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GOD'S LOVE

The bible tells us in 1 John 4:9-11, that God loves us and demonstrated His love for us by giving His only Son to die for the sins of the world. “This is how God showed his love among us: He sent his one and only Son into the world that we might live through him. Now this is real love, not that we loved God first, but that he loved us and sent his Son as an atoning sacrifice for our sins. Since God so loved us, ought we not to love one another?” God’s love is a love like none other as it is a faithful sacrificial love. It’s a redeeming and everlasting love to those who will accept it. It’s a love that forgives and forgets repented sin, casting it into the sea of forgiveness to be remembered no more. Do you know of another any love so pure and committed? To the Christian this should give us great comfort, but many seem to forget the greatness of God’s love when we are going through the trials of life.  We also forget the greatness of His love when we are in the midst of storms dealing with things such as death, a failed marriage, sickness, financial disparities and family distress. Our first thought should be to drop to our knees in prayer but instead, many fall into despair or turn back to this world for comfort, quickly forgetting about a Father who will never leave us. Zephaniah 3:17 reads, “The Lord your God is with you, he is mighty to save. He will take great delight in you, he will quiet you with his love, he will rejoice over you with singing”.  You see God says He is with us, but the enemy wants to steal our joy, take away our hope, and blind us from the truth of God’s love. Do not forget that Satan hates what God loves. He is a liar and a deceiver who wants us to give up on God when the slightest bit of trouble comes our way. He wants to blind us so that we choose and trust in the ways of the world over God’s ways and His love for us. The bible tells us in Romans 12:12, “Be joyful in hope, patient in affliction, faithful in prayer”. As Christians trusting in God’s love requires two things. First, it takes sacrifice and secondly it takes stamina. We can’t give up at the first sign of trouble. Jesus never said that the road less traveled would be easy. In fact, He tells us the opposite. The bible reads in Matthew 7:13-14, “Enter by the narrow gate. For the gate is wide and the way is easy that leads to destruction, and those who enter by it are many. For the gate is narrow and the way is hard that leads to life, and those who find it are few”. Are we willing to truly trust in the power of God’s love?  Many wait to obey the gospel thinking they will get their lives together without God. Jesus died for us while we were yet sinners and knew of the necessity of His sacrifice. Anyone choosing to wait is foolish because that action rejects God‘s love and Jesus’s sacrifice.  When we truly understand God’s love for us, we will be able to cope while living in a world filled with sin.