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8 Keys to Godly Living-#8 Love

Updated: May 13, 2020

The active love of GOD is love filled with action. It accomplishes things. It does not lie dormant. It expresses itself in words and deeds.


8 Keys to a Godly Life-#8 Love

The active love of GOD means that this is a kind of love that is filled with action. It is a love that accomplishes things. It does not lie dormant. It does not express itself in word only, but shows itself in deeds as well.


2 Peter 1:2-4

2 Grace and peace be multiplied unto you through the knowledge of God, and of Jesus our Lord, 3 According as his divine power hath given unto us all things that pertain unto life and godliness, through the knowledge of him that hath called us to glory and virtue: 4 Whereby are given unto us exceeding great and precious promises: that by these ye might be partakers of the divine nature, having escaped the corruption that is in the world through lust (KJV).


2 May God give you more and more grace and peace as you grow in your knowledge of God and Jesus our Lord. 3 By his divine power, God has given us everything we need for living a godly life. We have received all of this by coming to know him, the one who called us to himself by means of his marvelous glory and excellence. 4 And because of his glory and excellence, he has given us great and precious promises. These are the promises that enable you to share his divine nature and escape the world’s corruption caused by human desires (NLT).


Peter’s prayer is written, “To you who share the same precious faith we have. This faith was given to you because of the justice and fairness of Jesus Christ, our GOD and Savior” (NLT). Verse 1.


This prayer is written to us. You and me. He prayed that grace and peace be multiplied to us in a world of confusion, pain, struggle, heartache, and the list can go on. He prayed for us to have unmerited favor; that GOD would smile upon us and treat us a little different from the rest of the world. He prayed that GOD would treat us special. Peter also prayed for us to have peace; that sense of calmness which comes from releasing burdens and somehow knowing that everything is going to be ok.


He goes on to say that GOD has given us everything we need to live a godly life. This means that everything we need to obey GOD is already inside of us. We need look no further. We know how to listen. We know how to obey. We know how to perceive right from wrong. We know this because we have come to know GOD, Jesus, and the Holy Spirit. We have come to know the things they like and don’t like; what pleases them and does not please them, and what makes them smile or bring them grief.


Peter reminds us that GOD has also bestowed great and precious promises upon us, and it is these promises that allow us to be godlike, to share GOD’s nature, and by doing so we can escape the traps of sin and lust caused by our own desires. If we are honest, we do what we know we should not because we want to. It feels good to us. It is that nature, the sin nature, the flesh nature, that living a godly life saves us from. The sin nature will get us killed. Living a godly life brings us eternal life. Even if we die, we live again. Oh, and we also have more blessings than we know how to handle in this life as well. In John 10:10 Jesus tells us that He came that we may live the abundant life!


See, we are living a dual existence. One life we live is in this body of flesh, but the other life is lived through our spirit. Paul captured it best when he said in Romans 7:24, “Thank GOD! The answer is in Jesus Christ our LORD. So you see how it is: In my mind I really want to obey GOD’s law, but because of my sinful nature I am a slave to sin.”


Paul continues in Romans 8:1-2, “So now there is no condemnation for those who belong to Christ Jesus. And because you belong to Him, the power of the life-giving Spirit has freed you from the power of sin that leads to death.”

The power of the Holy Spirit has freed us from the power of sin. We just have to choose to let the Spirit lead us daily. We have to choose the divine nature over our human desires. It is the promised Holy Spirit that guides us into all truth, and one truth is that we can access the divine in us anytime we choose.


We are given eight keys to living a godly life. Eight keys that will help us to access the divine nature all of the time. Eight keys that will keep our minds stayed on Jesus and off of our human desires which lead to death, destruction, pain, and suffering. So, Peter continues...


5 And beside this, giving all diligence, add to your faith virtue; and to virtue knowledge; 6 And to knowledge temperance; and to temperance patience; and to patience godliness; 7 And to godliness brotherly kindness; and to brotherly kindness charity (KJV).

5 In view of all this, make every effort to respond to God’s promises. Supplement your faith with a generous provision of moral excellence, and moral excellence with knowledge, 6 and knowledge with self-control, and self-control with patient endurance, and patient endurance with godliness, 7 and godliness with brotherly affection, and brotherly affection with love for everyone (NLT).

Key 8-CHARITY/LOVE


Greek word-agape


Strongest Exhaustive Concordance number-26


Meaning-love, in the New Testament usually the active love of GOD for HIS Son and HIS people, and the active love HIS people are to have for GOD, each other, and even enemies; love feast, the common meal shared by Christians in connection with church meetings.


