If the greatest command is to love the Lord your God with all your heart, soul, and mind, then the greatest sin is not to.
If you have asked Jesus into your heart, you have the most awesome gift you could ever receive – salvation. There is not a single person who has ever been born but Jesus that is perfect and has never made a mistake.
Even the best of people were born into a life of sin and could never achieve being any better without the shed blood of Jesus Christ on the cross of Calvary.
Jesus died especially for YOUR sin so that you could spend eternal life in heaven. He has an awesome plan for your life and always wants the very best for you, but you must get in on His way of doing things.
That means loving God with all your “heart, soul, and mind” and making the decision to live your life that way. No, God will hardly ever do things in the way that you might imagine, but most of the time they turn out better than expected when you are able to look back after a few months or years.
It seems that today God is pictured as being a God of hatred, bitterness, and one who delights in inflicting harm upon people.
The Israelites did eventually get judged and taken away from their land, but it was only after years of neglect and falling away from God – then when they were judged it was not even close to being as harsh as they deserved. They had chosen to go in the opposite direction by putting their own desires first. They only suffered the consequences after several warnings from different prophets and preachers who told them over and over again that they should repent or suffer the consequences of their actions.
God had an awesome life waiting for them, but they chose to settle for much less than the very best; in fact, they settled for mediocre, and had to live many years in bondage because of their decisions.
I think many people feel that if they fully surrender their life to God He will force them to do something they might hate and the rest of their life they will be in a miserable state trying to carry out what God has told them to do. They don’t take into account the fact that God will change their heart and make them so that they don’t want to do anything else but be in the center of his will.
God had an extraordinary life of blessing planned for the Israelites, but they settled for a life of bondage and misery for many years.
Yes, God does want you to surrender everything in your life to Him, but in exchange He wants to give you His very best, whatever that is for you personally.
It may not seem like the best in your eyes at the time, but He loves you far more than any other person ever could. A good father would never want to give bad gifts to his children, but would always want the best for them in every way.
This post written by Cathy Deaton.
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