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Monday, August 22, 2016

GOD’S LOVE FOR YOU

ROMANS 8:38-39 New Living Translation
“And I am convinced that nothing can ever separate us from God’s love. Neither death nor life, neither angels nor demons, neither our fears for today nor our worries about tomorrow—not even the powers of hell can separate us from God’s love. No power in the sky above or in the earth below—indeed, nothing in all creation will ever be able to separate us from the love of God that is revealed in Christ Jesus our Lord.”
       Love is a powerful force.  True love can overcome all obstacles. What is love? By dictionary definition it’s a strong feeling of affection and concern toward another person.  Another portion of the same definition involves sexual attraction.  It also mentions God:  A feeling of devotion or adoration toward God or a god.  It tells us of God’s love for us:  A feeling of kindness or concern by God or a god toward humans. Thus says the word of man. It’s interesting to me that while God is mentioned, the term ‘a god’ is included. Not being a Christian document, I would expect no less.  Man’s definition is weak and non-specific.  We only need to look to Paul’s first letter to the Corinthian church to find God’s clear, concise and very specific definition of love. 
       Love is patient and kind. Love is not jealous or boastful or proud or rude. It does not demand its own way. It is not irritable, and it keeps no record of being wronged. It does not rejoice about injustice but rejoices whenever the truth wins out. Love never gives up, never loses faith, is always hopeful, and endures through every circumstance.” (1 Corinthians 13:4-7)  That is a definition that gives us guidelines regarding how we are to act toward our spouses, our children, our friends and our fellow man.  It is also a picture of how God loves us.  Paul tells the Roman believers that nothing can come between God and his love for us.  He loved us into existence in our mother’s womb and hasn’t stopped, nor will he ever stop loving us.
       There may be those who are reading this right now who don’t feel loved.  You may be a believer in Christ or perhaps not, but the same applies to all who feel lost and without hope.  Reach out to God.  Ask him to show you a sign of his love for you.  Although Christ on the cross should be sign enough, at times we may need something current and in the now to give us a jolt of reality that God is real and so is his love for us. Christianity isn’t man reaching up to God, but rather God reaching down to man.  No matter what you are facing this day, trust in the love God has for you to lift you out of your situation and place you on your feet again.  If you have to wait for his answer, don’t doubt him or his love, simply know he is working on it and will give it to you when he knows you need it most.  Until next time, walk with the King and be a blessing!

Resource:  The Life Application Study Bible; published by Tyndale House.

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