The Love of God 4

John 15:13, “Greater love hath no man than this, that a man lay down his life for his friends.”

God’s love is exemplary.  John tells us in the next phrase “than this”.  He is sharing with us the example of God’s love in Jesus Christ.  He is telling us that it is exemplary.  That means that it is worthy of imitation and it is an illustration for us to follow.

Look at what Paul tells us in II Corinthians 5:14, “For the love of Christ constraineth us; because we thus judge, that if one died for all, then were all dead:”  The love of God is our example and it compels us to do things.

What has love motivated you or I to do?  It might do us well to take an inventory and see if we have lost our love for what God has given us love for.

So, how are you doing?

The Love of God 2

John 15:13, “Greater love hath no man than this, that a man lay down his life for his friends.”

God’s love is extending.  the word “love” is the Greek word “agape” and it means affection or benevolence (Strong’s Concordance).

God’s love is extending to anyone and everyone and everyone.  The problem is that some reject God’s love.  There are many reason why people do this.  I think if people really understood the love God has for them they would respond differently.

I like the words of Ephesians 3:19, “And to know the love of Christ, which passeth knowledge, that ye might be filled with all the fulness of God.”  God’s love surpasses our finite knowledge.  We cannot fully understand the love of God.  It is impossible.  One day when we receive our glorified bodies then we will understand it all.  Until then we take it by faith because we have God’s Word on it.

One day when we arrive in Heaven we will know perfectly the love of God.  We will finally understand it fully.  Until then we take Him at His Word.  He loves you supremely!

So, how are you doing?

A Gift From God 3

I am sure that while people watched the Super Bowl the other evening there was at least one banner containing John 3:16.  There usually is at major sporting events.  I am thankful for someone who would do this.  They are doing what they can to get the message out.

I cannot think of any greater gift that God the Father could have given to fallen man.  We have a problem.  It is a sin problem.  No matter how good we think we are.  No matter how intellectual we think we are.  No matter what, we cannot ensure that we will spend eternity based upon any thing we can do ourselves.

The words of John 3:16 are some of the most quoted words of all Scripture.  They rank up there with Psalm 23 and “judge not that you be not judged”.

Look at John 3:16, “For God so loved the world, that he gave his only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in him should not perish, but have everlasting life.”  You want to talk about “A Gift From God”.  There it is.  There is the greatest Gift ever given in all of time and eternity.  Jesus humbled Himself and became a man; in flesh, and lived so that you and I can live for eternity with Him.  All we must do is be sorry for our sin and ask Him for forgiveness.  It is so simple that people cannot “get it”.  If you trust Him today then Heaven will be your eternal home.

So, how are you doing?

 

Love For People 8

Well, the second month of the year 2014 has nearly slipped by us.  Tomorrow will be March 1st.  I don’t know where time has gone, truthfully.  For a lot of the month of February I have been focused on love.  Real love is what I have tried to focus on really.

I have counseled people on this thing of love.  In the husband and wife relationship I have tried to stress and express that love has work clothes on.  I tell the husband that if he loves his wife, “Take out the trash.”  This may sound funny to you; but, it is the truth.

This should not be a foreign concept to us.  Look to Jesus who is Love.  The most quoted verse of the Scriptures is John 3:26, “For God so loved the world, that he gave his only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in him should not perish, but have everlasting life.”  This is the most supreme form of love every demonstrated.  This is the love that Jesus requires of you and I my dear reader.  You might say it is impossible.  I say never.  If you cannot love then you need an attitude adjustment.  I would suggest you take a walk through the local children’s hospital.  Notice the parents.  See how they interact with their sick children.  Get a good dose of love.  On the other hand; turn to Jesus Christ and trust Him as your Saviour.  This is the greatest dose of love that you can ever receive.  Then you will be motivated to properly love.  Look at II Corinthians 5:14, “For the love of Christ constraineth us; because we thus judge, that if one died for all, then were all dead:” .  The word “constraineth” means to hold together, to compress or to arrest.  This is a powerful grip that love has on us.  I hope you have been gripped by love like this.

So, how are you doing?

Make A Difference

Yesterday evening I had the privilege of visiting a fellow photographer in the hospital.  I really enjoy making hospital visits.  This couple lit up like a lamp with a 250 watt bulb in it.  There is my payment for taking the time to go.  I was so glad to hear good news from them.

When I arrived home my wife and I played “UNO” and we did not keep score (so she would not get mad that I beat her again).  After giving up on the game we sat down to surf the channels on poverty TV (the non-cable or non-satellite).  We came across a movie already in progress; but, we watched anyway.  It was called “Johnny” and it was about a boy named Johnny who had leukemia.  He was brought home by one of his physicians and because of his shining testimony the doctor trusts Jesus Christ for salvation and the family sees great revival.  It is a real tear-jerker!

