|We are Totally Dependent on God to Have Love or to Do Any Good Work.|
Love is the fulfillment of the law, Romans 13:8-10. Sin is breaking the law, 1 John 3:4. Love is what righteousness is and has many facets as 1 Corinthians 13 says. God is love. We cannot have righteousness without having God. We cannot have love without having God. In fact, righteousness is a free gift from God, Romans 5:17. Righteousness is by grace through faith. The children of Israel made the mistake of trying to establish their own righteousness and so they missed out on this free gift of God's righteousness, which God was willing to give them at no cost, Romans 10:3. Trying to put a little love in our hearts or to live by a set of rules is futile.
If we try to live by laws and rules, we will either live in self-condemnation or we will live in self-righteousness. If we recognize the fullness of God's law, and we try to obey it by our own power or our own righteousness, then we will condemn ourselves because we will fall short. Far more often, we see people who modify God's law into a set of rules that they can fulfill. They lower the bar until they can fulfill their rules. That always brings self-righteousness and pride. God's law is clear. Human beings cannot fulfill it without the process described in the Bible. This is the righteousness, the love, that is a free gift. This is the righteousness that is by grace and through faith. God does His works through us, and it is by the free gift, grace, and that grace is only available through faith. What actually happens is that God loves through us.
We need to ask God to help us to let Him love through us. For the person that I'm having trouble loving at home, at work, at church, Lord, help me to let You love this person through me. We can do the works of God if we will believe in Him to the point that we let Him work through us. When we try to generate our own love, it is like trying to generate our own good works. In fact it is exactly the same thing.
The reason that we must let God love through us has to do with the way righteousness and love operate, faith or hypnotize yourself into believing. Such nonsense has nothing to do with real faith. This type of mind exercise is a deception from Satan. God gives faith for those things that He desires.">Romans 10:17. God speaks to us. We respond. Faith is born in us by the power of God. Faith opens the door to grace, Romans 5:2. Grace flows in and does God's works through us, Romans 6:13. Whatever is not of faith is sin, Romans 14:23. In other words, anything that we do that God did not lead us into and anything in which God did not do the work through us is sin. That narrow way is very narrow indeed, Matthew 7:13-14.
Last updated: Jan, 2013
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