Generational Recipient of Love!

“Know therefore that the LORD your God is God; he is the faithful God, keeping his covenant of love to a thousand generations of those who love him and keep his commandments” (Deuteronomy 7:9 NIV).

God is keeping His covenant of love to a thousand generations of those who “love Him and keep His commandments.” I’m in the fold of the thousand generations! How do I know? I love Him and love others–no matter what–fulfilling the commandments of love!

Some might say, “Yeah, right; sure you are!” How can anyone love everyone with so much hatred in the world?

This is how I do it: I have learned to love me, first–doing all the things that would not cause me harm, but doing those things that would lead to greater physical health and peace of mind. After I read God’s Word, studied and meditated upon it, and realized how much He loved me, I didn’t want His love to be squandered or unappreciated so I changed my way of living along with my attitude towards people. 

The more I discovered about how great a love He has for me, the more I loved Him. Now, I try always to do those things that please Him, so He will know without a doubt, how much I love Him.

Because I willingly received His love, I have an abundance of love overflowing, seeking those who will receive love from me. It’s not easy! Some people are filled with so much hate for self, God and others, they miss seeing love (not lust) when it is presented to them. For these, I love them enough to pray for them–praying they will receive God’s love and learn to love self and others. For those who receive the love, I encourage, however I can–to always seek God first, have faith in Him, and know that they are loved, no matter what event attempts to deter them from loving.

Do I like everyone I love? Absolutely not! God does not always like the things we do, but He never stops loving us. I don’t always like the things my children or grandchildren do, but I never stop loving them. The same is true of people I know and those I don’t know (globally). I know how to love whether I like a person or not. Again, when I see problems, I pray–for wisdom in rectifying a situation and the courage to get it done. Telling people the truth when they do not want to hear it, takes courage and wisdom and I always try to hear God before I do or say anything.

It’s not too late to become a generational recipient of love–just learn to love God and keep His commandments–the commandments to love Him and others.

Remember to Tell Others!

“After that whole generation had been gathered to their ancestors, another generation grew up who knew neither the LORD nor what he had done for Israel” (Judges 2:10 NIV).

I’ve often wondered (now that I know for myself) why people take the stance they do in opposition to God.  Then, when I read passages from the Old Testament, I am reminded that this current trend to oppose God is just history repeating itself.  When Joshua died and the generation after him died who had first-hand knowledge of what God had accomplished for the Children of Israel, the people (another generation) forgot to keep telling it to others and they chose to do what they wanted to do.

What happened to the generation who didn’t know the Lord?  They served idols and did what the other nations did who did not know God.  Then, God became angry and allowed them to suffer at the hands of the other nations and when He made Himself known to this generation, they repented and once again knew the blessings of The Lord.  And as long as they remembered to tell those who came behind about the great things God had done and were obedient, He continued to bless them as a nation (until He relented to their constant grumblings about having a king, but that’s another discussion).

For those of us who are concerned with this generation and their opposition to God, we need not worry. God is not a god of trends.  What He has done in the past, He will do again.  When people–as a nation–realize that He is not pleased with their trends (idol worship, doing things their way), and get tired of suffering, they will hear God’s messengers, repent, and He will hear their cries and heal the land.  We must remember to tell others about all God has done–His love, mercy, and many benefits for all who receive what He has to give!

The ultimate sacrifice has been made–(Jesus on the cross) there is no other sacrifice needed to get God to smile upon us other than–obedience in being a witness--telling of His goodness!  Hallelujah!

Being Thankful

Good morning, Lord! Thank You for choosing us as the generation of people who will abide by all of the laws of the land and who will cause the ignorant to be silent when they see our good works. Thank You for bringing us out of the darkness into Your marvelous light. You have created us to be a “royal priesthood”, destined to do great things for Your glory and that others will be brought to a place to praise You for all Your mighty acts, on our behalf! Hallelujah! Glory to God in the Highest for loving us and using us for His glory!