I thought of the same verses that I used the other day.  Look at Jude 22-23, “And of some have compassion, making a difference:  And others save with fear, pulling them out of the fire; hating even the garment spotted by the flesh.”  I love these verses!

What are we doing to make a difference in the life of someone else?  It does not take much to have a profound effect on someone else.  I know in my life that if someone would just call me and tell me that they are praying for me, it would possibly change my whole day.  How about sending someone a card?  I received a phone call from one of my dearest friends Saturday evening and it made my weekend.  To think that someone would take time out of their busy or hectic schedule and send a card or call.  That is a huge blessing to people (not just me).  Why?  A gesture like that shows people that you care enough to do whatever you have done.  That is what people want.  They want to know that you care about them enough to care for them.  Sometimes this is showing them to way to Jesus for salvation.  Glory to His name!

So, how are you doing?

I’ve Never Been Out Of His Care

My wife sings a song written by Dallas Holm titled, “I’ve Never Been Out Of His Care”.  I love this song.  The truth contained in this song is much like yesterday’s post.  Let’s look at Genesis 16:13, “And she called the name of the LORD that spake unto her, Thou God seest me: for she said, Have I also here looked after him that seeth me?”

Since God is all knowing, all powerful, all present and all His other attributes then we can rest assured in the truth of this verse of Scripture.  God is in no way like people today who simply look the other way and keep walking by as we suffer.  God has given us the Holy Spirit who is called our “Comforter”.  No matter how deep it hurts there is One called the Comforter who will come along side and be there for us in our darkest hour.

The truth contained in this song has sustained my family and I through the many valleys and dark nights we have seen.  I know that if you will embrace the Saviour spoken of in this song you too can have peace in the storms of life.  Will you trust Him today?  I pray that you will.

So, how are you doing?

Below are the words to the song “I’ve Never Been Out Of His Care” and here is a link to Michael Boot singing the song. (click on the word “song”)

The eyes of God are upon me,
He sees everything I do.
The arms of God are around me,
They keep me safe and secure.

And He knows where I am
Every hour of every day
He knows each thought I think
He knows each word that I might say.
And although there’ve been times
I’ve been out of His will
I’ve never been out of His care.

This changing world alarms me,
With war, with sin, with strife.
But my loving Father charms me,
With joy, with peace, and with life.

And He knows where I am
Every hour of every day
He knows each though I think
He knows each word that I might say.
And although there’ve been times
I’ve been out of His will
I’ve never been out of His care.
I’ve never been out of His care.

That Made Me Laugh

One of my favorite hymns is a song titled “The Love Of God”.  It was written by Frederick Lehman.  The song was inspired by a Jewish poem, “Hadamut” that was written in the year 1096 by Rabbi Mayer.

This struck me funny in two ways.  First because the year 1096 is the same as the code we used on the police department radio for a mental subject.  Secondly, Lehman says the following of his beloved song, “… Since the lines (3rd stanza from the Jewish poem) had been found penciled on the wall of a patient’s room in an insane asylum after he had been carried to his grave, the general opinion was that this inmate had written the epic in moments of sanity.” (This quote was taken from the book 101 More Hymn Stores by Kenneth W. Osbeck.)  Now you see why I chuckled.

Never the less, have you come face to face with the love of God?  We all have; but, the difference is in how we responded to His love.  Many reject; but, some receive.  You might think that Jesus could never love you.  Look at what He told Jeremiah in Jeremiah 31:3, “The LORD hath appeared of old unto me, saying, Yea, I have loved thee with an everlasting love: therefore with lovingkindness have I drawn thee.”  He is drawing you.  Will you go to Him and be saved?

So, how are you doing?

What Is Your Motivation? Day 4

I remember watching the movie, “The Blind Side”.  It was a powerful movie to me.  I have used the concept from the movie of, “I got your back.” many times since I first saw the movie.  It is a true story and will require at least a box of facial tissues.

What motivated this young man to take such a stance?  It was love.  He was shown unconditional love by a family that was not his own and it transformed him, literally.

We are just like that main character in the movie.  When we experience the true love of Christ it will transform us.  Not only will it save us; but, it will revolutionize us.  Our appetites will be different.  Think about the fact that we can never be separated from the love of Christ.  Romans 8:35 gives that “laundry list” of things that cannot separate us from the love of God in Christ.  Glory to His name.  The love of Christ is a powerful motivator.

II Corinthians 5;14, “For the love of Christ constraineth us; because we thus judge, that if one died for all, then were all dead:”  “Constraineth” means to hold together or compress.  Is there something in your life that you possibly have let go and maybe you need to get back to it.  Let the love of Christ motivate you to get back to it.

So, how are you doing?