Compiled from an earlier essay. To work for God you first have to HAVE God.
What man needs to do to live a life of love and be participant in the divine nature, man needs to LOVE.
What is wrong with man? He needs to recognise the contradiction within himself. That he is less than he could be, less than he needs to be. He needs to listen to that which says this, and also to the information that tells him how he can be better than this.
The fundamental problem is he sees himself as less than adequate. He needs assurance that he is ok, that the fear within is unfounded. Firstly he needs to see a reason for his fears, and then needs to see a way out of them.
“We love because He first loved us”. This explains everything. That we cannot, of ourselves, become capable of expressing the divine and harmonious nature that gives us peace, because of inner turmoil and unanswered questions.
We have to be introduced to the divine nature acting on our behalf, FOR US. “If God be for us, who can be against us?” Anything less than the expression of love is inadequate, will fail. This love has firstly acted to express itself towards us, so we might recognise and benefit by it. So we might surrender ourselves to it in order to be a part of it, and it of us.
We need to trust in OTHER THAN OURSELVES in order to gain self trust. Those who are looking for an answer will recognise it in Jesus. What man needs to do to be eternally secure is to LOVE. Love removes turmoil and inserts peace.
We recognise our position and place in this world as being that which prepares us for the next. Only by being a part of the next, while still existing in the present, can we fulfil our destinies and that of those around us. Greater is He who is in you than he who is in and of the world.
What is wrong with man? Lack of vision, lack of understanding, lack of knowledge that this temporary world is only here to introduce us to the permanent one. Man who is in darkness needs to seek light, in full knowledge that darkness has been rendered powerless to hold you in blindness. [The light has found you].
At anytime you can have inner peace, because peace like love, can exist in its own right, and for its own sake. Because He first loved us, we can continue in his ongoing love. “And so we have come to know and rely on the love he has for us”. The ‘normal’ state of regenerated man is that of God’s love for us.