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Love suffers long and is kind; love does not envy; love does not parade itself, is not puffed up; does not behave rudely, does not seek its own, is not provoked, thinks no evil; does not rejoice in iniquity, but rejoices in the truth; bears all things, believes all things, hopes all things, endures all things. – 1 Corinthians 13:4-7 NKJV
God is love and also models love for us.
The love of God, our spouse, and our children are the most important priorities we can have. Our families can sometimes undergo some strain, especially in difficult and stressful times such as the pandemic.
When we are tempted to say something rude or speak before we think, we can pause and ask ourselves what Jesus would say if He were in our shoes. He went through everything that we go through, and then some, but He didn’t sin. He endured till the end. He gives us strength to get through whatever we are going through.
God loves us beyond compare. Amen.
“The one who sent me is with me; He has not left me alone, for I always do what pleases Him.” John 8:29 NIV
When God sends us somewhere, He goes with us. He doesn’t leave us alone to make our way into the unknown.
Jesus lived His life to please God. When we follow Jesus’s example the best that we can, our lives have more meaning and our paths are clear. We don’t have to worry about making a wrong turn because God is with us and can help us find our way. 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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But as for you, continue in what you have learned and have become convinced of, because you know those from whom you learned it, and how from infancy you have known the Holy Scriptures, which are able to make you wise for salvation through faith in Christ Jesus. – 2 Timothy 3:14-15 NIV
We are so lucky to have God’s Word so readily available to us. Bibles are not accessible to everybody, nor is literacy a skill everyone has. We can be grateful because whenever we need encouragement, we can pick up the Bible and read God’s words, just like we would a greeting card from a loved one.
When I was preparing to move, I was sorting through old letters and cards and came across a card my dad had written to me. In his small, engineer’s handwriting, he signed it, “campfire in the sky…Dad.” I immediately started to cry because the last time I had read that note, he was alive.
By faith I believe that I will see my dad again in heaven. Our Heavenly Father will reunite us with our loved ones in Christ. That will be a beautiful day. We will cry tears of joy. Amen.
Listen, my son, to your father’s instruction and do not forsake your mother’s teaching. They are a garland to grace your head and a chain to adorn your neck. – Proverbs 1:8-9 NIV
We take great delight as parents when our children listen to what we teach them. Our Heavenly Father is no different because He is pleased when we listen to Him.
As every parent knows, sometimes children don’t listen. Their brains are still developing, so they don’t always understand what we are trying to say. They can try their best, and sometimes it takes more time and maturity before they understand.
Our God is patient with us and our learning. Whenever we feel frustrated, we can remember how patient He has always been with us no matter how many mistakes we make. Our Heavenly Father loves us and forgives us. He welcomes us with open arms. Amen.
“In returning and rest you shall be saved; in quietness and confidence shall be your strength.” But you would not, and you said,”No, for we will flee on horses” — Therefore you shall flee! And “We will ride on swift horses” — Therefore those who pursue you shall be swift! – Isaiah 30:15-16 NKJV
It must have pained our Heavenly Father when His children rebelled against Him. Instead of accepting His grace and mercy, as well as the consequences of their rebellion, they chose to run from their problems.
The Lord is a God of justice, and He did not let the children of Israel get off scot free without teaching them what they had done wrong, but He also showed them mercy and forgiveness, and even salvation. They may not have deserved forgiveness, but God makes sure that love wins over all else. Amen.