30/30 Challenge: Day 12

women's devotional bible #3030challenge

Tonight I studied what I think is the most important aspect of the Christian faith: God’s love.

All the topics I have gone over prior to this evening were really just Biblical tips on clearing the path between God and me. But God’s love is the very foundation of Christianity. Without it, man would have never been created. Certainly Jesus would have never died for our sins.

It’s so fundamental but easy to forget when we busy ourselves with trying to not only make sense of an ancient text, but make it applicable for today’s times. We argue over doctrine. Do we take the Bible literally? Do we only adhere to the parts that fit in today’s society? Should we be tolerant of sin as Jesus was? Or should we stick to the laws laid down specifically by God? Is it our duty to convert others? Or should we accept religious differences?

So let’s strip the Bible down to its pantywears by going back to the basics. The very basics.

Every story in the Bible shares the theme that God is love. Everything He does for our behalf He does out of love. Since that’s probably the only constant throughout the ages, I think I’m justified in saying that, without a single doubt, God loves us.

I’m not interested in hearing anyone’s interpretation on what rules got overruled by Christ or what rules we’re supposed to adhere to according to Christ. Because when it comes to Bible interpretation, everyone has an opinion. I don’t trust opinions.

What I learned from tonight’s Bible study session:

  • God is love.
  • The devil is in the details.

And so we know and rely on the love God has for us. God is love. Whoever lives in love lives in God, and God in him. – 1 John 4:16

*Rae

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18 thoughts on “30/30 Challenge: Day 12

  1. Amen! How encouraging. He certainly loves us, it is so real! That is the difference between Christianity and any other religion. He loves us and He wants a relationship with us. There isnt another religion or practice that offers that.

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  2. “Because when it comes to Bible interpretation, everyone has an opinion. I don’t trust opinions.”

    Love it, love it, love it!!! The Spirit has spoken a very powerful truth through you beloved. We are not to be lead by the opinions of man that come and go and sway to and fro, but by the Spirit of God only. “For those who are led by the Spirit of God are the children of God.” Romans 8:14. That is why it is so important for each of us to read the bible for ourselves and get a personal relationship with God. So we can become sensitive to the speaking of His Spirit to our spirit and learn discernment. That way we’ll know that we are on solid ground and wont be shaken or easily deceived. “Peter and the other apostles replied: “We must obey God rather than human beings!”.

    Always follow the Holy Spirit, for He always leads you to Jesus! 🙂

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  3. And yes! I’m not implying the Bible isn’t important, it absolutely is. We just need to read it for ourselves and let God lead us rather than basing our faith on what someone else thinks the Bible means

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  4. Well im starting out myself but i found a approach is to write what you feel, not everyone will be able to relate to Christianity. But they can relate to daily struggles and looking for reason and purpose in the world. Blog from the heart (:

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  5. Thank you for your heart for the Lord. Jesus and the Father and Spirit are never ‘tolerant” of sin. The bible clearly from front to back reveals God’s wrath against sin. It is an affront to His holiness. But Jesus did reveal God’s love for mankind who was enslaved by sin. He came to set us free from sin. So Jesus looked past the sin that He hates to save the souls that He loves. Blessings.

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  6. Ops, I’m so sorry I forgot to leave where you could find that last verse. Silly me my fingers and my mind don’t always keep up with one another.

    But Peter and the apostles answered, “We must obey God rather than men.
    (Acts 5:29 ESV)

    and also,

    But Peter and John answered them, “Whether it is right in the sight of God to listen to you rather than to God, you must judge,
    (Acts 4:19 ESV)

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  7. Reblogged this on Fruit of the Spirit and commented:
    Owe no one anything, except to love each other, for the one who loves another has fulfilled the law. For the commandments, “You shall not commit adultery, You shall not murder, You shall not steal, You shall not covet,” and any other commandment, are summed up in this word: “You shall love your neighbor as yourself.” Love does no wrong to a neighbor; therefore love is the fulfilling of the law.

    (Romans 13:8-10 ESV)

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  8. I Timothy 2:3-5 – “3This is good and acceptable in the sight of God our Savior, 4who desires all men to be saved and to come to the knowledge of the truth. 5For there is one God, and one mediator also between God and men, the man Christ Jesus,…”

    His love, which is Christ (God himself) and the Word, is designed to draw men (us) to him, for He desires that we are saved and that we come to know Him. As the Lord is dealing with me through the book of Hosea, we see His endless/boundless love even toward an unfaithful, whorish people and yet He’s MARRIED to us. He’s faithful; we’re unfaithful! Yet, He keeps providing all we need even we’ve walked away from the marriage and committed ourselves to other, lesser “gods” (sins).

    So, yes, I agree that the Bible is about “The Love Story” between God and His people. And Love (Jesus) saves!!!! Amen!

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  9. Hi Rae!

    This was an interesting post because of all the questions you asked.

    I would never wish to deter people from reading the bible. It certainly benefits us when through reading it our faith and love for God is re-affirmed.

    I think it is unwise to consider the Bible as beneficial to all humanity in its entirety. Language is a human construct to enable us to communicate. I did not find it helpful to me when I read Leviticus 20, because it listed all the penalties for breaking the Mosaic laws. Often, the punishment was death by stoning, so God’s chosen people had to break God’s sixth commandment in order to keep the Israelites true to God! Banishment, rather than death, would have been a more fitting punishment, since they would not have to kill the trangressors!

