Keep yourselves in the Love of God
Jude 21 “Keep yourselves in the love of God, looking for the mercy of our Lord Jesus Christ unto eternal life.”
In other words: Walk in the sunlight of His love.
He upholds us by His Word (Psalm 119:116), and “builds us up” by His Holy Spirit (Jude 20); and we are to cooperate with Jesus, and hang on to Him…..Keep ourselves in His love.
There is a lot of talk about God’s love today, which is just not so.
Some say, “If God loved us, why does He correct us?”
Would a loving parent let his child do something which would hurt them, just because he “loved” them?
Sin is the ultimate hurt.
Through sin, Adam fell; which means that he left the state of innocency he was in, to know evil. (Good he knew, for he knew God; after he rebelled, he knew evil. Genesis 3:6-7)
So when it says that God loves us……you need to look beyond the sentimental affection we think is love,……to the Will of God.
There is nothing more powerful in the universe than God’s Will; therefore if He wills to love us:…..He will provide for us,…..hold us up,…..protect us,…..and correct us,…….that we might stay in the bright and warm light of His love.
To measure His love is impossible,…..for the measuring line would have to stretch across the immense expanse of the “time” in eternity, when God willed to send His Beloved Son to die on the cross.
And this was because He willed to love us. (John 3:16)
When we are born again, we are receivers of His Love. (It was always there, we just had our backs to it.)
The only thing we are told to do, is walk in it.
This walk signifies that you are obeying His Word to you.
1 John 5:3 “For this is the love of God, that we keep His commandments: and His commandments are not grievous.”
If they are “grievous” or burdensome to you……then you are not walking in His love. You might be walking in anger to His Will, as Jonah. (Jonah 4:1-4)
Or you might be walking in fear, as when the disciples were at sea, in the storm (Mark 4:37-38)…”Master, carest Thou not that we perish?”
But when you walk in love…..His commandments are the lightest things.
To sin or turn away from Him, at this time, would be the hardest thing. For love gives songs in the darkest night, and makes His work, joyful.
This walk in the love of God is also shared:
1 John 4:7, 11 “Beloved, let us love one another: for love is of God; and everyone that loveth is born of God, and knoweth God.
Beloved, if God so loved us, we ought also to love one another.”
This tells us that the love of God is to be shed abroad through us to other Christians, and to those in the world.
(Remember, God’s love is willed love. There is nothing in us that would draw out God’s love to us; but He willed to love us.
So we should love others. Often there is nothing in them that merits our love.
No, love is never merited; either in God’s love to us, or our love to others.
That is called respect and honor)
But God commands us to love others, so we will to do so; and walk in His love.
John 14:23 “Jesus answered and said unto him, If a man love me, he will keep my words: and my Father will love him, and we will come unto him, and make our abode with him.”
The presence of God within us, comes with His love.
This Presence is felt.
Romans 8:15-16 “For ye have not received the spirit of bondage again to fear; but ye have received the Spirit of adoption, whereby we cry, Abba, Father.
The Spirit itself beareth witness with our spirit, that we are the children of God:”
(This “Abba, Father” is like “Daddy, Daddy”.)
To walk in the love of God, is to appropriate for ourselves the joy found in the statement:
1 John 4:19 “We love him, because He first loved us.”
This knowledge reaches down into the depth of our being!
(You will notice I have quoted a lot from John’s books. John and Paul were the authors that spoke most of the love of God, either for their own selves, or for the Church.
1 John 4:10 “Herein is love, not that we love God, but that he loved us, and sent his Son to be the propitiation for our sins.”
Galatians 2:20 “I am crucified with Christ: nevertheless I live; yet not I, but Christ liveth in me: and the life that I now live in the flesh I live by the faith of the Son of God who loved me, and gave himself for me.”
Ephesians 3:17-19 “That Christ may dwell in your hearts by faith; that ye, being rooted and grounded in love,
May be able to comprehend with all saints what is that breadth, and length, and depth, and height;
And to know the love of Christ, which passeth knowledge, that ye might be filled with all the fullness of God.”
2 John 3 “Grace be with you, mercy and peace, from God the Father , and from the Lord Jesus Christ, the Son of the Father, in truth and love.”
John and Paul bring forward again and again the Love of God to His own.)
Let us walk in the love of God.
Keep yourself in the love of God.