Keep Yourself in the Love of God

The love of God is a massive topic, a theme that permeates the Scriptures. But does it dominate your outlook on life? Does it characterize your perspective and ambitions?

In contrast to the love of God, anger permeates the world at large. Sadly, it permeates the outlook of God’s children as well. As anger and hostility escalates in the world, especially towards God, you should guard your heart from following the common trend. Jude warns us this way when he says, “Keep yourselves in the love of God.”

Why do Christians get out of the love of God and find it necessary to keep themselves inside? Perhaps 1 John 2:15-17 gives a clue.

Love not the world, neither the things that are in the world. If any man love the world, the love of the Father is not in him. For all that is in the world, the lust of the flesh, and the lust of the eyes, and the pride of life, is not of the Father, but is of the world. And the world passeth away, and the lust thereof: but he that doeth the will of God abideth for ever.

According to these verses, I may easily find myself loving the things of this world instead of God. These verses also teach that the things of this world are literally “passing away.” They are falling apart, disintegrating, losing value and going away as you read these words.

Knowing this, when I find myself loving the things of this world, and then I find that these things are being taken away from me, I will grow angry. Angry Christians are those who are loving something other than God.

For instance, if I find that my social rights are threatened as a Christian, I should be careful to keep myself in the love of God. If I love the comforts and acceptance that social freedom provides, then I will become an angry Christian when these comforts are threatened. But if I love God instead, then I will continue to reflect God’s love, even when my social freedoms are at risk.

Are you an angry Christian? If so, check your heart. Are you loving something in this world that is being taken away from you? Or are you loving God, and demonstrating the love of God to others – even those who do not love you in return?


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