Saturday, March 7, 2020

"True Love"

“True Love”

This is how God showed His love among us:  He sent His One and Only Son into the world that we might live through Him.  This is love: not that we loved God, but that He loved us and sent His Son as an atoning sacrifice for our sins.     1 John 4:9-10

Jesus said: “Greater love has no one than this: to lay down one’s life for one’s friends.”  This is TRULY the GREATEST and TRUEST love that mankind can ever know.   God’s LOVE is not given to us because we loved Him first, but it is given because HE FIRST LOVED US.  He LOVED us so much, that He came in the personhood of a man, and gave His LIFE to SAVE ours.  He PAID in FULL the price we could not pay.  So that we might become CLEAN and RIGHTEOUS and be able to spend ALL of ETERNITY in Heaven with Him and His Son. 

If anyone acknowledges that Jesus is the Son of God, God lives in them and they in God.  And so, we KNOW and RELY on the PURE, TRUE LOVE God has for us. (v 15-16) We can KNOW this LOVE if we will declare with our mouth, “JESUS IS LORD,” and BELIEVE with ALL our HEART that God raised Him from the dead.  We will be SAVED.  Because it is with your HEART that you BELIEVE and are JUSTIFIED, and it is with your MOUTH that you PROFESS your FAITH and are SAVED.  (Rom. 10:9-10) We can receive this TRUE LOVE all because of God’s ABUNDANT MERCY and AMAZING GRACE.

If you have NOT given your HEART and LIFE to God, then you are not experiencing His TRUE, ABIDING, UNFAILING, UNENDING LOVE.  And you do not have the ASSURANCE of an ETERNITY in HEAVEN, with ALL its BLESSINGS. Instead you are facing an ETERNITY in HELL with ALL its HORRORS and NO WAY to ESCAPE.  But, because of God’s TRUE LOVE, He has provided a way to be able to ESCAPE an ETERNITY in Hell.  You MUST BE WILLING TO TURN AWAY FROM your sinful lifestyle, and to TURN TO GOD, with a TRUE REPENTANT HEART.  Then you MUST CONFESS your sins to Him, and ask Him for His FORGIVENESS.  You NEED to BELIEVE, with ALL your HEART, that JESUS died for YOU, and that He is ALIVE in Heaven, making intercession for you, before God.  Then you MUST ACCEPT His gift of SALVATION and BELIEVE and PROFESS that JESUS CHRIST is your SAVIOR and LORD, and all because of God’s TRUE LOVE.  Do this NOW, while you still can.  He’s waiting and coming SOON!!!

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