The last couple of months I’ve been writing about the two laws of Christianity, and the last couple of articles have been about how God loves us unconditionally. As a recap, there are only two laws in Christianity: love God and love everyone else. Everything else is just commentary on these two laws.
So the question remains; how do you love a Deity?
In order for us to understand that concept, first we must understand our status with that Deity as created beings. We’ve messed up. People like to blame God for alot of the things that go wrong in the world today, but if you really think about it, most that we can call “bad” really began by someone exchanging the reign of this loving God in their life for a self-rule where “I” am the most important being in the universe. When I do what I want, and that want contradicts what God wants, then alot of bad can result.
Want some examples? How many wars are actually God ordained? Wars are usually started by countries that either want to take advantage of another country’s weakness or by a country that wants to take vengeance into it’s own hands instead of allowing God to do His job. September 11 wasn’t caused by God. It was caused by people who put themselves and other sick and twisted ideologies above God in their lives.
Unfortunately, we all have the same problem. At some point in our lives we do what we want even when that contradicts what God wants. We put ourselves on the throne, and God is tossed asunder as we revel in our selfish ambitions. This could be anything – a liar is only thinking about self-preservation. An adulterer is only thinking about self-gratification. A gossip is only thinking about the status he or she will achieve by having the next “scoop”. We have all sinned – we have all put ourselves on the throne and taken God off.
Romans 3:23 says, “for all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God.” This is you AND this is me. We have all sinned and, as Galatians 3:24 says, we have been “prisoners of sin”.
So what can YOU do about it? Suppose you get a ticket and you have to go to court. You are guilty. There’s no denying it. When you get to court you tell the judge how good you are and all the great things you have done. Are you still guilty of breaking the law? Yes. Can anything you’ve done or ever will do erase the fact that you’re guilty? No. This is a problem. You are guilty and must pay the fine.
In essence this is the situation mankind is in. We have messed up and messed things up in the process. So how do we make it right? God has already done the work for us. He did this through His Son, Jesus.
How do you love a Deity? It starts by accepting and reciprocating that love. If my son loves me, he will first accept the love I want to show to him.
What’s your life like? Are you still trying to do things your way with yourself on the throne? There are only two laws to this thing we call Christianity, and the first law, Love God, begins with you agreeing to accept that love. What does God do in return? He gets rid of your sin and wipes your conscience clean in the process so that you can start fresh with this newly refurbished relationship. You can live in Him the way He intended for you to live.
So what do you do? It begins with a choice – then proceeds with a dedication. A ceremony, of sorts. Where God fulfills His promise to you as you ceremonially “die” to your old self in order to start this relationship with your Creator in the right way. Romans 6, Galatians 3, 1 Peter 3 and many other scriptures describe this ceremony as baptism – an immersion in water to symbolize the death and resurrection that Jesus went through so that you don’t have to.
I don’t know where you are, but if you want to know more about starting this journey of Loving God and Loving Everyone Else, then please contact me. I’d love to have the opportunity to listen and share as we take this trip together. Feel free to contact me at firstname.lastname@example.org or on twitter or facebook as mrjdobbs. I look forward to hearing from you, and may the Love of God rule in your lives!