Class 14: Let God Love You (Part 2)
Today, we are continuing our study titled, LET GOD LOVE YOU..
Allow me to begin with a word from E. C. McKenzie. He said, “The loneliest place in the world is the human heart when love is absent.”
Let’s begin by reviewing what we covered in our last class:
First, we learned that God loves us so much that He will never forsake us. Hebrews 13:5 reminds us that God is with us at all times and we have the confidence that we can call on Him in prayer. Second, we learned that God loves us so much that He rewards those who love Him back by working everything out for our good. Romans 8:28 tells us that God works everything out for our good and for His glory. Third, we learned that we can experience and enjoy the love of God by keeping our minds stayed on Him. Isaiah 26:3 promises perfect peace for those who continuously think about God.
Now, please pull out your text and your digital study guide or follow along on the screen. First, I will read the portion of the corresponding letter in the book, Letters to Young Black Women. Then we will proceed with this lesson:
Third, another way to enjoy the love of God is to stay in constant contact with Him. Consider with me the following verses that encourage us to stay in touch with God:
“Pray without ceasing.” —I Thessalonians 5:17
“Praying always with all prayer and supplication in the Spirit, and watching thereunto with all perseverance and supplication for all saints.” —Ephesians 6:18
“Men ought always to pray, and not to faint.” —Luke 18:1
Fourth, another way to enjoy the love of God is to make sure you don’t break fellowship with him through disobedience and sin. “If we say that we have fellowship with him, and walk in darkness, we lie, and do not the truth: But if we walk in the light, as he is in the light, we have fellowship one with another, and the blood of Jesus Christ his Son cleanseth us from all sin” (I John 1:6 & 7).
Now, please follow along as we begin our study:
How can you enjoy the love of God in your life? Let us look at the following ways:
- We enjoy the love of God by staying in communication with Him through prayer.
I Thessalonians 5:17 says, “Pray without ceasing.”
Luke 18:1 says, “Men ought always to pray, and not to faint.”
When we pray to God on a regular basis, we open up our hearts and minds to receive and experience His love. Prayer keeps us connected to God who is the power source for all that we need and everything we do in life. When we pray, we invite God to significantly help us grow in our faith and give us strength to walk this journey. There is never a prayer that God does not hear and that He does not answer in some way or form. We are commanded to be in constant prayer to God about everything. Instead of fainting, giving up, or trying to handle things ourselves, the Bible tells us to spend that energy praying because God is able to do what we cannot do. God not only reveals His love to us when we pray for personal needs and wants, but He reveals His love so we would be eager to share His love with those who do not yet know Him.
- We enjoy the love of God by praying for other people.
Ephesians 6:18 says, “Praying always with all prayer and supplication in the Spirit, and watching thereunto with all perseverance and supplication for all saints.”
Praying for others opens up a new door of blessings that are much bigger than when we simply pray for ourselves. God commands us to pray for others, to share His love with others, and to help others when and where we are able to do so. One of the best ways to help anybody is to pray for them first and to keep praying for them. We do not pray for others to get something in return, but so they can receive something from God, and in turn, we receive blessings beyond measure because of our willingness to bring the needs and requests of others before the throne of God. We prove the love of God working in our own lives when we intercede for others. Prayer enables us to share in what God is doing in the lives of fellow Christians all around the world.
- We enjoy the love of God by keeping sin out of our lives and not breaking fellowship with Him.
I John 1:6 & 7 says, “If we say that we have fellowship with him, and walk in darkness, we lie, and do not the truth: But if we walk in the light, as he is in the light, we have fellowship one with another, and the blood of Jesus Christ his Son cleanseth us from all sin”
The word ‘Fellowship’ in this verse means to share with or to be in company or communion with. It is impossible to fellowship with God and experience His love to the full in our lives while at the same time living in darkness and sin. If we allow unconfessed sin to rule and reign in our hearts and lives, we automatically break fellowship with God, walk in darkness, and fail to live out His love for us. This does not make God love us any less, but it does cause us to fall out of communion with Him. Grant C. Richison said, “We cannot fellowship with a God of absolute perfection without confessing our sins. Those who claim to fellowship with God but continue in sin without confessing their sin, just kid themselves. They are not in fellowship.” When we acknowledge our sinfulness and are willing to confess it, we open ourselves to God, for Him to speak to us and through us, and for His amazing love to shine in and through our lives.
In our next class, we will continue our study, “LET GOD LOVE YOU”.
Maude Royden said: “When you have nothing left but God, then for the first time you become aware that God is enough.”
Now, like many of you, I grew up in a very religious and church-going family, and during that time, I often heard the phrase “Being Saved.” Now, much of what church people said “being saved” was back then especially, in my community, is wrong according to the Bible. I wrote an article about it titled “On ‘Being Saved’ in Black America” which is available for you to read free of charge on our website, gospellightsociety.com. Right now, I want to share with you very briefly what the Bible says “being saved” really is.
First, understand that you need to be saved because you are a sinner. Romans 3:23 says, “For all have sinned, and come short of the glory of God.”
Second, understand that a horrible punishment — eternal Hell — awaits those who are not saved. In Matthew 25:41, Jesus Christ said that God will say to those who are not saved, “depart from me ye cursed into everlasting fire prepared for the devil and his angels.”
Third, realize that God loves you very much and wants to save you from Hell. John 3:16 says, “For God so loved the world that He gave His only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in Him should not perish, but have everlasting life.” If you want to be saved from Hell and be guaranteed a home in Heaven, simply believe in Jesus Christ, that He died, was buried, and rose from the dead for your sins, and then call upon Him in prayer and ask Him to save your soul. And believe me, He will.
Romans 10:9-13 says, “That if thou shalt confess with thy mouth the Lord Jesus, and shalt believe in thine heart that God hath raised Him from the dead, thou shalt be saved. For whosoever shall call upon the name of the Lord shall be saved.” That is the most important decision you will ever make.
God bless you and keep you until we meet for our next class.