Holiness week 26 – by Tanner age 18

One common misconception in the church is that as a person does better things and tries to be more holy they earn more of God’s love. Many Christians think that doing better things will improve their relationship with God. This way of thinking is backwards. The works come out of God giving righteousness (right standing with God). Jesus paid the price to reconcile us back to the image of God and full relationship with God which was lost in the garden. As we spend more time with God we become more like Him. We don’t have to try to be like Him so that we will have access to Him. We have been given access to the Father through the Holy Spirit. We just have to spend time with God. God wants relationship or else He wouldn’t have sent Jesus. Righteousness is right standing or relationship with God and “righteousness bears its fruit unto holiness”. So as you seek the Lord and build your relationship with Him, you become more like Him and you begin to bear Holy fruit without even trying to be Holy. God ultimately said I love you through sending Jesus. Jesus did everything the Father told him to do and all of Jesus ‘ life was full of love…that shows that He loves us. The Bible says, “we love Him because He first loved us”. When we see the love He has for us, we can’t help but love Him and the more we love Him, the more we want to have complete relationship with Him. Don’t worry about your works, believe, seek Him first, the works will follow close behind. Focus on knowing Him. He wants a relationship with you. Just give Him your life (your time). Seek Him and watch the works follow.

Matthew 6:33  But seek ye first the kingdom of God, and his righteousness; and all these things shall be added unto you.

1 John 4:19  We love him, because he first loved us.

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