tend to underestimate Him. When we become afraid we believe the lies that He will stop loving us or stop forgiving us.
God Isn’t Us
God always keeps His word, and beloved when He says He will forgive, it is a promise. His love and mercy far outweigh the wrath talked about in the Old Testament and prophecy scriptures. This is to show how truly awesome His love for us is. If only we could simply trust His love because the love of God is stronger than anything.
Christ gave His all for us with this love.
Understand and believe God is patient. He understands beyond the way we do. He has a patience beyond what we know.
He isn’t like us.
And how blessed we are He isn’t!
~T. R. Noble
-Check out the song, “Tell Me”, by Carrolton if your heart is hurting, and you are struggling believing God, His promises, and His love for us.
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