Why I Truly Love Godís
(26 Reasons in Alphabetical order)
By Bob Dodson
If we want to be saved, it is imperative that we love the truth (2 Thess. 2:9-12). One who does not love the truth found in His word can be deceived to accept a lie! In order to be free from sin and enter glory, we must know the truth and follow it daily (1 Jn. 8:31-32).
AFFECTION: Godís word teaches me that loving God wholeheartedly and my neighbor as myself is the greatest evidence of my respect for Godís law (Matt. 22:37-38).
BEAUTIFICATION: Godís word, when obeyed, makes an ugly sinner a beautiful Christian (1 Pet. 1:22-23).
CONSIDERATION: Godís word tells us how ďconsiderateĒ He is of us (Rom. 5:8-11), and how, in turn, we can demonstrate our consideration for Him and His people (Heb. 10:22-25).
DIRECTION: Godís word gives us details on how to press onward in righteousness and upward in holiness (Eph. 4:24-32).
EDIFICATION: Only Godís word can build up our resistance to evil and error and help us draw nigh to Him (Jas. 4:6-10). Godís word states that humility and integrity are pleasing to Him (Matt.18:3-4; Psa. 26:1-3).
FIXATION: Godís word is His spiritual and permanent ďfixĒ for sin (Psa. 119:11). If we fix, or ďset,Ē our minds and hearts on heaven (Col. 3:1-2), the things of this world will not matter to us.
GLORIFICATION: Godís word declares that every word we say and deed we do should glorify our Maker (1 Cor. 10:31-33) and that having His authority is imperative (Col. 3:17).
HESITATION: Godís word kindly warns us not to be hesitant in doing good, or we sin (Jas. 4:17). Rather, let us be steadfast and abound in the work of the Lord (1 Cor. 15:58; Eph. 2:8-10).
INSTRUCTION: Godís word builds us up from the ďinside outĒ (Rom. 7:22), and this inspired Telegram of Truth clearly states His righteous instructions (2 Tim. 3:16-17). If our inner structures (hearts) are solid and strong (Phil. 4:8), our outer man (bodies) will be correctly occupied (Rom. 12:1-2).
JURISDICTION: Godís word indicates that He has complete authority over man in judgment (2 Cor. 5:10-11). Following Christ and the apostolic teaching is jurisprudent (Acts 2:42); whereas, following Satan is certain eternal tragedy (Jn. 8:44; Rev. 21:8).
KEEPING: (coined word) Godís word promises that if we ďkeep His commandments,Ē we can, by His grace and mercy, enter the pearly gates (Rev. 22:14). Keeping His commands with patience demonstrates our true love for God (Jn. 14:15). How can anyone ever convince God of their love for Him if they are unwilling to obey what He says?
LAMENTATION: Godís word surely states that we should ďmournĒ over our sins and the sins of others and that all people must repent (Matt. 5:1-4; Acts 17:30-31). Real tears shed over real sin, should touch our heartstrings and produce changes for good (2 Cor. 7:10-11). Not sorrow we ďgot caughtĒ but sorrow for the pain we have caused God.
MANIFESTATION: Godís word demonstrates His tender compassion for all people (2 Pet. 3:9). By giving His word of truth, He made possible salvation for all men (1 Tim. 2:3-4).
NOTIFICATION: Godís word instills heavenly wisdom into our hearts as we study and pray (Jas. 3:13-18; 5:16). Godís word says we should note that ďmany will be lost and few will be savedĒ (Matt. 7:13-14). Let us take note and walk the narrow way that leads to eternal life! This is the way of obedience (Heb. 5:8-9).
OPERATION: Godís word is the means by which He plants His teaching in our hearts (Jas. 1:21-25). Godís operation on our hearts in baptism is when He forgives us (Col. 2:12). This operation removes the deadly leprosy of sin. The only divine intervention God can work on men is done through His word.
PRESENTATION: Godís word is His constitution, which He presents for man to follow. If we follow His ďrules,Ē we will give our bodies and minds in loving service as gifts to God (Rom. 12:1-2) and advertise His Love and Grace.
QUESTION: Godís word so aptly states that if we lovingly and joyfully serve the Lord, we have no need to question His promises of salvation (Tit. 1:12; Rom. 6:23). Godís word contains heavenís answer to every earthly question we encounter about salvation (1 Pet. 3:15; 2 Pet. 1:3-4).
RECONCILIATION: Godís word says that in sin, man is at war with God (Jn. 8:21), but that His Son, Jesus Christ, is the means of reconciling man to God (2 Cor. 5:17-21). When sinners obey the gospel (Mk. 16:15-16; Acts 2:38), Christ becomes their peace with God, and man is again Godís friend (Eph. 2:13-18). No man can ever enter heaven without first being reconciled back to Him.
SALVATION: Godís word is the manuscript that provides the terms for His acceptance of man (Rom. 1:16-17). Godís word sanctifies those who love and obey His glorious truth (Jn. 17:17-21). In detail, Godís word also declares who will not be saved (Gal. 5:19-21).
TEMPTATION: Godís word warns us that yielding to temptation to commit evil is an eternal mistake (Jas. 1:12-15). Godís law states that for a child of God, prayer is essential to avoiding sin (Matt. 26:41). He promises eternal life to those who endure and remain faithful (Jas. 1:12).
USURPATION: Godís word is perfect and complete and right, and when man, by writing his own laws, infringes on Godís territory, his worship is vain (Matt. 15:8-9). Man usurps Godís word with traditions and philosophies (Col. 2:8), for manís ďwisdomĒ is ďearthly, sensual, and devilishĒ (Jas. 3:15).
VEXATION: Godís word tells man what is worthwhile and what it not (Eccl. 2:1-15; 12:13-14). Satanís lies and sinful lifestyles only ďvexĒ the soul with sin and evil consequences. Godís word is the medicine needed to heal menís sin-sick souls and lives (Rev. 22:17; Matt. 4:4).
WORTH: Godís word clearly states that He is worthy of all our love and trust (Rev. 5:9-10). His word shouts out manís worth to God (Matt. 16:24-26). He also says in His word that heaven will be worth all our commitment and sacrifice (1 Pet. 1:3-9). One second in Hell will not be worth a lifetime of sensual, sinful pleasure (Mk. 9:43-48; Heb. 11:24-26).
ĎXíPLANATION: (Explanation) Godís word carefully explains that He created us, and we are altogether responsible to Him for our conduct while here (Gen. 1:26-27; Jn. 12:48-50). Godís word explains the necessity of joining our faith with works, if we desire salvation (Jas. 2:17-26). Godís word very carefully explains that we are free to choose whether to serve Him or the Devil (Rom. 6:16-18).
YIELDING: In clear terms, Godís word states that yielding to Him and His law throughout our lives is good for us (Matt. 6:33; Rom. 8:1-2). In yielding, we do so with joy and love (Phil. 4:4-6; Gal. 5:6). Manís failure to yield the right of way to God will result in the most terrible fatality (2 Thess. 1:7-9).
ZEAL: Godís word marries our energetic efforts with the truth so as to influence others to also love and serve Him (Tit. 2:11-16). If we zealously let our lights shine, our influence will weigh heavily on others (Matt. 5:13-16).