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God’s love for us

How far does God love goes

“I’ll get up, go to my father, and say to him, Father, I have sinned against heaven and in your sight. I’m no longer worthy to be called your son. Make me like one of your hired hands.’ So he got up and went to his father. But while the son was still a long way off, his father saw him and was filled with compassion. He ran, threw his arms around his neck, and kissed him. The son said to him, ‘Father, I have sinned against heaven and in your sight. I’m no longer worthy to be called your son.’ “But the father told his slaves, ‘Quick! Bring out the best robe and put it on him; put a ring on his finger and sandals on his feet. Then bring the fattened calf and slaughter it, and let’s celebrate with a feast, because this son of mine was dead and is alive again; he was lost and is found! ’ So they began to celebrate.”

‭‭Luke‬ ‭15:18-24‬ ‭HCSB‬‬

If your in this situation where you made a mistake or you continue to make the same mistakes; me and you are in the same boat. For me it’s hard for me to turn to God when I sin because I know that God is a holy God. More times than I want to admit that I forget that he is a father as well. A father that wants me to run towards him in the mist of trouble or when I scrape my knee from falling. God love goes above and beyond my understanding. And yet I don’t run to it. Instead I believe the lies that hinder me from bonding with my father. God is running towards us with open arms to lift the burdens that are to heavy, to shed light in places that grew dark, and help us understand that there’s no mountain high enough or no river wide enough to separate His love from us.

God bless

Building a relationship with God

To build a relationship with God takes many things like communication, trust, time, patience and many more. Sometimes we can lack the effort in our relationship with God. Our relationship mirrors a marriage and if you’re married or even in a relationship with someone you quickly realize that it takes effort to make it work. You put the effort in it not because you have to but because you want to. The difference between effort and works is the same difference between spirit and law. Living by the law is a “have to” life and living by the spirit is a “want to” life. 

In this relationship with God there will be times when you will be tempted to please yourself and to live your life away from God. But when this temptation comes remember the commitment you made with Jesus. 

“Therefore, since we also have such a large cloud of witnesses surrounding us, let us lay aside every weight and the sin that so easily ensnares us. Let us run with endurance the race that lies before us,”

‭‭Hebrews‬ ‭12:1‬ ‭HCSB‬‬

Look at Jesus and how he sacrificed his life to bring us closer to God. We was sinners and yet he died that we may have life. Jesus is our example of faith, love, and commitment towards our father. 

“keeping our eyes on Jesus, the source and perfecter of our faith, who for the joy that lay before Him endured a cross and despised the shame and has sat down at the right hand of God’s throne.”

‭‭Hebrews‬ ‭12:2‬ ‭HCSB‬‬

Our effort in our relationship with God is a act of love towards Him who loved us first by sending his son to the cross so that we may know our father.  

Our identity in our creator

Have you ever meditated on God being our creator. This all powerful God made the heavens and the earth, mankind, animals, galaxies and even time itself. And yet He cares so much about us. Before the foundation of the world he knew who we are and what were going to do.(psalms 139:16) He knows the hair on our heads (Matthew 10:30)and all our needs.(Matthew 6:8)

             The devil steal this truth from us and replace it with a lie. One of those lies he tells us that we’re not good enough, smart enough, pretty enough, rich enough, or skinny enough to be wanted. We have to remember that He made us in his image (Genesis 1:26-27) which means when He sees you He sees Himself. He sees His glorious work of art in you. WE ARE CHILDREN OF GOD! We were fearfully and wonderfully made in his image (psalms 139:14) Our skin, size, looks, intelligence, finances, or anything else does not stop God our father from loving us. God knows who you are…… Now embrace who you are!
God bless

He still love us!

Then the Lord said to me, “Go and love your wife again, even though she commits adultery with another lover. This will illustrate that the Lord still loves Israel, even though the people have turned to other gods and love to worship them. ”
Hosea 3:1 NLT

The Hosea story is the perfect picture of how God fights for us. Before we were saved we naturally lived for ourselves rather than living for God. We did what we want without regret and yet HE STILL LOVED US! We hated God’s law without knowing it and yet HE STILL LOVED US! We were rebels and violators of God’s commandments and yet HE STILL LOVE US! We spit in God’s face when we treat others like trash as if they weren’t created in the image of God and yet HE STILL LOVED US!!!! God still fight for us today and forever because his love for us is eternal

God bless

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