This brochure is an absolute must have. If there is one brochure that will make the biggest impact, I believe this is it. How can people find eternal life if they don’t know what God expects of them? Inspire the masses to love God by reading the Word, repenting–with true sorrow–and amending their sinful ways for a life of joy and a blissful life forever with Christ.
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“If you love me you will keep my commandments” (John 14:15).
We are all given just one life and it is to come to know, love and serve God. We need to learn what God expects of us so we can fulfill His plan for our lives. When our time in exile is over—our test has come to an end—then we will know how to choose God over our sins so we can spend eternity with Our Lord in Heaven. We must “work with anxious concern to achieve your [our] salvation” (Philippians 2:12).
“He became the source of eternal life for all who obey him” (Hebrews 5:9).
What Are God’s Commands?
All throughout the Old and New Testament God tells us we must love Him with ALL of our heart, soul, mind and strength (cf. Deuteronomy 6:5). He tells us that is the “greatest commandment” (Matthew 22:38). Sadly, the Bible also tells us that “few” (Matthew 7:14) succeed in really loving God.
Loving God is the fullness of everything God asks of us in the Word (Bible) which is the way to eternal life. “Teacher, what must I do to inherit eternal life?…You shall love the Lord, your God, with all your heart, with all your being, with all your strength, and with all your mind, and your neighbor as yourself” (Luke 10:25-28). That is all God requires of us…that we love Him and not our sin. Horribly, most people don’t even contemplate whether they are loving God or not by their actions. If we truly believe in Him, we will love Him (obey Him). Yet, unfortunately, so many of us love many of our sins and choose them over obeying God. Many of us don’t read the Word to even accept God’s help—His directions on how we are to live—to guide us towards loving Him properly in order to obtain a life of joy and eternal bliss with Him.
Sin Offends God – Love God – Hate Sin – Don’t Continue to Sin – Change
Know Our Sins – So We Can Amend Them
Sin offends God; it is an abomination of love. It caused Jesus’ indescribable anguish on the cross, and wounds His Sacred Heart in Heaven as He longs for us to bless Him and not scourge Him by our sinfulness. We commit many many offenses against God every day. To truly love God, we need to come to know our sins, in order to work towards rejecting them, so we can stop offending the One we are to love.
Therefore, we must read the Word to bring to the forefront of our conscience what God expects of us. By examining our choices through prayer, God can enlighten us to know where we have failed to love as Christ has loved so we can conform to His ways.
When we read the Word, we may be confused as to what Jesus wants of us, for example, the Word says “Do not love the world or the things of the world” (1 John 2:15-17). If we don’t understand, what that means, that doesn’t mean we aren’t responsible to live out that command. To clear up any confusion ask a knowledgeable priest, read the Catechism of the Catholic Church or a book by a saint to learn correctly what the Word means, so we can work towards living it. We must live all of what the Word asks of us…not just what we agree with or understand. Loving God is loving all of Him and since Jesus is the Word ( cf. John 1:14 ), we must obey all of the Word in order to fully love God.
God loves us, But do We Love God?
Many think they don’t really need to work hard to obey all of what God commands since God loves them, and they think they will be saved through that alone. Of course, it is true God loves each one of us deeply and wants us in Heaven with Him. But unknown to most, it is we who choose sin (Hell) over God’s love (heaven). It is WE WHO DON’T TRULY LOVE HIM when we don’t sincerely desire to stop hurting Him with our sins which pushes away His life saving Mercy—His sanctifying grace—that is needed to be saved (cf. Ephesians 2:8).
We can’t run to God, hoping for forgiveness, and “say” we are sorry for our sins, if we don’t even make the time to know what our sins are; if we don’t even make time to read the Word daily, if we don’t make the effort to examine our conscience every day to know where we have fallen, or if we neglect to sincerely strive to “sin no more” (John 8:11), that is false sorrow.
Do We Have True Sorrow?
If we want eternal life we need true sorrow. True sorrow is proven by our actions. Those who truly love God don’t want to offend Him by a single sin. They are sorry for all of them, not just this sin or that sin. They work daily to “be perfect as our heavenly Father is perfect” (Matthew 5:48). The truly sorrowful detest their sins and have a real resolve to not sin again. (CCC #1451). Therefore, everyone who truly loves God must strive to love God perfectly. A person doesn’t necessarily need to succeed in loving God perfectly, but they do need to honestly desire to never offend God and have a real plan, a working effort, towards that goal. That is true sorrow and proof of our true love for God.
Some of God’s Do’s and Don’ts
So many people have been incorrectly taught how to love God and obtain eternal life; but it is written in the Word, taught correctly in the Catechism of the Catholic Church and by the saints. Therefore, we need to seek out the truth as to not be led astray by others who— unbeknownst to them—are guiding people onto the path of darkness. The following are just some of God’s commands (see verses mentioned)—as listed in the Bible that we must try our best to follow in order to truly love the Lord:
- Do Love God with all of your heart, soul, mind and strength and your neighbor as yourself (Matthew 22:36-40)
- Don’t love any sin/refuse to amend your ways (commit idolatry) (1 Timothy 6:10)
Don’t be lukewarm (claim to be a Christian but not live your faith), lazy, greedy, take what isn’t yours (Revelation 3:16; Proverbs 13:4; 2 Corinthians 9:7 )
- Do follow God’s will for all moments of your life and not live for your own desires (Matthew 7:21)
- Don’t have sexual relations outside of marriage (commit fornication), lack sexual self-control within-or-out of marriage, commit adultery, or divorce (1 Corinthians 6:9; Galatians 5:19-21; Matthew 5:32)
- Don’t commit unnatural sexual behaviors (homosexual, sodomite, effeminate, etc.) (Leviticus 20:13; Jude 1:7; 1 Corinthians 6:9-10)
- Don’t behave in the slightest way impure, immoral, or lustful (dressing in-modestly, thinking, acting, watching, reading, speaking or desiring impurity) (Galatians 5:19-21; Ephesians 5:3-5; 1 Timothy 1:10; 1 Thessalonians 4:3-5)
More of God’s Commands to Guide Us to a Life of Joy
- Don’t think pridefully (not knowing one’s own errors, losing sight by focusing on how they have obeyed & possess knowledge instead of learning where they have failed and need God’s mercy (Proverbs 16:5)
- Do bless those who curse you and pray for those who abuse you, love everyone as Christ has loved us, understand and have patience, don’t complain (Luke 6:28; John 15:12; Philippians 2:14)
- Do praise God for your crosses, trust in God that He loves you and is guiding you to eternal life through each circumstance in life and will make everything good if we believe, never worry (Proverbs 3:5; 1 Thessalonians 5:18)
- Do deny yourself (sacrifice worldly pleasures), pick up your cross (don’t complain or worry-trust), and follow Jesus (obey His Word) (Matthew 16:24)
- Don’t use the Lord’s name in vain, gossip, lie, kill, speak profanely, act/think jealously, envy what others have, rashly judge others, dis-honor your parents or elders (Exodus 20:7; Matthew 7:1-6; Exodus 23:1; Colossians 3:8; James 1:19-20; James 4:2-3; 1 Peter 5:1-14; Ephesians 6:1)
- Don’t become angry at others, speak or act disrespectfully, hate, have unforgiveness, make arguments, fight, abuse others, speak poorly of others, take advantage (Matthew 5:22, Colosians 3:8; 1 John 3:15; Mark 11:25, James 4:11-12)
- Do go to Church every Sunday and pray to God unceasingly (Acts 20:7; 1 Thessalonians 5:17)
- Do strive to be perfect as your heavenly Father is perfect (Matthew 5:48)
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