Please find today’s TWO MESSAGES below…!
Truth & Love
Tell people the truth about the Lord Jesus Christ, and tell them in love. Don’t tell them the truth without love, and don’t love them without telling them the truth. Speak the truth about Jesus with the love of Jesus.
The Lord’s greatest commands are to love Him with all our hearts and to love others as ourselves. We are to do this ourselves and we are to model this and tell this to others. We are not to hold back the truth about Jesus from people nor to hold back love when we tell them.
The Lord teaches us the truth about Jesus and how to live for Jesus in the Bible, the Lord will by His Spirit who lives inside His followers lead, empower, and embolden us to tell it to others whenever, to whomever, however, and wherever He desires, and He will give us the love to do so when we act in obedience to Him.
We see in the verses below that Jesus Christ who is the only TRUE God is TRUTH, that the Bible (the Word) is TRUTH, and that the Holy Spirit teaches His followers the Word and brings us into “all TRUTH.”
We are commanded to live a lifestyle of faith in, love for, obedience to, worship of, and service to Christ and of love for and service to others whereby we help them to find and forever follow the Lord Jesus Christ!
Friend, as the Holy Spirit leads us, we are to boldly, courageously, fervently:
• tell people about the Lord Jesus Christ
• tell people He is Lord and is the only way to everlasting life
• share with them the Gospel message & speak of His death and resurrection
• talk of the need for repentance and God’s forgiveness and faith in Christ and total devotion to Him
• proclaim His goodness and greatness to others
• study the Bible and live by it and help others to do the same
• pray for, encourage, and help people to follow Jesus day by day
How? All with the love of the Lord Jesus Christ!
Please don’t misunderstand. Love is not always sweet, soft, mushy and gushy, gentle and tender and meek and mild. The Lord Himself and John the Baptist and others preached the Gospel message and taught the Bible with fire and sternness and toughness and rebuke and strong, emphatic conviction at times. But still, behind it all, was and should always be – LOVE. The love of the Lord Jesus Christ! AMEN!
Love and truth are to go hand in hand all for the glory of Christ, AMEN!
“Jesus said to him, “I am the way, the truth, and the life. No one comes to the Father except through Me.” John 14:6
“And this is eternal life, that they may know You, the only true God, and Jesus Christ whom You have sent.” John 17:3
“Jesus said to him, “‘You shall love the Lord your God with all your heart, with all your soul, and with all your mind.’ This is the first and great commandment. And the second is like it: ‘You shall love your neighbor as yourself.’ On these two commandments hang all the Law and the Prophets.” Mt. 32:37-40
“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.” John 3:16
“Sanctify them by Your truth. Your word is truth.” John 17:17
“But the Helper, the Holy Spirit, whom the Father will send in My name, He will teach you all things, and bring to your remembrance all things that I said to you.” John 14:6
“Be diligent to present yourself approved to God, a worker who does not need to be ashamed, rightly dividing the word of truth.” 2 Timothy 2:15
“However, when He, the Spirit of truth, has come, He will guide you into all truth; for He will not speak on His own authority, but whatever He hears He will speak; and He will tell you things to come.” John 16:13
*** If you need help entering into a forever relationship with the Lord Jesus Christ instead of spending eternity in hell and the lake of fire in forever torment, or already have received Christ as Lord but are lacking the courage, boldness, and strength to tell others about Him and therefore need the baptism of the Holy Spirit to do so and could use encouragement from a fellow follower of Christ, please contact me at 843-338-2219 or lara@GoodNews.love or Lara Love, PO M2, 3715 Argent Blvd, Ridgeland, SC, 29936. Please also visit my ministry online at www.GoodNews.love where you can find the Gospel message, my personal story, loads of love, help, hope, & encouragement, watch my Video Devotionals, meet my handicapped ministry dogs, and sign up for my free Good News Daily by email. ***
Pews, Picnics, & Pizza
If there is one thing to be said for countless churches in America in this day and age, it’s that there is a strong and steady stream of people exiting the church pews after services to gladly, happily, yearningly, devotedly, hungrily, and thirstily walk or drive on over to church picnics, church pizza parties, church sports events, church exercise classes, church book clubs, church concerts, church plays, church teas, church field trips, and all sorts of other entertainment, social, and fellowship events.
Seems this has become preeminent and top priority and the first love in the hearts and lives of countless people who sit in the pews of churches across America and more than likely around the world. They are on fire for church fellowship and church entertainment before and after church services and quite frankly as part of the services themselves including right in the preaching and worship music. Professing Christians seem to be creating heavy foot traffic more and more between the pews and the picnics and pizza and entertainment and oh, yes, with some Bible studies and prayer meetings thrown in there in between.
Friend, where do you yourself stand?
The Lord Jesus Christ and our personal relationship with Him is to be preeminent and top priority in our lives. He is to be our first love. Our greatest gladness, happiness, yearning, devotion, hunger, and thirst should be for Christ Himself, for the Bible, and for living in a manner that is pleasing and honoring to Him. Above all else, we should crave and long to live to love, worship, praise, adore, serve, and glorify the Lord and to love others as we help them to find and forever follow Him.
The Lord Jesus Christ overthrew the tables of the money changers in a temple long ago and vehemently declared the priority for these assemblies of people was to be prayer to God, and in the book of Revelation in the Bible calls to repentance those who profess to believe in Him but whose first love and highest priority is no longer Jesus.
Nothing wrong with picnics, pizza parties, and godly fellowship WHEN IT IS THE WILL OF THE LORD, but pews and churches are for loving and worshiping and praying to and praising God almighty. And our hearts and lives whether in a church building or outside of it should show forth that JESUS CHRIST is our FIRST LOVE, HIGHEST DESIRE, GREATEST PRIORITY. And spending time alone with Jesus & the Bible and loving and serving Him and helping others to do the same should be #1. Picnics, pizza, and all the rest of it should never ever take precedence over the Lord Jesus Christ, AMEN!
Oh Lord God, forgive us! Have mercy on us! You know it! For years, Lord, I had a relationship with Christianity, Christians, pastors, fellowship, people, all of it and not with you! You forgave me! You had mercy on me! You took me from being totally self-consumed to learning day by day how to LOVE YOU FIRST and to LOVE OTHERS as myself! I need your mercy still each and every day! We all do! I am scared, Father, so scared, about what I have seen in so many churches. Entertainment centers, one man I know calls them. Oh God, lead your Body to repentance! Humble us! Teach us your ways! Help us to forsake all for you! Help us to have the courage to turn away from all the wrong in the churches and to do what is right, loving you FIRST, no matter what others say of us. Oh, God, have mercy! Help us, oh Lord, AMEN!
“And He is the head of the body, the church, who is the beginning, the firstborn from the dead, that in all things He may have the preeminence.” Colossians 1:18
“Nevertheless I have this against you, that you have left your first love. Remember therefore from where you have fallen; repent and do the first works, or else I will come to you quickly and remove your lampstand from its place—unless you repent.” Revelation 2:4-5
“Then He went into the temple and began to drive out those who bought and sold in it, saying to them, “It is written, ‘MY HOUSE IS A HOUSE OF PRAYER,’ but you have made it a ‘DEN OF THIEVES.’ “” Luke 19:45-46