Friday, 21 June 2013

HOW MUCH DO YOU LOVE GOD?

TEXT: HEBREW 11:24-27
There is no doubt in saying God loves us unconditionally. We did nothing for Him before He decided to create us in His image. The bible says in John 3:16 that for God so love the world that He gave His only begotten son…. God demonstrated His love for us by allowing Jesus to die for our sin; even when we were still sinners.
God’s love for us is not based on any condition; His love for us is unfailing, unending, and unfading. The love that the lord is showing us daily should be reciprocated by loving Him in return, but some believers are fond of loving God when things are going well with them. When there is a condition that needs them to show their genuine love for God, then it will be discovered that their love for God is only conditional!
Moses was brought up in the palace by Pharaoh’s daughter, when he grew up he refused to be known as the son of Pharaoh’s daughter. Instead he chose to be mistreated along with the people of God. If Moses did not love God, he wouldn’t have given up affluence for poverty. Moses could have decided to stay with Pharaoh’s family to continue to enjoy the luxury in the palace, but because he loved God; he decided to demonstrate his love for God by moving from riches to rags.
He went extra mile to demonstrate his love for God even when it was not convenient for him. He could have decided to stay in the palace to be enjoying the pleasures of sin that will not last.
Joseph is another example of true love and dedication to God. When he was in Potiphar’s house, Potiphar’s wife wanted to lure him into sin of adultery, but he decided not to sin against God. He was jailed for the offence he did not commit. He could have gone into sin with the woman, so that he would gain her favour in his master’s house. He was ready to go through any hardship because he loved God and he does not want to sin against God. Can you take risk for God? Can you stand your ground in Christ even though it involves suffering?
We should ask God to give us the grace to love Him as He loves us. We need to love Him unconditionally. Demonstrate your love to God when it is convenient and when it will make you to go through hardship. Jesus demonstrated his genuine love for us by dying on the cross. He was flogged, spat on, and mocked. Yet he decided to die for our sin, because he loves us genuinely. Demonstrate your undying love for God by damning all consequences to please Him at all time. May the Almighty God grant us the grace to stand for Him in all situations in Jesus name.

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