", Paul ties fellowship and unity to the two issues we've already talked about: the grace of Christ and the love of God. Beloved, any believer can become as much like Jesus as he or she desires. God's love says to us, "I want to assure your position in Christ. Our Lord's love is absolutely unrelenting. Yet in all humility, Jesus answered, "You're going to outdo me. What I'm talking about is the birth of a totally new nature. Hear him calling out to you as a "saint," "sanctified," "accepted." Others were so proud, they thought nothing of suing each other to settle their disputes. He's saying, "There are times when I'm so blessed, I feel lifted with joy. Give me your nature, Jesus.". First, Paul considers the grace of Jesus Christ. from White Pine Community Church PRO . For godly sorrow worketh repentance to salvation" (2 Corinthians 7:11, 9-10). Think of what Paul was saying. But when was the last time you felt His love? It’s my favorite story of all: the story of God’s unrelenting love. Only this kind of fellowship truly reveals Christ's grace and God's love. God of endless mercy, God of unrelenting love Rescue every daughter bring us back the wayward sons And by Your spirit breathe upon them show the world that You alone can save You alone can save Bridge So breathe, oh breath of God Now breathe, oh breath of God Breathe, oh breath of God Now breathe Yet I believe the majority of Christians find Paul's words impossible to believe. Nothing can hinder or diminish his loving pursuit of both sinners and saints. But I've fallen so low, I don't see how I can ever recover. Though he was rich, for our sakes he became poor, that through his poverty we might be rich.". Paul was like a madman in his hatred for Christians. January 3, 2021; Upcoming Events. The Unrelenting Love Of God. Yet the more I love you, the less you love me. He had written two letters to the Corinthians. Men and women gloried in their spiritual gifts, jostling for status and position. Bathsheba was now David's wife, and she gave birth to another child. UNRELENTING LOVE! In this study from the book of the prophet Nehemiah, we can see the hearts and acts of God and of the people. If you've been fighting against your sin nature, you're waging a losing battle. What does it mean to have unity and oneness? The minister spent most of his time preaching a “hell, fire and brimstone” message, warning that the same fate awaited those in the congregation who followed in the departed man’s footsteps. Not letting up or weakening in vigor or pace. Yet, in spite of David's sin, God kept pursuing him in love. Paul was praying that the Corinthians would lay hold of these truths. Why? Finally, we need to share with others that we have a part to play in the eternal destiny of our loved ones. If that's so, then we need the Holy Spirit to shine on our souls the foundation truth of this doctrine. 2 But the more I called Israel, the further they went from me. God’s Love given the chance has healed every heart, every hurt and everyone His Love has ever come in contact with. This Sunday's service is designed to help you get the truth of God's love from your head to your heart. Sin's power was broken, and self was swallowed up by godly sorrow. Go ahead and fight among yourselves. Like so many young men in the 1960s and early 1970s, Jack was sent to fight in Vietnam as a Hospital Corpsman with the US Marines. Those who understand the hour are seeking God. MARCH 14+15, 2020 UNRELENTING LOVE LOVE SAVES. Possessing more of Christ Himself is our only strategy and hope. Throughout his letters, Paul speaks of the riches of Christ's glory, riches of wisdom, riches of grace, of being rich in mercy, faith and good works. Such "in your face" preaching is misguided by human zeal. And that love has made provision for me to take on his nature. We should declare over their lives that they have “eyes to see, ears to hear, and hearts that cry out to Jesus.” We need to remind our unsaved loved ones that should they face death suddenly, they need only to cry out His Name. (Numerous passages prove this. When Christ walked on earth, he wasn't in competition with anybody. They fall into a pit of despair, unable to trust God's Word. But God's love for David never abated, even in the hour of his greatest shame. It's often used in church services as a benediction. Ron Williams, Senior Pastor 1 John 1:5-2:2. No, Jesus came to build up the body. This sounds so harsh. And he never overlooked their sins. We were once broken and by the grace and unfailing love of God, we have been restored, healed and made whole." Believers need to be ready to answer such a question. We get to live it. Most of us think, "This is the kind of love God expects of us." ", The deepest work of the Holy Spirit deals with more than spiritual gifts. P.O. God is the one who wrestles with us – not to take our lives away but to love us back into a fight that needs us! Was God winking at the church's compromise? But the child died, and David grieved deeply over the terrible things he'd caused. He gave up every right to capital "I," meaning all emphasis on "I, me, mine." Pueblo, CO 81008 Tel: (719) 487-7888 | Fax: (719) 896-5410 Therefore, when God looks at us, he sees us not according to our sinful condition, but according to our heavenly position in Christ. Growing up as a boy in Colorado and Washington, he came to know the Lord at an early age. I know you know that God loves you. No, this passage is all about God's love. You may recognize this verse. Unrelenting Love of God Hosea 11:1-11 1 1 “When Israel was a child, I loved him, and out of Egypt I called my son. It's determined by your willingness to be in full unity and oneness with the whole body of Christ.". David "called his name Solomon: and the Lord loved him" (12:24). I'm sure you know the story of David's sin. And what is the teaching that grace offers? Secondly, we can help by focusing on the goodness of God and His overwhelming desire that none would perish (2 Peter 3:9). The Unrelenting Love Of God; Back to The Unrelenting Love Of God. He was ministered to by the Holy Spirit. Through union with Christ we are more known by God than we are to our own selves. “… But what seems impossible to you is never impossible to God!”