Let’s talk about LOVE
I have been talking so much about fear lately it is time to talk about what sends fear screaming out the door. love!
The Bible says “Perfect LOVE casts out all fear” 1 John 4:18
Amen to that.
I believe with all my heart that love, the love of the Perfect Father in Heaven is what changes people. It changed me and it also changed my friend.
And the cool thing is, He offers it to everyone. Every.Single.Person who chooses to receive His love, through His Son Jesus Christ.
All are adopted into His family, when we choose to see our sin for what it is, sin, and then ask for forgiveness, we are saved. We are saved, covered and changed, by Jesus Christ, the son of the living God and then grafted into His family as sons and daughters of yes, the living God. No matter the sin or the past, you (who choose to believe) are in right relationship with God the Father because of King Jesus!
It’s called GRACE……
now for the LOVE story!
A dear dear friend (sister actually) you know a sister friend of mine -always points back to a time when her and I were exploring the things of God and ended up in this random upstairs apartment in the middle of Midtown Atlanta. We were there to hear this women speak who ran an orphanage in India. We were sitting on hard floors for hours because her way of talking about God, Jesus and Holy Spirit were so new to my friend and I we could have stayed all night to listen. We were captivated!
Her stories of straight up miracles were “eyes wide open, mouth on the floor” type of miracles.
As we left and walked down stairs, I will never forget my friend turning to me and saying “I can’t believe God adopts us into His family.”
I think I was still thinking about the miracles and how crazy but amazing they were, but I didn’t really pick up on what she picked up on.
See my friend had lost her mother when she was just 6 years old and when she heard the women speak on Ephesians 1:5
“God decided in advance to adopt us into his own family by bringing us to himself through Jesus Christ. This is what he wanted to do, and it gave him great pleasure.” NLT
……it changed something in her.
Still today, actually just last night she said the very same thing and has for years now. “I am just so thankful for God’s love for me, I just can’t thank Him enough for being my Father and loving me so much!”
I would say that my friend has a deep and profound revelation of the Father’s love for her and she would probably tell you that it is indeed what shifted something big in her heart and in her mind and therefore in her life.
The LOVE of Father God.
She actually lost her earthly father 2 ½ years ago just 6 months before her wedding, but we both knew that her Heavenly Father was the One who was walking before her down the aisle to meet her husband, whom will actually be a father himself in just a few short days. A little boy they will be having, who may be a father himself one day. But more important than that, we pray that little Noah will have the same profound revelation of the Father’s love that His mamma does.
Because Love, perfect unconditional love that all humans need, is actually God Himself. The Bible speaks so clearly that God IS Love. Just stop and think about that. God is love. God created us, He can’t help but love us and He created the need in every human heart for love, some find love on earth and that is a gift from God. The things is God created every.single.human to need and thrive in love. And since He created the universe and every person on earth, He created us all to need what He is. Which is LOVE.
I just want to scream and shout, THAT IS SO COOL!
If you want to ask to be in the family of God, here is a short guide for what to pray to receive Jesus Christ as a covering for your sins and to be reconciled back to Father God in right relationship. He is waiting for you to ASK!
Jesus, I need you. I need your life and your love. I believe you are the Son of God. I believe that your death on the cross was for me– to rescue me from sin and death and to restore me to the Father in Heaven. I choose right now to surrender my life to you. I turn from my sin and my self-determination, and I give my life to you. Thank you for loving me and forgiving me. Come and take your rightful place in my heart and in my life. Be my Savior and my Lord. Live in me; live through me. I am yours