Sunday Inspiration: God Loves the Whole World


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God Loves the Whole World

Yet He Doesn’t Love or Condone Sin

by J.M. Troppello


God loves the whole world (John 3:16-17). He doesn’t love sin or condone it. But He loves people. All that He does is with redemption in its purpose. Episcopal clergyman and author from the 19th century wrote, “There is the great, patient, indestructible love of God for us because we are His children.” God’s love for His children is vast and indescribable.


44 I am the Lord your God; consecrate yourselves and be holy, because I am holy. Do not make yourselves unclean by any creature that moves along the ground. (Lev. 11:44, NKJV)

There were many laws that the Israelites had to obey. They had to make sacrifices because of their sin. God is a holy God. In Leviticus 11:44, you can see that God is a holy God and He wanted His people to consecrate themselves to Him.


After Jesus died for the world, took all the world’s sin on Him, and then rose again, He enabled the gift of salvation for all who would accept it. As a Christian, I am called to follow God’s guidance in my life and live according to His Word. That means that the promises in there are for me. But, also the disciplining passages are for me as well – and should not be ignored.


Therefore, I urge you, brothers and sisters, in view of God’s mercy, to offer your bodies as a living sacrifice, holy and pleasing to God—this is your true and proper worship. 2 Do not conform to the pattern of this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind. Then you will be able to test and approve what God’s will is—his good, pleasing and perfect will. (Romans 12:1-2, NKJV)

Paul urges believers to offer their bodies as a living sacrifice, holy and pleasing to God. That act is your true and proper worship. That definitely makes me think. Am I living as a ‘living sacrifice, holy and pleasing to God’?


In verse two, Paul says that believers should not be conformed to the pattern of this world. What is the pattern of our current culture? We are living in a godless society. Yes, God is still active and working in believers and bringing others to Christ. However, from the world’s perspective, they do not understand, they don’t value, and they don’t want anything to do with God’s leadership in their lives. It’s important to let your light shine, but you cannot conform to the sinful patterns of this world (John 17:13-16).


The final statement in Romans 12:2 is vital to understand and embrace. When you set yourself apart to the Lord as a living sacrifice holy and pleasing to Him – and if you don’t conform to the evil pattern of this world – then you can test and approve what God’s will is. You’ll understand what His good, pleasing, and perfect will is.


Setting yourself apart to God begins by obeying Him (see: Romans 6:13). That means you need to read ALL of God’s Word and don’t pick and choose what you’re going to listen to. Of course, the Old Testament is part of the old covenant. Since Jesus died, you are now part of the new covenant. However, that doesn’t mean that you shouldn’t read all of the Bible – as a whole – and seek to understand it together as one.


Holy means set apart for the Lord’s use. Acceptable means pleasing to Him. Reasonable indicates that such a gift is the only rational reaction to all the good gifts God has showered on us." (Source: TNSB)


I like that explanation from the Thomas Nelson Study Bible about this passage from Romans. If you are saved, you already made a decision to be set apart to the Lord. However, as life goes on, you need to continue to make a decision to be set apart. Now, I’m NOT talking about getting saved over and over again. That’s not necessary. I’m focusing on the fact that life gets in the way. Your sinful nature comes out daily. If you want to continually grow in your relationship with the Lord, you need to decide to keep reading, studying, and applying His Word to your life. You need to decide to be a living sacrifice that is holy and pleasing to God.


Are you seeking to be a living sacrifice to God daily?



Article syndicated by Mustard Seed Sentinel on Medium.com.

 

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JM Troppello at Mustard Seed Sentinel

J.M. Troppello is an author, writer, and poet. She is the publisher of the online Christian lifestyle magazine, Mustard Seed Sentinel.


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