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(KJV Scripture)

– And hope maketh not ashamed; because the love of God is shed abroad in our hearts by the Holy Ghost which is given unto us. – Romans 5:5

If we ever get up in the morning as believers with a mental checklist of what we have to accomplish that day to show and prove our Christianity to others – we’re probably going to have a difficult, confusing time showing God‘s love the way to the world that He desires?  Why?  Love was hung and nailed on the Cross for us.  It’s not something to cross off a Christian checklist hung on a hanger nailed to a door frame somewhere in our house.   Love becomes our whole being as we grow in the Spirit daily.  It is not restricted to a time slot in our day planners.

When we are truly “born again”, God commands His light to shine out of the devil’s darkness we live in since our physical births (2 Corinthians 4:6, Acts 26:18).  This love from above is shed abroad in our hearts by the gift of the Holy Ghost which is given unto us (lead verse).  The veil over our hearts gets lifted with Christ – and the wall between us and God gets broken with the Holy Spirit (2 Corinthians 3:14-18, Ephesians 2:13-14).  A lamp of His love is finally lit in our souls.  Its light is the same light that should shine out from our eyes – to brighten the paths of those who still are wandering around in the dark (Luke 1:79, Luke 11:33-36).

Our Father becomes a consuming fire within us (Hebrews 12:29) – to continually burn up and clear out the underbrush – which can easily keep His gift from being stirred up and blazing bright (2 Timothy 1:6).  All branches on His vine not producing the spiritual fruit He desires are purged – so they may bring forth such fruit that makes us more like Christ (Galatians 5:22-23, Ephesians 4:20-32,).  This is the daily process of repentance.  It takes our constant abidance in God – and His Word in us (John 15:1-7, 2 Corinthians 4:16,).

So our hearts are constantly being renewed and transformed from the inside by the Word – not from the outside by the world. So Christ’s blood can be sprinkled on those hearts to put a salve on sin – and so spiritual growth can begin and be shown (Romans 12:2, Titus 3:5, Hebrews 10:22).  So our love for others starts coming fervently and unfeigned out of purified hearts by obeying the Spirit of truth (1 Peter 1:22).  It becomes unintentional – not intentional.  Lists?  They’re for religion. Love?  That’s for Christianity.

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(NKJV and KJV Scripture)

– For God, who commanded light to shine out of darkness – has shined in our hearts to give the light of the knowledge of the glory of God in the face of Jesus Christ. – 2 Corinthians 4:6

An optical prism is a device that receives a beam of light – then reflects it back out in many different directions.  If prisms were people, they probably would not spend their time in a room debating over their light – trying to decide and determine the best way to display it.  They would be out and about in a lost world – instantly displaying their light to all – not sitting around discussing how to best be intentional with it.  The light of each one would be glowing in many different directions without having to deliberate over it with other prisms.

As believers, our eyes are the light of our entire bodies – they are the optical prisms God has given us (Matthew 6:22).  When we are “born again” of the Spirit (John 3:5), our Father in heaven sheds His love abroad in our hearts (Romans 5:5). Christ comes to dwell in our inner man by faith through the power of the Holy Ghost – a gift of light from above (Ephesians 3:16-17). From this point on, we should start to become just like prisms. God’s light from heaven continually keeps shining into our hearts – and it is immediately reflected back out in many directions without any turn-around time.

We shouldn’t have to try harder – it just happens naturally. People should see a glow of God’s grace and His gift of light in our eyes at all times (Acts 26:18).  We shouldn’t even have to think about it.  We can’t carve out worldly chunks of time to turn God’s lamp of love inside us off and on – and expect the lost to believe what we’re telling them about His light, can we (Psalm 119:105)?  How can their darkness comprehend God’s light – if we’re not committed to keeping it burning and stirred up in ourselves at all times (John 1:5, 2 Timothy 1:6)?

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(Scripture from the NKJV and KJV)

– “Come now, and let us reason together”, says the Lord, “Though your sins be as scarlet – they shall be white as the snow. Though they be crimson – they shall be as wool.” – Isaiah 1:18

“Why I am doing this anyway?” … or … “What’s the reason for all this living?” It’s those nagging little voices inside our heads asking us questions like these. They seem to pipe up at the most inopportune times – and they don’t seem to want to shut up anytime soon – even though we would give almost anything to silence them.

Even though some may have a very strong sense the world’s ways are not working out as anticipated or imagined – they wallow in them continually. They’re wishing something in their fleeting lives would finally be the one thing to give some permanent meaning to it all. One true reason that does not seem to be just one more lie. This is where the devil comes in.

Satan is the father of all lies – and the god of this world. The devil and his ministers of righteousness bombard us daily with all kinds of temptations and twistings of the truth. All in hopes of keeping those who buy in and succumb to them from seeing the glorious light of the gospel (John 8:44, 2 Corinthians 4:4, 2 Corinthians 11:14-15). People know it’s wrong – but they keep playing and paying along.