Before we get into explaining this active love of GOD, please remember that even though Peter lists love last on his roll of eight keys to godly living, it is by no means least. Indeed Paul tells us in I Corinthians 13,

If I could speak all the languages of earth and of angels, but didn’t love others, I would only be a noisy gong or a clanging cymbal.If I had the gift of prophecy, and if I understood all of God’s secret plans and possessed all knowledge, and if I had such faith that I could move mountains, but didn’t love others, I would be nothing.If I gave everything I have to the poor and even sacrificed my body, I could boast about it; but if I didn’t love others, I would have gained nothing.


Then Paul concludes by saying, 13 Three things will last forever—faith, hope, and love—and the greatest of these is love.


Family, without love we would not have a Christian faith. Without love, humans would be destined to go to hell because GOD would not have created a redemption plan for our rebellion. GOD would not have purposed in HIS heart to sacrifice HIS only Son. Without love, Jesus would not have volunteered to shed His divinity and clothe himself in a lowly flesh body to live as a mere human and be humiliated, beaten, crucified, and buried. Without love, GOD would not have allowed HIS Son to rise after three days with all power having all of creation bow at the very mention of His name. Without love, we would not be here, and though love is listed as the final key, it is indeed the most important. So, it is with this understanding that we explore the last key to godly living; love.


The active love of GOD means that this is a kind of love that is filled with action. It is a love that accomplishes things. It does not lie dormant. It does not express itself in word only, but shows itself in deeds as well. GOD gave HIS Son for us. Gave is an action word. GOD showed HIS love. GOD raised HIS Son from the dead. GOD seated Jesus at HIS right hand. GOD redeemed us from sin. HE bought, purchased us with a price. These are action words. They are things GOD has done to show that HE loves HIS Son and us.


We are to have this same active love for GOD and each other. Jesus reminds us of this in the book of Matthew 22,


36 “Teacher, which is the most important commandment in the law of Moses?”

37 Jesus replied, “‘You must love the Lord your God with all your heart, all your soul, and all your mind.’ 38 This is the first and greatest commandment. 39 A second is equally important: ‘Love your neighbor as yourself.’ 40 The entire law and all the demands of the prophets are based on these two commandments.”

Loving GOD is the first and greatest commandment, Jesus said. Everything hinges on that. If we do not love GOD with everything we have then we will not put GOD first. If we will not put GOD first then GOD’s will is not going to be accomplished through us. At this point we are in rebellion. We are guilty of idolatry, worshipping and putting something ahead of GOD. We are proving ourselves to be unworthy of the sacrifice of Christ as Hebrews 10 tells us,

26 Dear friends, if we deliberately continue sinning after we have received knowledge of the truth, there is no longer any sacrifice that will cover these sins. 27 There is only the terrible expectation of God’s judgment and the raging fire that will consume his enemies.


In Mark 9, speaking of a person who was casting out demons in His name, Jesus said, 40 Anyone who is not against us is for us. The opposite is also true. If we are not for GOD and for putting GOD first then we are against GOD. There is no middle ground with the LORD.

Remember how Jesus said in the book of Revelation 3, 15 “I know all the things you do, that you are neither hot nor cold. I wish that you were one or the other! 16 But since you are like lukewarm water, neither hot nor cold, I will spit you out of my mouth! We must choose GOD or not. HE clearly chose us when HE sacrificed HIS Son on the cross to redeem us. Will we choose HIM?


Jesus went on to say that the second greatest commandment was to love our fellow humans like we love ourselves. That simply means to look out for another person like you look out for yourself. If you made sure you ate, see if you can make sure that someone else eats. If you were able to bathe, see if you can make it possible for another person to clean themselves. If you tend to your own wounds, help another person tend to their wounds.


One of the greatest examples of this in scripture is the story of the good Samaritan. In the book of Luke 10, Jesus tells us,


33 “Then a despised Samaritan came along, and when he saw the man, he felt compassion for him. 34 Going over to him, the Samaritan soothed his wounds with olive oil and wine and bandaged them. Then he put the man on his own donkey and took him to an inn, where he took care of him. 35 The next day he handed the innkeeper two silver coins, telling him, ‘Take care of this man. If his bill runs higher than this, I’ll pay you the next time I’m here.’

This story is an example of what the active love of GOD looks like. If we see someone in need, we should have compassion on them. This compassion should cause us to help in any way that we can. It’s that simple. If you come across someone’s path that you are able to help, or if they cross your path, help them as you are able to. That is having agape love for our neighbors.


We are to love GOD with everything we have and put HIM first always. Then we are to love our neighbors as we love ourselves. By focusing on these two aspects of love, we will be well on our way to living the godly life that Jesus speaks of.


