The ONLY Right Motive: LOVE

image1 Peter 2:21-25 (MSG)
This is the kind of life you’ve been invited into, the kind of life Christ lived. He suffered everything that came his way so you would know that it could be done, and also know how to do it, step-by-step. He never did one thing wrong, Not once said anything amiss. They called him every name in the book and he said nothing back. He suffered in silence, content to let God set things right. He used his servant body to carry our sins to the Cross so we could be rid of sin, free to live the right way. His wounds became your healing. You were lost sheep with no idea who you were or where you were going. Now you’re named and kept for good by the Shepherd of your souls.

(Taken From “Lloyd Ogilvie Preacher’s Commentary”)
Love is the only motive which is acceptable to God for any and all of our behavior (1Co 13:1-3). Indeed, we should follow the steps of Christ who did everything with the motive of love. What a difference that makes in our attitude and conduct. For example, because Christ loved, He did not revile in return when He was reviled; when He suffered unjustly at the hands of others, He did not threaten them. He simply loved them and committed Himself to His Father (1Pe 2:23).

His love for us and for all people motivated Him to bear our sins in His own body on the Cross that we might be forgiven of our sins and live for righteousness (1Pe 2:24). That is the ultimate of love—to give our bodies, our very lives, for the unrighteous……….As Christ has so lived for us, we are able to live for Him and for others. And as we do, we are enabled to give an answer to those who ask, “Why do you have such hope and such love? Why are you so good to me when I am so bad to you? Why do you love me when I abuse you?” We should be ready to tell them about Jesus (1Pe 3:15).

In Him,
Pastor Kevin Kinchen

Are You Living What You Claim

Even though I wrote a book about developing a lifestyle of intimate fellowship with God, I seem to realize the importance of it almost daily. As I read my Bible I am constantly inspired to know Him more. Check this out.

1 John 1:6 (MSG)
If we claim that we experience a shared life with him (The Amplified Bible says, “So if we say we are partakers together and enjoy fellowship with Him…”) and continue to stumble around in the dark, we’re obviously lying through our teeth—we’re not living what we claim. But if we walk in the light, God himself being the light, we also experience a shared life with one another, as the sacrificed blood of Jesus, God’s Son, purges all our sin.

Many people “claim” a shared life with God. They identify themselves as a Christian based on church attendance, a trip to an altar, or an affiliation with their denomination. Yet with this “claim” they still stumble around in an association with darkness. Many still struggle with sin. Why is this? Well, first of all we must live up to what we “claim” and actually become a partaker of fellowship with Him. We need that constant connection to the LIGHT that only Jesus can give. When connected to light…darkness flees. Sin flees. Addictions flee. Light is the solution for darkness, but we have to be plugged-in to that Light in order to truly SHINE.

Plug-in to God today. Connect with Him. Have fellowship with Him. Let the Son of God, Jesus Christ, become your life light. Remember, our Christianity is “who we are” not just something “we do.”

In Him,
Pastor Kevin Kinchen