Why is this? Because a lot of the devil’s deceptive devices appear to be fun and exciting, delectable and enticing. Whatever Satan offers us may make us feel really good inside for a while – but then we have to usually whip out our wallets again to recapture that emotion. We often can feel really bad about ourselves in between the time the newness of the first feeling wears off – and we get the rush of the next one.

In her beautiful 1996 song “Angel” – written and sung by Sarah McLachlan, there is a line that goes, “There’s always some reason to feel not good enough – and it’s hard at the end of the day.” This world will give us dozens of reasons to feel not good enough about ourselves every night as we head for bed.  However, so many keep buying into the muddled and contradictory messages we seem to hear every day from advertisers – hoping any bad image of themselves will permanently pass them by in doing so.

We’re missing something but we’re not sure what – more money or material possessions don’t seem to be working anymore. We’re lacking something inside – and the lusts of this world are losing their luster. Life goes on long after the thrill of living is gone (“Jack and Diane” by John Mellencamp). Just a few verses later in “Angel” – we find this line: “The storm keeps on twisting – keep building the lies – to make up for all that you lack.”

Sadly, it’s a lifelong pursuit for many people – with their eventual happiness, joy, and contentment in life always seeming to be just “out of reach.” Restlessness and weariness often begin internally long before it ever shows outwardly. Some drift from person to person, possession to possession, interest to interest. This is called boredom.

In their 1999 song “Run”, Collective Soul sings “Are these times contagious, I’ve never been this bored before – is this the prize I’ve waited for?” Later in the song they speak about “this processed sanity” and “this world of purchase.” It’s kind of ironic really. It’s contagious – but we never seem to catch it. Almost like a dog trying to catch its tail – it never does but keeps on trying.

No matter what is going on around us, God’s Word will always give us one reason alone to feel good about ourselves at the end of every day. Our Father loves us – He does so much that He sent His only Son to die on that cross over 2,000 years ago to “purchase” our sin debt – and paid it in full with the precious blood of Christ. To taste death for all mankind – so we can be free from the bondage to our own (Hebrews 2:9-15).

It’s the very same love God sheds abroad in our hearts when we are “born again” and we receive the gift of the Holy Ghost (Romans 5:5). So we can begin to comprehend the breadth, length, depth, and height of His love for us (Ephesians 3:17-19). To silence those pestering questions of the world in our heads – and fill them with the peace of the Word. It passes all understanding (Philippians 4:7) – and that’s a pretty good reason to me.

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(Scripture from the NKJV and KJV)

– And hope makes not ashamed, because the love of God is shed abroad in our hearts by the Holy Ghost which is given to us. For when we were yet without strength – in due time Christ died for the ungodly. – Romans 5:5-6

It’s very hard for someone who has never been able to give or receive human love – to comprehend or understand the incredible breadth, length, depth, or height of God‘s love for them (Ephesians 3:18). Without being able to do this – even as Christians – it makes it equally hard to accept His love or show it to the lost and unbelieving. However, human love is what we learn first – wrought with worldly conditions and expectations. These are based on factors such as money, emotions – even the calendar as in yesterday. Worldly love ebbs and flows dependent on the waves of life. God’s love is different – it is perfect (1 John 4:18) – often referred to as “agape” love. It does not peak or plummet depending on external and earthly circumstances and situations.

When a person is “born again” of the Spirit – the blood that Christ shed at Calvary is the same blood God sheds abroad in their hearts through the gift and power of the Holy Ghost (lead verse). A new heart and new spirit has been given from above (Ezekiel 36:26). A new creature in Christ begins to develop – and old fleshly and worldly things start to pass away (2 Corinthians 5:17). The born again person now bears the marks of Christ in their body (Galatians 6:17). It’s only at this point can any of us even begin to start comprehending God’s perfect love for us and the whole world (John 3:16). Our Father’s love is as strong as death – and it’s this love the breaks our bondage to it from birth – for that is why He sacrificed His only Son (Song of Solomon 8:6, Hebrews 2:14-15, 2 Timothy 1:10).

Upon the giving of the Holy Spirit, God begins a daily process of transforming minds and hearts – regenerating the inner man continually throughout life (Romans 12:2, 2 Corinthians 4:16). The mind of Christ has been given to a believer – and slowly over time – the way of Christ is learned (1 Corinthians 2:16, Ephesians 4:20-32). God begins teaching how to compare spiritual things with the spiritual – no longer from a natural “outside-in” approach (1 Corinthians 2:11-14). Every dead branch in the heart not producing any fruit is cleared away – so new and healthier spiritual growth can occur (John 15:1-5, Galatians 5:22-23). Fleshly and lustful ways of the former man – are slowly replaced with the faithful ways of the reformed man. All the while – day-by-day – God is steadily directing hearts into His love and unto the patient waiting for Christ’s return (2 Thessalonians 3:5).

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