Reflection Paper #1
God gave us two gifts, life and love. God has given us the ultimate gift of love, by sacrificing his only son to give us eternal life. John 3:16 says, "For God so loved the world, that He gave His only begotten Son, that whoever believes in Him should not perish, but have eternal life." God has endless love for us, even though we are sinners by nature, his love is never ending and never changes. John 4:8 says “God is love,” people have different views on what love means to them, but the true meaning of love is what God gives us. Love:
A lot of people may think they know the real definition of what love means, but many don’t even come close to understanding exactly what it means. Many come up with their own idea of love, or base it off of emotional ideas. A true understanding of love must be based on what God’s definition of love is. To love God, it is necessary to follow His commandments and knowing exactly who He is and what He stands for, and what he expects from us, as His children. We can not truly love God, if we do not know Him personally and if we don’t follow and practice His commandments. John 14:23 states, “Jesus answered and said to him, "If anyone loves Me, he will keep My word; and My Father will love him, and We will come to him and make Our home with him.” By the continuation of learning God’s Word, we build a stronger and better relationship which helps us to trust in Him more, and walk by faith. Our love for others is usually based on how they treat us, and what they do for us. Even though we could do nothing for God, He still loved us with no doubt. God has created in us feelings, and a heart. In the book Praxis, they say that giving your heart to Jesus is like jumping into the lap of a parent and looking to them for guidance. When you give God your heart, you are trusting Him with your life, emotions, feelings, and you are trusting Him to guide your life in the right...