We perceive our life through the lenses of our eyes. I see that thing and I want that thing. I see that game and I want to play that game.
The same is true of what we believe are limitations to what we want to do. Often people will be under the impression that God is simply trying to take away any fun we might have, when the opposite is actually true. His commands are a blessing to us and a blessing to other people, but the commands are not all there is. There is a life change and a new direction that takes place.
Be Overcomers Through Christ
Once again the theme is here that we need to love others because we love God. But this is not where it begins. It begins with Jesus Christ on the cross. This gift of salvation in Christ is available to all who believe in Jesus Christ. It is offered to everyone, but you must receive it. That means each person needs to choose to follow Christ for themselves and to trust that He has died for their sin. It is the only hope we have for a future after death and for a meaningful life now.
Jesus said that in this world you will have trouble, but take heart because I have overcome the world. You know what is so awesome about that is that we get to receive that from him. In other words, we overcome the world because of Jesus. He died for us and we receive from Him a new life.
And who can win this battle against the world? Only those who believe that Jesus is the Son of God. – 1 John 5:4
This makes the challenges we face bearable knowing that Jesus suffered and died in more ways that we did and He overcame the problem of sin in this world, which is the reason we have suffering in the first place.
So, let me encourage you, if you have never given any thought to truly surrendering your life to Jesus, that you would do that. Jesus offers to all who would believe eternal life because he has paid the penalty for our sin.
Here is an example of how this looks in a song by Matthew West called “Strong Enough”
You are not strong enough. You need Jesus Christ.
You are to Love Other People in Christ
We know we love God’s children if we love God and obey his commandments. – 1 John 5:2
A mark, or a tell tale sign that you are follower of Jesus Christ is how you treat God and how you treat other people. We are commanded to love God and love other people. What is confusing is how people often view God’s commands. But it says here also that his commands are not burdensome. His commands are actually a means to a blessing for you and for others.
Loving God means keeping his commandments, and his commandments are not burdensome. – 1 John 5:3
God is not taking your fun away, but giving you a new path that leads to far greater blessing. It is not about following the rules, it is about knowing Jesus Christ as your friend, as your Lord, as your Savior.
This love for other people matters too. It matters because people will often see God in you through the way you treat others. God’s love is made known through you to others. This involves looking outside of yourself.
There is a video from the Skit Guys that captures this pretty well. I am not able to embed it here. I would encourage you to go there via the link and watch it. I think you will find it to be challenging. — Dennis: An Original Masterpiece (opens in new window)
Who are you around that you could reach out to in love? It is not all about you. Jesus came to give of Himself, die for us so that we would go out and live for Him. This world needs to know the love of God and we are commanded as followers to reach others with that love.
1)Do you know Jesus as your Savior? Have you accepted His gift of eternal life and been reborn, despite all the struggles and sin?
2)Who can you show God’s love to here, at home, at school, at work? You have no idea what kind of difference you might make in someone’s life.