When times are bad or when people are going through rough place, Romans 8:28 is often recited or used to help with the situation. And when quoted, it is often quoted like this – “I know all things work together for my good!” And that sounds great. And if that was the extent of the scripture, it would be absolutely fantastic. But, it isn’t the extent of the scripture – there is a bit more. The whole verse says – (NKJV)28 And we know that all things work together for good to those who love God, to those who are the called according to His purpose. Many of the promises of God aren’t blanket promises covering anybody and everybody. Many of His promises end with “to those who love Him” or “to those who keep His commandments”. And, let’s be honest, not everyone does – not everybody loves Him and many who say they do, don’t keep His commandments. God clearly says in His Word that if you love Him, you’ll keep His commandments. So He uses obedience to His Word as a “love gauge”. As we begin a new year, let’s all re-assess our love for God. And we can gauge our love for God by our obedience to His Word. And if we hit the mark on the love gauge, we can enjoy all His promises!
James 1:12 (NKJV) – 12 Blessed is the man who endures temptation; for when he has been approved, he will receive the crown of life which the Lord has promised to those who love Him.
James 2:5 (NKJV) – 5 Listen, my beloved brethren: Has God not chosen the poor of this world to be rich in faith and heirs of the kingdom which He promised to those who love Him?
1 Corinthians 2:9 (NKJV) – 9 But as it is written: “Eye has not seen, nor ear heard, Nor have entered into the heart of man The things which God has prepared for those who love Him.”
Deuteronomy 7:9 (NKJV) – 9 Therefore know that the LORD your God, He is God, the faithful God who keeps covenant and mercy for a thousand generations with those who love Him and keep His commandments;
Exodus 20:6 (NKJV) – 6 but showing mercy to thousands, to those who love Me and keep My commandments.
Psalm 91:14-16 (NKJV) – 14 “Because he has set his love upon Me, therefore I will deliver him; I will set him on high, because he has known My name. 15 He shall call upon Me, and I will answer him; I will be with him in trouble; I will deliver him and honor him. 16 With long life I will satisfy him, And show him My salvation.”
John 14:15, 21, 23 (NKJV) – 15 “If you love Me, keep My commandments.”….. 21″ He who has My commandments and keeps them, it is he who loves Me.”…… 23″ Jesus answered and said to him, “If anyone loves Me, he will keep My word;.”