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Partner Letter September 2016
WHAT GREAT LOVE!
John writes in his letter in 1 John 3:1-4 (NIV),
See what great love the Father has lavished on us, that we should be called children of God!
Lavished means poured out generously. Paul also writes in Romans 5:5,
Now hope does not disappoint, because the love of God has been poured out in our hearts by the Holy Spirit who was given to us.
Poured out here literally talks about the Love of God “flooding” our hearts.
It is one of the most amazing revelations to come to…just how much God loves us. The enemy wants to put all kinds of pressure on us to make us doubt that God would do anything for us, never mind give us any attention because of how we must have disappointed God.
Jesus prayed in John 17:20,
I do not pray for these alone, but also for those who will believe in Me through their word…
That’s you and me! He goes on in verse 23-24,
I in them, and You in Me; that they may be made perfect in one, and that the world may know that You have sent Me, and have loved them as You have loved Me. 24 “Father, I desire that they also whom You gave Me may be with Me where I am, that they may behold My glory which You have given Me; for You loved Me before the foundation of the world.
God, our Father, loves you as He loves Jesus! That is huge!! And He loved Jesus before He ever said, “Let there be light”. In other words, Father loved you before you were born!!
That means He loved you before you gave your life to Jesus, before you ever started going to church. In fact, He loved you knowing that you and I would sin. That’s why He sent Jesus for us…John 3:16-17,
For God so loved the world that He gave His only begotten Son, that whoever believes in Him should not perish but have everlasting life. 17 For God did not send His Son into the world to condemn the world, but that the world through Him might be saved.
We could not do it without Jesus. Now that you have given your life to the Lord…don’t allow the enemy to steal the truth that God still loves you. Believe His Love! John continues in his letter…1 John 4:16,
And we have known and believed the love that God has for us. God is love, and he who abides in love abides in God, and God in him.
God IS love…water IS wet. Water comes with wet…no wet = no water.
God does not just show love, or just have an emotion called love…HE IS LOVE!
If you have water on you, you are wet. If you are born again, you have God in you…you have Love Himself in you. And in His love for you He has saved you…even when you sin!
That’s why John wrote in 1 John 1:9,
If we confess our sins, He is faithful and just to forgive us our sins and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness.
What is left after unrighteousness is cleansed away? Righteousness! Knowing we would still fail at times, He has given us a free gift of access right back to Him. He never leaves us nor forsakes us and we have every right to receive our forgiveness. Not based on how we act or feel, but based on His love for us.
Receive and BELIEVE His love today…say this out loud, “Father I know you love me. I love you because you love me. I receive your love and I believe your love. Thank you for loving me!”
Janine and I love you dearly and pray for you every day.
You are blessed…and loved!
Jesus is Lord,
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