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๐Ÿ‘‘ Love Commended, Love Rejected

โ€œFor when we were yet without strength, in due time Christ died for the ungodly. For scarcely for a righteous man will one die: yet peradventure for a good man some would even dare to die. But God commendeth his love toward us, in that, while we were yet sinners, Christ died for usโ€ (Romans 5:6-8).

One of lifeโ€™s greatest disappointments and injuries occurs when you offer someone your love and they trample it underfoot. They did not deserve your love; you did not deserve their hate. Likewise, we do not deserve Godโ€™s love, yet we enjoy it; He does not deserve our hate, and yet He receives it.

โ€œHaters of Godโ€ (Romans 1:30) gripe about how He was so cruel and bloodthirsty in the Old Testament. What stares them in the face is the groundwork, the predictions, of the cross of Christ, found in those ancient writings. As they mumble and grumble in total ignorance, they ignore the love that God commended toward them at Calvary. To โ€œcommendโ€ means, โ€œto offer/present as worthy of acceptance or praiseโ€ (similar to โ€œrecommendโ€). Howbeit, they will neither accept nor praise that love that motivated Christ Jesus to die for our sins! Since they reject Father Godโ€™s truth and His love proclaimed therein, He will give them exactly what they prefer.

Second Thessalonians chapter 2 pronounces their impending doom, the coming of Satanโ€™s emissary, Antichrist, the extreme depths of human wickedness: โ€œ[10] And with all deceivableness of unrighteousness in them that perish; because they received not the love of the truth, that they might be saved. [11] And for this cause God shall send them strong delusion, that they should believe a lie: [12] That they all might be damned who believed not the truth, but had pleasure in unrighteousness.โ€ Once they are consumed in Jesus Christโ€™s fiery Second Coming, and swiftly ushered alive into the everlasting fires of hell, they will know that it is not God who is โ€œunloving.โ€ No, they were unloving in that they โ€œreceived not the love of the truth, that they might be savedโ€ from such a hateful place!

Friends, hate God no longer. Come to Him by faith in His Son, and His Son alone! source

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I am blessed with two amazing kids and Iโ€™m a Christian Music fanatic! I also love to write and my websites and bible studies keep me busy as well. At this point in my life, my focus is on fellowship and my existing relationships with God, my children and with family. In Christ, Derrick

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