Gods love

God's Love Made Manifest

We have all sinned and fall short of the glory of God, and God has told us that the wages (cost) of this sin is death.  Yet, God does not want us to die, He has great love for us.  In fact, while we were still sinners, Christ died for us.  This is how God shows His love for us!  

(Romans 3:23, 5:8, 6:23)

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It is amazing to me that God loves us this much!  God owns everything, “…the world and it’s fullness are mine.” (Psalm 50:12b) He owns all things and has an abundance of created things with which He can do with what He pleases; and yet, He chose to sacrifice the one thing that He did not have in abundance.  “For God so loved the world, that he gave his only Son, that whoever believes in him should not perish but have eternal life.” (John 3:16) He gave His “only” Son.  God’s love is sacrificial.  God did not give out of His abundance to forgive our sins, instead He gave Himself!

Do you know that you are loved by God 1 John 4:8-10, 1 Peter 2:24, Hebrews 12:2-3, Philippians 2:8, 1 Corinthians 1:18, Hebrews 2:9, Psalm 30:12

The one who does not love does not know God, for God is love. By this the love of God was manifested in us, that God has sent His only begotten Son into the world so 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! He himself bore our sins, in his body on the cross, so that we might die to sins and live for righteousness; “by his wounds you have been healed!”   Look to Jesus beloved, He is the founder and perfecter of our faith, and for the joy that was set before him endured the cross, despising the shame, and is seated at the right hand of the throne of God.  Consider Him, love Him and look to Him who endured from sinners such hostility against himself, so that you may not grow weary or fainthearted.

And being found in appearance as a man, He humbled himself by becoming obedient to death– even death on a cross!  God’s Word tells us that the message of the cross is foolishness to those who are perishing, but to us who are being saved it is the power of God!  Are you asking for His power in your life or are you trying to do things in your own power?

But we do see Jesus, who was made lower than the angels for a little while, now crowned with glory and honor because He suffered death, so that by the grace of God He might taste death for everyone.  That my glory may sing your praise and not be silent.

    O Lord my God, I will give thanks to you forever!

Written by Jamie Shaver

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God Loves Because He Loves!

What can we do to earn God’s love? That never works when we try to transfer our human ways of earning love and rewards to the Lord. As the heavens are higher than the earth, so are His ways higher than ours! Praise God!

He loves because He loves. He does not love because of anything, it’s who He is, it is His very nature. He does not change. God is Good!

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John 3:16 in BOLD below says it all: words in brackets added for emphasis of God’s great love.

For God {the greatest good}

so loved {the greatest action}

the world {the greatest need}

that He gave {the greatest example}

His only begotten Son, {the greatest sacrifice}*

that whoever {the greatest invitation}

believes in Him {the greatest response}

should not perish {the greatest horror}

but have everlasting life {the greatest gift}.

*note that God did not give out of His surplus. He gave the only limited thing He had....Himself.

I pray that today you are certain you have accepted this invitation to believe in His son, and receive the gift of eternal life. How have you experienced God’s love?

Written by Jamie Shaver

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Words We Need to Hear…and Believe!

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“God loves you!” You’ve likely heard those words many times in your life.But what do they really mean to you?Do you reallybelieve that God loves you? I didn’t until I was a counselor at a church youth camp and a teenage boy spoke those words directly to me. I’d just met him that week, and after a prayer session he came up to me and looked me in the eyes and said, “The Holy Spirit just told me to come and tell you how much God loves you.” They were personal and life-giving words I’d longed to hear. I believe they are words we all desperately need to hear. Even more importantly, we need to believe and know in our hearts that God really does love us.

Most children raised in the church can readily recite the well-known song, “Jesus loves me this I know, for the Bible tells me so.” Knowing those words in your head and believing them in your heart are two totally different things.We may believe that refrain when we are young, but as we grow older and know we’ve sinned against God by disobeying His commands, we easily believe Satan’s lie that God can’t possibly love us. It’s easy to be deceived into thinking that God’s love is based upon our performance rather than God’sinfinite goodness. We often make His love about us rather than about Him.

The more we listen to Satan’s lies, the greater the distance we keep from God.We quit reading the Bible, praying, and having fellowship with other believers because we are afraid to draw near to God.We are afraid that we are going to be chastised; that He is going to “hit us over the head” with our sin. Our sin is ever before us until we confess it. Until we do, we’ll think that is all that God sees when He looks at us.

I hope you too are comforted by these words from Romans 5:6-8:

“…God demonstrates His own love toward us, in that while we were yet sinners, Christ died for us (italics added).”

God as the perfect Father loves His children because they are His, not because of what they do or don’t do. If you’ve received the gift of salvation He offers to all who believe in the redemptive work He did on the cross, rest assured you are His beloved child. He longs to be close to you; He longs to speak words of love to you.

“Draw near to God and He will draw near to you.“ James 4:8

When you take the time to draw near to Him, you’ll be able to hear the words He desires to speak over you. They are words of love and encouragement, as well as words of conviction, which also are always based upon His love for you. Words that if you take them to heart will transform your life.

If you long to hear God’s words of love to you, I encourage you to:

1) Get in a quiet place where there are no distractions.

2) Set aside enough time to really listen to God without being in a hurry.

3) Ask God to reveal to you what His heart is toward you.

4) Meditate on the following scriptures: *

Zephaniah 3:17“The Lord your God in your midst, The Mighty One, will save; He will rejoice over you with gladness; He will quiet you with His love; He will rejoice over you with singing.”

Psalm 33: 18 “But the eyes of the Lord are on those who fear him, on those whose hope is in his unfailing love.”

Psalm 86:5 “You, Lord, are forgiving and good, abounding in love to all who call to you.”

Isaiah 54:10 Though the mountains be shaken and the hills be removed, yet my unfailing love for you will not be shaken nor my covenant of peace be removed,says the Lord, who has compassion on you.

5) Thank Him for His unfailing love and ask Him to continue to make it real to you.

*You also may wish to do a word study by searching for scriptures with the words: kindness; loving kindness, and/or God’s love

Written by Julie Van Gorp

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