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The word

The Open Bible

The open bible is to bring to you the word of God as it opens your mind and spirit to your fullest understanding and to help you grow spiritually and righteously and in truth.

peace & love

Read on how the word of God brings peace and love to every aspect in our daily lives. Christ in us is the hope of all glory 

The Open bible

Reading the bible

Whats the Bible? What comes in mind when you handle the bible or see a christian holding a Bible? Or do you think its just a book filled with stories to entertain christians. What you should know is God only speaks to you from the Bible 

Peace

Having Peace

The number one desire for God’s love for His children is to come closer to Him and also have inner peace. When a christian have peace in his/her life, its easier for the Holy Spirit to dwell in a peaceful heart so thus the  Bible tells us our body is the temple of God.

Love

love of God

When you think about the word of God what comes in mind? Have you thought of how much God loves you? How do you define love even among your fellow love ones, family and friends? How more God’s love for His lovely children?

The power of God is limitless and we must know the Holy Spirit carries the power of God. Putting God first in every aspect in your life is the best decision you can think of because He knows everything there is to a better decision making and guidance.

 
 

God’s Amazing Love

John 3:16 presents us with the Bible’s greatest theme: God’s love for us through Jesus Christ. This is a message that the world needs to hear and that our witness must proclaim. Therefore, a brief study of God’s love as depicted in the Bible is sure to be helpful. What can Christians say about God’s love?

The apostle Paul writes that God’s love is great: “God, being rich in mercy, because of the great love with which he loved us, even when we were dead in our trespasses, made us alive together with Christ” (Eph. 2:4-5a, emphasis added). We tend to overuse the word great. For instance, we say we had a “great time” if we enjoyed ourselves at all. Or if God blesses us a bit in ministry, we say we had a “great success.” Overused like this, the word great loses some of its force. But when the Bible says God’s love is great, it means it! God’s love for the world was great in the amazing care He exercised in creating it; nature reveals the most loving craftsmanship. But how much greater is the love of God that was revealed in the gift of His Son. The Greek word Paul uses for “great” (pollein) is used to describe an overflowing harvest or intense emotions. God’s love truly deserves to be called great.

Paul elsewhere describes God’s love as unfathomable. In his letter to the Ephesians, he prays that believers “may have strength to comprehend with all the saints what is the breadth and length and height and depth, and to know the love of Christ that surpasses knowledge” (Eph. 3:18-19a). What we are to comprehend about the dimensions of God’s love is that they are beyond measure. It is possible to exhaust the love of a spouse or of friends-and in extreme cases, even of siblings or parents. But it is not possible to exhaust the love of God. In his great hymn titled “The Love of God,” Frederick M. Lehman wrote:

The love of God is greater far than tongue or pen can ever tell, It goes beyond the highest star, and reaches to the lowest hell.

God’s love also can be described in terms of all His other attributes. The attributes of God are aspects of His character or being; to list them is to describe what God is like. However, many make the great mistake of pitting one of God’s attributes against another. Many of us, for instance, prefer God’s love to His holiness. But we must never think that we must or can choose between the two. God’s holiness is a loving holiness and His love is a holy love. Our generation has spoiled much of the idea of love — particularly romantic love — by joining it with sin. But God does not and cannot do that. His love is joined to holy purposes, and His love for us will have the ultimate result of bringing us to a gloriously holy condition. When I am counseling a couple prior to their wedding, I often hear one of them (usually the bride) say, “I never want to change him!” I always pause, lean forward, look her in the eye, and say: “You will! You will!” God’s love never says, “I don’t want to change you.” Because God’s love is holy, He intends to change us by loving means, so that we will become the holy people we were always meant to be.

God is almighty, and therefore His is an almighty love. This means He is able to do all that His love desires for us. J. I. Packer writes that God’s love “has at its heart an almighty purpose to bless which cannot be thwarted.” 2 Paul rightly asks who shall separate us from this love. “I am sure,” he answers, “that neither death nor life, nor angels nor rulers, nor things present nor things to come, nor powers, nor height nor depth, nor anything else in all creation, will be able to separate us from the love of God in Christ Jesus our Lord” (Rom. 8:38-39).

Moreover, as God is unchangeable, so His love is unchangeable. John Owen writes: “Though we change every day, yet his love does not change. If anything in us or on our part could stop God loving us, then he long ago would have turned away from us. It is because his love is fixed and unchangeable that the Father shows us infinite patience and forbearance. If his love was not unchangeable, we would perish.” 3

God is eternal, and so is His love. Paul says, “He chose us in [Christ] before the foundation of the world” (Eph. 1:4). God’s love for us originated in eternity past, and it flows to eternity future. God says, “I have loved you with an everlasting love” (Jer. 31:3). He adds, “For the mountains may depart and the hills be removed, but my steadfast love shall not depart from you” (Isa. 54:10a).

Moreover, as God is sovereign, so is His love. Ephesians 1:5-6a says, “In love he predestined us for adoption through Jesus Christ, according to the purpose of his will, to the praise of his glorious grace.” James Montgomery Boice writes: “God’s love is a sovereign one…his love is uninfluenced by anything in the creature. And if that is so, it is the same as saying that the cause of God’s love lies only in himself…. In Scripture no cause for God’s love other than his electing will is ever given.” 4 This was God’s explanation to the Israelites for the love He showed them in the exodus: “It was not because you were more in number than any other people that the Lord set his love on you and chose you, for you were the fewest of all peoples, but it is because the Lord loves you” (Deut. 7:7-8a).

