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REAL POWER: MAXING OUT ON GOD'S LOVE

THE FACTS OF LOVE

No matter what your age, you need to learn the facts of love.  The most important fact is that God is love.  The more you know about Godís love, the better you understand what God is like.  Here is a list of some of the things the Bible says about love:

1.       Love is patient.

2.       Love is kind.

3.       Love is not quick to take offence.

4.       Love keeps no score of wrongs.

5.       There is nothing love cannot face.

6.       Love never fails.

The complete list is found in the Bible in I Corinthians chapter thirteen.  Until you have a good understanding of love, you will not understand how God loves you.  You need to look at yourself through Godís eyes of love to understand what it means to be one of his children.

Jesus taught that Godís love knows no bounds.  Jesus said, ďAsk, and you will receive; seek, and you will find; knock, and the door will be opened.  For everyone who ask receives, he who seeks finds, and to him who knocks, the door will be opened.  Is there a man among you who will offer his son a stone if he asks for bread, or a snake when he asks for fish?  If you, then, bad as you are, know how to give your children what is good for them, how much more will your heavenly Father give good things to those who ask him?Ē

From his personal experience, Jesus knew that the Fatherís love was far greater than the love any human could muster.  An earthly Fatherís love for his children pales in comparison with Godís love for his children.  God never holds anything back if itís good for his children.  Itís worth examining certain aspects of Godís love so we understand what it means for God to love us.

GOD IS PATIENT

I am not a patient person.  I have a busy life and many responsibilities that are part of the practice of medicine.  I donít have enough hours in a day to get everything done.  For my entire professional career, I have had a high performance style of living and working.  Itís not that I want to live that way, itís just part of the job.

Seeing patients in the middle of the night in the emergency room canít be avoided.  If I donít go to the E.R., I lose my hospital privileges.  Being on call isnít an optional activity.  When I practice medicine, large chunks of my time are swept away by activities mandated by government regulations, hospital policies and procedures, and the needs of my patients.

With so many people telling me what to do, time becomes a scarce commodity.   When someone wastes my time, they waste my life.   At least thatís what I tell myself whenever I feel impatient.  You can thank your lucky stars that I am not God.

God is a lot different from me.  He is responsible for running the entire universe.  There are billions of people living on planet earth, and He has time for each one.  Amazing!  God must have big eyes and ears because He is watching over a lot of people and listening to what they say.  And He is not impatient.

I have two grown children, and I can tell you I have cut them both a lot of slack while they were growing up.  I can also tell you the amount of slack I cut for my children is insignificant compared with the amount God has cut for me.  Without Godís love and patience, right now I would be ordering an extra heavy duty asbestos suit to protect me from the fires of hell.  Itís not that I have been a particularly bad person, but I am not a saint, and patience isnít one of my virtues.

How strange it seems that God is eternally patient with my mistakes, but I have such a difficult time being patient with the weaknesses of others.  God must love us all a lot to not wipe us off the face of the earth.

When my eyes are weak, and I canít see his plan, God is patient.  When my ears are dull, and I donít listen to his voice, God is patient.  When I should do whatís right, and instead do whatís wrong, God is patient.  When I wander aimlessly year after year, God is patient.

God has always been with me in the past, He is with me in the present, and He will accompany me into the future.  He will stick with me to the end, trying to get his message of love through my thick skull, because He is patient.

God is also patient with you.  No matter how many serious mistakes and failures you have made, God is patient with you.  You may think you are the straw that broke the camelís back, but you will never break the back of Godís patience and love.  God will be patient with you until the end, because He wants you to open your heart to his love.  He wants you to become one of his children and to max out on his love.

GOD IS KIND

God does not have an army of religious police or enforcers making sure you do his will.  There is no God Squad.

I have lived outside the United States for more than twenty-five years, and I have seen plenty of people who believed they were the God Squad.  They were the religious police who made it their business to force their rules and regulations on everyone else.  Some of the religious police were free lance operators on their own special mission.  Others were appointed by the religious authorities in their respective countries.

All of these individuals have a strong need to be right, and they donít hesitate to use physical threats and other forms of intimidation to bring you into compliance with their world view.  Sometimes the civil authorities have the regular police accompany the religious police in order to keep the God Squad from getting out of control.  The God Squad is always consumed with the need to be right.  You either do what they say or suffer the consequences.  These misguided and malignant individuals donít understand that God is kind.

If anyone had the power to win through intimidation, it would be God.  But God would never beat you into submission, because God is kind.  It would be easy for God to hit you with a bolt of lightning to get your attention.  A few awesome displays of his power should be sufficient to get you to do exactly what He wants.  But thatís not the way God works.

God is kindly disposed to you, and He will have a relationship with you based on love, or it will not happen at all.  God isnít going to do any pushing and shoving to force you into line.  The God who is patient is also kind.  That is why He gave you a free will, and you can decide whether you want to respond to his overture of love.

Donít mistake Godís kindness for weakness.  Although God will not win through intimidation, He will eventually win the battle against the evil that runs rampant in the world.  And when accounts are settled, those who donít have a personal relationship with him based on love will have a relationship based on judgment.  You will reap what you sow, because that is the law of the moral universe.

This isnít an attempt to scare you into becoming one of Godís children.  It merely points out you are responsible for the choices you make, and some of your choices determine where you spend eternity.

God is a kind God, and He will do everything possible to see that you are one of his children.  He will do everything except use force.

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