So I haven’t written any blog since the beginning of the year. During my Bible study today, on The Book of Revelation 14, I paused to meditate on verses 7 to 10. It then clicked. Ah! It is February, the month of love. So i was like Lydia, why don’t you write about love. Before I did, the Lord began to drop these topics in my heart:
What drove him?
He didn’t have to do this!
Was there another way ?
What kind of love is this?
Love without end……………..
I finally settled on the above topic. ‘What drove him to do this?
John 3:16 says For God so loved the world that He gave His only begotten Son, that whoever believes in Him should not perish but have everlasting life’.
I get that! But studying the Book of Revelation has made me realise that yes God is love, He is also a Judge and a Just God. He sent His only son to come and die for us but He will return again but this time to judge the world.
Revelation 14:7a says ….. Fear God and give Him praise. The time has come for God to judge all people”.
Revelation 14:9-11 also says 9 “then a third angel followed them, saying with a loud voice, “If anyone worships the beast and his image, and receives his mark on his forehead or on his hand, 10 he himself shall also drink of the wine of the wrath of God, which is poured out full strength into the cup of His indignation. He shall be tormented with fire and brimstone in the presence of the holy angels and in the presence of the Lamb. 11 And the smoke of their torment ascends forever and ever; and they have no rest day or night, who worship the beast and his image, and whoever receives the mark of his name.”
Yes! for GOD SO LOVE THE WORLD. He gave HIS SON freely to us. He offered him as a sacrificial lamb for us.; yet, He has also given us free will.
To decide if we want to accept, believe and invite his son into our life.
It doesn’t mean there will be no challenges.
It doesn’t mean the road is easy.
It doesn’t mean that our walk with The Lord Jesus Christ or Christianity is an immediate fix to life’s problems or challenges.
You and I are not promised a smooth easy life. In fact, Jesus tells us in John 16:33 “‘… These things I have spoken to you, that in Me you may have peace. In the world you will have tribulation; but be of good cheer, I have overcome the world.”
So, if we are promised trouble and get no free pass to avoid challenging times in life, why would we choose to love the one who first loved us? Because The son Himself was persecuted. John 15:20……..‘A servant is not greater than his master.’ If they persecuted Me, they will also persecute you. If they kept My word, they will keep yours also.
We have a choice every day to do things the easy way or to do things God’s way. To obey God’s commands and remain faithful to Jesus requires patient endurance, but the reward is worth the work (Revelation 14:12)
Though we are not promised a life of ease, as Christians, we are promised a life of hope, grace, and mercy.
We are promised an unconditional love from a God who will never leave or forsake us.
Even in our hardest times, we can be sure that God is with us — guiding, teaching, and protecting us. He can use even the toughest situations for His glory and our good. He will turn that situation of feeling unloved for His glory and your favour. You can trust his love. It is not fake! It is not pretence.
Greater love has no one than this, than to lay down one’s life for his friends. John 15:14
Talking about our dear Lord Jesus Christ and Saviour being led as a lamb to the slaughter. He laid His life down for us because of love. What drove Him? LOVE! His Father’s love for us.
It reminds me of my youngest son’s story he shared last week on TLC Radio. He said Abraham always gave good gifts to God. He loved God and always came before God with his offering of gifts. He gave God his animals. They were called sacrifices.
This was his way of saying I love you God. But there was a time God didn’t want a lamb or goat. God wanted Abraham to give Him his son, his only son, the son he loved – Isaac,
Abraham didn’t understand. But he knew that God was his father who loved him and he trusted him. God later gave Abraham a lamb – just in time in place of his son Isaac for the sacrifice. God wanted Abraham and Isaac to understand something. God wanted His people to live and not die. God wanted to rescue his people, not punish them. But we must believe and trust in Him.
One day someone will be born into Abraham’s family as God promised him who will bring happiness to the whole world. God was getting ready to give the whole world a present because He loves us. It was His way of saying ‘I LOVE YOU!
Who is He? God’s son, His only son- the son He loved.
The Lamb of God
• Have you accepted Jesus’ love for you? If not, what’s keeping you from living in the joyful life He has planned for you?
In this month of love, take some time to reflect on God’s love for you and receive His love.
Remember, For God so loved the world….He loves you and He is giving you an invitation to come to him. Today as you have heard his voice, do not harden your heart. Hebrews 3:15
Receive Him today and escape His wrath to come.
Written by: “@Lydia Speaks Ministries
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