When God Lives in Us We Love One Another

Daily God Walk for Monday, June 6, 2011

 Dear friends, let us love one another, for love comes from God. Everyone who loves has been born of God and knows God… If we love one another, God lives in us and his love is made complete in us. – 1 John 4:7, 12

 To love the way Jesus calls us to love is not the norm in human relations. The normal person loves others with a “because” attached to it. You know what I mean: “I love her because she…” (fill in the blanks), or “I love him because…” There is no “because” attached to the love Jesus calls us to.

This kind of love requires that one be born of the Spirit so that his love can flow through us. His love has no conditions attached and there is no “because.” He loves the way he loves simply because that is who he is: “God is Love” (verse 8). The only way to love as he loves is to become born of God so that his nature lives in us.

Can you imagine God speaking to the angels and saying, “I just can’t love that person. Look at what they are doing. I am God and not even I can love them!” No. We know he could never say such a thing, yet, we who claim to be born of God have said similar things. It is easy to love the lovely, but agape love, God’s love, is tested by the unlovely.

“If we love one another, God lives in us and his love is made complete in us.” I suppose if we look at the other side of that statement we would conclude that if we don’t love one another then God doesn’t live in us. That thought concerns me because I have seen some people I find very difficult to love.

Perhaps a key to loving the unlovely is to look at them through the eyes of Jesus. Jesus never saw unlovely people he just saw people in need of his love; and the more unlovely they appear to the average person the more he realized their need for his love.

Do you have some unlovely people in your life? Try looking at them the way Jesus sees them. The more unlovely they are the more they are in need of God’s love. Love them like God does.

 Prayer: Lord, grant me the grace to not only love those who love me but to also love the unlovely. In Jesus name, amen.

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    THE ONE BAPTISM -BY STEVE FINNELL

    THE APOSTLE PAUL SAID THERE IS ONE BAPTISM. WHAT IS THAT BAPTISM? (EPHESIANS 4:5 ONE LORD, ONE FAITH, ONE BAPTISM,) WHAT IS THAT ONE BAPTISM?

    There is one baptism. Is it water baptism or baptism with the Holy Spirit?

    The 12 apostles were baptized with the Holy Spirit on the Day of Pentecost. What was the purpose of their baptism?

    Acts 1:4-8 ….but you will be baptized with the Holy Spirit not many days hence…8 but you will receive power when the Holy Spirit has come upon you; and you shall be My witness both in Jerusalem, and in all Judea and Samaria, and even to the remotest part of the earth.”

    The purpose of the apostles being baptized with the Holy Spirit was so they could receive power to witness to the world.

    There no mention of being baptized with the Holy Spirit and a connection to being born again. The apostles baptism with the Holy Spirit was not their new birth.

    The apostles were not baptized with the Holy Spirit so their sins could be forgiven.

    The apostles were not baptized with the Holy Spirit so they could be saved.

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    Being baptized with the Holy Spirit is not the ONE BAPTISM that the apostles Paul is talking about in Ephesians 4:5.

    THE ONE BAPTISM IS IMMERSION IN WATER.

    Jesus said ( Matthew 28:19 Go therefore and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and the Son and the Holy Spirit,

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    Was the apostle Peters instruction to the 3000, to be Spiritually baptized? Of course not, you cannot command someone to be Spiritually baptized. On the Day of Pentecost 3000+ were immersed in water. (Acts 2:41 So then, those who had received his word were baptized; and that day there were added about three thousand souls.

    The conversion of the eunuch. (Acts 8:26-38….36 As they went along the road they came to some water; and the eunuch said, “Look! Water! What prevents me from being baptized?”…..

    The eunuch did not ask what prevents me from being baptized with the Holy Spirit. If Phillip was going to Spiritually baptized the eunuch, why would he need water. There is ONE BAPTISM and it is water.

    Acts 22:12-16….Now why do you delay? Get up and be baptized,and wash away your sins, calling on His name.’

    Ananias did not tell Saul to get up and be baptized with the Holy Spirit. Why would Saul have to get up to be Spiritually baptized. Saul was baptized in water, the ONE BAPTISM.

    IS THE HOLY SPIRIT PRESENT DURING WATER BAPTISM? YES!

    Although Jesus was without sin and did not have to be born of water and the Spirit; the example was given at His baptism. (Matthew 3:16 After being baptized, Jesus came up immediately from the water; and behold, the heavens were opened, and he saw the Spirit of God descending as a dove and lighting on Him.) This was symbolic of the new birth.

    THE NEW BIRTH

    John 3:5 Jesus answered, “Truly, truly, I say to you, unless one is born of water and the Spirit he cannot enter into the kingdom of God.

    This parallels the example of the baptism of Jesus is that, there is a water and Spirit connection.

    Titus 3:5 He saved us, not the basis of deeds which we have done in righteousness, but according to His mercy, by the washing of regeneration and renewing by the Holy Spirit,

    Two things happen that saved them 1. The washing of regeneration (water baptism). 2. Renewing by the Holy Spirit. You cannot separate water baptism and the Holy Spirit when taking about being born again (The New Birth).

    Acts 2:38 ….be baptized in the name of Jesus Christ for the forgiveness of your sins; and you will receive the gift of the Holy Spirit.

    When you are baptized with water you receive the indwelling of the Holy Spirit. You are born of water and the Spirit. That is being born again, it is the new birth.

    There is only one baptism that you can comply with; and it is to be immersed in water.

    If you have been obedient to the terms for pardon, you have been immersed in water, you have been born again of water and the Spirit.(Of course faith, repentance and acknowledging Jesus as Lord and believing His resurrection, must precede water baptism)

    THE ONE BAPTISM IS IMMERSION IN WATER. (Ephesians 4:5)

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