YEAH I KNOW YOU KNOW ALL ABOUT GOD'S LOVE
Love has become so misused and misunderstood by not only the people of the world but also by believers. As you read through these bible verses about love, I pray that you will have a revelation and be reminded of what love is. Love is the ability to overcome offenses by grace. It is eliminating barriers and allowing oneself to be a light in a world surrounded by darkness. Love motivates everything God says and does.
Bible Verses About God’s Love:But God demonstrates his own love toward us, in that while we were yet sinners, Christ died for us ~ Romans 5:8
We love because He first loved us. ~1 John 4:19
Beloved, let us love one another, for love is from God; and everyone who loves is born of God and knows God. 1 John 4:7
But now faith, hope, love, abide these three; but the greatest of these is love. ~1 Corinthians 13:13
There is no fear in love; but perfect love casts out fear, because fear involves punishment, and the one who fears is not perfected in love. ~ 1 John 4:18
For God so loved the world that he gave his one and only Son, that whoever believes in him shall not perish but have eternal life. ~ John 3:16
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. ~ 1 John 4:9
Let all that you do be done in love. ~1 Corinthians 16:14
We have come to know and have believed the love which God has for us. God is love, and the one who abides in love abides in God, and God abides in him. ~ 1 John 4:16
Beyond all these things put on love, which is the perfect bond of unity. ~Colossians 3:14
When I started working more to get back to a habit of daily, personal reading I was convicted. I just felt bad about myself. The Law can do that. When you’re sinning and you read Scripture, it tends to point out the fact that you’re sinning and prick your conscience. Let’s just say my conscience has bled this year more than usual.
But then God started bringing me Peace. It may have helped that I got out of the Old Testament prophets and into the Gospels and Psalms. I should know this by now, but I wanted to forge ahead with my reading plan and it turned out that as I was reading the Old Testament prophecies of doom and condemnation upon Israel, I was feeling the weight of my sin heavily. Duh, right?
Anyway, I started by just digging into some reading plans in the YouVersion app, and that lightened things up. YouVersion offers short devotionals centered, like Headspace, on what emotions you’re dealing with at the moment. The internet is amazing like that. I got helpful spiritual guidance while nursing my baby in the dark and reading on my phone. But I had to read the right stuff.
One thing I love about the YouVersion app is that it keeps track of your days in the app, and I really didn’t want to break my streak, so I kept reading the Word. Thus, small steps toward a stronger habit.
The more I’m in the Word, the more I feel like I need it. If I want to stay on an even keel through the highs and lows of homeschooling, five kids, the newborn phase, and potty training, I need more of God’s Word in my life, not less.
This posting may be a bit long but its worth it (I think)
I don’t know about you. But as the world has been under house arrest, when we have all been grounded to our bedrooms by the universe, I begin to lack any sense of excitement. I guess that was the point of being grounded when we were children. To think about what we have done. To take some self-reflection and ask yourself why did you cut off half of your sibling’s hair? A fair question to ask, a fair time period to do some soul-searching.
But this time, the sentence was a lot longer than a weekend. And as far as we were concerned, we didn’t do anything wrong. When we were grounded for a crime of Barbie-stealing proportions, once we had said sorry, we were able to get ice cream, sit on the beach and work on our new behavior through a pleasant game of hopscotch.
But in this pandemic, in this extensive time of limitations and hurt, we have not just been forced a sabbath that has made us question our relationships, our callings, our bank accounts after a new addiction to online shopping, but we’ve also been called to be stretched in ways we never expected to be stretched in.
We usually have enough distraction in the world that instead of having to wade through something, we can find an alternative route, a new distraction and not really have to wade through an issue at all. Even death itself can be ignored for many years as I had done with the death of my father. I didn’t wade through grief, I got on with work, relationships, partying amid the search for success. It wasn’t until 6 years later that the hurt caught up with me.