    I never could reconcile this and I was not persuaded by the explanation that it was necessary at the time, so I chose to read what I found beneficial and leave alone the parts of the Bible that did not sit well with my heart. There are many biblical texts that describe God’s wrath as well as God’s love, and however you explain it, that is a fact rather than an opinion.

    I used to think about whether I should try to convert others, but I realised that this was better achieved by allowing the Holy Spirit to act through me. I love human beings and try hard to be kind to them even when they are not kind to me. I show respect and good cheer to all who serve us in shops and stores, through the grace of the Holy Spirit. I am heartened by the way my good friend Paul behaves, like a Christian, even though his father’s suicide caused him to lose faith in God. Showing kindness to others is more important than knowing the scriptures, after all, Satan knows the scriptures and understands them well!

    Peace and love to all,
    Dinos

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  10. In general, Brother Dinos, we all need to be quite mindful of how we approach and utilize God’s Word. I understand perfectly your sentiment regarding the example that we as Christians leave with others; our displays (i.e. actions, words, etc.) can draw others to Christ or repel them. Yet, we also need to be mindful of our actual relationship with the Father through Christ, for it is this relationship that allows for genuine, true-to-the-soul love that renders compassion toward others.

    Dinos, we also need to be mindful that God is described as a man of war. Sure, He is the God of peace or kindness (Romans 15:33)–“Now the God of peace be with you all. Amen.” Yet, He also fights for us (Exodus 15:3)–“The Lord is a warrior; the Lord is His name.” The reason for this “dichotomy” is because there is an adversary.

    John 10:10 (“The thief comes only to steal and kill and destroy; I have come that they may have life, and have it to the full.”) reflects the peaceful nature of God as a result of not-so-pleasant events. Allow me, by the power of the Holy Spirit, to explain. Within John 10:10, acknowledgement of the thief (the enemy) is presented. This thief has only one agenda and plans to carry it out without regard to “how” the plan is accomplished. As a result, destruction of familes–babies included–and generations; dashing hopes and dreams; destroying reputations; use of rape, molestation, incest, lynching, drive-by shootings, etc. are NOT UNCOMMON to the enemy. So, as a Christian made in God’s image, we are also to WAR (spiritually) against this enemy through prayer, fasting, reading the Word so that we receive God’s instructions. We are to do whatever it takes spiritually, in alignment with the Word of God, to fight this enemy.

    So, two things occur in John 10:10 – first, we gain a description of the enemy’s agenda. Then, we gain an understanding of Christ’s purpose (the result of His existence). In order for us to attain the abundant life through Christ, which renders peace, God had to heap our sins (filth, lewdness, ugliness of heart, soul, mind, and spirit) onto Christ and subject Him to the violence of the cruxifiction in order to destroy sin so that free grace now abounds. In other words, brother, it takes war sometimes to get to a place of peace; it takes trials to attain triumph. It’s not all going to be pretty, brother.

    In terms of attempting to convert others, here’s what I know: (Matthew 6:33-34) “But seek first his kingdom and his righteousness, and all these things will be given to you as well. Therefore do not worry about tomorrow, for tomorrow will worry about itself. Each day has enough trouble of its own.” In seeking the Lord, He will direct your heart, mind, and spirit toward the works He desires of you. He will also equip you for the assignment. We simply need to heed the calling.

    Also, in terms of language being a human construct, I would simply refer you to the One who created language. The same One created the humans who use the language.

    I pray the contents of this message are received in Love. Blessings to you in Jesus’ (Yeshua’s name)

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  11. Hi Fredrick!

    Thank you for your thoughts and explanations, which reminded me of Psalm 50.

    I should reveal that my thinking was greatly influenced by my parents who were committed pacifists. I was born in Cyprus in 1950 when it was a British colony, to Greek Cypriot parents, although the Bible states that many Greek speaking Jews fled to Cyprus to escape persecution, so God knows my true descent. Cyprus gained independence from Britain in 1960, after several years of conflict between the British Army and the freedom fighters of the E.O.K.A. organisation, led by General Grivas. The link below gives more information:

    https://www.google.co.uk/webhp?sourceid=chrome-instant&ion=1&espv=2&ie=UTF-8#q=E.O.K.A.

    During the early fifties, my father worked on a British base as a Storeman. The E.O.K.A. movement started up and my father was approached by one of their members and asked to provide a plan of the base. Instead, he sought counsel from his superior, who advised him to migrate to England. He did this in 1953 and after he secured a job and accommodation, my mother, sister and I, followed in March 1954.

    It has never been my desire to be a contentious Christian, but I have never been afraid to reveal my own thoughts and feelings genuinely and honestly. I think you now understand my frame of reference when I wrote that it did not sit well with my heart when I read Leviticus 20. If God caused the deaths of the Israelites who failed to obey the Ten Commandments and other Laws given to His chosen people, that would be His right, since in Him we live and move and have our being (Acts 17:28). But, the people themselves held court, passed judgement, and carried out the executions, killing fellow Jews, which was against the sixth commandment. The thought that I might have been obliged to take part in the executions fills me with abhorrence.

    I honestly believe that language is a human construct and that is why there are so many languages. The word of God is difficult to know for sure because of the problems of translation from Hebrew, Aramaic and Greek, as well as the changes in meaning and nuances due to context and time. Christianity prevailed over other faiths long before the first Bibles were printed in German in the fifteenth century, and the Geneva Bible was printed in English in the sixteenth and seventeenth centuries.

    I too pray that you receive the contents of this post in brotherly love.

    Peace and love to all,
    Dinos

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