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In This Is Love

April 15, 2017

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In This Is Love

Good Friday displayed  the greatest love.      In John 3:14-17  Jesus explains  God’s purpose  of love  to Nicodemus.

And as Moses lifted up the serpent  in the wilderness,  even so must  the Son of Man  be lifted up;  that whoever believes  may in Him  have eternal life.     For God  so loved the world,  that He gave  His only begotten Son,  that whoever believes in Him  should not perish,  but have eternal life.

For God  did not send the Son  into the world  to judge  the world;  but that the world  should be saved  through Him.

Jesus — the Son of Man — was lifted up  on the cross  for every one to see  and look up to  for their salvation.     Displayed on that cross  for everyone to see  is the greatest love  that ever has been  and ever will be.

But,  many don’t give a hoot  about that kind  of love.      Jesus’ love  makes some people so mad  they could spit fire.     Why should the love of God  make people mad?

Jesus’ love  pointed out the sins  of the people  —  so that they could have  the time  to straighten out their lives  before their judgment day came.     Jesus’ love  in pointing out their sins  also gave people  the strength they needed  to want  to change.

But,  those who loved their sins  more than God  hated Jesus  for pointing their sins out,  especially in front  of other people.     These were those who loved  to be successful leaders  in the synagogues.     They wanted  to continue robbing poor widows,  so they could become rich.     They wanted  to continue extorting money  from worshipers  at the temple.     They wanted  to continue charging exorbitant amounts  of interest  for money they lent  to the poor.     They wanted  to continue living  in adultery  while condemning to death others caught  in adultery.     The list could  go on and on.

It’s the love  of sin  that makes people  hate Jesus.

And,  it’s the love  of real love  and compassion  that makes others  love Jesus  for all that He has done  in love  for the whole world.

Those who look up  to Jesus’ suffering  in love for us  on the cross,  and see the purity  of His love  —  they are the ones  who gain  an in-depth view  of real love  —  “that” kind  of love.

That is the kind  of love  worth living for  —  and dying for.

The Apostle John knew this  as he lived  in service  to the Lord.     Because John’s life reflected  the love of Christ,  he is often thought of  as the apostle  of love.     In   1 John 4:10  he explains  the real love  that we should long  to have reflected  in our hearts  and lives.

In this is love,  not that we loved God,  but that He  loved us  and sent His Son  to be the propitiation  for our sins.

As we realize  the awesome greatness  of God’s love  for us,  and revel  in that love,  we will say,  “Hallelujah!     His love is eternal.”

Love,
Margaret

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A Christian devotional  to glorify  the LORD of lords  and GOD of gods.

Pray for our country.

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Handel’s Hallelujah Chorus

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The LORD  made this day, let us rejoice  and be glad  in Him.

Psalm 118:24

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The word of the LORD is tried;

He is a shield  to all  who take refuge  in Him.

Psalm 18:30

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Sing for joy  in the LORD,  O you righteous ones;

Praise is becoming  to the upright.

Psalm 33:1

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How blessed are those  who dwell  in Thy house!

They are ever praising Thee.

Psalm 84:4

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Just as a father  has compassion  on his children,

So the LORD  has compassion  on those who fear Him.

Psalm 103:13

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O give thanks  to the LORD,  for He is good;

For His lovingkindness  is everlasting.

Psalm 107:1

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Glory in His holy name;

Let the heart  of those who seek the LORD  be glad.

Psalm 105:3

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Not that I have already obtained it,  or have already  become perfect,   but I press on  in order that  I may  lay hold  of that  for which also  I was laid hold of  by Christ Jesus.

Philippians 3:12

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