Hello World…Conditions of Love

1  John 5:3  says ‘loving God means keeping His commandments and His commandments are not burdensome.’

My first thought was, what does burdensome mean?  So, I looked it up.  It means, heavy, hard to bear, oppressive, harsh, demanding, rigorous, exacting.

Goodness gracious!        Loving God means keeping His commandments   AND  His commandments are not   heavy,   hard to bear, oppressive,   harsh,    demanding,    rigorous   or exacting.      Then, what is all the fuss about being a Christian????

Why do folks believe being Christian is hard to bear,  harsh, demanding, oppressive, heavy, rigorous or exacting?  Could it be that if you are a  harsh person,    if you are a demanding person ,    if you are  a hard to bear person,  if you are an oppressive person or any of the other adjectives mentioned person, you are not a Christian????   What a concept?

Maybe the key word here is LOVING?    Is a person who is hard to bear, loving?   Is a person who is harsh, loving?   Is a demanding person, loving?  How about an oppressive person, are they loving?    If you put on the garment of love, can you be these adjectives toward another person?   Do we humans know what love really is?    I love my car, I love ice cream, I love brushing my dog, I love walking in the rain, I love my husband?  Are we speaking of the God kind of love or the people kind of love?

What is God’s kind of love?  The meaning of God’s kind of love is derived from the word  Agape.  In the N.T. it is used to describe the attitude of God toward His Son, the human race, and to such as believe on the Lord Jesus Christ. It is used to convey His will to His children concerning their attitude one toward another and toward all men to express the essential nature of God.   Love can only be known from the action it prompts.

Action it prompts from human to human.  Think about that.  If your action toward another is harsh, you are not loving that person.  If your action toward another is demanding, oppressive, heavy, hard to bear, rigorous or exacting, you are not loving that person.

True LOVE seeks the welfare of  ALL.   Well, why does God allow  this, that, and the other to happen?  Free Will means that man can choose to do this, that, and the other so you are not a slave to God.   You have choice and the choice you make is the reason it happens.  If I gave you a list of Do’s and Don’t and told you according to the choices you make, this other list would happen to you, would you read just the do’s and don’t or would you read both list to see what the outcome of your actions would bring?  If I told you that according to your choices, you will be the one to decide where you will end up at the end of your life, would you read the instruction book to find out all the details?   

In a world of 7 billion people and a lot of them can not read, a loving God gave His Son and He didn’t say, read this book, He said, the heavens declare My glory.   It is written on the heart of man by a loving God and He gives you a choice to choose. 

Your actions speak louder than words.   Goodness, kindness, peace, longsuffering, meekness, humbleness, joy, these are the attitude of love.  You can call yourself a Christian, you can call yourself a Buddhist, you can call yourself a Latter Day Saint, you can call yourself a Baptist, Methodist, Hindu, or you can call yourself Child.  The only thing that really matters is the garment you have on when you are called.

Are you dressed and ready to go?  Do you have on the spiritual armor that was crafted for you by the blood? Does your garment fit all seasons and under all conditions?  Is it a protective garment of comfort?  Does it fit all circumstances?  Is is flexible enough to bring freedom to you and to those around you? Is it easy to move in?  Does it provide eternal peace as you wear it, not only to you but to others in your presence?   Does it respond to others with love and not hatred, not anger, not demanding, not oppressing those you are in contact with?    Think about it…….Ill fitting, heavy laden, impossible actions do not show the true lover of your soul, does not express Agape Love;  unconditional, forgiving, peaceful, joyful, happy love that comes only from the LOVER OF YOUR SOUL..

Love and obey. That is all He ask.


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