God loves everyone, even you!
In this was manifested the love of God toward us, because that God sent his only begotten Son into the world, that we might live through him. Herein is love, not that we loved God, but that he loved us, and sent his Son to be the propitiation for our sins.
1 John 4:9-10 King James Version
THOUGHTS ABOUT TODAY’S VERSE…
No matter who you are or what you have done God loves you! Love as we normally think of it is a verb, it’s an action, it is a doing for others. We can’t say it and make it happen, it must come from the heart (from the spirit) of man. Love must not only be spoken, but must also be shown, felt, and lived. The beginning of love is God, God is love. He showed His love in the most sacrificial of ways so we could know how much we really meant to Him, of what incredible value we are to Him. The price of our adoption as sons and daughters was the emptying of heaven of its greatest treasure, God the Son, our Savior, the only begotten of the Father, Jesus. Jesus, the Word, became a man like us. He laid aside His Deity and all the powers thereof to become a man just like us. He came to be our example, to show us how we must live before God. He came to show us how to use His Holy Spirit in our lives. He came and bore our sins, our poverty, our sickness and disease. He took our place on the cross and bore the punishment that we so justly deserved for our sin. He loved us before we ever loved Him. He exchanged our sins for His righteousness, health, and prosperity, that we might be free. Notice, according to the verse, that we must live through Him, there is no other way!
Loving Father, thank You for adopting me into Your family, Thank You for loving me before I ever loved You. I can never thank You enough or ever repay You for Your kindness, but I can offer my self a living sacrifice unto You. Please receive the service of my life from today forward as thanksgiving for Your grace (Your unmerited favor) and my small way of trying to share the love You have given me. Through my Brother, my Ransom, and my Saviour, I pray.
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