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Do You Love God In Your Heart

John 5:41-44
"I do not accept praise from men, but I know you. I know that you do not have the love of God in your hearts. I have come in my Father's name, and you do not accept me; but if someone else comes in his own name, you will accept him. How can you believe if you accept praise from one another, yet make no effort to obtain the praise that comes from the only God? (NIV)

Jesus was very special. Some people wanted to make Him their hero; others wanted to stop Him being special. So while the crowds applauded Him, those who were jealous of His power and wisdom criticised Him. But Jesus was not interested in what people thought of Him. He knew that popularity would never achieve His purpose.

Jesus came in the Name of the Father, with the same nature and character, and with the same purpose. He said that if He had come in His own name, advertising His own strength and wisdom, then people would have accepted Him; but because He claimed to come in the Name of the Father, He was rejected. Why? Because every sinful heart would like to gain inspiration from another person to make themselves greater: but coming alongside God makes us realise how sinful we are, and we hate Him for it.

Whenever people are opposed to Jesus it shows that they do not have God's love in their hearts, despite whatever they say - because Jesus is the Son of God and precious to Him. Those who love what God loves will also love Jesus and welcome Him. So Jesus is the testing block of every heart. To love Him is to love God. To resist Him is to demonstrate that there is no love of God in the heart. This is a vital test for ourselves but an essential diagnostic test to help us to realise if our friends really do love God. They may say that they love, honour and worship God, but if they refuse to welcome Jesus as Lord, then they need to be saved. Our task is to pray for them and help them to repent and welcome Jesus.

Prayer 
God of love. Thank You that You have always loved Your Son, Jesus; and that He has come in Your Name. Thank You for giving me the grace to repent and welcome Him into my heart, and for Your love which now fills me inside. Please help me to realise the spiritual plight of my friends who resist Jesus, because I know that Your love is not in their hearts. Help me to pray for them and witness to them so that they may welcome Jesus and be saved. In Jesus' Name. Amen.
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© Dr Paul Adams

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