So be committed and repent. International Standard Version I correct and discipline those whom I love, so be serious and repent! So be earnest and repent! Be zealous therefore, and repent. Be zealous therefore and return. Take this seriously, and change the way you think and act. Jubilee Bible As many as I love, I rebuke and chasten; be zealous therefore, and repent. American Standard Version As many as I love, I reprove and chasten: be zealous therefore, and repent. Be zealous therefore, and do penance. Darby Bible Translation I rebuke and discipline as many as I love; be zealous therefore and repent.
Webster's Bible Translation As many as I love, I rebuke and chasten: be zealous therefore, and repent. Weymouth New Testament All whom I hold dear, I reprove and chastise; therefore be in earnest and repent. Young's Literal Translation 'As many as I love, I do convict and chasten; be zealous, then, and reform;. Repent and perform the deeds you did at first.
Bible Verses about God's Love
But if you do not repent, I will come to you and remove your lampstand from its place. Ellicott's Commentary for English Readers. Young's Literal Translation 'As many as I love, I do convict and chasten; be zealous, then, and reform; Study Bible To the Church in Laodicea … 18 I counsel you to buy from Me gold refined by fire so that you may become rich, white garments so that you may be clothed and your shameful nakedness not exposed, and salve to anoint your eyes so that you may see.
If anyone hears My voice and opens the door, I will come in and dine with him, and he with Me. Treasury of Scripture As many as I love, I rebuke and chasten: be zealous therefore, and repent. In short, if we "dwell in God's love," we will keep ourselves in his love.
The word "dwell" here means "to stay in a state of expectancy. We're to live daily in the knowledge that God has always loved us and will always love us. In reality, most of us flit in and out of God's love according to our emotional ups and downs. We feel safe in his love only if we've "done well" in our walk with him. But we're unsure of his love whenever we're tempted or tried, or in those times when we fail him.
Beloved, that's especially the time we're to trust in his love. He is telling us in these passages, "No matter what trial you face, you must never doubt my love for you. If you're actively trusting in my love, then you're living the way I want you to live.
Have you been overcome by some old lust you hate? Is your marriage in turmoil, your family in chaos? These are the times you need most to keep yourself in the love of God.
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You have to know that, through it all, the eternal Father is still loving you. You may wonder, "Do you mean that, in loving me, God simply over—looks my failures? Does he turn a blind eye to my sin? He'll chasten you with his rod, but he always keeps his children in his great love. One reason God shows us his love in our weak and sinful times is to draw us back to himself. Jeremiah 31 offers a wonderful illustration of God's love. Israel was in a backslidden state. The people had grown fat and prosperous and were indulging in all kinds of wickedness.
They had turned to idols and were committing fornication and adultery.
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They had forgotten all about the tender mercies God had shown them. Then suddenly their lusts turned sour. They lost all pleasure in fulfilling their sensual appetites. Now they cried out, "Lord, we're lost.
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We need you to turn us around. He chastened the people with his rod of correction, and Israel cried, "Thou hast chastised me…turn thou me, and I shall be turned… Surely after that I was turned, I repented" Jeremiah — Listen to God's words at this point: "Since I spake against him, I do earnestly remember him still: therefore my bowels are troubled for him; I will surely have mercy upon him" Here is what you must know of God's love. God was telling his people: "I had to chasten you and speak hard words of truth to you. Yet even then you sinned against me, doing despite to the grace and mercy I extended to you.
You turned against my love, rejecting me. Nevertheless, my bowels of compassion were moved deeply toward you. I remembered you in your struggle. And I will surely have mercy on you. I will freely forgive and restore you. In Hosea 3, God likens backslidden Israel to an adulteress. He tells Hosea, "Go yet, love a woman beloved of her friend, yet an adulteress, according to the love of the Lord toward the children of Israel, who look to other gods" Hosea God was instructing Hosea to give Israel an illustrated sermon on his love for them, even as they were cheating on him.
The Lord was saying to his people, "You've sinned against me blatantly, like a prostitute walking the streets. But you're still married to me, and I love you. I will be for you. Now, you be for me. I saw this kind of unconditional, restoring love in a letter sent to us recently by a dear sister in Christ. She wrote, "A year ago, when I was involved in an adulterous affair, I wrote you an anonymous letter asking for prayer.
I was in such torment because of the deceit in my life. I am truly born again, and the Holy Spirit was dealing with me. We really needed healing in many areas of our marriage after forty—three years together. Your messages convicted me so, and also encouraged me to keep trusting in the love of God.
I've learned now more than ever how much God loves me. God's love has had a powerful effect on this woman. Yet being ignorant of God's love can have just the opposite effect. Consider this letter written by another woman: "I have so often felt that God was out to get me. I felt he wanted to punish me for everything I did. Therefore, I was harsh and mean to others, trying to whip them into line. Now I just want to run to his mercy seat to receive his love, and to show his love to others.
I'm tired of being so judgmental. She desires to be kept in the Father's love. Beloved, the love of God is conveyed to us only through Jesus Christ. According to John, all of God's love dwells in Jesus: "Of his fullness have all we received" John You may ask, "What's so important about knowing that God's love is conveyed to us through Christ? How does this affect our everyday lives? This knowledge is more than just a biblical concept. Knowing that God's love is conveyed to us through Jesus has everything to do with how we keep ourselves in his love.
You see, it's not enough for me to know that God will always love me and won't stop loving me through all my struggles. He also wants his love to have a certain effect on me. So, how exactly does God's love impact our lives? We can't look to man's example. There are licentious Christians who would turn the revelation of God's love into a license to sin. They convince themselves, "God loves me unconditionally. He has to keep loving me in spite of all my drinking, adultery and pleasure—seeking.
His grace is greater than my sins. We have to look to Christ as our example. Jesus has already told us the Father loves us in the same way he loved the Son. So, what impact did the Father's love have on Jesus? The fruit of the Father's love was in Jesus presenting his body as a living sacrifice for others. John writes, "Hereby perceive we the love of God, because he laid down his life for us" 1 John Here was the fruit of God's love in Jesus.
He gave himself as a sacrifice for others. The second half of this verse tells us the purpose of God's love in our own lives. It reads, "And we ought to lay down our lives for the brethren" God's love leads us also to present our bodies as living sacrifices. Have you ever thought about what it means to truly lay down your life for your brothers and sisters? Paul isn't talking about becoming martyrs on foreign soil. He isn't referring to being an organ donor.