August 20, 2019

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Thought to share: I chose you. I wanted to be in a relationship with you. I knew all the messy details of your life and still I wanted to be with you. So stop trying to  impress ME. Quit trying to earn MY love. Don’t shrink in fear when you don’t get it right.  MY love for you is based upon ME and MY character – not on who you are or what you do. So rest in MY never changing love.

John 15:16 (NLT) You didn’t choose me. I chose you. I appointed you to go and produce lasting fruit, so that the Father will give you whatever you ask for, using my name.

Romans 5:8 (NLT) But God showed his great love for us by sending Christ to die for us while we were still sinners.

1John 4:19 (Msg) He loved us first.

March 21, 2017

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Thought to share: I love you. Not because of what you do or how well you do it. Not for how well you perform or juggle life’s responsibilities. And I do not love you less because you don’t do enough or perform poorly. I love you exactly where you are, as you are. Nothing you do or don’t do can change MY love for you. Let this truth settle into your soul and sustain you. You are loved by ME eternally.

Romans 8:38-39 (NLT) And I am convinced that nothing can ever separate us from God’s love. Neither death nor life, neither angels nor demons, neither our fears for today nor our worries about tomorrow—not even the powers of hell can separate us from God’s love. No power in the sky above or in the earth below—indeed, nothing in all creation will ever be able to separate us from the love of God that is revealed in Christ Jesus our Lord.
Romans 5:8 (NLT)  But God showed His great love for us by sending Christ to die for us while we were still sinners.

February 14, 2017

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Thought to share: As your mind turns to thoughts of love today, don’t forget to look at ME, your First Love. I have loved you from eternity and pursued you from conception. MY love for you is so complete and perfect that you cannot understand its depths. I have faithfully been by your side, every moment of your life. I have wept with you and celebrated with you. I continually shower you with kindness and give you MY goodness. In ME, you find love, because I AM your true, eternal Love.

Ephesians 3:18-19 (NLT) And may you have the power to understand, as all God’s people should, how wide, how long, how high, and how deep His love is. May you experience the love of Christ, though it is too great to understand fully.

Psalm 100:5 (NLT) For the LORD is good. His unfailing love continues forever, and His faithfulness continues to each generation.

Romans 5:8 (NLT) But God showed His great love for us by sending Christ to die for us while we were still sinners.

July 19, 2016

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Thought to share: your actions do not affect MY feelings. Regardless of what you do, say or think – MY love for you does not change. MY love is not based on your track record or performance. MY love is not contingent upon your behavior. MY love for you is based upon MY character. I AM love. I AM faithful. I never change. I will always love you perfectly, flawlessly, completely. Trust in and rest and be secure in this Truth.

Romans 5:8 (NLT) But God showed His great love for us by sending Christ to die for us while we were still sinners.
1John 4:16 (NLT) We know how much God loves us, and we have put our trust in His love. God is love, and all who live in love live in God, and God lives in them. 

You heard it right the first time.

I’m irritated. I just read an article someone shared. I won’t mention names, sites or titles – let’s just say it’s one of those lists of things the church has gotten wrong. And now I am highly annoyed.

Don’t misunderstand. The church – the collective body of Christ throughout time all over the world – has gotten plenty of things wrong. The Crusades. The Inquisitions. The Salem witch trails. Need I say more?

But one thing we have not gotten wrong is the love of God. I’m upset because the well-meaning author of the irritating article said that God’s love is conditional. And that is simply NOT true.

God IS love (1John 4:8). Love is the essence of who He is. Love is His nature. Love is the basis and foundation for everything He does. And since He does not change (Malachi 3:6 & Hebrews 13:8), then He will always be love and all He does will flow from His love.

God loves ALL of humanity – regardless of who you are, what you’ve done, what you look like, what your genealogy is, your ethnicity or socio-economic status is. John 3:16 makes that pretty clear: for God so loved the WORLD. The word “world” in this passage means the inhabitants of the world. If you are an inhabitant of this planet – God loves you. There are no exceptions.

Even if you don’t love God, He loves you. Even if you reject Him, He loves you. Even if you are unfaithful to Him, He loves you. Even if you renounce, curse and hate Him, deny His existence, choose to follow another “god” or reject Jesus, He loves you. Nothing you can ever do will change His mind about you. He faithfully loves you (Psalm 100:5).

And that is because His love for you is based upon who He is [LOVE] and not who you are. God’s love for us is not a response to us – our good behavior, good works or good words. God’s love initiates the relationship. He loved us first. (1John 4:19) And this is what makes His love unconditional – He is the initiator, reaching out to everyone, regardless. (Romans 5:8, Ephesians 2:4-5 & 1John 4:9-10)

We don’t have to perform for it. We don’t have to earn it. We don’t have to qualify for it. We don’t have to do anything. He freely pours His love out on all of humanity.

This is why Abba is so amazing [among other things!] – His continuing, unfailing, faithful, consistent, unrestrained, unlimited, unconditional love. It’s so deep, so wide, so expansive and vast that we simply cannot comprehend how great His love for us is. (Ephesians 3:18) His love for each, individual human is so far outside anything that we know or have ever experienced that we must have His help to be able to just grasp the edges of His incredible love for us! It is so deep, profound and expansive that eternity will not be enough time to explore and discover every aspect of His love.

And when we enter into a relationship with Abba through Jesus, the journey of exploration begins. We begin to experience His love for us in a greater way. The understanding of His love starts to unfold within us. We discover the benefits of His love. His love does some incredible things in us.

And we choose whether we want it or not. But our choice does not diminish the reality that He loves us all.

That’s why I’m irritated. God’s love is poured out on all of humanity without restriction. It’s such a wonderful, amazing thing. And I hate that anyone would ever think or feel that His great gift of love was not available to them. That they must meet some standard or criteria. Even if they don’t want it – I think they should know He still loves them.

So you heard it right the first time – GOD LOVES YOU.