Friday, March 31, 2017

Jesus Says

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

It is the simple truth that holds you together in the most complex situations. Not simplistic, but simple. The profound truth that the Bible gives us is like a warm blanket wrapped around us on a cold night.      Charles Swindoll 
Scripture tells us that Jesus is the truth that sets us free. This Truth is offered as Grace. God's love is greater than we can ever understand, and He delights in offering us freedom and eternal life. Through Jesus we are ransomed, rescued, and reconciled. Only Truth can do this.

[Jesus says] So if the Son sets you free, you will indeed be free. Yes, I realize that some of you are trying to kill me because My message does not find a place in your hearts. John 8:36-37 NLT

Both in word and deed, truth must dwell in our hearts, must become part of who we are, must be evidenced in our lives. Satan champions the weak and cheers the arrogant. Daily, believers find themselves taunted by the Deceiver, tricked by the Accuser. Only Truth can overpower evil.

READ John 8:31-38

consider this!

- In verse 32, what is the 'truth' Jesus references?

- What are the consequences of sin? Find a Scripture to support this.

- Does the world find Jesus' message in my heart?

Jesus, You are Perfect Truth that paid the price for my sins, finds me where I am, longs for a relationship with me. When the world captures my attention and lures me with its shiny gimmicks, my heart feels the emptiness. You give me the freedom to rise above, to soar on eagles' wings. Forgive my care-less heart. Amen. -dho

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