Monday, February 3, 2014

The Look of LOVE By Debra Courtney

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God has BLESSED us because He LOVES us. I know that may sound simple, but it’s vital revelation. It’s a revelation that takes the struggle out of receiving from God, and it’s rooted in the first Bible verse most of us know by heart.

“This is how much God loved the world: He gave his Son, his one and only Son. And this is why: so that no one need be destroyed; by believing in him, anyone can have a whole and lasting life. “John 3:16. MSG

You have read this verse who knows how many times. Most of us know it from memorization. Notice that verse doesn’t say God so LOVED the Christians. It doesn’t say God so LOVED the people who were seeking Him and trying to be nice. No, it says God so LOVED the world.

That would be you and me. There was a time when you and I were both in that world. We were spiritually dead – steeped in sin and opposing God at every turn.

Yet He gave us His most precious gift, His Son! His LOVE to us!

Why should we have to struggle to receive from a God who LOVES us so much?

Surely, as Romans 8:32 says, “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.” MSG After all, we’re not unsaved sinners anymore! We’re God’s “BELOVED.” Now more than ever, we can be certain of His LOVE for us.

In Jesus, we’re already BLESSED! He saw us and LOVED us before we were born! If we understand that and fix our hearts on His great LOVE for us, keeping His commands, LOVING others and living by faith is no sweat. It’s simply our way of responding to what God has done for us.

First John 4:10, explains it this way: “It’s the person who loves brother and sister who dwells in God’s light and doesn’t block the light from others.”  MSG

We have to believe the LOVE God has for us and stop struggling. “What matters is something far more interior: faith expressed in love.” Galatians 5:6. MSG

By putting God’s LOVE for us first place in our thinking – by fellowshipping with Him. Saying to ourselves: “My God LOVES me! I am My Father’s BELOVED! He LOVES me just as much as He LOVES Jesus! The cross is LOVE! The empty tomb is LOVE! His LOVE for me covers all!”

That kind of thinking, according to 1 John 4:18, “Well-formed love banishes fear….” MSG It makes us bold in our believing. Empowering us to LOVE God and others – not like soldiers obeying a command, but because we, ourselves, are so LOVED that we have plenty of LOVE to give!

Jesus did all that for you. He did it all for me. Because He LOVES.

The struggle is over when we look into the eyes of LOVE.

Debra Courtney

Debra’s life goal is to inspire and motivate women globally to become all they have been created and designed to be by using the guiding principles of their Creator’s word in gaining wisdom, understanding their designed-given personality identities & create their independence!

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