By telling us that GOD has given us everything we need for living a godly life in verse three, Peter is implying that we should be living a life characterized by godliness. We are to look and act like Jesus. Thankfully, the Holy Spirit does that for us. There is nothing in me that looks like Jesus, BUT the Holy Spirit. My job is to do what I can do. My job is to simply make a choice; that choice is to live out these eight keys. If the bible says to do it, then we are well able.


So, let us not be held back from showing the agape love of GOD, family. It is a natural result of living for Christ instead of ourselves. Let us do what we have been told to do and pray in the name of Jesus for all that we need to bear fruit for GOD. If we feel we need help in any area of our lives, let us read our scriptures, pray, and ask GOD to give us what we need. The LORD will be sure to answer our call.


May we all use that eighth key and unlock the door to living a godly life through love.

WHY DO IT?

2 Peter 1:8-9 tells us, “The more you grow like this, the more productive and useful you will be in your knowledge of our Lord Jesus Christ. But those who fail to develop in this way are shortsighted or blind, forgetting that they have been cleansed from their old sins.”


If we call ourselves believers or Christians, we should be believers or Christians. We should look and act like it; otherwise what is the point of choosing to live this lifestyle? According to Peter, if we use these eight keys, we will have more than just head knowledge about Jesus. We will actually produce fruit that lasts. We are also reminded that if we do not exercise these eight keys, and live a productive and useful Christian life, we are acting like people who have not been cleansed of our old way of life; meaning, there is no difference between who we were before we were saved and who we became after. If there is not a noticeable difference between who you used to be and who you are after meeting Jesus, there is a problem. Peter says that this type of person is blind. They cannot see that they have been saved. He also calls them forgetful. They do not remember that the precious blood of Christ washed away their sins and allowed them to have a relationship with a holy GOD.


So, why do it?

· To see and experience the power of GOD at work in our lives

· To do the will of GOD, see lives transformed from our obedience, and bear fruit that lasts

· To avoid being a Christian in name only, but actually living the life of a follower of Jesus

How to be Saved

Romans 10: 9-13

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. 10 For with the heart man believeth unto righteousness; and with the mouth confession is made unto salvation. 11 For the scripture saith, Whosoever believeth on him shall not be ashamed. 12 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. 13 For whosoever shall call upon the name of the Lord shall be saved (KJV).


9 If you openly declare that Jesus is Lord and believe in your heart that God raised him from the dead, you will be saved. 10 For it is by believing in your heart that you are made right with God, and it is by openly declaring your faith that you are saved. 11 As the Scriptures tell us, “Anyone who trusts in him will never be disgraced.” 12 Jew and Gentile are the same in this respect. They have the same Lord, who gives generously to all who call on him. 13 For “Everyone who calls on the name of the Lord will be saved” (NLT).


Say the welcoming word to God—“Jesus is my Master”—embracing, body and soul, God’s work of doing in us what he did in raising Jesus from the dead. That’s it. You’re not “doing” anything; you’re simply calling out to God, trusting him to do it for you. That’s salvation. With your whole being you embrace God setting things right, and then you say it, right out loud: “God has set everything right between him and me!” 11-13 Scripture reassures us, “No one who trusts God like this—heart and soul—will ever regret it.” It’s exactly the same no matter what a person’s religious background may be: the same God for all of us, acting the same incredibly generous way to everyone who calls out for help. “Everyone who calls, ‘Help, God!’ gets help. (MSG).


Romans 5:8


8 But God commendeth his love toward us, in that, while we were yet sinners, Christ died for us. (KJV)

8 But God showed his great love for us by sending Christ to die for us while we were still sinners. (NLT)


It is your belief that saves you, family. If you believe, you will speak what you believe and not be ashamed or embarrassed to do so, whether you are alone or among others. Simply talk to GOD.


Say aloud to God:

“I confess all my sin, known and unknown, and ask You, GOD to forgive me. I believe Jesus was born of a virgin, crucified, died for my sins, and rose from the dead. I want Jesus to come into my heart to make me new in Him. I believe Jesus is Lord over my life and over everything that exists. Thank You, GOD for Your forgiveness. Thank You, Jesus, for making me Your own. Amen”


You are now saved. You may not feel different or you may. Just know that the internal change is taking place once you uttered that prayer. Day by day, you will begin to be transformed into who GOD wants you to be and created you to be. You will care more about the things of GOD than your own personal desires, and you will want to share the word of GOD when you have the opportunity. If you are not already a member of a local church, I encourage you to pray and allow GOD to guide you to the right fellowship for you. The pastor will help you grow in your gifts and talents so that you can begin to use them for GOD’s glory, and you and the other members will encourage and help each other along this journey with GOD.




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