Jesus Christ taught, lived and presented the WORD. He is the WORD - the WORD that was personified in human flesh. We can see, feel, touch and be totally transformed by the WORD. The Life and Teachings of Jesus alone is enough for anyone to "grasp the WORD", "demonstrate the WORD" (demonstration of spirit and power!) and be a complete example of LOVE - AGAPE. You can interface with the WORD through books; through prayers and meditation; through spiritual fellowship with sons and daughters of God, etc. When it comes to books, for example, it takes total commitment to the ministry of the Spirit of Truth in order to see clearly and separate the WORD from the views of the human authors. Many people are not committed to this.
In the final analysis, if anyone claims to be of God, LOVE must be the centerpiece of his or her life. And you cannot hide your true character and heart position. Any keen observer would see through you. Jesus tells us that: “By their fruits, you shall know them.” And also, “All men shall know that you are my disciples if you have love for one another.” (John 13:35)
If you are a student of love, humility and service to humanity would be all over you. Pride, jealousy, sexual immorality, greed, etc would be far from you. Love is the desire to do good to others. Love is patient and kind. Love is not jealous or boastful, etc (I Corinthians 13 and also the life of Jesus shows all these). Love prays for your friends and enemies as well - for their salvation, knowledge of truth, and general well being. Love does not pray for your fellow humans to die, left right and center like we see some people do these days. It's crazy!
People may hide their sins or hide their true character but no one can hide anything from God. Also, you may not be able to hide your true nature, character and godliness (or ungodliness) from your family. If you want to know whether someone is of God, please go ask their spouse and children and brothers, sisters, parents, close colleagues at work, etc. If these people do not see your LOVE - the divine character manifest through you, something is always wrong. An individual may pretend before the public. But it's not that easy to pretend before close family members and close business associates.
Love has the total transformative power to break the yoke of sin and shatter to nothingness, the shackles of iniquity. Love, manifesting through you, has the power to bring peace of mind and tranquility of spirit to other people. Love is an action word. DC Talk puts it this way, "Love is a verb." It is a revelation of the divine love, understood and accepted by the human heart and then admitted into the human heart that brings salvation to the soul of that human being. Please, note that the individual does not need to have a very deep understanding of God’s love in the beginning in order to be saved. But at least, there has to be some form of understanding of God’s love otherwise, it would be very difficult for that individual to surrender all to God.
Also, it is a deeper and growing understanding of agape (divine love, divine character) that takes us to higher and higher levels of spiritual power, authority and maturity. Hallelujah! Hosanna! Hallelujah!
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