Learning to Love. Is the Bible Way the Best?

Love is a profoundly tender, passionate affection, one has for another person, says Dictionary.com. Yet, friends and coworkers might be saying they love their money, possessions or power. The world typically is selfish and it’s lusts are often mistaken for love. Such is not true biblical love.

Since God is love and His word is truth, it’s reasonable to say the Bible is a lesson on how to love. That’s something the world does not consistently understand. Loving God, God’s way is the best life of all. It’s so important to have faith in God’s instructions on how to live right and practice wholesomeness.

The universal law is to love God first and our neighbor second (Exodus 20 and Matthew 22:36-40).

“Teacher, which is the great commandment in the law? And he said unto him, Thou shalt love the Lord thy God with all thy heart, and with all thy soul, and with all thy mind. This is the great and first commandment. And a second like unto it is this, Thou shalt love thy neighbor as thyself. On these two commandments the whole law hangeth, and the prophets.” (ASV)

The Christian believes the Bible is the words of God. The word of God given to apostles and prophets to produces a divinely inspired Scriptures, the Bible. (2 Peter 1:20-21).

“Every scripture inspired of God is also profitable for teaching, for reproof, for correction, for instruction which is in righteousness. That the man of God may be complete, furnished completely unto every good work” – 2 Timothy 3:16-17 (ASV) Every thing we need for life and godly living is in the Bible (2 Peter 1:3).

The Christian’s faith comes from the system of faith. Father Gods’ system of faith is the law of Christ as contained in prophecy of the Old Testament and realized in the New Testament. The Bible’s old law has been nailed to the cross (Colossians 2:14). Serving as something of a tutor or school-master bringing us to Christ. The law is now abolished (Ephesians 2:15). We are not bound to keep the law of Moses, except where universal moral laws are.

Faith to believe God. Hope for the future eternal homeland. Love from a purified spirit. All these are acquired from Bible study. Learning to love, God’s way, is a choice.

written by Donny Weimar

Is Sincerity Enough? How to Make God Happy.

by Donny Weimar

To please God and neighbor, sincerity is a must. “The aim of our charge is love that issues from a pure heart and a good conscience and a sincere faith.” (1 Timothy 1:5.” Only a pure heart can biblically be sincere in faith. Timothy’s sincerity was learned from his grandmother Lois and mother Eunice (2 Timothy 1:5). These were wise women who did a great service for the Lord. Biblical sincerity is pure and peaceable; it is gentile, rational and full of mercy producing good fruits (James 3:17). While this is sound doctrine, is it also possible to be sincere and yet be wrong?

Saul consented to Stephen’s murder “in all good conscience” (Acts 7:54 – 8:1; Acts 22:30-23:1). Scripture says the murderous Jews who threw stones at Stephen laid the preacher’s clothes down at the feet of the young man Saul. “And Saul approved of his execution. And there arose on that day a great persecution against the church in Jerusalem, and they were all scattered throughout the regions of Judea and Samaria, except the apostles” (Acts 8:1). Then in Acts 23:1, the same man who had become an apostle out of due season made a defense. “And looking intently at the council, Paul said, “Brothers, I have lived my life before God in all good conscience up to this day.” Paul/Saul had persecuted Christians in all good and sincere conscience! He was sincere but extremely wrong. Later he would write to Timothy that he considered himself to be the chief of sinners (1 Timothy 1:15).

Another example is the baptism of Apollos’ converts. Apollos taught accurately the truth of God. However, he only knew the baptism of John. In Acts 18:24-28, two Christians by the names Aquila and Priscilla explain the truth to him more accurately. The very next chapter Paul is introduced to some followers of Apollos’ doctrine. When Paul asked them whether they had received the Holy Spirit when they were baptized, they replied “No, we have not even heard that there is a Holy Spirit.” (Acts 19:2). When Paul explained John’s, baptism was one of repentance and that the people should believe on Jesus, they were baptized in the name of the Lord Jesus (Acts 19:5). You see, Apollos was sincere but only knew the truth partially. Partial understanding of the Gospel is not enough.

Sincerity is vital to our Christian walk. According to 1 Peter 1:22 sincere brotherly love is what motivates us to obey the truth. “And ye shall know the truth and the truth shall you free” (Jesus, John 8:32). We can make God happy by drawing near to God and asking Him to draw near to us. As our understanding of the Bible increases our sincere faith will grow to. It is liberating to the soul when we express the love of Jesus to those around us. Truth is ascertainable and obeyable. Sometimes we are like the Ethiopian eunuch in Acts 8 who needed some guidance in understanding the Sacred Writings. It’s okay to say “I don’t know” too. In fact, admitting our shortcomings in biblical knowledge gives us just cause to study those things out. Sincerity from the time we begin our first Bible study until we grow mature in Christ is a life-time process. Think of it this way, achievement is not a goal – it’s the constant pursuit of the goal. High achievers in Christianity never stop learning and growing in the faith once for all delivered.

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