Hello again, before starting this blog again I invite you to pray before you start, prepare your hearts, get away from the possible distractions, may God prepare your hearts to receive your word and may be able to respond to your will with actions so that it is not a dead faith, pray also for me, I also need to concentrate and I need God to give me wisdom so that it is his words that he is about to read and not mine.
‘He that saith, I know him, and keepeth not his commandments, is a liar, and the truth is not in him. But whoso keepeth his word, in him verily is the love of God perfected: hereby know we that we are in him. He that saith he abideth in him ought himself also so to walk, even as he walked. ’ 1 John 2:4-6
Last week I went to a friend’s house, her great grandmother was at home, she was an older woman, when I entered the house she greeted me along with other people, they invited me to move to another side of the house, leaving, one of my friends were raising a somewhat interesting conversation, she was asking her great grandmother if she gave him one of her rings, I was not close enough to listen well, but she with a slight tone of scolding told her constantly not while that my friend insisted that I give her one. End of the story: no, he didn’t give anything. We went to buy something and on the way, they told me that their grandmother does not give her rings because they are gifts from different people, it is the greatest and perhaps only way in which you can show affection to her great grandmother, giving her things, it is a somewhat story Interestingly, I had never heard someone do that.
On the other hand, I have friends who have a partner, normally, when they fight with their boyfriend or girlfriend, it is because the other person did not give him something on a special date or did not remember his birthday or normally expected something from the other person and did not happen, disappointments that They end up in fights.
What I want to get to is that there are different types of love and therefore different ways of demonstrating it and in these verses of 1 John 2 we can see one of them, AGAPE, maybe some have already heard this word and feel cool right now, maybe Someone has no idea what I am talking about, others probably turned to their bibles and tried to find out where this strange word appears, we still don’t get to that part, so relax because we have little left to understand why I leave you with that word now.
Last week we managed to see what it means to know the truth or rather how we show that we do not know the truth, not keeping his commandments, not bearing fruit, not being light, not being different are signs that we do not know the truth.
“He that saith, I know him, and keepeth not his commandments, is a liar, and the truth is not in him. But whoso keepeth his word, in him verily is the love of God perfected: hereby know we that we are in him. “
“BUT” after knowing what it means to not know the truth, after knowing those characteristics, then knowing whether or not you have fruit, after that, it makes a change of subject apparently, now you are talking about the characteristics of those who are in the.’ If ye love me, keep my commandments. ’ (John 14:15)
The best way to show that we love our Lord is by obeying his commandments because his desires will be ours because for our love to be visible his will must be reflected in our actions, it cannot be one without another, we cannot obey without a heart or a heart without obeying, in this way we cannot glorify God
’ This people draweth nigh unto me with their mouth, and honoureth me with their lips; but their heart is far from me. ’(Matthew 15:8)
It is impossible to worship the Lord with a dead faith that does not shine that does not reflect him and his nature, but it is even worse to be hypocrites, the vast majority of us know that Jesus always confronted the Pharisees and the word with which he describes them In the King James Bible it is “hypocrites” (Matthew 6, Matthew 15: 7, Matthew 16: 3, Matthew 22:18, Matthew 23) people who are not consistent, who pretend virtues or emotions that they do not have, in the case of the Pharisees, it was mostly humility, they were not humble in their hearts, they obeyed but never did it for the one who deserves glory, but for themselves, because they sought the approval of men; unfortunately we can fall into that same sin, we can be hypocrites, we can have a feigned love, we can simply obey but not for our love for him, but desire for recognition, the Pharisees did not give alms because they loved their neighbor, but because they loved themselves excessively, they wanted recognition, they didn’t feel love for God or the brothers;
'Blind Pharisee! First clean the inside of the glass and the plate, so that the outside is also clean. ’(S. Matthew 23:26)
The inside is a priority, the external will naturally come out, lately, I have been reading at the same time as other young people in my church made, on one occasion I read in fact parts in which Paul demonstrates his love for his brothers and I do not mean he spoke with them and he told them that he loved them but sometimes he talks about Paul praying with his brothers, hugging them, crying with them, comforting himself, among other things and that is because when the inside is clean the outside too, when commonly or in our heart We love God, that love is reflected in obedience and love to the brothers. In the cases we have had with the youth of my church we have studied about having true communion with God, which is very good but having communion with the brothers is also important
