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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 NIV
The Lord is the giver of all life. It almost is ironic that God gave up His only son’s life to save humanity. Jesus is the embodiment of eternal life. Noone on earth gave more than He did.
We can be grateful for such an immense gift.
Perhaps we can only understand eternal life in the context of death.
My mom and I were present in the room when my dad died. We watched him take his last breath. As excruciating as it was to see one of my loved ones die, I could feel God’s peace after my dad took his last breath. My dad no longer was suffering, as he had for over 12 years from Alzheimer’s disease. It was as if my dad was shedding the shell of his body, the way a crab does when it discards its shell.
I may not understand everything about death, but one thing I believe is true: everyone who believes in Jesus can have eternal life. We have a gracious and loving Heavenly Father, and it is by grace that we have been saved. Amen.
And so we know and rely on the love God has for us. God is love. Whoever lives in love lives in God, and God in them. – 1 John 4:16 NIV
God is not only a loving God; He is the embodiment of love. When we become more like Jesus, love permeates every fiber of our being. Instead of asking God to grant a long list of things that we need from Him, we can ask Him what we can do to serve Him and show His love better.
In a world that encourages us to attract more wealth to ourselves, refocusing our attention on Jesus takes a paradigm shift.
We are not reflecting God’s love if we spend too much time noticing the flaws in others. God is the judge, and there is no reason why we would need to take that job from Him. The Lord is entirely qualified to judge the world fairly. We can divert our energies elsewhere.
When we live in love, we become more patient and kind and less critical. Amen.
“Father, I want those you have given me to be with me where I am, and to see my glory, the glory you have given me because you loved me before the creation of the world.” John 17:24 NIV
Jesus knew how to pray. Our Heavenly Father loved Jesus before He created the world, so to offer up His only son in order to save humanity was an incredible sacrifice.
A parent’s love is profound.
I thank God every day for my son, who is three years old. He brings joy to my life, and I can’t help but share every time he does something cute.
Our Heavenly Father wants to share with everyone so that they know Jesus. When we know Jesus, every aspect of our lives is better. He can give us peace like no other. Amen.
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For the Spirit God gave us does not make us timid, but gives us power, love and self-discipline. – 2 Timothy 1:7 NIV
My little boy is not timid. In fact, even though he is small for his age, he is dominant around other children. My husband and I have gone out of our way to teach our toddler to say “excuse me.” Discipline isn’t something that comes naturally. It is taught, but love comes naturally.
God helps us to share His love boldly, not timidly. When we act out of love, we build good relationships with others. When we follow God’s law, we align ourselves with His purpose for us. There is always a bigger picture that our Heavenly Father can see. Amen.
Dear friends, since God so loved us, we also ought to love one another. No one has ever seen God; but if we love one another, God lives in us and His love is made complete in us. – 1 John 4:11-12 NIV
When we take a day to rest and honor God, the busy pace of our lives slows down. We can savor our time with our friends and family. God’s love is reflected in our behavior.
When we catch ourselves saying or thinking something that isn’t kind, we can ask ourselves what Jesus would say or think.
He cares about us, and He left us with the Holy Spirit to guide and protect us. We may have moments that we struggle with, but those moments pass. We can be thankful that God is always there for us, showing us an example of what love is. Amen.
Splendor and majesty are before Him; strength and glory are in His sanctuary. – Psalms 96:6 NIV
We can’t be 100% all the time. We are human. The Lord knows that we are weak and that we need His strength. When we take time to rest from our work and glorify Him, our burnout subsides. We can heal.
There is a kind of splendor in the ordinary. In every flower and creature that God formed.
The Lord is majestic in that He took on human form to save us. Christ’s death on the cross must have been excruciating. I sometimes wonder if God the Father could have spared Jesus from the pain He endured. How humiliating it must have been to die a criminal’s death. He had the reassurance that He would rise again. He knew it beyond a shadow of a doubt. Jesus relates to our suffering because He knew what pain felt like. He endured it all for us. What an incredible sacrifice. Amen.
‘ “The Lord bless you and keep you; the Lord make His face shine on you and be gracious to you; the Lord turn His face toward you and give you peace.” ’ – Numbers 6:24-26 NIV
The Lord includes us in His blessings. He does not leave us out. He never forgets about us. When His face shines on us, we are uplifted. We can feel His healing presence.
The Lord’s peace is unlike any other. He mends broken relationships. He helps us forgive and love one another. He creates harmony where there is discord. His grace saves us.
We do not need to work hard to earn His love. He chose us and will never leave us or forsake us. He blesses our work, and if we follow Him, we will be successful. When we seek Him first, all the rest will follow. Amen.
And we all, who with unveiled faces contemplate the Lord’s glory, are being transformed into His image with ever-increasing glory, which comes from the Lord, who is the Spirit. – 2 Corinthians 3:18 NIV
We are creatures of habit. Many of our thoughts are similar to the thoughts we had yesterday. To transform our thoughts from negative to positive, we need the Holy Spirit to transform our minds.
When we spend time worshipping with other believers, we start to change our thoughts. When we study and focus on God’s Word, we shift from trying to merely figure out how to manifest more money to discovering how God would like us to serve others in a bigger way. Monetary rewards are not the only type of wealth, because in Heaven there will be no need for money or fame. The glory of God satisfies our souls and gives us a purpose. The work of spreading God’s love is one of the most important things we can do. Amen.
The Lord is near to all who call on him, to all who call on him in truth. He fulfills the desires of those who fear Him; He hears their cry and saves them. – Psalms 145:18-19 NIV
The Lord can hear when a toddler falls down and cries. He sends extra angels to protect our little ones from harm. There is nobody too small for Him to care about. He loves all of us.
When we call upon the Lord, He answers. He doesn’t always give us the answer that we were expecting, but He gives us the best answer.
Fear of the Lord starts with love. Because we love Him, we obey His laws. Not because we have to, but because we want to. We love Him, and we nurture that relationship by reading His Word and following it. When our desires align with Him, we are blessed.
The Lord is a God of truth. He never deceives us. He always leads us in the everlasting way. Amen.
My goal is that they may be encouraged in heart and united in love, so that they may have the full riches of complete understanding, in order that they may know the mystery of God, namely, Christ, in whom are hidden all the treasures of wisdom and knowledge. – Colossians 2:2-3 NIV
All knowledge and wisdom comes from God. If we are ever confused about our purpose, it is to bring others to Christ. Our other goals are important, but not as important as sharing God’s love.
Love unites people who don’t get along. It transcends our backgrounds, the color of our skin, and our socioeconomic status. Christ saved us by grace, and His love for us is immense.
When we speak from the heart, we can better communicate the richness of the love of Jesus. Amen.