Romans 5:8: “But God commendeth his love toward us, in that, while we were yet sinners, Christ died for us.”
The woman of his dreams: A young man called his mother and announced excitedly that he had just met the woman of his dreams. Now what should he do? His mother had an idea: "Why don't you send her flowers, and on the card, invite her to your place for a home-cooked meal?" He thought this was a great strategy and arranged a date for a week later. His mother called the day after the big date to see how things had gone. "The evening was a disaster," he moaned. "Why, didn't she come over?" asked his mother. "Oh, she came over, but she refused to cook."
The preacher and the taxi driver: At the pearly gates again, a taxi driver and minister are waiting in line. St. Peter consults his list and says to the taxi driver, "Take this silken robe and golden staff and enter the Kingdom of Heaven." St. Peter next greets the minister saying, "Take this cotton robe and wooden staff and enter the Kingdom of Heaven." "Just a minute," says the minister. "That man was a taxi driver, and he gets a silken robe and golden staff while I get a cotton robe and wooden staff. How can this be?" "Up here, we work by results," says St. Peter. "While you preached, people slept; while he drove, people prayed."
“However weak we are, however poor, however little our faith, or however small our grace may be, our names are still written on His heart; nor shall we lose our share in Jesus' love.” Charles Spurgeon- Charles Spurgeon
New believers may find it difficult to accept that God loves us just as we are. Much of the world operates by conditional love, which offers approval and acceptance on the basis of performance. So, when we first come to Christ, there is often a natural tendency to assume we must strive to “earn” blessings—such as monetary wealth, loving families, and solid careers.
Divine love, however, can never be earned by human effort. There’s absolutely nothing we can do to make our Father love us more. Nor can we influence Him to ever stop loving us. (See Rom. 8:38-39.) Many believers understand this intellectually, but they may have trouble believing it deep down in their heart.
No matter what has occurred in your past or what you feel right now, God’s love has always been freely given to you. Our heavenly Father pours His love upon us without exception—no ifs, ands, or buts. It’s not as if He postponed loving you until the moment you invited Him into your life. Nor did He begin loving you when you first started going to church or when you rose from the baptismal waters. In truth, the Lord never began to love you at all; He simply always has. From the creation of the world, God knew you and loved you (1 John 4:19; Psalm 139:13-16).
Are you rejoicing in the Father’s love? Do you exude peace, or are you focused on what-ifs? Is your life characterized by power and purpose or by fear? Recognizing the amazing truth of God’s unconditional love is life-changing. Prayerfully open your arms to His love today.
One-day Bobby had made himself a boat. It was just a little boat, but it took him many days working carefully with his knife to finish it. His mother gave him one of her best handkerchiefs to use for the sails. Bobby thought it was the most wonderful boat in the world, and when it was all finished, he took it down to the creek to sail it.
But soon a gust of wind took the boat quickly down the creek, and Bobby's little legs couldn't run fast enough to catch up with it. He felt very badly because he liked his boat very much. The next day what should he see in a store window but his own boat!" I want my boat," he said to the storekeeper." It is not yours now," said the man. " I bought it from a boy. But you may have it for a dollar."
A dollar was more money than Bobby had ever owned, but he was willing to do anything to get his boat back. So, he worked very hard for many days and at last he earned the dollar. He took it to the storekeeper and got his little boat back. As he came down the road, full of joy, he hugged the little boat and said, " Little boat, you're TWICE mine now. I MADE you and then I BOUGHT you!"
Lesson: In so many ways we are just like that boat? Bobby made his boat and Jesus made us. Bobby's boat got lost and we went away from God which the bible refers to as being lost in our sin. Bobby bought his boat back and that is what Jesus did for us when he died for us on the cross and rose again from the dead. When you ask Jesus to save you then he will forgive you and cleanse you from all you sin. Now that is great love as he made us and then he bought us back.
A little four-year-old African girl had been sold as a slave. She had never known what love was. Even her name, Keodi, meant "Nobody loves me!"
When she grew to be about ten years old, her body became covered with ugly sores. The natives turned her out and would have nothing to do with her. But some kind missionaries took Keodi in and cleaned her up, cared for her sores, and put clothes on her.
At first, she could not believe any one loved her. She went about saying, "I am only Keodi; nobody loves me." The mis¬sionaries told her that Jesus loved her, and tried to teach her what love meant. Then she looked down at her dress, clean body and bandaged sores, and said, "Is this love?" They told her that it was.
Lesson: Yes, love is shown by kindness and giving. God showed His great love to us by giving His only Son to die for us. Jesus showed His love for us by giving His life for us. He did not only say He loved us, but He showed His love by suffering in our place. Should we not then give Him our whole lives? Then we can love Him. Gospel Chime