Class 15: Let God Love You (Part 3)
Today, we are continuing our study titled, LET GOD LOVE YOU..
Allow me to begin with a word from Ann Tatlock. She said, “Here’s the paradox. We can fully embrace God’s love only when we recognize how completely unworthy of it we are.”
Let’s begin by reviewing what we covered in our last class:
First, we learned that we can enjoy the love of God by staying in communication with Him through prayer. Second Thessalonians 5:17 reminds us to “Pray without ceasing.” And Luke 18:1 urges us to replace giving up and quitting with prayer. Second, we learned that we can enjoy the love of God by praying for other people. Ephesians 6:18 urges us to persevere in prayer for others. Third, we learned that we can enjoy the love of God by keeping sin out of our lives and not breaking fellowship with Him. First John 1:6 & 7 tells us that we can be in close fellowship with God by walking in the light of His truth and righteousness.
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:
Fifth, another great way to enjoy the love of God is by sharing His love with others. The Lord commissions us, as His children, to share His love with others in what is called “the Great Commission.” He said in Matthew 28:19-20, “Go ye therefore, and teach all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Ghost: Teaching them to observe all things whatsoever I have commanded you: and, lo, I am with you alway, even unto the end of the world. Amen.”
If you want to share God’s love with others, here’s a quick and easy way to do it:
A. Help them to understand that according to the Bible, we are all sinners, and that we all deserve punishment in Hell. Show them Romans 3:23 and Romans 6:23.
B. Tell them that God loves them so much that He sent Jesus Christ to die on the cross for their sins. Show them John 3:16.
C. Tell them that they must trust Jesus Christ to save them. Show them Romans 10:9-13.
Daughters and YBW, bask in the love of God throughout your life, and be the happy, peaceful, powerful, vibrant, Christian woman that God wants you to be.
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:
- When we share the love of God with others, we are fulfilling one of our main purposes as Christians.
Matthew 28:19-20 says, “Go ye therefore, and teach all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Ghost: Teaching them to observe all things whatsoever I have commanded you: and, lo, I am with you alway, even unto the end of the world. Amen.”
These two verses contain what is commonly called “the Great Commission.” Before He returned to Heaven, Jesus Christ commanded His disciples to go into the world and spread the Good News of salvation through Jesus Christ. Many people begin experiencing the love of God by way of someone else telling them about Him. We are compelled by Jesus to make disciples of all people. We should not keep the knowledge of the Gospel to ourselves. When we have the knowledge of something such as the Gospel, we are obligated and responsible for telling those who do not know about it. God will hold us accountable if we do not share the Gospel. The Great Commission is what Jesus wants us to be busy doing until He returns. In fact, He will not return to gather Christians home to Heaven with Him until the entire world has heard the Gospel. We find joy through seeing the love of God in action by sharing it with others and watching it transform the lives of those who choose to follow Christ.
- When we share the love of God with others, we must help them to understand their sinfulness and where their sinfulness will lead — eternal punishment in Hell.
Romans 3:23 says, “For all have sinned, and come short of the glory of God;”
Romans 6:23 says, “For the wages of sin is death; but the gift of God is eternal life through Jesus Christ our Lord.”
In sharing the Gospel with others, you may experience some trepidation in doing so. Perhaps, you don’t feel equipped, knowledgeable enough, or important enough to do so. You may feel that sharing the Gospel is only for preachers, missionaries, or evangelists. These feelings are not to be used as excuses. If you know the Christ who saved you, you ought to be willing to share that knowledge so others can be saved.
When sharing the love of God with others, it is important to help them understand their own sinfulness. Before anyone can be saved from something, they must understand that they are in need of saving. Without Christ, we are lost in our sins and lost in the world. We need to be rescued by Jesus Christ. Share with the person you are witnessing to that everyone has sinned and fallen short of the glory of God. Help them to understand that the punishment of sin is death. Without Christ, we die in our sins. However, eternal life is available for those who accept God’s gift of salvation through Jesus Christ. Romans 3:23 and Romans 6:23 are two verses that will help drive these points home.
- When we share the love of God with others, we must help them to understand that Jesus Christ is the only Person who can save them and give them true peace and joy.
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.”
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 with the heart man believeth unto righteousness; and with the mouth confession is made unto salvation. For the scripture saith, Whosoever believeth on him shall not be ashamed. For there is no difference between the Jew and the Greek: for the same Lord over all is rich unto all that call upon him. For whosoever shall call upon the name of the Lord shall be saved.”
People often look to their works, their knowledge, other people, or other religious practices to save them. Unfortunately, they search in vain because none of these things can save anyone. The only Person who can save us is Jesus Christ. By trusting Him and believing in Him for salvation, we will find peace, joy, hope, love, and abundance in life. Make sure that you help the person whom you are sharing the Gospel with to understand that Jesus Christ is not just one of many ways, He is the only way to salvation. Trusting in Jesus means that we stop relying on ourselves and our own ideas and start relying on Christ to get us to Heaven. After someone trusts in Christ for salvation, that person becomes a new person — the old has gone and the new has come. Nothing else is more important than this.
In our next class, we will begin a new study, “LET GOD BE YOUR ALL IN ALL”.
Brennan Manning said, “We should be astonished at the goodness of God, stunned that He should bother to call us by name, our mouths wide open at His love, bewildered that at this very moment we are standing on holy ground.”
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.