This is the second part of a four-part series, LIVING THE LOVED LIFE; the GOOD LIFE. If you have not already done so, please go and enjoy Part 1 (click here) of this series before reading Part 2. In Part 1 we lay the Scriptural foundation, so you don't want to miss it.
Continuing from the previous segment (Part 1), let's again ponder the GOOD LIFE with God. What does the “LOVED LIFE” look like to you? Do you feel loved, behave like you are loved, trust like you are loved, and act like you are loved?
Or, are you under deception and still hold a poor opinion of yourself that is contrary to God's opinion of you? Are you still living life as if you are just a worthless human?
Would the Son of God suffer and die and go through all that hell to save worthless people? Would God give up His only Son for worthless people? NO, JUST THE OPPOSITE.
God has placed us, you, me, and all mankind as "THE" MOST VALUABLE of all HIS creation. It's His Creation, and He can love whomever He likes, and it just so happens to be us. You and me. I would refer to that as the GOOD LIFE.
BECAUSE OF WHAT JESUS DID ON OUR BEHALF, by GRACE, we have the FATHER's HEART!
2 Peter 1:4 "For by these HE HAS GRANTED TO US HIS PRECIOUS AND MAGNIFICIENT PROMISES, so that by them YOU MAY BECOME PARTAKERS OF THE DIVINE NATURE, having escaped the corruption that is in the world by lust."
Don’t skip forward; stop right here and SEEK GOD. Ask Him to LOVE YOU FULLY, and HE WILL.
1 Peter 5:10 "After you have suffered for a little while, the God of all grace, who called you to His eternal glory in Christ, WILL HIMSELF perfect, confirm, strengthen and establish you."
In this thesis, I’ve argued that we can live a life knowing that we are LOVED BY THE CREATOR OF LOVE, the God and Father of us all, the creator of ALL THINGS; YES, we learned that GOD ABSOLUTELY LOVES US, and not because we did anything GOOD.
John 10:10 "The thief comes only to steal and kill and destroy; I CAME THAT THEY MAY HAVE LIFE, AND HAVE IT ABUNDANTLY."
If you are not experiencing the GOOD LIFE, then ask for help. Ask for Grace and Wisdom to GROW. As Jesus grew in wisdom and favor and grace, SO DO WE.
Luke 2:40 "The Child continued to grow and become strong, INCREASING IN WISDOM l AND THE GRACE OF GOD WAS UPON HIM."
As a matter of fact, as HE IS SO ARE WE IN THIS WORLD.
Acts 17:29 "Being then the children of God, we ought not to think that the Divine Nature is like gold or silver or stone, an image formed by the art and thought of man."
After reading, studying, and meditating on all the Scriptures here (collectively), I hope you’ll agree with me, and you too will BEGIN TO LIVE THE LOVED LIFE, the abundant life of Jesus Christ.
Romans 5:17 "For if by the transgression of the one, death reigned through the one, much more THOSE WHO RECEIVE THE ABUNDANCE OF GRACE AND THE GIFT OF RIGHTEOUSNESS WILL REIGN IN LIFE THROUGH THE ONE, JESUS CHRIST."
Why not walk through this LIFE knowing you are LOVED ABSOLUTELY by God the Father and His Son, Jesus? The GOOD LIFE is also an easy, restful life because the Holy Spirit DWELLS permanently in your heart as a guarantee to the eternal promise of LIFE WITH GOD.
Matthew 11:29-30 "For My yoke is easy and My burden is light. Take My yoke upon you and learn from Me, for I am gentle and humble in heart, and you will find rest for your souls."
We are actually called to KNOW HOW MUCH JESUS LOVES US. Yes, we can only give what we have first received, so we are called to seek ALL of His love, the more the merrier… with no limits actually!
1 John 3:1 "SEE HOW A GREAT A LOVE THE FATHER HAS BESTOWED UPON US, that WE WOULD BE CALLED CHILDREN OF GOD; and SUCH WE ARE. For this reason the world does not know us, because it did not know Him."
So, God POURS OUT HIS LOVE UPON US, and WITHIN US, so we have LOVE TO SHARE with others. As a result of being LOVED by God, we can live the FORGIVEN LIFE, which IS THE GOOD LIFE. Knowing we are fully forgiven by God, we can live forgiven and forgive others, ALL OTHERS.
Luke 6:35 "But love your enemies, and do good, and lend, expecting nothing in return; and your reward will be great, and you will be sons of the Most High; for He Himself is kind to ungrateful and evil men."
Because of JESUS’ COMPLETED WORK, we are the SONS OF the MOST HIGH GOD.
Matthew 10:8 "Heal the sick, raise the dead, cleanse the lepers, cast out demons. Freely you received, freely give."
EVERYONE IS A NEW creation IN CHRIST.
2 Corinthians 5:16-17 "Therefore from now on we recognize no one according to the flesh; even though we have known Christ according to the flesh, yet now we know Him in this way no longer. Therefore if anyone is in Christ, he is a new creature; the old things passed away; behold, new things have come."
Having the GOOD LIFE, knowing we are LOVED by GOD, we have the confidence to cry out in our time of need, “Daddy, Daddy,” and KNOW God, our Heavenly Father, will answer personally.
Romans 8:15 "For you have not received a spirit of slavery leading to fear again, but you have RECEIVED A SPIRIT OF ADOPTION BY WHICH WE CRY OUT ABBA! FATHER!”
To live forgiven is to FORGIVE everyone RIGHT NOW in advance for ANY SIN they might sow against my family or me or those I love.
Matthew 6:14 "For IF YOU FORGIVE OTHERS for their transgressions, your heavenly Father WILL ALSO FORGIVE YOU. But if you do not forgive others, then your Father will not forgive your transgressions."
To live forgiven is to live life without offense, strife, judgment, criticism, anger, disappointment, and blame.
Romans 8:3 "For what the Law could not do, weak as it was through the flesh, GOD DID: sending His own Son in the likeness of sinful flesh and as an offering for sin, He condemned sin in the flesh,"
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