Love Matters Design: Time
"He has told you, O man, what is good; And what does the Lord require of you but to do justice, to love kindness, And to walk humbly with your God?"
"Now the Lord is the Spirit; and where the Spirit of the Lord is, there is liberty."
-2 Corinthians 3:7
"There is therefore now no condemnation for those who are in Christ Jesus."
"The conclusion, when all has been heard, is: fear God and keep His commandments, because this applies to every person. For God will bring every act to judgment, everything which is hidden, whether it is good or evil."
"I will feed My flock and I will lead them to rest," declares the Lord God, I will seek the lost, bring back the scattered, bind up the broken, and strengthen the sick; but the fat and the strong (stubborn, hard, violent, unyielding, impeding) I will destroy, I will feed them with judgment (justice)."
In Isaiah 30:18, God is talking to His "ignorant and/or rebellious" children: "Therefore the Lord longs to be gracious to you, and therefore He waits on high to have compassion on you. For the Lord is a God of justice, how blessed are all those who long for Him."
Then, also in Isaiah 30, starting in the middle of verse 20-21: "He, your Teacher will no longer hide Himself, but your eyes will behold your Teacher, and your ears will hear a word behind you, 'This is the way, walk in it,' whenever you turn to the right or to the left."
Jesus - Our Savior, Teacher and Example
"If indeed you have heard Him and have been taught in Him, just as truth is in Jesus, that, in reference to your former manner of life, you (choose to) lay aside the old self, which is being corrupted in accordance with the lusts of deceit, and that you (choose to) be renewed in the spirit of your mind, and put on the new self, which in the likeness of God has been created in righteousness and holiness of the truth. Therefore, laying aside falsehood, speak truth, each one of you, with his neighbor, for we are members of one another."
--Paul in Ephesians 4:21-25
Pro-Life and Pro-Choice
Yes, Love is BOTH
God's respect for man's right to choose (have free will) is so great that He allows sin (error) and the consequences of sickness and death.
"For if by the transgression of the one (Adam and Eve), death reigned through the one, much more those who receive the abundance of grace and of the gift of righteousness will reign in life through the One Jesus Christ."
Paul in Romans 6:17
God's will/purpose for man, however, IS LIFE! Abundant, victorious, peaceful life; free from fear, sorrow, harm, and death. Throughout The Holy Bible, is His message of Choose Life.
"Hear, O Isreal! The Lord our God, the Lord is One! And you shall love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your might."
It's Your call...
Life and Prosperity or Death and Adversity
"See, I have set before you today life and prosperity and death and adversity; in that I command you today to love the Lord your God, to walk in His ways and to keep His commandments and His statutes and His judgments, that you may live and multiply and that the Lord your God may bless you in the land where you are entering to possess it."
"The Golden Rule" or "Law of Love"
"... 'What commandment is the foremost of all?' Jesus answered, 'The foremost is, "Hear, O Israel! The Lord our God is one Lord; and you shall love the Lord your God with all your heart, and with all your soul, and with all your mind, and with all your strength." The second is this, "You shall love your neighbor as yourself." There is no other commandment greater than these.'"
--Jesus in Mark 12:29-31
How do we really know what the law of love is?
In John 14:5-6, Jesus answered the question: "...how do we know the way?" Jesus said to him "I am the way, and the truth, and the life; no one comes to the Father, but through Me."
In John 14 and 15, Jesus is speaking to his disciples and says in 14:15, "If you love Me, you will keep My commandments." Then in 15:12-13, He says "This is my commandment, that you love one another, just as I have loved you. Greater love has no one than this, that one lay down his life for his friends."
In Galatians 6:2, Paul encourages believers to "Bear one another's burdens and thus fulfill the law of Christ."
In Romans 8:2, Paul declares "For the law of the Spirit of life in Christ Jesus has set you free from the law of sin and of death."
In James 1:25, James says "But one who looks intently at the perfect law, the law of liberty, and abides by it, not having become a forgetful hearer but an effectual doer, this man shall be blessed in what he does."
Then, in James 2:8, James states "If, however you are fulfilling the royal law, according to the Scripture, 'You shall love your neighbor as yourself,' you are doing well."
God is Pro-Choice and Pro-Life
"For God so loved the world, that He gave His only begotten Son that whoever believes in Him should not perish, but have eternal life. For God did not send the Son into the world to judge the world, but that the world should be saved through Him."
--Jesus in John 3:16-17
And this is eternal life... (click to read more)
"And this is eternal life, that they may know Thee, the only True God, and Jesus Christ whom Thou has sent."
--Jesus in John 17:3
"And I know that His commandment is eternal life; therefore, the things that I speak, I speak just as the Father has told me."
--Jesus in John 12:50
"Jesus therefore was saying to those Jews who had believed him, 'If you abide in my word, then you are truly disciples of Mine; and you shall know the truth, and the truth shall make you free.'"
--Jesus in John 8:31-32
"And God said to Moses, 'I AM WHO I AM'; and He said, 'Thus you shall say to the sons of Israel, "I AM has sent me to you."'"
--God in Exodus 3:14
You have the ability to choose, to believe...
"I urge you therefore, brethren, by the mercies of God to present your bodies a living and holy sacrifice, acceptable (well-pleasing) to God, which is your spiritual (rational) service of worship. And do not be conformed to this world (age), but be transformed by the renewing of your mind, that you may prove what the will of God is, that which is good and acceptable and perfect."
--Paul in Romans 12:1-2
Will & Grace
Life is a gift.
And to each of us that God has given life, He has also given free will - the ability and right to choose what we believe, say, and do.
On top of that, He is continually pouring out His love upon mankind, calling to each and every heart and mind throughout space and throughout time.
If we truly seek to understand, He promises to take us by the hand, to share and teach the mysteries of life, enabling us to live continuously, free from strife.
Jesus - The Gift
"And the Spirit of the Lord will rest on Him, the spirit of wisdom and understanding, the spirit of counsel and strength, the spirit of knowledge and reverence for the Lord.
And He will delight in the glory of the Lord. And He will not judge by what His eyes see, nor make a decision by what His ears hear;
But with righteousness He will judge the poor, and decide with fairness for the afflicted of the earth; And He will strike the earth with the rod of His mouth, And with the breath of His lips He will slay the wicked.
Also righteousness will be the belt about His loins; And Faithfulness is the belt about His waist."
"The Spirit of the Lord God is upon me, because the Lord has anointed me to bring good news to the afflicted (humble); He has sent me to bind up the brokenhearted, to proclaim liberty to captives, and freedom to prisoners (opening to those who are bound), to proclaim the favorable year of the Lord, and the day of vengeance of our God, to comfort all who mourn, to grant those who mourn in Zion giving them a garland instead of ashes, the oil of gladness instead of mourning, the mantle of praise instead of a spirit of fainting, so they wil be called oaks of righteousness, the planting of the Lord, that He may be glorified.
"'The Spirit of the Lord is upon Me, because He anointed Me to preach the gospel to the poor, he has sent Me to proclaim release to the captives, and recovery of sight to the blind, to set free those who are downtrodden, to proclaim the favorable year of the Lord.' And He closed the book, and gave it back to the attendant, and sat down; and the eyes of all in the synagogue were fixed upon Him, and He began to say to them, 'Today this Scripture has been fulfilled in your hearing (ears).'"
--Jesus in Luke 4:18-21
"Therefore having been justified by faith, we have peace with God through our Lord Jesus Christ, through whom also we have obtained our introduction by faith into this grace in which we stand; and we exult in hope of the glory of God."
--Paul in Romans 5:1-2