The Bible relates in Genesis 1:27 that we are created in the image of God. The image that we see, hear, touch and feel seems so far from God at times. Unless of course we are self-righteous and are the judge, critic and condemner of all our kind. We need not be overly religious to be self-righteous, however it is considered a trait of the religious person almost exclusively.
It is so easy to look at other peoples sin rather than take the long hard look at ourselves. Perhaps this is how denominations were first born. Through conflict, condemnation, criticism and anger. This is not a good foundation for Love which is really what God is all about and what every human being needs, whether we be male or female. Human love is flawed and born out of our own self interest and selfishness. It is a need that consumes us from birth and continues until we are pushing up daisies.
Love covers sins so the bible implies in many a place (Prov. 10:12, James 5:20, 1Peter 4:8).
Here is a good article on WHAT DOES IT MEAN "TO COVER?"
So bottom line God loves us John 3:16 and perhaps if we are completely honest with ourselves and with God. That we truly want to believe in Jesus Christ, because we want to have eternal life, and to selfishly want eternal life. We must understand that our basic human nature is selfish and if we can admit that, then we can turn (repent) from it (selfishness) and have the promise of eternal life. along with a new love that comes not from ourselves but from God.
Now imagine God's love lives in you!
Would you have to pretend to love or would it be outrageous and contagious?
The Lord bless and keep you;
The Lord make His face shine upon you,
And be gracious to you;
The Lord lift up his countenance upon you,
And give you peace.
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