There are many teachings on the story of Abraham in the Bible, but there are not enough teachings about his heart posture to love. We all know that Abraham was a man of faith, and if you don’t already know that, I encourage you to read his story. His faith is important. However, there is something deeper within Abraham. It’s a truth that I feel has been too often overlooked. In Romans 4:16-25 The Word touches on a characteristic of Abraham that ties his faith, his good works, and his hope altogether.
He loved selflessly. Abraham was promised a son at 100 years of age (near to the age of death), and he was told that his sons and daughters would receive inheritance through him, and would be blessed through him. He wasn’t thinking about himself when he chose to believe in Gods promises. Romans 4:19 says “He did not weaken in faith when he considered his own body, which was as good as dead (since he was about a hundred years old), or when he considered the barrenness of Sarah’s womb.”
Sure, his faith was unshaken, praise God! But, his faith was active due to his love for God and for those who would come after him. Abraham was thinking about his sons and daughters for generations to come and believed that God would do all of what He said. He was thinking about you and me! Love was the match that set his faith ablaze.
Abraham is proof that a heart like that of Jesus, is indeed possible to obtain. The world argues that we all fall short (which is true) but we are called to live out the whole truth, not just one verse! When we are given a new heart we are also given God’s promised Holy Spirit who directs us in the way of love, truth, and righteousness. We are FREE from sin, that means we don’t have to sin! We have Jesus as our strength in times of temptation. There is no arguing with this truth because it says several times throughout scripture that we are called to live and love like Jesus did (and still does, because He is alive!) God calls us to do what is “impossible” because with Him all things are possible. It is possible to live after the ways Jesus, but not without Him.
Also, might I point out that The Word says “My children, I write this to you so that you will not sin. But if you do sin, you have an advocate with The Father- Jesus Christ, The righteous one.” – 1 John 2:1. Notice how it says if and not when. Jesus didn’t die so we could sin and get away with it. He died so that His spirit would come upon us all, in order to lead us away from sin. He hung sin on His cross. When we sin, we may as well hang Him there all over again. Do not be deceived, brothers and sisters. Yes, God loves us, but we are called to live like Jesus, not like satan.
I am amazed at the love that Abraham has for God, and for Gods people. There is so much to learn from this story, and I pray that whoever you are, you will open up your bible, read the story and seek God for more revelation. His mysteries are being revealed all over the world to those who diligently seek Him. God bless you and your journey with The Truth.
Be encouraged by this: Selfless love is a real thing. It exists even in this broken world.