If someone would ask you what you are lovers of, what would it be? Are you a sports lover, or an exercise lover, a coffee lover, or a lover of status and power?
Paul was mentoring Timothy saying that there will be Godlessness marking the days to come. I think we are here now in our world. “People will be lovers of themselves, lovers of money, boastful, proud, abusive, disobedient to their parents, ungrateful, unholy, without love, unforgiving, slanderers, without self-control, brutal, not lovers of good, treacherous, rash, conceited, lovers of pleasure, rather than lovers of God–having a form of godliness but denying its power.” (2 Timothy 3: 1-5)
That just about completes every wrong way to be a lover. The bottom line is, if you’re a God-lover, all of those things listed that are negative should be off our radar.
The world we live in is in need of an overhaul. We need an authentic, Holy Spirit-driven, fire of God, revival!
Whatever you love in this life–may it never take the place of loving God more.
Lovers of God don’t seek worldly power, they seek Holy Spirit’s power and purity.
They long for their lives to be consumed with God. They are full of the Holy Spirit who loves others unconditionally. They are generous with their money, and with their time. They are humble and prefer others above themselves, and treat others with decency. They obey what God has told them to do and how to live.
They love their parents, and their children, they are grateful, unselfish, holy, loving, forgiving, exhorting, self-controlled folks. They are gentle, love to see the good in others displayed, are reasonable to talk with, lovely to be around, and put God above all else in their lives.
They are devoted to Him and Him alone. They are devoted to their families and know who they are in the Lord. They seek no gain, but to exalt Jesus. They seek no honor, but to honor Jesus. They seek no recognition nor desire to be heard but to have Holy Spirit heard.
They seek justice and are passionate for the underdog, whom they pull up and out who are stuck in a pot of yuck. They build up those who have an identity crisis. They go the extra mile, they provide shelter, they offer assistance. They see others and don’t ignore them. They hear the heart of another and pray for them to be restored.
They are God-lovers who are so full of His pure, unconditional, love, they can hardly contain themselves. They stay in that place of intimacy with Jesus, and they run to the place to worship Him and Him alone.
These are the markings of a believer, of a God-lover, who loves His Word. They are convinced that “All scripture is God-breathed and is useful for teaching, rebuking, correcting, and training in righteousness, so that the man of God may be thoroughly equipped for every good work.” (2 Timothy 2: 16)
- They get equipped and delight in equipping others.
- They do this not for gain, but to multiply the kingdom.
(Shared from 2 Timothy 3, Modified)
Choose To Lift Your Eyes in All Things
In all circumstances, we “lift our eyes to you, to you whose throne is in heaven. Keep your head up, “Look to the Lord, our God, till He shows mercy.” (Psalm 123, 1, 2)
- God is still on the throne, no matter what happens.
(Shared from Psalm 123, Modified)
In everything we do, we must choose wisely. Jeremiah said this long ago, but it is still relevant for today, “We live in the midst of deception; in their deceit they refuse to acknowledge me, declares the Lord. Should I not punish them for this? declares the Lord. Should I not avenge myself on such a nation, as this?” (Jeremiah 9: 6, 9)
What made our loving God turn away? Jeremiah talks about that, “Because they have forsaken my law, which I set before them, they have not obeyed me or followed my heart. Instead, they have followed the stubbornness of their hearts.” (Jeremiah 9: 13-14)
He says, “Listen! The report is coming a great commotion from the land…” (Jeremiah 10: 22)
- Upheavals in nations are not a new thing to our God.
- Neither is a rebellious, unfaithful people who love others more than loving Him.
Pray For Divine Justice
As I read further, the prophet declares this, “I know, O Lord, that a man’s life is not his own.” (Jeremiah 10: 23)
This is why we must be lovers of God, and not lovers of self, or of money, or of any idols. Our life is not our own. We are to love God and love one another.
“A new command I give you: Love one another. As I have loved you, so you must love one another. By this everyone will know that you are my disciples, if you love one another.” (John 13: 34-25)
It seems that this new commandment is an everlasting covenant that still stands firm today.
- Love is the fulfillment of the law.
- It’s a law to still govern our lives by.
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