'When a man’s ways please the Lord , he maketh even his enemies to be at peace with him. ’(Proverbs 16:7)
When we truly love the Lord, our ways become straight for God and in this way we obey his commandments when he says in Matthew 5: 38-48, that we should love our enemies, that we have to love our neighbor, when we love God we will obey his commandments it must come naturally from us, it must be our desire to show the brothers that we love them, sometimes it is difficult to show love to the brothers, to those who are not believers, to our enemies, sometimes it will not be easy, this is not a change overnight, but it is something that we when we are true children of God, must have
'But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, longsuffering, gentleness, goodness, faith, Meekness, temperance: against such there is no law. ’(Galatians 5:22-23)
AGAPE, is a love that by definition is a love that is made without expecting anything in return, unconditional that seeks only the welfare of the loved one, this love was what Jesus gave us on his cross, an unconditional love, even when he was despised for those he had helped, even when Peter denied it, even at the times when he was under the punishment of God’s wrath by sinful and miserable people like us when for giving unconditional love for his elect he was insulted Ashamed and wounded, he gave love and received hatred, he could simply let us be punished and leave us dead in our sins, in any case, his justice is fulfilled, but he did not let us die, but he chose to love us and intercede for us, he chose to be our way to the father, he chose to be our way to a true communion with him and he intercedes and apologizes to the father in favor of those who made fun of him
'Then said Jesus, Father, forgive them; for they know not what they do. And they parted his raiment, and cast lots. ’(Luke 23:34)
Even when he knew that they would be guilty of his death, he intercedes for them, literally Jesus prayed for the forgiveness of his murderers. If we are Christians we have the fruit of the spirit and this is also composed of love, a love equal to that Jesus had with us and with those who repudiated him, in the verse of Galatians, the first aspect that is mentioned that this fruit has is the love, the beauty of this is that it is the fruit of the spirit, it is a love that only and exclusively of the believer
'But the natural man receiveth not the things of the Spirit of God: for they are foolishness unto him: neither can he know them, because they are spiritually discerned. But he that is spiritual judgeth all things, yet he himself is judged of no man. ’(1 Corinthians 2:14-15)
The natural man does not understand or be part of the spiritual things there is no way he can understand a love in this way, this is a difficult love to give, but now, if we are believers we can give it without measure, an unconditional love, no It matters whether that person treats me well or not, it will simply become increasingly natural to love them, as in the previous blog, it is a resistance race, we have to shed what makes it difficult for us to run the race that has been given to us.
'But whoso keepeth his word, in him verily is the love of God perfected: hereby know we that we are in him. He that saith he abideth in him ought himself also so to walk, even as he walked. ’(1 John 2:5-6)
Loving brothers is not always easy, loving those who are external to us is not easy, but now that we know that we are new creatures, our way of life changes and that includes our way of loving, we have not been drifting without direction without having any idea about how to love people, but that, we have been given a perfect and glorious example to which we must point within ourselves, to Jesus who became man for us, who suffered, was tempted, persecuted, lived a difficult lifestyle, but still, even knowing that Judas was going to betray him, even knowing that Peter was going to deny him and that Thomas was not going to believe until he saw his hands with marks, he knew everything they were about to do He washed each and every one of his feet, showed his love to them and to us; We must show our love to him, love God leads us to obey his commandments, obey his commandments leads us to love our neighbor, this must be like a fruit, that our love of God is perfected, I recognize that there are people who do not They find it easy to show love to those around them, I am one of those people, but to show love is necessary to be easy to see, why would you cover your light before them? Why would you deprive them of unconditional love?
When you love someone in this way you are looking for the best for that person with you express that agape love, we were chosen to be children of God and now we are sent to spread the gospel message, why would you not tell him the best news in the world with someone you love without condition?
To conclude with the reflection, again I invite you to conclude with a prayer of response to the message, praise and thank God for sending his son in propitiation of our sins, ask for you to show your love, maybe love your enemies is difficult for you, pray for people who are difficult or for those who hurt you, worship God for his infinite love that he gives us continually, pray for me, I also need to work on my love for others.
Yesterday’s blog I upload today, I’m sorry, probably next week we will have an extra blog on Monday, God willing, I’m going back to classes, so I’m going to need to move my schedules, the blog probably won’t be uploaded on Thursdays but that It depends.
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