How to make Romans 8:28 more effective for you
The Apostle Paul wrote in book of Romans 8:28:
' And we know that in all things God works for the good of those who love him, who have been called according to his purpose.' (Good News Translation) ' 'And we know that all things work together for good to them that love God, to them who are the called according to his purpose.'
(New King James Version) The above mentioned verse is often confessed and mentioned in the lips of believers but what does Romans 8:28 really mean? And how to really get Romans 8:28 to work for you? In both versions the Bible clearly says that if we love God and if we are called to his purpose, then everything shall work for our good. If it is the case, then why certain things seem to work against some of us? Why some life torrents seem to decimate the lives of many believers? Let's analyze the verse: 'What does loving God' means? Jesus once said: 'If you love me, you will obey my commandments' (John 14:15)
'If anyone loves me, he will obey my word...(John 14:23) From the above verses quoted by Jesus, we can only conclude that someone who truly loves God, is a person who hears God's commands and obeys them. The person who obeys to everything God tells him/her to do, is someone who loves God.
Maybe somebody reading this post might think of me as a legalistic author, but I am not. On the contrary, I am totally Biblical.
Here is the proof:
'Not everyone who says to me, 'Lord, Lord,' will enter the kingdom of heaven, but only the one who does the will of my Father who is in heaven. (Matthew 7:21) The words above are mentioned by Jesus Himself and it clearly shows the greater importance placed on being a doer rather than a cheap talker. Talk is easy. Anyone can go around and profess to love God. 'Doing the will of God' is the one thing proving that you love God. And if you obey Him then all things, and I mean all things, shall work for your good. The Righteous is a person preoccupied with doing the will of God.