Tuesday, February 16, 2010

"The Love of God Shed Abroad in Our Hearts"

Romans 5:1-5 (King James Version)
1Therefore being justified by faith, we have peace with God through our Lord Jesus Christ: 2By whom also we have access by faith into this grace wherein we stand, and rejoice in hope of the glory of God. 3And not only so, but we glory in tribulations also: knowing that tribulation worketh patience; 4And patience, experience; and experience, hope: 5And hope maketh not ashamed; because the love of God is shed abroad in our hearts by the Holy Ghost which is given unto us.

I ran across this passage about a week ago and have been meditating on it quite often.  Focusing on different parts of the scripture at different times. I must say my favorite part of this verse is the concept of standing on grace and all that it entails, but right now I am relishing in “the love of God is shed abroad in our hearts”. What a powerful concept and truth! How many of us walk around with “the love of God shed abroad in our hearts”? If it weren’t for the Lord’s continual grace that I stand on, this would have been more of a conviction to me than a promise!

But how?

(This is all under the assumption that you have already experienced regeneration, or in other words, have placed TOTAL faith in Jesus Christ.)

  1. Standing on the Promise of Grace. Vs. 2
2.   Rejoicing and Hoping in the Glory of the Lord. (His promised coming) Vs. 2
3.   Rejoicing and glorying in our trying times Vs. 3
            -This works patience.
            -Patience brings experience
            -Experience brings hope
            -Hope makes us unashamed

One thing I understand from this list in Romans is that it’s definitely a process. “The love of God is shed abroad in our hearts” did not happen immediately but after specific times and experiences to stand firm on grace and truth. But once we get to the place of receiving the grace of God FULLY, we realize that we are eternally in debt to God, not for his justice, but to his love and mercy forever, and likewise in debt to all people for the IMPOSSIBLE grace freely given by the blood of Jesus Christ. Trials may come, but we rejoice in the Lord’s coming and stand on grace. This shed’s God’s love abroad in our hearts.

On the opposite spectrum. Is it too far to say that worrying, complaining, being let down or disappointed, or ticked at your given circumstances is utter godlessness? I think not. It is our very rejoicing that brings glory to His name in our trying times. The opposite of this breeds contempt in every way. Is the way you are living you life saying, “I HATE GOD”? Or in all things saying, “I LOVE HIS HOLY NAME”?

4 comments:

  1. This is amazing! Thanks Zach!!

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  2. WOW!!! I'm not going to lie, I had to read that like 4 times to take it all in!! In my bible verse 3 says,

    "Not only so, but we also rejoice in our sufferings, because we know that suffering produces perseverance; perseverance, character; and character, hope."

    Just a few different words, but still the same message. The concept of these steps used to be hard for me to comprehend. I never got how you could rejoice in trials. I mean they don't feel very good, but like this passage and others say it is truly a blessing when we suffer and persevere through it. James 1:12 "Blessed is the man who perseveres under trial, because when he has stood the test, he will receive the crown of life that God has promised to those who love him."

    Okay I will stop babbling on, but basically GOD IS AMAZING!! His love and plan for us is just something I cannot fathom. The love poured out on the cross is something I truly admire, and although it is not exactly possible, I want to love others like He loves us, and do it FOR HIM!!! :)

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  3. I thank God for the above verses too...i think sometimes we forget to love ourselves first in order to understand how to love our neighbour...as ourselves.

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