To Know and Love God

There is a special relationship between love and knowledge.

When we love something, we want to know everything about it.
When we love a place, we want to explore every inch of it.
When we love a person, we want to know every detail of his or her life.

But some of us want to be loved without allowing ourselves to be known. 
We are afraid that we won’t be loved if we are truly known.

We don’t have to worry about that with God. 

God's love is far superior to ours. He loves us in spite of our imperfections:  “God demonstrates His own love toward us, in that while we were still sinners, Christ died for us” —Rom. 5:8.

Furthermore, God continues to make Himself known to us. Through creation, Scripture, and Christ, God reveals His character and His love. 

With God, we need not fear being known. God loves us and He wants to know all about us.

We can tell Him everything. We can safely confess our faults to Him. 

To know God is to love Him. 

And The Truth Shall Make You Free

Apostle John recorded a debate between Jesus and a group of people who believed He was making false claims about Himself (John 8).

Jesus told them, "If you abide in My word, you are My disciples indeed. And you shall know the truth, and the truth shall make you free (John 8:31-32)."

But they told Him that they had never been in bondage to anyone. They said to Him, “How can You say, ‘You will be made free’?” (John 8:33).

That same debate goes on today.

Those who oppose Jesus seek to discredit His statements and twist them into lies.

But Jesus says, “I am telling you the truth,” and promises to give us a freedom we can find nowhere else.

Are you slaves to your sins? Or are you truly free to serve God?

Jesus is the Mediator between God and man; only Him has the truth to make us free.

How Receptive is the Soil

Different soil produces different results.

Good soil yields good crop; some a hundredfold, some sixty, some thirty (Matt. 13:8).

How receptive we are to the Word of God determines the condition of our hearts, our spiritual growth and progress.

Some Christians grow fast and are fruitful; some very slow with no visible growth.

But the truth is Christians always grow, either visibly or invisibly.

The apostle James challenged us to prove the genuineness of our faith by what we do. (James 2: 18)

So “What kind of soil are you?”