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Tuesday, February 14, 2012

Got Love?

“God showed how much He loved us by sending His only Son into the world so that we might have eternal life through Him.  This is real love. It is not that we loved God, but that He loved us and sent His Son as a sacrifice to take away your sins.”  1 John 4:9  NLT emphasis added

LOVE explains:
1.  Why God creates- because He loves, He creates people to be love
2.  Why God cares-because He loves them, He cares for sinful people
3.  Why we are free to choose-God wants a loving response from us
4.  Why Christ died-His love for us caused Him to offer a solution to the problem of sin
5.  Why we receive eternal life-God’s love expressed itself to us forever.  
“Dear friends, since God loved us that much, we surely ought to LOVE ONE ANOTHER . . . but if we love each other, God lives in us, and His love brought full expression through us.”  1 John 4:11-12  NLT emphasis added
“God is LOVE, and all who live in love live in God, and God lives in them.  And as we live in God, our love grows more perfect. . . . We love each other as a result of His loving us first.  If someone says, ‘I love God, but hates another Christian, that person is a liar; for if we don’t love people we can see, how can we love God, whom we have not seen?  And God Himself has commanded tha we must love not only Him but our Christian brothers and sister, too.”  1 John 4:20-21  NLT emphasis added
The real test of our love for God is how we treat the people right in front of us-our family members, fellow believers, as well as those we meet on the street and here on the Internet.  We cannot truly love God while neglecting to love those who are created in His image.  EVERYONE has been created in His image.
So my question to you is, ‘Got Love?’
If you don’t and you know by the gentle, deep conviction that you’re been off base and missed the mark, it’s not hopeless.  God loves you no different than the righteous.  His love covers your short comings.  I encourage you to ask Him to forgive you, confess your sin(s) to him & accept His forgiveness.  The bible says that once we do this, that He takes our sins and casts them as far as the East is from the West when we ask for forgiveness through His son Jesus Christ, who died to pay the cost of our sins.  The best is that He remembers them NO MORE and sees you are pure and righteous.   
If you’ve never asked Jesus to come into your heart.  Now is the time, today is the day of your salvation.  Ask Him to come into your heart and live there.  He created you to have an intimate relationship with Him and your body to be His dwelling place.  He created you to experience His love.  Yes, the Creator of the universe wants to live inside of you, but He is a gentleman & gives you the choice to invite Him in or not.  Invite Him in.  Open the door to your heart & ask your Father God to come into your heart and life.   Allow Him to be Lord.  Let His passionate love saturate you and change you.
The revelation of his love changed my life & continues to do so.  It's this revelation that I see transforming the lives of our clients. It was through a lack of love or displaced love that they became vulnerable, it's through real love they become whole.  When their self worth and identify is built on Who God is and who they are in Him, there is life transformation and freedom. 

I encourage you today, to allow your self worth and identify to be built upon God’s love for you.  

Let love rule.

Happy Day of Love from the Board, staff, volunteers, and clients of Beauty From Ashes Ministries. It is our prayer that you receive real love today and experience the abundant life He promises to us (John 10:10). 

Julie Shematz
Founder & President

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