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Embracing Trials - Part 5
5/28/2013

A True Love for God

"He who has My commandments and keeps them, it is he who loves Me. And he who loves Me will be loved by My Father, and I will love him and manifest Myself to him.” “If anyone loves Me, he will keep My word; and My Father will love him, and We will come to him and make Our home with him." John 14:21, 23 (NKJV)

We’re looking at a devotional series titled, “Embracing Trials,” and it is based off the Scripture in James 1:2 where we are told, “Count it all joy when you face various trials.”  To do this we must realize God is allowing these trials as part of His way of shaping and transforming us to be like Christ, and to be properly prepared for Christian ministry. 

In Part 4, we looked at our fourth principle for embracing trials, which is, “The trials allowed by God here on earth will help us to keep our hope fixed on eternity.”  So, let’s take a look at our next principle for embracing trials. 

·      When God allows trials to come into our lives, it reveals the true object of our love.

When it comes to priorities in our Christian walk, we should always place our love for God first before anyone or anything else.  We see this plainly stated in the Old Testament.

 “And now, Israel, what does the LORD your God require of you, but to fear the LORD your God, to walk in all His ways and to love Him, to serve the LORD your God with all your heart and with all your soul, Deuteronomy 10:12 (NKJV)

And Jesus affirmed that our love for God is the great commandment, and it should be our highest priority as well, and then added, “And the second is like it: “You shall love your neighbor as yourself” (Matt. 22:39).  A proper Christian heart is one that is “others centered.”  It is selfless rather than selfish.  The Apostle Paul spoke of this principle as well in his letter to the Philippians. 

Let nothing be done through selfish ambition or conceit, but in lowliness of mind let each esteem others better than himself. Philippians 2:3 (NKJV)

When we go through trials, we will be faced to choose whether we will be selfish—serving our own needs.   Or, we can be like Christ and choose to be selfless—esteeming others more important.  Jesus modeled this perfectly as He laid down His life for others, and we are to be imitators of Him (Eph. 5:1-2).

Q:         What does this mean to us as Christians, practically speaking?

It means we will trust God in the midst of our trials, knowing His provision is abundant. It means we will abide in His love by being obedient to His word and will, instead of following our own desires and feelings.  This is a true love for God—walking in faith despite the temptations to quit.  We will all face various obstacles—obstacles challenging our perseverance, endurance and patience.  As we seek the Lord in all things, He will guide us perfectly through any maze of challenges we face (Proverbs. 3:5-6)

I want to encourage you today to seek the Lord in the midst of trials, and show Him how much you love Him by abiding in Him and His Word.

STUDY QUESTION: According to the Scriptures in this devotional, what can we learn about true love for God?

PERSONAL INVENTORY: Can others see your true love for God by your obedience to Him, and your selfless loving actions towards others?

APPLICATION: Seek the Lord in every decision—put others first and pray about how you can serve them.  Give all glory and honor to God.

Father, thank You for Your faithful love in our lives.  Thank You for showing us how to properly love others.  Please forgive us for those times we’ve put our wants and ourselves before the needs of others.  Help us to see the opportunities to help others today. In Jesus’ precious name, amen…

Be blessed, Pastor Scott


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