God’s power has given us everything we need for life and godliness, through our knowing the One who called us to his own glory and goodness. By these he has given us valuable and superlatively great promises, so that through them you might come to share in God’s nature and escape the corruption which evil desires have brought into the world. For this very reason, try your hardest to furnish your faith with goodness, goodness with knowledge, knowledge with self-control, self-control with perseverance, perseverance with godliness, godliness with brotherly affection, and brotherly affection with love. For if you have these qualities in abundance, they keep you from being barren and unfruitful in the knowledge of our Lord Yeshua the Messiah. Indeed, whoever lacks them is blind, so shortsighted that he forgets that his past sins have been washed away. Therefore, brothers, try even harder to make your being called and chosen a certainty. For if you keep doing this, you will never stumble. Thus you will be generously supplied with everything you need to enter the eternal Kingdom of our Lord and Deliverer, Yeshua the Messiah. – 2 Peter 3-11
 Because God created us, He loves us. It is unconditional love from the Father but since we became separated from God, we have to go through a process in order to love Him. Think of the time you met the person you fell in in love with. The feeling of love was not immediate but there was an attraction, a feeling of needing to get to know the other person better. Once you got to know each other then friendship, knowledge, trust, deeper affections, belonging, and finally love grew.

 You see we need these things to build a relationship because we have a block called sin which stands in the way of true knowledge of God’s Love. This block causes us to sometimes mistake one feeling for another or the difference between truth and sin. In truth, we are filled with God’s love and our original nature has deep love for Him but because of our human nature we have issues of acceptance. 

All we need is God’s love but He desires us to love Him back. Just because He loves us does not mean we are good to go once we accept Him, we must abide in Him. Remember Jesus told the adult rest to go and sin no more, that was not just for her own hearing or a quick lesson in God’s compassionate forgiveness. He flat out says, once you accept me, show the same love for Me that I have for you. 

 In other words, be faithful to Him as He has faith in us. This faith grows in the desire to please Him by doing good and worshipping only Him. Having the self control to abide in His Word forsaking the desire to fall because of temptation, striving to be better and gaining the knowledge, trust, and desire to finally understand and feel the embrace of God’s love. 

Remember that commercial where people stood behind a big x-ray screen which showed different levels of love then also added in the sin that God abhors? They advertised the idea that love is love but it is not. One must be able to recognize the difference. This world is not meant for the sinfulness and things that go against God’s natural order of things. 

So yes, the idea of all we need is love is correct but not the way that most of the world now sees it. For most have made evil seem good and good is now evil. Human kindness and love for our fellow man comes with much baggage that all must work through. Showing God’s love is of upmost importance and should outweigh the human misinterpretation that has occurred. 

Remain faithful and remember that God’s love is kind of like roses and chocolate. We must recognize and dull the thorns while sweetening  the bitterness with His Word so that we can experience and share Him with the world as He commands us to do.   

 

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