God loves you simply because He has chosen to do so. He loves you when you don’t feel lovely; He loves you when no one else loves you. Others may abandon you, divorce you, and ignore you, but God will love you always no matter what.
“I’ll call nobodies and make them somebodies; I’ll call the unloved and make them beloved” → Romans 9:25 (msg)
God loves you, personally, powerfully, and passionately. Others have promised and failed. But God has promised and succeeded. He loves you with an unfailing love.
God views your life the way you view a movie after you’ve read the book. When something bad happens, you feel the air sucked out of the theater. Everyone else grasps at the crisis on the screen. Not you, Why? You’ve read the book; you know how the good guy gets out of the tight spot. God views your life with the same confidence. He’s not only read your story…He wrote it. His perspective is different, and his purpose is clear → (Jeremiah 29:11) "For I know the plans I have for you, declares the Lord, plans for welfare and not for evil, to give you a future and a hope."
Your place in heaven was more important to Christ than His place in Heaven, so He gave up His so you could have yours.
For some of you, your journey has been long, very long and stormy. Some of you have shouldered burdens that few of us could ever carry. You have challenges that outweigh the strength. And you are tired. It’s hard for you to see the city in the midst of the storms. The desire to pull over to the side of the road and get out entices you. You want to go on, but some days the road seems so long.
God never said the journey would be easy, but he did say the arrival would be worthwhile.
Remember this: God may not do what you want, but He will do what is right...and best.
He’s the father of forward motion. Trust Him. He will get you home. And the trials of the trip will be lost in the joys of the feast. If you don’t know how to stop, the result can be painful, true on bikes, true in life.
The things we worry about → 40% never happen, 30% regard unchangeable deeds of the past, 12% focus on the opinions of others that cannot be controlled, 10% center on personal health, which only worsens as we worry about it, 8% concern real problems that we can influence. → not only is worry irrelevant, doing nothing; worry is irrelevant, distrusting God. → Worry is an option not an assignment.
Focus less on the problems ahead and on the victories behind.
A glimpse into the past generates strength for the future.
(Matt 6:34 msg.)
“God isn’t going to let you see the distant scene. So you might as well quit looking for it. He promises a lamp unto our feet, not a crystal ball into the future. We don’t need to know what will happen tomorrow. We only need to know He leads.” -Max Lucado.
“Love does not delight in evil but rejoices with the truth.” ( 1 Corinthians 13:6) → in this verse lies a test for love.
Here’s an example, a classic. A young couple are on a date, his affection goes beyond her comfort zone. She resists. But he tries to persuade her with the oldest line in the book “But I love you. I just want to be near you. If you loved me...”
→ this guy doesn’t LOVE her, He may love having SEX with her. He may love her BODY. He may love BOASTING to his buddies about his conquest. But he doesn’t LOVE her. TRUE LOVE will never ask the “beloved” to do what he or she thinks is WRONG.
LOVE doesn’t tear down the convictions of others. Quite the contrary.
“Love builds up” (1 Corinthians 8:1)
Ask yourself: Do I influence this person to do what is right?