. What about me?". The Lord told the minister that he had no idea whether or not that man had gone to hell, and, He did not appreciate him saying the things he had said about this man. It means undiminished in intensity or effort - unyielding, uncompromising, incapable of being changed or persuaded by arguments. And he chose to end his last one with this prayer: "The grace of the Lord Jesus Christ, and the love of God, and the communion of the Holy Ghost, be with you all" (2 Corinthians 13:14). He was given revelations from God's Word. 3. According to Paul, grace teaches us to deny ungodliness and lusts, and to live holy and pure lives. Your love for me is relentless! You see, there's a purpose behind God's unrelenting love. You have to give up trying to change your flesh's nature, and let me give you my Son's nature. Yet Paul, writing under divine inspiration, addressed them as "saints" and "sanctified in Christ." And the most exciting part is, it’s not just some novel collecting dust on a bookshelf. When I say God secures his people in grace, I'm not talking about a doctrine that allows believers to continue in promiscuous sin. ", Through the years, Paul became increasingly convinced God would love him fervently to the end, through all his highs and lows. If God judged us according to our condition, we would be saved one minute and condemned the next. He had many causes to be angry with them. ", At one low point, David prayed, "Lord, you seated my soul in a heavenly place. It keeps on coming. We suddenly stop comprehending God's unrelenting love for us. Paul writes, "Let love be without dissimulation [hypocrisy]...Be kindly affectioned one to another with brotherly love; in honour preferring one another" (Romans 12:9-10). The apostle wrote, "God commendeth his love toward us, in that, while we were yet sinners, Christ died for us" (Romans 5:8). So, in answering that question, our response should always be one of hope. David had sinned grievously. Verse 8 proves this: "Charity [love] never faileth." As children of God, we need to remember we have the DNA of our Heavenly Father – who is the God of Hope (Romans 15:13). Nathan prophesied, "The child also that is born unto thee shall surely die" (12:14). I despaired over the deplorable state of so many of God's people. This man’s reputation was one of being mean-spirited, angry and hateful – a person who had no interest in knowing anything about the life he could have in Jesus. Yet, the truth is, we can't face life and all its terrors and sorrows without holding fast to this truth. Yet, to seek God is to embark on a journey that will include obstacles and spiritual enemies along the way. I know many ministers who talk much of God's love and freely offer it to others. And the Corinthians were childish in just that way. The Agape love, the true essence of love that God offers unconditionally. That is the grace of Christ. At other times, I feel like I'm in a living hell, condemned and unworthy. In this message, The Unrelenting Love of God, you will discover how God’s love for you is unchanging, uncompromising, and unyielding. God knew all about the Corinthians' condition. If so, know that God will never be hindered in his love for you. Was this a mistake? It is important to remind ourselves that God wants people saved more than we do, and, it is hard to imagine that He is any less unrelenting in His Love for a person in the last seconds of his life than He has been since the day life began in the womb. That's why he inspired Paul to address them as sanctified saints. I believe my Father loves me unrelentingly. He didn't push his divine weight around to gain power or recognition. January 8, 2021 6:30 am – 7:30 am Watch Party + Lunch for Young Families. A well-known minister of the gospel relates the experience of a minister who was asked to speak at the funeral service of a member of a small community where everyone knew everyone else. They were all about taking and not giving. WEEK 2: LOVE SAVES. Reminders of God’s unconditional, unrelenting love, grace and power. We also see Paul sharply reproving, correcting and admonishing. Jesus didn't come to magnify himself or bring himself glory. Make this your prayer today: "Holy Spirit, I know I don't have much of the grace Paul is talking about. He chased after David unrelentingly. And the change came by the preaching of God's love. It withstands every failure, every disappointment. How God relentlessly pursue us, even when we fall short or do not deserve His love. In fact, God demonstrated His infinite love for you by sending His Son, Jesus Christ, to die in your place […] You never accept my arguments about how unworthy I am. Most believers have read this passage over and over. I've made my bed in hell. Receive Jesus as the Lord of Time and Space! That was the unrelenting love of God.” Just what is grace? Later, when reports came back to him that his disciples were performing those very works, casting out demons and healing people, he danced with joy. The Bible makes clear it's possible for any believer to turn away from God and reject his love. This is the same man who enjoyed daily spiritual input from godly counselors. He loves you with intensity, that is uncompromised by your path or choices. They say, "I've been struggling in prayer for years. What a marvelous description of the love of God. In fact, it's that nature in us that gets easily provoked, jealous, lustful, angry, unforgiving. Matthew 19:26b (TPT) 1. But he did it all in tears, with the gentleness of a nurse. Every honest Christian has to admit that his own condition, even at best, is one of struggle. Let me explain. 1 John 4:8 - He that loveth not knoweth not God; for God is love. While the world mocked this fallen man's faith, God gave David a token of his unrelenting love. If I ascend up into heaven, thou art there: if I make my bed in hell, behold, thou art there" (Psalm 139:5,7-8). David, the psalmist, expressed it this way: "Thou hast beset me behind and before... Whither shall I go from thy spirit? You see, even though we're weak and sinful, we've given our hearts to Jesus, and by faith the Father has seated us with Christ in the heavenlies. Simply put, Jesus came to bless, edify and build up others at his own expense. We simply must have more of Jesus. And he didn't glory in his own power, ability or achievements. He kept coming after me in love, until that day when he literally knocked me off my high horse. No, never. He says, in essence, "To truly understand these two issues, they have to bring you together. Their emphasis now was on giving rather than getting. Surely he heard his disciples glorifying his mighty deeds. Quote by: Carmen Miller, Founder @WholeMagazine. Then, when something bad happens to us, we think, "God is whipping me." The Greek phrase Paul uses translates as "the fellowship of the Holy Ghost." 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