God is Love

I’ve took a bit of a break since my father died.  Examining things and how I can interact better with my life.  I’ve taken some time to observe people and how they react to life and situations.  It just amazes me that so many are so caught up in themselves.  Today people are more likely to ignore someone in need then help them.  Even if that help was a few kind words.

What’s most shocking to me is this happens in so many Christians as well.  When I think of this am reminded of the 2nd chapter of James, specifically verses 14-18.

14 What  does it  profit, my brethren, if someone says he has faith but does not have works? Can faith save him? 15 If a brother or sister is naked and destitute of daily food, 16 and one of you says to them, “Depart in peace, be warmed and filled,” but you do not give them the things which are needed for the body, what  does it  profit? 17 Thus also faith by itself, if it does not have works, is dead.18 But someone will say, “You have faith, and I have works.” Show me your faith without your works, and I will show you my faith by my works.
James 2:14-18

Some people have had real problems with this scripture of the years.  Some say it is in stark contrast to other scriptures that state salvation comes by faith not works lest anyone should boast.   But in truth the scripture says that if you have real meaningful faith, these things will follow.  When God has taken up residence in your heart you can’t help but to overflow with these things.

God first and foremost is a god of love.  It was love that sent Jesus to earth.  It was love that submitted to the cross for our sins, it was love that drove every aspect of Jesus’ ministry on earth.  It flowed out of every part of his being.  And why?  Because he put his Heavenly Father above all else.  He spent so much time in the scriptures and in the presence of God in prayer that the nature of God sustained him and flowed from him.

My Grandfather past away late last year.  My grandfather was my hero.  He was such a man of God and just having him apart of my life helped me through some of my hardest times, even when he didn’t speak a word to me.  He touched so many peoples lives and listening to people speak at his funeral was very touching and confirmed the same thing I’ve felt in my life.  He was a man of God and prayer. He spent time in the scriptures and in prayer like no one I’ve known.  And the presence and love of God surrounded him.

2 Grace and peace be multiplied to you in the knowledge of God and of Jesus our Lord, 3 as His divine power has given to us all things that pertain to life and godliness, through the knowledge of Him who called us by glory and virtue, 4 by which have been given to us exceedingly great and precious promises, that through these you may be partakers of the divine nature, having escaped the corruption that is in the world through lust.

2 Peter 1: 2-4

This is why I think my grandfather had this presence.  God has given us all we need in His word.  By study and putting that study to work in our own lives.  His Word to us is more then inspirational, it’s His promises to us.  By partaking, or putting it to work in our own lives through study and prayer, we become partakers of God’s divine nature.  He rubs off on us just as a close friend or loved one does.  We pick up some of their traits.  And that overflow of love beings.  God is love.  He has always been and always will be a God of love.  Our walks should be as his was.

He who says he abides in Him ought himself also to walk just as He walked.

1 John 2:6

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