Friday, February 11, 2011

The Love of the Father

“The Father loves the Son and has placed everything in his hands.

Whoever believes in the Son has eternal life,

but whoever rejects the Son will not see life, for God’s

wrath remains on him.” John 4:35-36 NIV

Jesus has the same authority as God. God gave the Son all the power He has.

These words encourage me. Jesus has the full capabilities of His Father the ability to heal, to comfort and to intervene in difficult circumstances of people’s lives.

God chose to do this because of His love for Jesus. We can’t fully know how great the Father’s love is for His Son or for us until we are united with Him in heaven.

I find this love of God for His children to be awesome, magnificent, wonderful and very special. As I edit this, I wait for a phone call from our son. He’s seeking employment in an area of our state where he once lived and worked. Because of the economy, I know this is a tenuous thing to do. But, I know God has watched over our son since he was formed. I know God will do what Son needs to find work. I have prayed, I have asked others to pray. But, I know whatever happens; God will be there for us. He will comfort us and aid us as we wait for the right place for our son.

God had something better in mind for our son. As I post this, he is in the process of preparing to relocate to another state. He has a job, the best one he has ever had. We, his dad and I are very thankful.

Wednesday, February 9, 2011

God’s Demonstration of His Love

“But God demonstrates his love for us in this:

While we were still sinners, Christ died for us.”

Romans 5:8 (NIV)

How often do we ponder the innocence of Jesus? He epitomizes the meaning of the word ‘innocent.’ He was the only one to walk this earth whose life contained no sin.

Why would a perfect person want to associate with the likes of lazy, mean-mouthed, angry people? His Father made us. That Father loves us. Jesus loves us, also.

It is this for this same reasoning that Jesus chose to give His life for us. Hymn writers have penned hymns to God that speak of His great love for us.

We 21st Century believers have the opportunity to reach out to those who have yet to know Jesus with His love. Our motive is our love for Jesus and for the Father.

Monday, February 7, 2011

“Because of His Mercy”

“. . . when the kindness and love of God our Savior appeared, he saved us, not because of righteous things we had done, but because of his mercy. He saved us through the washing of rebirth and renewal by the Holy Spirit. Titus 3:4-5 (NIV)

When Jesus enters our hearts and saves us it is not because of anything we do. We can’t do any righteous thing to get God’s attention. No one is good enough, pure enough, intelligent enough, or rich enough to ‘pass the test’ to enter the Kingdom.

God allows us to become a part of His family because of His mercy. When He extends it, we don’t receive what we deserve. We all deserve to be placed in the nether region, the realm of the devil.

How much mercy does God have? I don’t know if anyone has ever quantified it. Let’s think about this for a moment. His love for us overlooks every bad thought we have ever had. It excuses each misspoken word we ever uttered. He forgives each wrong action we do. He also forgives us for our not doing what we should. He does this because of His great love for each of us.

Yet, he holds us accountable for these sins. He waits for us to ask His forgiveness. He awaits our apology because of His great mercy.

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