Thursday, February 16, 2012

Love by Knowing & Giving Thanks

Church, love Him today with your mind as we are commanded (Matthew 22:37; Mark 12:30; Luke 10:27).

There are two minds:

“Therefore I urge you, brethren, by the mercies of God, to present your bodies a living and holy sacrifice, acceptable to God, which is your spiritual service of worship. And do not be conformed to this world, but be transformed by THE RENEWING OF YOUR MIND, so that you may prove what the will of God is, that which is good and acceptable and perfect” (Romans 12:1,2).
“And just as they did not see fit to acknowledge God any longer, God gave them over to A DEPRAVED MIND [after giving them over to “impurity” in 1:24, “degrading passions” in 1:26], to do those things which are not proper, being filled with all unrighteousness, wickedness, greed, evil; full of envy, murder, strife, deceit, malice; they are gossips, slanderers, haters of God, insolent, arrogant, boastful, inventors of evil, disobedient to parents, without understanding, untrustworthy, unloving, unmerciful; and although they know the ordinance of God, that those who practice such things are worthy of death, they not only do the same, but also give hearty approval to those who practice them” (Romans 1:28-32).
The first difference between the mind showing God’s will and the mind worthy of death is knowing God through Christ (John 17:3; Acts 22:14; 1 John 5:20) and responding continually with the giving of thanks: “For even though they knew God, they did not honor Him as God or give thanks, but they became futile in their speculations, and their foolish heart was darkened. Professing to be wise, they became fools...” (Romans 1:21,22).

Love Him with your mind by knowing Him and giving Him thanks, showing yourself to be His in your study and meditation!

“But thanks be to God that though you were slaves of sin, you became obedient from the heart to that form of teaching to which you were committed, and having been freed from sin, you became slaves of righteousness” (Romans 6:17,18).

“Wretched man that I am! Who will set me free from the body of this death? Thanks be to God through Jesus Christ our Lord!” (Romans 7:24,25).

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