Receive God’s Love for You

Romans 5:5 — For we know how dearly God loves us, because He has given us the Holy Spirit to fill our hearts with His love (NLT).

Open up your heart today and receive God’s love for you. I think we sometimes have a tendency to label His love as unconditional for others and conditional for us. We’ll say things like, “God’s love is enough for that person, but the mistakes I’ve made and the problems I have are just too great or unique.” This couldn’t be further from the truth.

Many people have only known rejection in this life. They are outcasts, misfits, problematic, and so on. Perhaps you feel this way. If so, listen to me carefully: Others have and may continue to reject and withhold their love from you, but don’t believe the lie that God has rejected you too. He loves you with an everlasting love.

All you have to do is set everything that hinders you aside and receive His love for you by faith. Doing so will free you from the burden of unworthiness and give you a glimpse at just how valuable you are in the sight of God. After all, you are His child.

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No Worries

Matthew 6:26 — “Look at the birds. They don’t plant or harvest or store food in barns, for your heavenly Father feeds them. And aren’t you far more valuable to Him than they are?” (NLT)

God is faithful; He looks after you, and He has more than enough to meet your needs. Consider birds. They don’t do anything to merit God’s provision, yet He always takes care of them.

You likely have needs that are very real and weigh on you today. I encourage you not to worry or complain. Worrying and complaining don’t change anything. They only alter your emotional state of being and rob you of God’s promises.

God has come through time and time again. He may not always do what we’d like when we’d like, but He always does the right thing. He’s never early or late, but He’s always on time. Start rejoicing right now!

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No Fear

2 Timothy 1:7 — For God has not given us a spirit of fear, but of power and of love and of a sound mind (NKJV).

If you are experiencing anxiety, worry, or fear of any kind, rest assured those feelings are not from God. And since He doesn’t give you fear, He will certainly take it away. In fact, God gives you three things in place of fear: power, love, and soundness of mind.

Fear creates an inferiority complex in its victims. They feel helpless, as if they will never measure up. The truth is there are some things we will face in life that are scary, and we can’t overcome them on our own. When life happens and fear threatens our peace, rather than give up and step out, we need to allow God to step in.

Receive His power today; He isn’t afraid of anything. Receive His love; it expels all fear. Allow Him to calm your thoughts. You can have His peace no matter what you’re going through.

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God Must be Crazy

Philippians 2:14 — Do everything without complaining (NLT).

To me, this seems like one of those biblical commands that’s impossible. I could understand and obey something more like: “Do most things, or more things than usual, without complaining.” But everything? God must be crazy. Perhaps auto correct changed one of Paul’s words without him realizing it.

The truth is we can make all kinds of excuses to justify complaining, but none of them are valid. More times than not, a complaint is birthed from discontent or some fickle emotion. Paul was an authority on not complaining. Besides being shipwrecked and beaten multiple times, he was falsely accused, bit by a snake, and much more. On top of all that, he wrote the words from Philippians 2:14 while imprisoned!

The key to never complain again is to learn to be content whatever your circumstance (Philippians 4:11-13). Focus on what’s right with God, not on what’s wrong with your life. If you and I will do that, we will be grateful instead of grumbling.

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3 Things

Philippians 3:13 — My friends, I don’t feel I have already arrived. But I forget what is behind, and I struggle for what is ahead (CEV).

There are three things I want to point out to you from this passage:

1. No matter how far we’ve come, we have not arrived yet. There is still ground to be taken and victories to be won. Keep moving forward.

2. There are two different kinds of “stuck” people: Those who hope the past doesn’t repeat itself and others who hope it does. We have to be willing to leave behind both the good and the bad of yesterday, in order to embrace today and look forward to tomorrow.

3. Don’t be intimidated by the struggle that accompanies forging ahead. Some people never grow or go because they’re too comfortable. The effort it takes pales in comparison to the prize that awaits.

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Love Never Fails

1 Corinthians 13:8 — Love never fails (NKJV).

Another version states that love never ends (ESV). Psalm 136 declares twenty-six times that God’s love never fails (CEV). Pastor Aaron Hankins said it like this, “Love is guaranteed success every time.”

Failure is not an option for the person who walks in the love of God. His love is not capable of a loss or even a tie. It wins!

It’s not uncommon for those involved in a broken relationship to say something like, “Well, we just grew out of love.” I don’t know what “love” they grew out of, but it wasn’t the God-kind. His love does not diminish; it is everlasting.

Many of the impossibilities and issues we face would work themselves out if we’d discipline ourselves to live in divine love. Choose today to demonstrate God’s love, even to those who are failing to love you.

Colossians 3:14 — Above all, clothe yourselves with love, which binds us all together in perfect harmony (NLT).

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Forgiving Ignorance

Luke 23:34 — Jesus said, “Father, forgive them, for they don’t know what they are doing.” And the soldiers gambled for His clothes (NLT).

Jesus obviously understood the power of forgiveness. After being accused by the priests and tortured by the soldiers, Jesus forgave them. A lot of what He let go of was done in spite, but in the verse above, He forgave them of what they did in ignorance.

Not everyone who hurts us does so vindictively. There are probably people in your life right now that you hold a grudge against, and they are clueless. Meanwhile, they live their lives freely, and you’ve incarcerated yourself. When you choose to forgive, you’re not only releasing the offenses of others, you’re letting yourself out of captivity.

Another thing I noticed in this verse is that right after Jesus forgave them, the soldiers gambled for His clothes. What a slap in the face and another opportunity for Jesus to get offended! Not everyone is going to receive our forgiveness, but we are still to give it without expecting anything in return. Love simply does what is right, period. Choose to forgive.

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