Tag Archive | For God so loved the world

Joshua 1:5 ” I will never leave you nor forsake you.”

It’s happened to all of us…someone who we think is a trustworthy friend betrays us.  While it hurts and humiliates us, we can also learn from it.  We can either decide to put up an emotional wall…letting no one on the other side, and self-isolating ourselves from the world.  Or we can take the lessons we’ve learned and look to our heavenly Father to reestablish that lost trust.  It says in Deuteronomy 7:9, “…your God is God; He is the faithful God keeping His covenant of love…”  Our God is reliable.  He will never abandon or turn His back on us.  Within Him is no deception…for He is steadfast and worthy of all our trust.

II Thessalonians 2: 16-17 ” May our Lord Jesus Christ Himself and God our Father, Who loved us and by His grace gave us eternal encouragement and good hope, encourage your hearts and strengthen you in every good deed and word.”

The Lord would like you to know that you are loved.  You are valued and precious in His sight.  Regardless of where you come from…how notorious your background may be, or how far you’ve walked away from Him…Jesus loves you.  You may say to yourself, “No one can love me…I’m too bad of a person.”  But you don’t know the Lord, and if you would just take a peek into His Word,  you’d see that all of Scripture is a love letter to you.  It’s written just for you,  to encourage and exhort…to strengthen and establish and allow you to become the very best person you can be.  By His wonderful grace – God’s loving kindness towards you –  there is the forgiveness of sins and reconciliation back to your Heavenly Father.  There’s no need to walk out this life alone with feelings of isolation and loneliness…Jesus loves you,  just as you are, right where you are today.

John 17: 25-26 ” Righteous Father, though the world does not know You, I know You, and they know that You have sent Me. I have made You known to them, and will continue to make You known in order that the love You have for Me may be in them and that I Myself may be in them. “

God so loved the world that He gave us His Son, Jesus Christ.  This overwhelming love was evidenced by Him sending Jesus to die for our sinful world…placing such unwarranted value on us, though we certainly didn’t deserve it.  What we deserved was God’s wrath and judgment…but what we received was the sacrificial lamb of Jesus… Who died in our place.

I Chronicles 16:23 ” Sing to the Lord, all the earth; proclaim His salvation day after day.”

When was the last time you actually thanked God for saving you?  When was the last time you expressed profound gratitude and appreciation  for delivering your soul from the guilt and punishment of sin?  If it’s been a while, then take the time right now to stop and thank Him.  But as important… when was the last time you told someone else about Jesus?   Isaiah 52:7 exclaims, “How beautiful on the mountains are the feet of those who bring good news, who proclaim peace, who bring good tidings, who proclaim salvation, who say to Zion, ‘Your God reigns!”  Telling someone the Good News of Jesus isn’t hard if you can imagine it this way…you’re simply a beggar telling another beggar where they can get bread.

Colossians 4:2 ” Devote yourselves to prayer, being watchful and thankful.”

As a Christian we live two lives.  One is our inner life…or our vertical life.  This is our very intimate relationship with our Heavenly Father and consists of prayer and Bible study.  This vertical life is spent getting to know God.  The other is our outer life…or our horizontal life.  This is our  relationship with others as an ambassador  for Christ.  It consists of being the hands and feet of Jesus.  This horizontal life is spent showing the love of God to the unloved and unlovely.  Both are vitally important and interdependent on each other…for both are necessary to a vibrant and growing Christian walk.  Our vertical relationship with Christ sparks us to reach out horizontally to others with His love… which sends us back to Him to be refilled…only to be again compelled to reach out for Him.

John 15:12 ” My command is this: Love each other as I have loved you.”

Jesus loves us with an unconditional love…it has no bounds…no restrictions.  But can we love each other in the same way?  Maybe it can be in what we don’t do  that can show the love of Christ more effectively to those around us.  Instead of yelling in anger and frustration at the kids…we don’t.  Instead of becoming upset and disappointed with a co-worker…we don’t.  Instead of allowing discouragement and despair to break apart our marriage…we don’t.  For sometimes the greatest way to demonstrate God’s love to others… is in what we don’t do.

House Rules – If it cries…love it.

If there are young people in your house,  you probably either formally, or informally have House Rules.  Principles that help maintain order, routine, and guidance for everyone within the household.  The same goes for the Body of Christ.  This House Rule – If it cries…love it,  takes it context from II Corinthians 1:3-4,   “Praise be to the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, the Father of compassion and the God of all comfort, who comforts us in all our troubles, so that we can comfort those in any trouble with the comfort we ourselves have received from God.”   He is the God of all comfort…extending mercy, love and encouragement to us in our times of crisis and pain.  And in that, we learn how to pattern and demonstrate that same love to others.