-Excerpts from a short reading plan, the @YouVersion Plan The Lies We Believe About God. –
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Here is what I pulled from day 1.
When it comes to God, there are no limits to His love.
You can’t put any parameters around the love of God. (Try as we might to put Him & all He is in a box).
The apostle Paul put it beautifully when he said, “I pray that you, being rooted and established in love, may have power, together with all the Lord’s holy people, to grasp how wide and long and high and deep is the love of Christ, and to know this love that surpasses knowledge—that you may be filled to the measure of all the fullness of God” (Eph. 3:17-19).
The love of God simply cannot be measured.
But we sometimes think that because God loves all seven billion of us, He doesn’t love each of us individually and personally.
God’s love for us is personal.
He doesn’t love you because you are a member of the human race. He loves you as a unique individual whom no one else on the planet is exactly like.
Saint Augustine said, “God loves each of us as if there were only one of us.”
God wants you to know that He loves you, that you are His favorite even though He has billions and billions of favorites, and that He is enamored with you.
God’s love is for all humankind—and for each kind of human.
Personal note: i have to remind myself that, according to His Word, God’s love is not based on what merit badges we may have achieved. His love for us is not based on our status or job title. God also loves you & I regardless of our good or bad behavior. That is probably the hardest thing for us to accept because all of our earthly relationships & conceptions of love are conditional.
God‘s love is unconditional.
I’ll share this again, a good acronym for Grace is
If you could earn God’s approval, care and pure love then there would have been no need or reason for Him to send His Son, The Lord Jesus Christ. What obeying the law couldn’t do Christ did.
Don’t take my word, or someone else’s, take God at His Word:
“But you, Israel, are my servant. You’re Jacob, my first choice, descendants of my good friend Abraham. I pulled you in from all over the world, called you in from every dark corner of the earth, Telling you, ‘You’re my servant, serving on my side. I’ve picked you. I haven’t dropped you.’ Don’t panic. I’m with you. There’s no need to fear for I’m your God. I’ll give you strength. I’ll help you. I’ll hold you steady, keep a firm grip on you.
Isaiah 41:8-10 MSG
Christ arrives right on time to make this happen. He didn’t, and doesn’t, wait for us to get ready. He presented himself for this sacrificial death when we were far too weak and rebellious to do anything to get ourselves ready. And even if we hadn’t been so weak, we wouldn’t have known what to do anyway. We can understand someone dying for a person worth dying for, and we can understand how someone good and noble could inspire us to selfless sacrifice. But God put his love on the line for us by offering his Son in sacrificial death while we were of no use whatever to him.
Romans 5:6-8 MSG
So, what do you think? With God on our side like this, how can we lose? If God didn’t hesitate to put everything on the line for us, embracing our condition and exposing himself to the worst by sending his own Son, is there anything else he wouldn’t gladly and freely do for us? And who would dare tangle with God by messing with one of God’s chosen? Who would dare even to point a finger? The One who died for us—who was raised to life for us!—is in the presence of God at this very moment sticking up for us.
Do you think anyone is going to be able to drive a wedge between us and Christ’s love for us? There is no way! Not trouble, not hard times, not hatred, not hunger, not homelessness, not bullying threats, not backstabbing, not even the worst sins listed in Scripture: They kill us in cold blood because they hate you. We’re sitting ducks; they pick us off one by one. None of this fazes us because Jesus loves us.
I’m absolutely convinced that nothing—nothing living or dead, angelic or demonic, today or tomorrow, high or low, thinkable or unthinkable—absolutely nothing can get between us and God’s love because of the way that Jesus our Master has embraced us.
Romans 8:31-39 MSG
If you are frustrated with religion just quit all that attempting to please others & please God with some type of act on your end & just fall in love with Christ. May we all enter into a deeper, personal relationship with Him and allow His Spirit to work from the inside out.
Go with God, beetle.
Some of today’s post was taken from a short reading plan found in the @YouVersion Plan “The Lies We Believe About God.”
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