Do you love yourself?
Before you can love your brother you must love yourself first.
Do you love your brother?
Before you can love God you must love yourself and your brother first.
Do you love God?
If you want to start thinking about loving God you must love yourself and your brother first.
"For this is the love of God, that we keep His commandments. And His commandments are not burdensome.
For whatever is born of God overcomes the world. And this is the victory that has overcome the world—our faith." - 1 John 5:3-4
"In this the children of God and the children of the devil are manifest:
Whoever does not practice righteousness is not of God, nor is he who does not love his brother." - 1 John 3:10
To say or to think you love yourself, brother, or God is one thing... You can say whatever you want.
"If I bear witness of Myself, My witness is not true." - John 5:31
Then we need a second witness, that will confirm if what you are saying is true.
"It is also written in your law that the testimony of two men is true." - John 8:17
"And we are His witnesses to these things, and so also is the Holy Spirit whom God has given to those who obey Him." - Acts 5:32
If anyone loves his wife, he will seek to please his wife. If anyone loves Christ, he will seek to please Christ.
And how do we please Christ?!
"He who says he abides in Him ought himself also to walk just as He walked." - 1 John 2:6
"Thus also faith by itself, if it does not have works, is dead." - James 2:17
Many people claim to love Christ, but few are looking forward to please Him.
Why?! Because many do not love Him.
Love -> "does not behave rudely, does not seek its own, is not provoked, thinks no evil;" - 1 Corinthians 13:5
When we start talking about to strive and desire wholeheartedly what is good and to purify our hearts many people feel offended and start making excuses to justify themselves.
"Many will say to Me in that day,
‘Lord, Lord, have we not prophesied in Your name, cast out demons in Your name, and done many wonders in Your name?’
And then I will declare to them,
‘I never knew you; depart from Me, you who practice lawlessness!’" - Matthew 7:22-24
Why are they offended?! They heard and heard and just ignored all the warnings and refused to repent. And decided to resume their lives led by lawlessness (flesh, themselves).
"but he who blasphemes against the Holy Spirit never has forgiveness, but is subject to eternal condemnation" - Mark 3:29
"And this is the condemnation, that the light has come into the world,
and men loved darkness rather than light, because their deeds were evil." - John 3:19
"He who is often rebuked, and hardens his neck,
Will suddenly be destroyed, and that without remedy." - Proverbs 29:1
Repent, and desire to love one another. To love in deed and in truth, as Christ loved us.
"By this all will know that you are My disciples, if you have love for one another." - John 13:35
Desire to love Him, to love His words and commandments... To live for ourselves, our evil pleasures and desires of the flesh is just a waste of time.
I see people who received healing from the Lord, received many good things, experienced many wonders in their lives...
But now they have abandoned the Lord, the Lord is calling them to repentance and they are resisting... They say: I prefer to live here, "eating and drinking", living for myself; the Lord understands...
I say to you:
"for the kingdom of God is not eating and drinking,
but righteousness and peace and joy in the Holy Spirit." - Romans 14:17
"Woe to you, Chorazin! Woe to you, Bethsaida! For if the mighty works which were done in
you had been done in Tyre and Sidon, they would have repented long ago, sitting in sackcloth and ashes." - Luke 10:13
Do not be deceived, do not fight against the truth. Doing such will only lead you to destruction.
"For we can do nothing against the truth, but for the truth." - 2 Corinthians 13:8
Consider the amazing love God is having for us... He needs nothing from us, for all things are from Him and He loves us so much that He wants us to live with Him, to have life indeed.
He gave His only begotten Son to die in our place, to pay The Price, so we all could have life and live for Him.
"But the hour is coming, and now is, when the true worshipers will worship the
Father in spirit and truth; for the Father is seeking such to worship Him." - John 4:23
We are trapped in the flesh, the flesh only lead us to death...
All its passions and evil desires will soon end, and you will die. Do not be deceived by it.
"What fruit did you have then in the things of which you are now ashamed? For the end of those things is death." - Romans 6:21
Just believe in the Lord, He will change your life for the better and you will start living for real.
Repent, repent of your sins and say: I want to live, I want to have life... Forgive me and give me life, Lord Jesus!
Surrender to the Lord Jesus Christ... Let Him reign over your life... No matter what you have done: Just repent. He loves you!
"I have been crucified with Christ; it is no longer I who live, but Christ lives in me;
and the life which I now live in the flesh I live by faith in the Son of God, who loved me and gave Himself for me." - Galatians 2:20
And you will tell me: When will be my time. When?
I tell you: Your time is when you believe.
"Therefore He has mercy on whom He wills, and whom He wills He hardens." - Romans 9:18
The Lord Jesus calls you today... What do you want from Him?
"...According to your faith let it be to you." - Matthew 9:29
"for the Son of Man has come to seek and to save that which was lost." - Luke 19:10
Only He has The Power to raise you from the dead; eternal life is guaranteed in Him. And only in Him.
"There is therefore now no condemnation to those who are in Christ Jesus,
who do not walk according to the flesh, but according to the Spirit." - Romans 8:1
"But if the Spirit of Him who raised Jesus from the dead dwells in you,
He who raised Christ from the dead will also give life to your mortal bodies through His Spirit who dwells in you." - Romans 8:11
Carved images and idols can do nothing for you.
"They have mouths, but they do not speak; Eyes they have, but they do not see;
They have ears, but they do not hear; Noses they have, but they do not smell;
They have hands, but they do not handle; Feet they have, but they do not walk;
Nor do they mutter through their throat. Those who make them are like them;
So is everyone who trusts in them." - Psalm 115:5-8
The Lord Jesus is the one who has power to heal, save, and make everything new.
"And this is eternal life, that they may know You,
the only true God, and Jesus Christ whom You have sent." - John 17:3
"And he who sees Me sees Him who sent Me." - John 12:45
You have something that make you suffer, you are thinking about it right now...
The Lord Jesus is touching and healing you right now, at this very same moment.
Are you feeling this?! Feel and receive, in the name of the Lord Jesus Christ!
Repent, believe in the Gospel. And have life.
"And heal the sick there, and say to them, ‘The kingdom of God has come near to you.’" - Luke 10:9
"Repent, and let every one of you be baptized in the name of Jesus Christ for the remission of sins;
and you shall receive the gift of the Holy Spirit." - Acts 2:38
"So God, who knows the heart, acknowledged them by giving them the Holy Spirit, just as He did to us" - Acts 15:8
God bless you in Jesus' name!
Of particular note:
Hi all God bless, im a new secret convert from the "religion of peace". I live in one of the most dangerous countries for new converts, Iv accepted Jesus as my Lord and Savior and I cant but believe. I feel blessed after believing and repenting. Iv accepted the Lord Jesus my only way and I read the Holy Bible but I cant get baptized. Its almost impossible here. Do I have to get baptized to complete my faith? also I dont know about different denominations, I dont have good knowledge about them where should I start? sorry if I bothered you but I need to talk to Christian brothers and sisters as I cant talk about anything here in this country im living in.
I've been following media for a long time and I have come to the conclusion that especially reporters with an atheistic worldview (not all) often write news having to do with the Bible, giving a false idea of the Bible as if it would condone all kinds of perversions and wrongdoings. The reporter's motive to write this type of article comes from the desire to twist things and to hit and badmouth Christians and the teachings of the Bible. By this, I don't mean to say all news is pointless, of course, there are meaningful news also, but the number of pointless news is increasing all the time. Because there are many reporters out there using the media to give a totally false impression of the Bible, I will bring forth the true nature of the Bible, which is one and the same with the nature of God.
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