The One Who Loves You

“For God so loved the world,…” Most of us even remotely connected to Christianity can finish the verse found in John 3:16. And most likely we say we believe in Jesus, and we definitely hope we have eternal life rather than perishing.  But who is this God? And what is He like?

When Moses asked to see God’s glory, here’s what God wanted to make sure Moses knew about Himself: “I, the Lord, am a God who is full of compassion and pity, who is not easily angered and who shows great love and faithfulness. I keep my promise for thousands of generations and forgive evil and sin.” That’s how He sees Himself.

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As you celebrate your relationships on Valentine’s Day, spend time thinking on the One who loves you and wants a relationship with you. He doesn’t simply want you to believe that Jesus actually exists. He wants you to trust that He is who He says He is. He is compassionate. He is slow to anger. He shows great love and faithfulness. He forgives sin – or to put it in language we understand better, He heals the relational brokenness that we’ve created.

God loves you.

And He’s a good, good Father.

Happy Valentine’s Day!

Perspective

Thursday morning I stepped out of my car into the sweltering heat. My glasses fogged as I walked into the office building where I work. Without effort, my thoughts headed down a well-worn path.  I rehearsed the why’s of my current location, the what’s of nature I’d rather be surrounded with, and the how’s of potential change. But the when is not now and the where isn’t settled, so I redirected myself to my work, grumbling a bit and enduring on.

Saturday afternoon I slid into the driver’s seat of my car – literally – slid – onto the seat as my legs were so sweaty the usual struggle of sticking was long past. My face was beat red from the couple of hours I’d spent walking on the concrete in the sun and heat surrounded by the buildings of downtown.

And what was that I felt?gratitude?

I was thankful for the option of turning on the air conditioner, blocking out the sun with a visor, and getting ice out of my freezer at home anytime I wanted to. It was hot, at least as hot as Thursday. But spending a couple of hours serving others who aren’t as fortunate as I am, made all the difference in my heart.  I’m sure the people we met appreciated the ice-cream sandwiches and cold water we shared. But interestingly, none of them were grumbling about the weather. And once again my heart told me it is true: It is more blessed to give than to receive.

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May you find the blessings in your own life as well no matter your situation.