Love – no second-hand emotion
Do you know how much you are loved? You may be loved by your parents, your spouse, your friends and family; that’s great! But the love I’m talking about is far beyond human emotion, light years deeper than any love we can generate as human beings. For sure, God exists – no doubt. He is the present reality that guides this universe beyond our comprehension. And the love he has for us is – well, look what the Bible says: “I pray that you may have power 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,” Ephesians 3:17-19.The truth is, God’s love for you, right now, is so outrageously huge that he sent us His own Son to personally communicate the reality of the Father’s compassion for all of us. Here’s what that means. When we realize and accept this love, God’s promise is that we gain a depth of knowledge that even surpasses our human abilities. The key to unlock that power of that knowledge is Jesus Christ, His Son. Imagine having such power that you can overcome literally anything. Embracing God’s love gives you this gift. Imagine being able stand firm and free in the middle of all life’s circumstances with joy; God’s compassion empowers you!You see, here’s the difference. With the acceptance of God’s love in your life, there is no barrier you can’t overcome, there’s no circumstance that can overwhelm you, and there’s no enemy that can defeat you! Check these Truths out in God’s Word:- “God longs to be gracious to you; he rises to show you compassion. For God is a God of justice; blessed are those who wait on him ,” Isaiah 30:18.- “Jesus said, ‘Everything is possible for anyone who believes! With humanity, this is impossible, but not with God; all things are possible with God,” Mark 9:23, 10:27.- “Therefore, there is now no condemnation for those who are in Christ Jesus,” Romans 8:1.- “If God is for us, who can be against us? He who did not spare His own Son, but gave him up for us all – how will he not also graciously give us all things? No, in all these things, we are more than conquerors through him who loves us. Nothing … will be able to separate us from the love of God that in Christ Jesus our Lord,” Romans 8:31-32, 37-39.- “I can do everything through Christ who gives me strength,” Philippians 4:13.God’s unconditional, undying love for us radically changes both our life on this planet and our eternity. No longer do we have to try to gain approval from people, no longer are we bound by human limitations. Nothing or no one can hold us back! In Jesus Christ, the embodiment of God’s compassion, we have limitless possibilities, every day we can approach the Creator of the Universe with confidence, and we can soar high above the pettiness of this 21st-century culture. Our lives grow with a solid foundation based on God’s grace and truth, and whenever we fail, we are forgiven. There is nothing we can do to run God off!Give yourself permission to believe in this all-encompassing love the Father has just for you. Your life will take on new meaning and purpose, and your adventures will multiply. Accept the fact that you were created as a special object of God’s love; when you do: “Those who hope in the Lord will renew their strength; they will mount up with wings like eagles. They will run and not grow weary, they will walk and not grow faint,” Isaiah 40:31.This is God’s gift to you; it is a gift that is so amazing it’s difficult to understand. But know this – your life depends upon His heart for you. Jesus Christ has offered His life in exchange for you – all because God simply loves you just as you are. Love him back.Gary Wingo leads a gathering called Seekers Fellowship, which is currently on a seasonal break.Vail, Colorado
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