THEME: GOD IS LOVE
“Jesus answered and said to him, “If anyone loves Me, he will keep My word; and My Father will love him, and We will come to him and make Our home with him. He who does not love Me does not keep My words; and the word which you hear is not Mine but the Father’s who sent Me.”
-Hearing the word of God and exercising it attracts a blessing (Luke 11:28). How great a blessing it is for us to hear the word of God and apply it, for God in His Trinity comes and makes His home with us. What an honor to know that God dwells in us and with us, and He will never leave us nor forsake us. This give us much hope and comfort to remain in Him and His word. God desires to fellowship with us always as our bodies are His temples. When His word then abides in us and we abide in Him, whatever we ask for will be given unto us, we will bear much fruit and the Father will be glorified (John 15:7-8). If we claim to know God, we are called to hear His word and do it, for those who do not hear Him; do not know Him (John 8:47). Since God is love, when He abides in us our heart beat only senses the frequency of love.
God’s love for us is not based on our performance but on His mercy and grace. Jesus willingly chose to love us as He sacrificed His life on the cross for our sins. With this kind gesture He reconciled us to the Father and are now His children. If then we are children of God and joint heirs with Christ, then we enjoy both and earthly and eternal inheritance. On the cross Jesus said, “Father, forgive them for they do not know what they are doing” (Luke 23:34). We have thus obtained redemption through Christ’s death and resurrection, and we are free, because the Son has set us free indeed. We are victorious in all things because the Son won victory for us. We are also called to believe in Him and forgive one another as a sign of love. How can we say that we love God who we do not see but hate our brothers and sisters who we see? God calls us to forgive our enemies for there is not much reward in loving only those who love us. Sometimes we feel that some people hate us but when we know that God already approves of us, His joy should always be our strength. We are called to love our enemies, bless those who curse us, do good to those who hate us and pray for those who spitefully use and persecute us, that we may become sons of God. It is a great honor to forgive those who offend us, for the Lord also forgives our trespasses too. In our relationships with others, we should remember that; love is patient, love is kind, it does not envy; it does not boast, it is not puffed up, does not behave rudely, does not seek its own, is not provoked, thinks no evil; does not rejoice in iniquity, but rejoices in the truth; bears all things, believes all things, hopes all things and endures all things. God is love and He never fails. If God is love, those who trust in Him have an assurance of eternal life. Some times people may disappoint us, thus it is important to put all our trust in the Lord for His love will never fail. Agape love is the greatest kind of love. God loved us, died for our sins and resurrection so that we may also resurrect in Him for the risen hope and have eternal life through our faith in Him. The other main classifications of love are:- Storge which is love for family, Philia which means love between friends and Eros which is romantic love. Jesus summarized the law of Moses from six hundred and thirteen into ten laws and then shrunk it into one, the law of love. Love is a fulfillment of the law and prophets and thus the word of God can be summarized into one word, love, for God is love. Love does not harm neighbor, thus fulfills the law (Romans 13:10). The fruit of the Holy Spirit is love and when we love, we have joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, humility and self control. Love is the greatest between faith, hope and love, for it never fails. As Christians, children and disciples of Christ, we have sure hope in Christ for nothing can separate us from His love, neither death nor life, angels, principalities nor powers, nor things present nor things to come, nor height nor depth, nor any other created thing. God’s love for us endures forever.
You are the same yesterday, today and forever Lord, thank You for loving us with Your everlasting love. You change not Jesus, we put all our trust in You. Some trust in mortals, other trust in chariots, wealth, power and positions but we put all our trust is in You. There is no other God but You Jesus, we praise You and magnify Your holy name forever. Your promises are yes and Amen, all glory and honor belongs to You. You are faithful Lord and Your faithfulness is everlasting, thank You for dwelling in us and with us, and for giving us hope that You will never leave us nor forsake us even if we sleep. Thank You for loving us Jesus, we love You. Give us hearts of love that we have love You more and our neighbors as ourselves. Grant us more grace to love. Give us Your heart, give us Your love. We have been redeemed by Your blood Jesus and not with gold silver and precious metals. We declare Your redemption, mercy, blessings and grace upon our lives, families and entire nation. We have victory in You Jesus, may Your light shine on us and on all Your people. Bless our nation Lord and give wisdom to our leaders and people, so that they may hear Your voice and follow You. We belong to You Jesus heal all our physical, economic, psychological, financial, relational and social wounds; we humbly ask You. Lord You have promised to supply all our needs according to the riches of Your glory, Your promises are yes and Amen. You have prepared a table for us Your children and shall supply for all our needs, answer all our hearts desires Jesus. We declare an overflow in our marriages, families, businesses, jobs, education, purposes and economy; for everything belongs to You Jesus. Surely goodness and mercy shall follow us all the days of our lives and we shall dwell in Your house Lord forever. Amen
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