Love of God

5 Ways to Persuade Others

With warnings of the judgment:

For we must all appear before the judgment seat of Christ, that each one may receive the things done in the body, according to what he has done, whether good or bad. Knowing, therefore, the terror of the Lord, we persuade men; but we are well known to God, and I also trust are well known in your consciences.“(2 Corinthians 5:10-11)

With a personal example:

Now may the God of hope fill you with all joy and peace in believing, that you may abound in hope by the power of the Holy Spirit. Now I myself am confident concerning you, my brethren, that you also are full of goodness, filled with all knowledge, able also to admonish one another.” (Romans 15:13-14)

With the promise of life:

Therefore do not be ashamed of the testimony of our Lord, nor of me His prisoner, but share with me in the sufferings for the gospel according to the power of God, who has saved us and called us with a holy calling, not according to our works, but according to His own purpose and grace which was given to us in Christ Jesus before time began, but has now been revealed by the appearing of our Savior Jesus Christ, who has abolished death and brought life and immortality to light through the gospel, to which I was appointed a preacher, an apostle, and a teacher of the Gentiles. For this reason I also suffer these things; nevertheless I am not ashamed, for I know whom I have believed and am persuaded that He is able to keep what I have committed to Him until that Day.” (2 Timothy 1:8-12)

With the love of God:

What then shall we say to these things? If God is for us, who can be against us? He who did not spare His own Son, but delivered Him up for us all, how shall He not with Him also freely give us all things? Who shall bring a charge against God’s elect? It is God who justifies. Who is he who condemns? It is Christ who died, and furthermore is also risen, who is even at the right hand of God, who also makes intercession for us. Who shall separate us from the love of Christ? Shall tribulation, or distress, or persecution, or famine, or nakedness, or peril, or sword? As it is written: “For Your sake we are killed all day long; we are accounted as sheep for the slaughter.” Yet in all these things we are more than conquerors through Him who loved us. For I am persuaded that neither death nor life, nor angels nor principalities nor powers, nor things present nor things to come, nor height nor depth, nor any other created thing, shall be able to separate us from the love of God which is in Christ Jesus our Lord.” (Romans 8:31-39)

And with the good news:

Therefore let it be known to you, brethren, that through this Man is preached to you the forgiveness of sins; and by Him everyone who believes is justified from all things from which you could not be justified by the law of Moses. Beware therefore, lest what has been spoken in the prophets come upon you: ‘Behold, you despisers, marvel and perish! For I work a work in your days, a work which you will by no means believe, though one were to declare it to you.’” So when the Jews went out of the synagogue, the Gentiles begged that these words might be preached to them the next Sabbath. Now when the congregation had broken up, many of the Jews and devout proselytes followed Paul and Barnabas, who, speaking to them, persuaded them to continue in the grace of God. On the next Sabbath almost the whole city came together to hear the word of God.” (Acts 13:38-44)

These ways worked to convert a dying world in the past, and these ways still work to help persuade the perishing today. EA  

Now as he thus made his defense, Festus said with a loud voice, “Paul, you are beside yourself! Much learning is driving you mad!” But he said, “I am not mad, most noble Festus, but speak the words of truth and reason. For the king, before whom I also speak freely, knows these things; for I am convinced that none of these things escapes his attention, since this thing was not done in a corner. King Agrippa, do you believe the prophets? I know that you do believe.” Then Agrippa said to Paul, “You almost persuade me to become a Christian.” And Paul said, “I would to God that not only you, but also all who hear me today, might become both almost and altogether such as I am, except for these chains.”” Acts 26:24-29

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That coat of many colors is now one

Joseph’s coat of many colors; people have tried to envision what it would have looked like and the only thing I can say is that it must have stood out from all the other coats.

Joseph’s coat was a symbol of his father’s love, but his father’s love became something that his brothers hated. And no matter how much that coat cost Jacob, in the eyes of Joseph’s brothers that sign of love would end up costing Joseph.

Likewise, our spiritual Father has given us a coat to wear – a coat that is a symbol of his love, a coat of one color (John 3:16); but we must remember that as this coat stands out from all other coats people will hate it and it will cost us, but we must continue to wear it as a reminder of who we are to our Father (John 15:18-19; 1 John 3:13). EA

For you are all sons of God through faith in Christ Jesus. For as many of you as were baptized into Christ have put on Christ.” (Galatians 3:26-27)

“…So he said to me, “These are the ones who come out of the great tribulation, and washed their robes and made them white in the blood of the Lamb.” (Revelation 7:14)

Don’t confuse God’s love with God’s salvation

God’s wants no one to be lost – fact!