Lastly, we should note that God is infinite, and so is His love. There is no greater proof of this than John’s statement that God loved “the world.” There is an infinite distance between God and this wicked world. God tells us, “As the heavens are higher than the earth, so are my ways higher than your ways and my thoughts than your thoughts” (Isa. 55:9). Our world has rebelled against God, flouting His authority and mocking His ways. Because of this, most people reject God’s rule over their lives. Paul says, “Although they knew God, they did not honor him as God or give thanks to him, but they became futile in their thinking, and their foolish hearts were darkened” (Rom. 1:21). That is an accurate description of our world today. The distance between us and God is infinite in every way. But God’s love is infinitely great to span that distance.

When John speaks of “the world,” he is being intentionally provocative. Old Testament Jews believed that God loved them, but rejected the idea that God loved anyone else. Leon Morris explains: “It is a distinctively Christian idea that God’s love is wide enough to embrace all people. His love is not confined to any national group or spiritual elite.” 5 The same is true today. John does not say that God sent Jesus because He loved religious people or Christians, but because “God so loved the world.” This is why the message of Jesus Christ is good news for everyone. Romans 5:8 tells us, “God shows his love for us in that while we were still sinners, Christ died for us.”


Receiving God’s Love

Flavel, the Puritan, concludes his study of John 3:16 with three keen observations. First, he says, this verse shows us “The exceeding preciousness of souls, and at what a high rate God values them, that he will give his Son, his only Son out of his bosom, as a ransom for them.” 11 Surely this argues that we ought to labor with all our might to bring people to salvation. We should tell them how precious their souls are to God, and what God has done for their salvation. John 3:16 says that “whoever believes should not perish but have eternal life.” It is through our witness that they can believe. It is because we take an interest in their souls, because we speak earnestly to them about Jesus, and because we invite them to join us at church and hear God’s Word that souls are saved today. This task must apply most urgently to our own children. It is dismaying to see how little interest so many parents take in the souls of their children. Since we love them, and since their souls are so precious to God, we should be especially determined to set them a godly example, pray with and for them, teach them God’s Word, and involve them in the worship and life of the church.

Second, Flavel notes, since God has given us His Son, we may be confident of receiving every other help and mercy we need to endure this life and arrive safely in heaven. This confidence should give us peace in every storm and trust in the face of life’s trials. This point reminds us that the gospel proclaims more than the receipt of a ticket to heaven when we die. The gospel also proclaims God’s loving care in this present life. What a message this is for the hurting world around us. And it should change our own attitudes in a mighty way. Knowing how much God has already given us — His very best in the person of His Son — we should trust His love and come to Him with a holy boldness in prayer. Paul reasoned, “He who did not spare his own Son but gave him up for us all, how will he not also with him graciously give us all things?” (Rom. 8:32). God will not withhold anything we need, having already given His Son Jesus, so we should not shrink from asking for and confidently awaiting anything we truly need.

In an earlier chapter, I recounted my witness to a group of Muslims in the African country of Uganda. One of their chief complaints was that God had not been answering their prayers. They were poor, hungry, and oppressed, and God was not helping. So I asked them, “When you pray to God, what name do you give Him?” They replied, “Allah.” I replied: “That is why God does not answer your prayers. But when you pray to Him in the name of Jesus, His own Son, then God will receive you as His own beloved children.” I then cited John 1:12: “To all who did receive [Jesus], who believed in his name, he gave the right to become children of God.” It was mainly this desire — a right desire — to know God’s fatherly care that opened their hearts to the Lord. Many others who sorrow and grieve in this world will be led to Jesus by the relationship He provides us as children of the heavenly Father.

If the greatest love hath been manifested in giving Christ to the world, then it follows that the greatest evil and wickedness is the gospel of love manifested in despising, slighting, and rejecting Christ.’ 12 There can be no greater condemnation than to disregard the amazing love of God in giving His only Son to suffer in our place. What does God ask and expect of us? God demands what love always desires: to be received. Jesus said in John 6:29, “This is the work of God, that you believe in him whom he has sent.” John 3:16 says that God calls us to believe on Jesus Christ — to receive His love — gift through personal faith in Jesus. If we believe, He promises us “eternal life.” But if we are so hardened of heart to refuse this matchless gift from God, the result is that we will “perish.” Having spurned God’s love on the cross, we must receive the just penalty for all our sins and especially for the chief sin of rejecting God’s only Son. As the writer of Hebrews warns us, “How shall we escape if we neglect such a great salvation?” (Heb. 2:3). The Christian witness should press this reality upon the hearts of those who are reluctant to receive God’s gift of His Son.

gisters motivation

Motivations from God

Enjoy several motivations to every aspect of your life, as you chose your daily plans as a gister of the gospel of Christ and transform your life now.

Be inspired with good news from thegistersgh as we communicate to you  through the word of God .

Just as we all dont forget to eat, well we ought to feed our souls with the word of God with daily tasks to helps you grow your relationship with God.

Here we share with you prayer points/ topics to help establish a good prayer character.  As Christians prayer is good for the soul to grow as well as food does the same to your body

Jesus is the master that solves all problems and gives adequate solutions in every aspect of your life. Share with us your problems and seek solutions as well.