Tuesday, January 31, 2017

Our essence/Gods essence

The essence of our being is the desire for *love.

The essence of Gods being is the desire to give love (God is love).

When God joins/unites his being with ours we become like him in our desire to give love. We are freed from the need to get/take love because we now have it fully in and from him. Now his love can flow freely through us and out to others, reflecting love back to him first, then to our neighbor/others.

To know, believe and act upon this is to participate in and conform to our original design and where we find greatest joy and bring him greatest glory.

1Jn 4:16  So we have come to know and to believe the love that God has for us. God is love, and whoever abides in love abides in God, and God abides in him.

1Jn 4:19  We love because he first loved us.

Joh 3:16  "For God so loved the world, that he gave his only Son, that whoever believes in him should not perish but have eternal life. 

Mar 12:29b-31 "...'Hear, O Israel: The Lord our God, the Lord is one. And you shall love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind and with all your strength. The second is this: 'You shall love your neighbor as yourself.' There is no other commandment greater than these."

1Jn 1:3-4  that which we have seen and heard we proclaim also to you, so that you too may have fellowship with us; and indeed our fellowship is with the Father and with his Son Jesus Christ. And we are writing these things so that our joy may be complete.

11:36  For from him and through him and to him are all things. To him be glory forever. Amen.

*our desire for love is in fact actually a desire for God i.e. we are the way we are because God is the way he is and has made us in his image. We just don't recognize it because we seek to be our own god and suppress the truth in our unrighteousness (unbelief) i.e. we seek to be dependent only on ourselves and not God, because we don't trust God, we only trust ourselves and that which we think we can control. God is controlled by no one. That, in part, is why he is God and we are not. 

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