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God Truly Loves You
2/15/2017

“As the Father loved Me, I also have loved you; abide in My love.  If you keep My commandments, you will abide in My love, just as I have kept My Father’s commandments and abide in His love. “These things I have spoken to you, that My joy may remain in you, and that your joy may be full. This is My commandment, that you love one another as I have loved you." John 15:9-12 (NKJV)

God truly loves you!  It’s true! And He wants us to share this message with those who haven’t heard it yet, or refuse to believe anyone could love them in the condition they are in.

The truth of the matter is this — God loves us just the way we are, whether we are dirty with sin in our lives, or whether we are shouting with praise — He doesn’t change the way He loves us. God showed His love first, and it is an example of how we should do the same thing with others. We, as Christians, should not choose to love others because they love us, we should love and serve them because it is the heart of our Lord. 

God has already displayed His love for each of us by sacrificing His Son, as Jesus gave His life so others might have life, and have it more abundantly.  This is in stark contrast to what the devil has come to do, for he is a thief loving only himself, and he comes to steal our lives, to rob us of our joy, peace, and our relationship with God (John 10:10).

Are you willing to love others as if you were loving God himself? Truth is, this is exactly what we are taught to do in His Word.

And whatever you do, do it heartily, as to the Lord and not to men, Colossians 3:23 (NKJV)

We are encouraged to consider others more important than ourselves, and to live in such a way as to give testimony of the One who lives inside us.  And yet we will be tempted by the enemy to attempt to serve our own pride and selfish needs.  We must ask ourselves, “Will my life be predicated upon accomplishing worldly goals, and obtaining worldly wealth, or will it be used for eternal gain?”  

“Do not lay up for yourselves treasures on earth, where moth and rust destroy and where thieves break in and steal; but lay up for yourselves treasures in heaven, where neither moth nor rust destroys and where thieves do not break in and steal.” Matthew 6:19-20 (NKJV)

When we look at what God has done in our lives, and we see what He has sacrificed for us while we were yet sinners, we see the perfect example to pattern our lives after.  When we have a true picture of this, we will have an inner desire to emulate this same type of love, and to give it away freely. 

I want to encourage you. Never forget, you are only here on earth for a short time—don’t let the devil rip you off of the blessing of loving others and leading them to a relationship with the Lord.  God loves each of us so much and He wants to allow each of us to share in this glory, and to be a part of His ministry.  This is where our true treasures lay.

STUDY QUESTION: According to Matthew 6:19-20, where should we build our treasures?

PERSONAL INVENTORY: Have you experienced and realized how much God has loved you personally?

PRACTICAL APPLICATION: Start your day in the Word of God and talking to Him in prayer.  His love will flow through you to others, and you will reflect this in your attitude as you are filled with joy and peace.

PRAYER: Father, thank You for Your love, so abundant. You alone are love, and I can clearly see the effects of Your love within my life. Give me the heart and the desire to love others in the same manner You have loved me—especially those who I see as selfish and lost.  In Jesus’ precious name, amen…

Be Blessed, Pastor Scott

 

 


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