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No Cheating God

No Cheating God

Am I cheating on God? There are times I just want my own way. That cheats God of the relationship He wants to have with me.

That is the opposite of God’s goal for me. God wants us to faithfully love and adore Him. God wants us to pay attention to Him and do what He wants, not what we want.

God wants us to love. That pretty much sums up God’s goal.

I am more than happy when I know what he wants and then do it.

Jesus cares. He really cares a lot. What He gives to me in love is above and beyond anything else I could get from anyone else. There is no comparison.

God’s goal for me to be humble, obey Him and focus on love.

May live in His love and be more than happy.

You’re cheating on God. If all you want is your own way, flirting with the world every chance you get, you end up enemies of God and his way.

And do you suppose God doesn’t care? The proverb has it that ‘he’s a fiercely jealous lover.’ And what he gives in love is far better than anything else you’ll find. It’s common knowledge that ‘God goes against the willful proud; God gives grace to the willing humble.’James 4 (NIV)

What does it look like? The Apostle Paul gave it a shot in 1 Corinthians 13. It is the classic definition. Mainly he defines it by saying what it isn’t.

Love is patient, love is kind and is not jealous; love does not brag and is not arrogant, does not act unbecomingly; it does not seek its own, is not provoked, does not take into account a wrong suffered, does not rejoice in unrighteousness, but rejoices with the truth; bears all things, believes all things, hopes all things, endures all things. Love never fails; but if there are gifts of prophecy, they will be done away; if there are tongues, they will cease; if there is knowledge, it will be done away. | 1 Corinthians 13:4–8

Love can be a challenge to define at the level of how a person experiences it. Love can involve personal affection, sexual attraction, platonic admiration, brotherly loyalty, benevolent concern, or worshipful adoration. To accurately answer the question “what is love?” we need to go to the origin of love. The Bible tells us that love originates in God.

In the English language, the word love is forced to bear the burden of a multitude of meanings. We “love” everything from pancakes to parents, but in vastly different ways. The languages in which the Bible was written, Hebrew and Greek, are more precise in that they utilize different words for the different types of love. The ancient languages differentiate among sexual, brotherly, and familial love, and also the kind of love that God has for creation and that we may have for Him.