Skip to content
Catholic Online Logo

By Vincent Johnon

1/2/2014 (2 years ago)

A Blest Life (www.ablestlife.com)

How well do you know God?

How well do you know God? Do you have that personal relationship with God that is mature? Do you know the essence of God's love?

God Loves You!

God Loves You!

Highlights

By Vincent Johnon

A Blest Life (www.ablestlife.com)

1/2/2014 (2 years ago)

Published in Blog

Keywords: Love, God, Share, Give, Jesus


MOORESVILLE, N.C. - Man's relationship with God has been addressed in a myriad of ways throughout salvation history. Man's understanding of God has evolved over the years. Looking in the Old Testament, you find some texts wherein God engages with man as  a father does with his children or addresses Israel as a spouse with tenderness. Yet, you also see that God imposes strict guidelines and enforces them with punishment when Israel fails to respond. God judges, God punishes, and God admonishes. 

In the New Testament there is a radical emphasis on God's love as the fulfillment and completion of the Law. Jesus speaks of a relationship with God in a profoundly personal way. God the Father is not so much the stern and strict parent. Jesus reveals the Father in his parables, such as the prodigal Son, as merciful, forgiving, loving. This focuses on a personal relationship with  a father who is understanding, comforting, and loving. 

As a child my understanding of God was immature. It was more of an "Old Testament God". There was an immense fear of God's wrath. I think this was presented to me on occasion as a means to get me to "comply". It wasn't so much that I shouldn't do these bad things because of my love for God; it was more like don't do that or you will have bad consequences from God. It took a long time for me to break away from that immature understanding.

As I learned more of God by reading scripture and so many lives of so many saints; I found that God loved and cared for us so much; but more than that he desired us to be with Him for all eternity. Desire comes from a deep need of Love to expand; to be given and received. God is all about Love, God is Love. Love must Love. Love must reach out. Love cannot be contained; God's love cannot be contained.

With this new understanding of how God loves us, I found that to give love back to God isn't about saying I love you to Him each day. Loving God involves us loving one another. To love with our words, but more than that - to love in action, to give of ourselves, to sacrifice, to share; to see those in need and give. It doesn't have to be money; it can be our time, our prayers, a shoulder to lean on, or a hand to hold. So, let your understanding of God expand and mature. Have that personal relationship with God that will allow the essence of God's love to be shared. Learn of Him, Learn of His love!





---

Web site to inspire others in facing their day.



Comments


More Blog

The Political Rise and Fall of Dr. Ben Carson (Part Two)

Image of

By Justin Soutar

Within two and a half years' time, Dr. Ben Carson's political star had climbed with extraordinary steadiness from the horizon to the zenith, where it shone with dazzling brilliance, and then suddenly it plunged toward the opposite horizon, disappearing from view ... continue reading


'Tolerate as I have tolerated you' Watch

Image of

By Michaela Daphne

Jesus is not nice."Do not think that I have come to bring peace upon the earth. I have come to bring not peace but the sword." (Matt 10:34) BRISBANE, AUSTRALIA - It's no accident that C.S. Lewis used a lion to represent Christ."Safe?" said Mr. Beaver; "don't you hear ... continue reading


Believing in God's Providence Watch

Image of

By Jackie Stammen

This is a tough one for me, but I am certain this is a lesson God is desperately trying to teach me. It's a lesson I need to learn if I want progress in this journey of life with the Lord. NASHVILLE, TN - When I say 'learn' I don't mean to simply understand what God's ... continue reading


End Your Silence! Use Your Voice! Watch

Image of

By Michael Seagriff

Too many of us have for too long remained silent in the face of evil and untruth. Too manyof us have sat silently as all sense of the Sacred has been removed from many of our Churchbuildings and our Holy Masses. CANASTOTA, NY - Too many of us for too long have ... continue reading


The Political Rise and Fall of Dr. Ben Carson (Part One)

Image of

By Justin Soutar

Within two and a half years' time, Dr. Ben Carson's political star had climbed with extraordinary steadiness from the horizon to the zenith, where it shone with dazzling brilliance--and then suddenly it plunged toward the opposite horizon, disappearing from view ... continue reading


Four Phrases That Will Transform Your Relationships Watch

Image of

By Jackie Stammen

Instinctively, we long to rescue the people we love. We desperately want to take away their hurts and "fix" whatever struggle or fear they may be walking through. I know this because I've been the one that has tried to verbally "fix" other people's struggles. I didn't ... continue reading


Praying For God's Mercy With Boldness and Confidence Watch

Image of

By Michael Seagriff

Jesus gave us the seven Sacraments and left His Church as the earthly vehicle through which He would work to save souls. The salvation of souls, not social justice issues, is the "supreme law of the Catholic Church" and the primary reason for its existence. CANASTOTA, ... continue reading


Who is the Holy Spirit? Watch

Image of

By Michaela Daphne

My most recent writing project is a multimedia about the Holy Spirit for a Pentecost youth rally next week. Usually when I write such things, it all comes about fairly easily, and I can piece together a rough draft in an afternoon or so. This time, however, I have ... continue reading


What is love? Watch

Image of

By Michaela Daphne

People say things like "If you really love me, you'll have sex with me" or "If you really love me, you'll buy me nice things," but what is the real definition of love? How do newly weds navigate the difficult terrain of authentic love? BRISBANE, AUSTRALIA - When ... continue reading


Desolation, Grace, and Trust Watch

Image of

By Jackie Stammen

Recently I've crossed into a place I'm not proud to admit I've entered. It's not a physical place, but rather a spiritual and mental place. It's a product of exhaustion coupled with fear, but mostly it's due to a greater distance between God and I because I've been ... continue reading


All Blog News

Newsletters

Newsletter Sign Up icon

Stay up to date with the latest news, information, and special offers

Subscribe to Catholic OnlineYouTube Channel

the FEED
by Catholic Online

  • New study reveals Catholics hold highest retention rate - but no one ...
  • A Prayer Before Surgery HD Video
  • St. Philip Neri: Saint of the Day for Thursday, May 26, 2016
  • Prayer to Saint Valentine HD Video
  • 'It's prayer that preserves faith': Pope Francis urges people to pray
  • Daily Readings for Thursday, May 26, 2016
  • REVEALED: China has an army of paid trolls, guess who else has one?

Daily Readings

Reading 1, First Peter 1:18-25
18 For you know that the price of your ransom from the futile way of life ... Read More

Psalm, Psalms 147:12-13, 14-15, 19-20
12 Praise Yahweh, Jerusalem, Zion, praise your God.13 For he ... Read More

Gospel, Mark 10:32-45
32 They were on the road, going up to Jerusalem; Jesus was walking on ... Read More

Saint of the Day

Saint of the Day for May 25th, 2016 Image

St. Mary Magdalene de Pazzi
May 25: It would be easy to concentrate on the mystical ... Read More