30, August 2017

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Living in God’s Love

‘Live in My love.’
 John 15:9 GWT

When someone says, ‘Make yourself at home,’ it means you’re welcome and accepted. And that’s what Jesus means when He says, ‘Live in My love.’ You never have been and never will be loved by anyone as much as God loves you. The reason you have such a hard time grasping that concept is that you have nothing to compare His love to. Nothing could make God love you more than He does right now, and nothing could make Him love you less. The great irony is that we spend our lives trying to earn His love, when it can only be received by faith. John says: 
‘See how very much our Father loves us, for He calls us His children, and that is what we are! But the people who belong to this world don’t recognise that we are God’s children because they don’t know Him. …We are already God’s children, but He has not yet shown us what we will be like when Christ appears.’ (1 John 3:1–2 NLT) You may have grown up with parents who withheld their love, or weren’t capable of expressing it. God doesn’t do that. Throughout Scripture He keeps saying, ‘I love you. I love you. I love you!’ CS Lewis wrote: ‘God created us to be the objects of His love! Sometimes our actions make us unlovely, but we’re never unloved. And because God loves us―we have value. And nobody can take that value away. God’s love revealed at Calvary fastens itself onto flawed creatures like us, and for reasons none of us can ever quite figure out, makes us precious and valued beyond calculation. This is love beyond reason. And this is the love with which God loves us.’

SoulFood: Josh 1–4, Mark 9:1–13, Ps 103:1–12, Prov 22:27–29

The Word for Today is authored by Bob and Debby Gass and published under licence from UCB International Copyright © 2018

30, August 2017

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