Wednesday, March 2, 2016

God's Agape Love > All This World Has To Offer

You know mere talk is cheap, but God proved His love.  Sure he did.  He proved it out in the open--you matter to him!
“God demonstrates his own love for us in this: while we were still sinners, Christ died for us” (Rom. 5:8 niv). 
Ever been rejected. I’ve got a friend downtown who is really hurting this week. he came home a couple nights ago to find that His wife was all packed up and headed out the door. The divorce papers arrived today telling him to show up in count. Lots of grief and pain. 
He’s got a counselor now and we’ve been praying together daily. Perhaps you’ve been rejected in life.. by a parent, by a boss, by a son, daughter, girlfriend or boyfriend. So sorry about that. Just know that when people walk out, Christ walks in.. if you’ll let him enter.
The Bible talks about us being created, “To the praise of the glory of His grace, wherein He hath made us accepted in His Beloved.” Ephesians 1:6#JesusWasRejected #HeAcceptsYou  
And Jesus affirmed his love in John 3:16, “For God so loved the world that He gave His only begotten Son, that whoever believes in Him should not perish but have everlasting life.” 
But hey there, Buckeroo, it wasn’t just the world God loved; it was YOU. And me too. Paul wrote, God “loved me and gave Himself for me!” (Gal. 2:20 nkjv). You are no mistake. He has a good plan for your life–wants to save, bless and use you. 
Get in the flow of His Spirit of love--it's like a mighty river headed in the right direction. 
The last thing God wants is to send any person male or female – who is deeply loved by Him and made in His own image – to that real place called Hell. That’s why He sent Jesus to live a perfect life, to die a perfect death on the cross for our sins, and then to rise from the dead. Wants you to choose life!
Knowing, walking with and sharing Christ can be fun. Ever start out on empty and then ended on full--full of JOY. It's common for believers! Proverbs 11:25 tells us that “those who refresh others will themselves be refreshed” (nlt).
Jesus said, “You didn’t choose Me. I chose you. I appointed you to go and produce lasting fruit” ~ John 15:16 nlt
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