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4/29/2021 10:33:00 PM
The Love of God

When God looks at you or me, what does He see, hear, or feel about us? Certainly, we ponder a question like that through our own judgment. If we believe God is pleased or unhappy with us, it is a reflection of how we feel about ourselves. God sees us differently through His perspective. God loves us from beginning to end. God is a righteous God and does not abide sin as it stands in our lives. By the presence of Jesus in our lives, God looks at us as being cleansed and being His child. Because of His lens of love with which He sees us, we are free to enter into His presence by the perfection of Jesus, not by our good works but by Jesus’s sacrifice for our sins.

When that day comes for us to pass through death we will enter into God’s presence escorted by the privilege of Jesus. We have access to the Father by way of the sacrifice of Jesus. Gratitude can be the only response appropriate in this matter. Still, God loves us and those with whom we encounter. It is hard to love those who have chosen to hate or be angry with others. This is not the desire of the Father; however, even in The Shepherd’s Psalm 23, “...Thy rod and Thy staff, they comfort me.” The rod is a tool for thrashing the natural enemies of the sheep (believers) and the staff is a tool for gathering the sheep. On the day of our resurrection, we will be gathered in love and care.

Can you think of a more joyous message to share with those who feel lost and alone these days? If there is anything Covid isolation has taught us it is how much we need the love of each other. When we show love and compassion as the Lord shows it to us, we become part of the gathering. It is a valuable lesson. God sees us with more love than we see ourselves.

As we make our way to Mother’s Day, I am reminded how much a mother’s love is for each of her children. God’s love is greater. I am reminded how much a Father wants to protect his family, God wants to protect them more. I am reminded that our parents above all others feel a connection to us because they have raised us and know our story better than anyone, except God. He formed us from the beginning. Our inward parts were shaped by His will and power. Who, more than God, who knows the number of hairs on our heads, wants to bring his children home when we leave this world? Then, why can’t we live for Him and share this wonderful love with others? As a rising tide lifts all ships, so does the truth with encouragement to others lift them up to be open to the love of God. We will truly be the ambassadors of Christ when we do this.

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