And it will catch up with us. The heart is stubborn like that.
There is usually an equilibrium in the world when it comes to personal problems. It seems at any given time, 50% of us are struggling with a problem whilst the other 50% are flying high. In their euphoria, we can turn to them for strength and when the tables turn, we become their rock when life fed them new adversities. This balance of problems versus progress was a gift to all of our relationships, life was manageable and helped us overcome.
But it seems we as a world, are all facing problems at the same time. Rick Warren was recently quoted to say ‘we are all in the same storm, but we are in different boats.’ So who do we turn to when everyone is facing something? Not just something, but the same thing? They say that true character is manifested when facing pressure. It’s why the atheist watches the Christian so much more in these times, to see what you really believe in. This same problem made us all have to lookup again and lean into only Him. The true source of wisdom.
Breaking under pressure happened so much for me that I didn’t trust myself in anything remotely challenging. I avoided risks, I avoided hard careers, I avoided responsibility because I didn’t believe the best would come out of me. I think many of us as Christians can hide behind the pews in church for this reason. We hide behind the leader, or expect our pastor to come fix it. Yet, when faced with problems you can’t get out of; when you’ve deflected ownership or responsibility one too many times; when we’ve held onto pride for this long, then our fall could follow shortly.
Had I learned that the very obstacles I was avoiding were actually my greatest teacher, my greatest guide, that pain isn’t as awful as avoiding it altogether. I’d have embraced these storms a long time ago.
I had a question and i am wondering if it has been on the minds of many believers. What if God doesn’t love us all the same?
Does The Holy Spirit say “I do not love my children equally.” Surely God loves us all the same. Surely he couldn’t do something like play favorites. But the Holy Spirit went on to explain, “Same would mean one of you are replaceable…I don’t love my children equally. I love them uniquely.”
The word “unique” caught my attention so I looked up the definition: “Sole representative of.” Meaning, you are the only one who represents God the way you represent God. However, the third tier of the definition was my favorite: Without rival.
“There is no rival for your place in God’s heart. There is no rival for your place in this world.”
NO FISHING ALLOWED!
One drop of Christ’s blood is enough to wash away the sins of a billion universes.
Have you ever really looked at a Cross?
That great, central symbol of Christianity actually contains all the truth anyone could ever hope for.
It contains the truth that there is a God and that He is not just some abstraction but a personal, caring, Creator and Father. It contains the truth that He is a Father who loves us so much that He became one of us and even suffered death for us. It contains the truth that the key to life is love; the key to love is self-sacrifice; and the key to self-sacrifice is the surrender of our own will in order to do the will of the Father.
It contains the truth about the mystery of evil in the world. There is so much evil around us — criminal evil, political evil, economic evil, social evil. But the greatest evil ever committed took place right there on the Cross — the evil of the crucifixion.
This was, without question, the single most appalling act of ingratitude, deception, betrayal, depravity, obscenity, and malevolence of all time. God — the Creator of everything and everyone — was actually killed by His own creatures. The crime was not simply homicide or patricide or fratricide or even genocide. It was deicide.
No evil in life, no matter how terrible, could ever come close to the crucifixion and death of Christ.
And yet what did God manage to do with this most monstrous of all human deeds?
Out of the darkness of the crucifixion He brought forth the light of the resurrection. In a stunning and miraculous act of reversal, God turned evil on its head — redeeming mankind, elevating the human person to a divine level, making it possible for sins to be forgiven and for us to receive countless blessings during our earthly lifetime. On top of this He threw open the gates of Heaven so that one day we could all be reunited with our friends and loved ones in an eternity of happiness.
In “dying for us,” God didn’t just bring a little good out of evil. He was somehow able to bring the greatest good out of the greatest evil.
No more horrible event could have taken place than the killing of Christ. No more wonderful gift could have been given to humanity than the resurrection.
