We Ought to Love

Beloved, if God so loved us, we ought also to love one another– I John 4:11. If is not a question or a doubt, because the word if in the Greek Text is the word since, since God so loved us, for God has loved us since the world began (Ephesians 1:4). We ought implies another extension of the true love of God because He is not demanding a reciprocal love back to Him or demanding us to love others; He is simply stating that we ought to love. The love that most of us have known demands equal love in return because this is how human love sometimes manifests itself; however, God’s love is always currently present, because God loves us and we have continuous access to His love (24/7), and we ought to love as He loves us.” ~LMJ~

Spiritual Enlightenment

Written by Larry M. Jaynes:

The doctrinal Epistle of Romans teaches Christians how to have genuine believing (faith) in the Lord Jesus, showing us how to believe in all that Jesus Christ accomplished for us. Then, the second doctrinal Epistle of Ephesians reveals to believers how to walk with the love of Christ. Thessalonians then completes the cycle of doctrine revealing to the believing and loving Christians the truths concerning our dynamic hope. With the Epistle of Romans revealing the faith of Christ, and with Ephesians revealing the love of Christ, and with Thessalonians revealing the hope of Christ, we have completeness in understanding our faith, hope, and love (charity).  God’s love can be dynamically applied greater and greater as we begin to realize all the wonderful things that God has given to us in Christ.

Ephesians 1:17 – That the God of our Lord Jesus Christ, the Father of glory, may give unto you the spirit of wisdom and revelation in the knowledge of him {God}:

It is Paul’s prayer that God, the Father of glory, give us spiritual wisdom and revelation knowledge so that we may walk in the love of God. The next two verses in Ephesians shows us how to enjoy this tremendous God-given understanding of Him in a threefold way.

Ephesians 1:18-19:
-18:  The eyes of your understanding being enlightened; {and this is the purpose for our enlightenment: (1)} that ye may know what is the hope of his calling, {2} and what is the riches of the glory of his {God’s} inheritance in the saints,
-19: {3} and what is the exceeding greatness of his power to us-ward who believe, according to the working of his mighty power,

Ephesians is the greatest revelation ever given to the Church of God. God wants us to understand the completeness of the “hope of His calling.”  First, the hope of God’s calling is our hope of the coming of Christ to take us home to heaven, to forever be with God and our Lord and Savior for eternity. Secondly, God wants us to thoroughly understand what are the riches of His glory, which is His inheritance in the saints. Who is a saint? Saints are living believers according to the Bible. We are saints because we have Christ within, being endowed with the love of Christ. A saint is someone whom God has sanctified in and with Christ. This is the inheritance that the glory of God placed within our hearts. Thirdly, God wants us to understand the exceeding greatness of His power, and it is our believing which manifests this awesome power. Our heavenly Father shows us how faith (believing faith) works, giving us hope and divine love so that we may walk with our spiritual eyes totally lit up.

We have been given spiritual enlightenment, with wisdom and revelation in the knowledge of God, so that we may truly know Him. This spiritual enlightenment can most definitely be experientially known in our hearts when believed. Ephesians so masterfully displays to us the greatness of our standing with Christ in us at God’s own right hand. Have a great and enlightening day, as you continue to enjoy the gifts of God!

God’s Love Is Perfected in Us

Written by Larry M. Jaynes:

I John 4:11:
Beloved, if God so loved us, we ought also to love one another.

“If” is not a question or a doubt, because the word “if” in the Greek text is the word since, “since God so loved us,” for God has loved us since the world began (Ephesians 1:4). “We ought” implies another extension of the true love of God because He is not demanding a reciprocal love back to Him or demanding us to love others; He is simply stating that we ought to love. The love that most of us have known demands equal love in return because this is how human love sometimes manifests itself; however, God’s love is always currently present, because God loves us and we have continuous access to His love (24/7).

I John 4:12:
No man hath seen God {with his eyeballs} at any time. If we love one another, God dwelleth in us, and his love is perfected in us.

God does dwell within the heart and fiber of the human soul who is a Christian, and when we do love others, we will begin to realize we do have God’s love dwelling within. Not only will we realize that God lives in our hearts, but His love becomes perfected, it comes into full bloom and perfection in our hearts.

I John 4:17:
Herein is our love made perfect, that we may have boldness in the day of judgment: because as he is, so are we in this world.

God is love, for this is “as he is,” and when our God-given love is made perfect via loving one another (verse 12 above), we will become as God is – love. The “day of judgment” is today, not at the end, but right now. The context in which the “day of judgment” is set is love. Do we love today? Has our love been made perfect? Do we know that we are “as he is,” or are we estranged from the Father and His love? No Christian ever has to feel separated from God (Romans 8:37-39) because God always loves us, and He desires for us to experience the wonderfulness of enjoying the perfection of His love in us by our loving (period).

Growing up I was afraid of God like so many others. God in His magnificent foresight must have known that I would not be alone carrying around this unfounded burden of fear, so to bless His children, God simply had the next two verses written to dispel these fears from our lives.

John 4:18-19:
-18:  There is no fear in love; but perfect love casteth out fear: because fear hath torment. He that feareth is not made perfect in love.
-19:   We love him, because he first loved us.

Enjoy God’s love, thank Him for the strength it gives, and for the load that love can carry, as well as lighten, because you are always the “beloved of God.”