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Sat, Dec 10 2016 - 02:39 PM

512 GOD IS LOVE!

1 John 4:16 And we have known and believed the love that God hath to us. God is love; and he that dwelleth in love dwelleth in God, and God in him.

The scripture says that God IS love.

I have heard many people say that we cannot be like God because He is God and we are just men.

There are two reasons why they would say that; both have to do with pride.

The first is that they think God is so awesome that they could never achieve equality with Him. Their perceived humility is due to their own pride. It is based on THEIR thinking and not God’s word.

We are created in God’s image and nowhere does it say God skimped on quality when He created us.

 Genesis 1:27 So God created man in his own image, in the image of God created he him; male and female created he them.

Even after man sinned and God created our salvation in His son, Jesus Christ, He didn’t think our image would be inferior to His.

Colossians 3:10 And have put on the new man, which is renewed in knowledge after the image of him that created him:

Secondly, they think we could never be like God because WE are created beings and could never be equal to our creator. This also is pride and not based on scripture.

Jesus was created a man, equal to man, simple as man, no higher than man; so that He could live and die as a man, to pay the price for our sin by His perfect love and sacrifice.

Jesus was a perfect MAN! Jesus was also a perfect GOD!

Philippians 2:5 Let this mind be in you, which was also in Christ Jesus:

Philippians 2:6 Who, being in the form of God, thought it not robbery to be equal with God:

Philippians 2:7 But made himself of no reputation, and took upon him the form of a servant, and was made in the likeness of men:

Philippians 2:8 And being found in fashion as a man, he humbled himself, and became obedient unto death, even the death of the cross.

Jesus showed us our true image as a creation of God in that we were created to be just like God as He was just like God.

Those who say we can never be like or look like our God are stuck in their pride and are not pleasing to our God, who WANTS US TO LOOK AND ACT JUST LIKE HIM!

1 John 4:7 Beloved, let us love one another: for love is of God; and every one that loveth is born of God, and knoweth God.

1 John 4:8 He that loveth not knoweth not God; for God is love.

1 John 4:9 In this was manifested the love of God toward us, because that God sent his only begotten Son into the world, that we might live through him.

1 John 4:10 Herein is love, not that we loved God, but that he loved us, and sent his Son to be the propitiation for our sins.

1 John 4:11 Beloved, if God so loved us, we ought also to love one another.

1 John 4:12 No man hath seen God at any time. If we love one another, God dwelleth in us, and his love is perfected in us.

1 John 4:13 Hereby know we that we dwell in him, and he in us, because he hath given us of his Spirit.

1 John 4:14  And we have seen and do testify that the Father sent the Son to be the Saviour of the world.

1 John 4:15 Whosoever shall confess that Jesus is the Son of God, God dwelleth in him, and he in God.

If you are not ready to look, act, and be like God, then you are not ready.

God is love and those who do not want to be like God do not want to love.

1 John 4:20 If a man say, I love God, and hateth his brother, he is a liar: for he that loveth not his brother whom he hath seen, how can he love God whom he hath not seen?

1 John 4:21 And this commandment have we from him, That he who loveth God love his brother also.

(Yes, that means you even HAVE to love me and I will and do love you.) I pray God will bless and keep every one of you from the sin that so easily besets us.

Hebrews 12:1 Wherefore seeing we also are compassed about with so great a cloud of witnesses, let us lay aside every weight, and the sin which doth so easily beset us, and let us run with patience the race that is set before us,



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