For this is good and acceptable in the sight of God our Savior, who desires all men to be saved and to come to the knowledge of the truth.” (1 Timothy 2:3-4)

Jesus Christ died for the sins of the entire world – fact!

My little children, these things I write to you, so that you may not sin. And if anyone sins, we have an Advocate with the Father, Jesus Christ the righteous. And He Himself is the propitiation for our sins, and not for ours only but also for the whole world.” (1 John 2:1-2

God’s motivating factor behind the death of Jesus was salvation through love – fact!

For God so loved the world that He gave His only begotten Son, that whoever believes in Him should not perish but have everlasting life. For God did not send His Son into the world to condemn the world, but that the world through Him might be saved.” (John 3:16-17)

Every sinner will go to Heaven after the judgment because of God’s love – false!

Enter by the narrow gate; for wide is the gate and broad is the way that leads to destruction, and there are many who go in by it. Because narrow is the gate and difficult is the way which leads to life, and there are few who find it.” (Matthew 7:13-14)

There are many people in the world who confuse the love of God with the salvation of God. They fail to understand that even God’s love cannot ignore God’s justice, but His love can answer it in a way that we cannot. Nevertheless, God’s love toward us must be accompanied by our love of God’s truth, God’s people, God’s way and God’s Son (2 Thessalonians 2:10; John 8:32; 1 Peter 2:17; John 15:14; 1 Corinthians 16:22).

The benefit of God’s love is salvation, but the benefit of salvation is only found in Jesus (2 Corinthians 5:21). EA

For I am persuaded that neither death nor life, nor angels nor principalities nor powers, nor things present nor things to come, nor height nor depth, nor any other created thing, shall be able to separate us from the love of God which is in Christ Jesus our Lord.” (Romans 8:38-39)

Thanking God for His…

Thanksgiving Day is around the corner along with the opportunity it brings for reflection. Your life at this moment in time may be quite a bit different than it was this time last year. From our point of view some things may be worse and some things may be better, but as a child of God there is one thing that has remained exactly the same; and it is something that we can all be thankful for.

We may not always see or remember this thing, much less be thankful for it, but it has remained a constant regardless. This year, no matter where we may be or who we may be with, we can have our heart set on giving thanks for God’s holiness.

Psalm 30:4 says, “Sing praise to the Lord, you saints of His, And give thanks at the remembrance of His holy name.”

The unseen angels in Heaven remind us all that God is a “holy, holy, holy” giver and sustainer of life, and of mercy and justice (Isaiah 6:1-3). Our selfish and unthankful hearts have done our Creator wrong numerous times, but still yet His holiness moves Him to do us right by providing us with reasons and opportunities to be thankful:

But I say to you, love your enemies, bless those who curse you, do good to those who hate you, and pray for those who spitefully use you and persecute you, that you may be sons of your Father in heaven; for He makes His sun rise on the evil and on the good, and sends rain on the just and on the unjust.” (Matthew 5:45)

giving thanks to the Father who has qualified us to be partakers of the inheritance of the saints in the light. He has delivered us from the power of darkness and conveyed us into the kingdom of the Son of His love, in whom we have redemption through His blood, the forgiveness of sins.” (Colossians 1:12-14)

Do not be deceived, my beloved brethren. Every good gift and every perfect gift is from above, and comes down from the Father of lights, with whom there is no variation or shadow of turning.” (James 1:16-17)

If we were to be completely honest mankind would have to admit that we take God’s holiness for granted because we misunderstand what God’s holiness is all about. A better understanding of holiness is important because we must reflect God’s holiness in our lives, no exceptions!

Pursue peace with all people, and holiness, without which no one will see the Lord:” (Hebrews 12:14)

A better understanding of God’s holiness and how it works and why we should be thankful for it comes only from the study of His word and personal reflection upon on it. Of all the things that our hearts may remember this coming day of thankfulness, let’s remember to leave some room on the list for the holiness of the Almighty God. EA

– Abraham Lincoln’s Proclamation of 1863 –

We have been the recipients of the choicest bounties of heaven. We have been preserved, these many years, in peace and prosperity. We have grown in numbers, wealth and power, as no other nation has ever grown. But we have forgotten God.

We have forgotten the gracious hand which preserved us in peace and multiplied and enriched and strengthened us; and we have vainly imagined, in the deceitfulness of our hearts, that all these blessings were produced by some superior wisdom and virtue of our own. Intoxicated with unbroken success, we have become too self-sufficient to feel the necessity of redeeming and preserving grace, too proud to pray to God that made us!