And if God was able to turn the worst kind of evil into the greatest kind of good, doesn’t that also mean that He can turn lesser kinds of evils into good as well? Doesn’t that mean He can take the bad things that happen to us in our lives and somehow transform them into blessings? This is the truth about the mystery of suffering. This is the truth about the resurrection. And this is the truth that is contained in the Cross.
But there is one other truth in the Cross we can’t ignore. And that is the truth of repentance. To meditate on the Cross is to meditate on the value of repentance. Repentance simply means being sorry for sin; and being sorry for sin entails turning away from evil and back to God. Repentance thus represents a reversal of the sin of pride — a reversal of the original sin that was committed by the devil and his demons, and by our first parents in the Garden of Eden. It is an “undoing” of our rebellious nature and a sign of true faith. Christians believe that this “turning back to God in faith” is an absolute prerequisite to entering Heaven and achieving full union with God.
Christians also believe that God has made repentance very easy for us. In fact, if you turn away from God by sinning, all you have to do is say you’re sorry and God will forgive you, no matter what the sin and no matter how many times you’ve committed it. We don’t have space here to go into the whole theology of redemption, but the bottom line is that because of Christ’s sacrifice on the Cross, God has set the bar very low when it comes to forgiving our sins. Indeed, He has already done all the “heavy” work of redemption for us. All we have to do is ask for forgiveness with sincerity — and He will grant it.
The heart of the Christian gospel is mercy.
The problem is, Satan understands the concept of forgiveness too. He isn’t stupid. He can read the Bible as well as we can. So when he goes about the business of temptation, he’s extremely aware that the person he’s trying to destroy may thwart all his plans with a simple last-minute apology. Therefore his whole strategy must turn on something else — on an effort to ensure that the person he’s tempting doesn’t repent in the first place.
That’s why a good Christian is not someone who doesn’t ever sin, but rather, someone who repents every time he does. Ultimately, the definition of a successful life is one in which we repent one more time than we sin.
Which leads us back to the Cross. If we look at a Cross every single day and do it in a sincere and serious way, it’s bound to lead us to ask God to forgive our sins. It’s bound to lead us to repentance. Look, all of us are sinners. But we’ve got to wipe the slate clean — to completely surrender ourselves to the One who gave himself up for us on the Cross. It doesn’t matter how many times we’ve committed a particular sin.
One drop of Christ’s blood is enough to wash away the sins of a billion universes.
And once that sin has been forgiven, it’s gone forever — along with all the other sins, offenses, obscenities, evils, and bad behavior of our past life — all of it gone and forgotten; dead and crucified.
That’s right — gone forever. That’s the teaching of Christianity. That’s the meaning of the cross. The Bible makes the solemn promise that once God forgives us, he “casts all our sins into the depths of the sea” (Micah 7:19).
And to that line, one spiritual writer has added: “Then God places a sign there that says: ‘No Fishing Allowed!’”
NOW FOR SOMETHING A LITTLE DIFFERENT, A LITTLE CHANGE OF PACE
A great (although a little long) testimony from Kevin Sorbo..He played hercules on TV and starred in MANY Christian movies...If you get through the first 3 minutes, and like what you hear, you will LOVE the rest...Here's the link: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=W0LyZufschg
Life with Joy and Abundance
Jesus was accused of much, but of being a grump, sourpuss, or self-centered jerk? No. People didn’t groan when he appeared. They didn’t duck for cover when he entered the room. He called them by name. He listened to their stories. He answered their questions. He visited their sick relatives and helped their sick friends. He fished with fishermen and ate lunch with the little guy and spoke words of resounding affirmation. He went to enough parties that he was criticized for hanging out with rowdy people and questionable crowds.
People were drawn to Jesus. Thousands came to hear him. Hundreds chose to follow him. They shut down their businesses and walked away from careers to be with him. His purpose statement read: “I came to give life with joy and abundance” (John 10:10 The Voice). Jesus was happy and wants us to be the same.