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The Resurrection was required for eternal life
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The greatest victory in life is the victory over self
That statement is found in Jude v21 and it does not mean, “Make God keep on loving you by the way you live.” It also does not mean, “Keep yourselves saved.” Verse 1 tells us that we who are saved are preserved and sanctified.
The obvious truth is that we are to keep ourselves in a loving condition, as God is always a “God of Love.” According to Rev. 2:4 the Church at Ephesus “left their first love.” In Matthew 24:12 Jesus said concerning the last days, “And because iniquity shall abound, the love of many shall was cold.” The first fruit of the Holy Spirit in Gal. 5:22 is “Love” and all the other fruit is impossible apart from love.
The basic thought of “keeping yourselves in the love of God” is to keep on loving like God loves, regardless of any failure, differences, etc. John 15:9 tells us Jesus said, “As the Father hath loved me, so have I loved you: continue ye in my love.”
Now look at 1 Thess. 5:7-8 and notice that Love and Faith are referred to as a “breastplate”, thorax indicating chest, and by implication, protection of the vitals. In other words, faith and love will protect our hearts. 2 Cor. 5:14 tells us “the love of Christ constraineth us.” That means to hold together, compress, arrest (as a prisoner) compel, keep in etc.
Now some thoughts on the subject of Keeping ourselves in the Love of God:
1. The Love of God caused God to sacrifice His only begotten Son for the sin of the world. When we really love someone, we are willing to sacrifice some things for them, like time, talents, and treasure. A sacrificial heart is on of the great indications of love. John 15:12-13
2. The Love of God causes us to keep a sweet spirit, for He loves us in spite of our sins, failures, and weaknesses. 2 Cor. 5:14
3. The Love of God causes us to seek other’s good. Rom. 13:10 When we keep ourselves in the Love of God, we will naturally think of others in a way not self-centered.
4. The Love of God causes us to not be selective concerning others. When we love like God loves, we love them based on their person, not on their position or power. Matthew 5:44; Matthew 22:39
5. The Love of God stabilizes our attitude! If our love is under God’s control, our lives are under God’s control. John 14:21-23
Now read 1 cor. 13:1-13 and notice “The greatest of these is charity.”