Barnabas Bulletin ~ 0009
HE LOVES YOU BECAUSE
HE LOVES YOU
IN the midst of difficulties and disappointments, it is good to know there is Someone Who sees beyond all the chaotic conditions that try to engulf us in our daily living. It is so easy to become frustrated or disillusioned with the "happenings" about and even within us. But in spite of all these things, GOD remains unshakeable and unmoved in His LOVE toward us.
In Deuteronomy 7:7-9 (KJV) God's Word declares He loves His people "because He loves us."Isn't that great? His love is not dependent on our "performance," nor on the "numerical size of our ministry." He doesn't love us because we may be successful in the Kingdom. He loves us because He loves us! That's love! HE LOVES US - YOU AND ME - because of who we are, not because of what we've done! He loved you enough to bring you into a covenant relationship with Himself. He is totally committed to you and to His covenant promises to you. Out of that He wants you and me to KNOW that He is our God, the Faithful God, Who keeps covenant and mercy with those who love Him. He is the unchanging God - what He promised you (even years ago) He still remains committed to that promise. Why? Because He loves you! He thinks you are great! You are His treasured possession, His redemption person. You're special to God! Love Him.
In a world being radically shaken, God stands unshakeable! You and I can do the same through living in His unshakeable love. Do not let the circumstances, the knock-backs, the disappointments, the discouragements, rob you of that beautiful love relationship with Jesus. HE IS YOUR TRUE SECURITY - the power of His LOVE resident within you! Love Him!
Know afresh today that He does not have to have a reason to love you. HE LOVES YOU BECAUSE HE LOVES YOU! Right now . . . Rise in that truth to discover more of His love toward you. Open your heart to Him and see beyond those negatives that would make you want to give up or draw back from His purposes. HE LOVES YOU BECAUSE HE LOVES YOU! And He's there for you right at this moment. Take time to fall into His arms afresh and let His love permeate your being with His presence. Oh! how He longs for you and me to do that. He awaits your response . . . - Rodney Francis.
Bible Readings: Judges 5:31; Psalm 18 (especially verses 1-3, 19, 28-36); Psalm 42:1-2; Psalm 116:1-2; 1 John 3:1-3; 1 John 4:16-21
Please Pray This Prayer:
"Dear God, I come to You in that All-Powerful name of Jesus Christ Your Son. I want to thank You for Your total love and commitment to me. It is so awesome that I am unable to fully comprehend what I really mean to You. It humbles me to think that YOU LOVE ME simply because YOU LOVE ME! You do not need any other reason, and I am so grateful for that. Please help me to understand Your loving heart to me, that I may reflect and impart more of Your great LOVE to others. Forgive me for dwelling on my negativities, when I know You are right there for me, to show Yourself very strong on my behalf. I want to tell You afresh today that I LOVE YOU, and want to live to please You each day of my life. Accept my prayer now, in Jesus' name I pray, Amen."