Preaching, Teaching, and Notes

Romans 8:28 “And we know that all things work together for good to them that love God,  to them who are the called according to His purpose.”

To them that love God.  Do you love Him?  Does your heart reach out to Him in prayer and fellowship?   Do you love His Name,  and character?

I believe this love is a gift given us in the Holy Spirit.   And like faith, it is to be exercised, so it will grow into the abounding force of Christ’s life within us.

Love takes us out of ourselves; widening our hearts and lives, giving us wider boundaries for good.

To them that love God:  If we will bow to our Father in the results and consequences of our sin and rebellious ways;  and seek forgiveness and cleansing,  setting our affairs right before Him.

Then He will see that “all things work for good” in each of His servants.

His good, of course, which must be ours also.

In this verse we see that it is our attitude to God, and our calling in His purpose, and our sin;  which needs to be made right.

That is why love to God is most important.  

Proverbs 4:23 “Keep thy heart with all diligence;  for out of it are the issues of life.”

“Issues” here means the boundaries we set up. This is how far we will go.  These boundaries come from the heart.

Matthew 12:34-35 “…for out of the abundance of the heart the mouth speaketh.

A good man out of the good treasure of the heart bringeth forth good things:  and an evil man out of the evil treasure bringeth forth evil things.

Again I will stress:  it is love to God which sets the boundaries of our life.

If we love Him,  we will obey Him.(John 14:15)

If we love Him,  we will love each other.(John 13:34-35)

If we love Him, we will hate our sin.(1 John 5:18)

If we love Him, we will persevere through trials and difficulties.(1 John 4:16-18)

It is love to Him, which causes all things to be good.  For He loves us much more that we can ever love Him.   (1 John 4:19)

It is the reciprocal relationship of love,  sweet and full,  that makes all things work together; for we are working together.   

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