Saturday, February 16, 2002

God Gave To Give Us Life

For God so loved the world that he gave his only Son, so that
everyone who believes in him will not perish but have eternal

-- John 3:16 (NLT)
God loves us! That is the triumphant message of the Bible. That is the
greatest message we will ever hear. Thankfully, however, this is not
just a message in words. God wanted us to know his love for us, so he
demonstrated that love at great personal cost. God loves us! We know
that because he gave his Son for us. God loves us! He didn't want the
power of "perish" to claim us, so he gave us the power of his love. God
loves us! He sacrificed so we could have life. God loves us! Don't ever
doubt it. Don't let the evil one rob you of this life-giving truth. God
loves you and wants to give you life!

Father, I believe that you gave Jesus to save me from my sins. I
confess that I cannot fully understand that love, but I thank you and
praise you with all of my heart. Please forgive me when my life does
not reflect your loving estimation of my worth. Give me strength to
believe what you say about me. I place my full trust in your love to
continue its transformational work of redemption in me. Thank you that
you are making me better than I am right now. Thank you even more for
ransoming me from my sin and giving me life with you. In Jesus' name.

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February 16, 2002

This is the message you heard from the beginning: We should
love one another.
-- 1 John 3:11

The original message - love one another. The enduring message -
love one another. The most convicting message - love one another.
The most difficult message - love one another. I'm reminded of the
little verse: To dwell above with saints we love, O that will be
glory. But to dwell below with saints we know, now that's another
story. But it's the story we're called to write with our lives!
This is God's enduring message he wants demonstrated in his
children. Let's go out and live it!

Loving Father, I commit to you that I will intentionally show my
love for your children in what I do and say. I do this trusting
your grace to empower me to do more than I would do on my own.
Through Jesus my Savior I pray. Amen.