My family in Christ,
Over the past few months this text has been examined by a number of bloggers.  One of my Bible readings today has highlighted something which I feel I should share with you. The passage from Matthew’s Gospel reads:
“Not everyone who says to Me, ‘Lord, Lord,’ shall enter the kingdom of heaven, but he who does the will of My Father in heaven. Many will say to Me in that day, ‘Lord, Lord, have we not prophesied in Your name, cast out demons in Your name, and done many wonders in Your name?’ And then I will declare to them, ‘I never knew you; depart from me, you who practice lawlessness'” (NKJV).
Many may see this as a negative statement within a mainly positive and hope-inspiring Sermon on the Mount. And to be honest I felt the same way. However, I have just read a passage in 1 John which I believe can help us better interpet it:
“Beloved, let us love one another, for love is of God; and everyone who loves is born of God and knows God. He who does not love does not know God, for God is love. In this the love of God was manifested toward us, that God has sent His only begotten Son into the world, that we might live through Him. In this is love, not that we loved God, but that He loved us and sent His Son to be the propitiation for our sins“ (4:7-10).
God did what He did out of love for us. Love is an extremely powerful emotion, and I believe it is such because it is the highest and most intense feeling a person can have. It is so pwerful and overwhelming that the actions of the one who walks in the ways of love will change because of the force of this emotive happiness. Thus, as God loved us and sent us His Son, we must strive to give our all and love Him in return.
I never expected to refer to this passage so much, but now that God has opened my eyes to true love I will probably keep on doing so. We can prophesy all we want, and tirelessly seek to love and feed the neglected created creatures (cf Mk 6:37a); but to do so without loving God is meaningless (cf. 1 Cor. 13). Thus those who fail in this regard shall be barred from Paradise.
God bless you.
 Including KNOWING THE TIME, because what’s coming matters, Reading Acts, Michelle Stokes and Humble Servant: A Tried Stone. I also recommend watching this video by Michelle Stokes. Michelle is deeply passionate about God, Hiss love and mercy and the way in which every created person needs to respond to this. I find her videos to be such an inspiration! I hope you do, too 🙂