Deus caritas est! “…God is love.” 1 John 4:16
As we enter this season of reflection and renewal, let’s rediscover God calling to His children, revealing His goodness, and transforming each one with Perfect Love. "This is real love – not that we loved God, but that he loved us and sent his Son as a sacrifice to take away our sins" (1 John 4:10) ~ Donna Oswalt
But many Christians have misunderstood the purpose of the law. The law was given so that people might see their own absolute inadequacy to live in a way that glorifies God. Steve McVey/Grace WalkWe live in a world where anything goes; we live with its illusions of perfection. Success and wealth and beauty demand attention. In our disillusionment, we are discouraged when these self-sufficient attempts do not bring satisfaction.
For God is greater than our worried hearts and knows more about us than we do ourselves... We are able to stretch our hands out and receive what we asked for because we're doing what He said, doing what pleases Him. 1John 3:20,22 The Message
We cannot save ourselves by following a set of rules. Only through Grace can a relationship with God be established. The world exploits the heart and mind by promoting "more and better". Soon the expectations are greater than the reality. When we focus on Christ and His unending Love, our hearts and minds are renewed. Realizing we no longer work for the world, we can live for Christ.
READ 1 John 3:19-22
- What are the lies that the world is telling me?
- When God reveals my heart's true intentions, what do I see?
- Do I depend on God or myself?
Jesus - My heart often settles for "more and better" when You offer me "the most and the best." My mind struggles with greater but You offer enough. My desire is to completely yield myself to You. Let Your work be done through me. Amen. -dho
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