God Loves You.  Personally. Powerfully. Passionately.  Others have promised and failed.  But God has promised and succeeded.  He loves you with an unfailing love.  And His love–If you will let it–can fill you and leave you with a love worth giving.  Patience is the red carpet upon which God’s grace approaches us.  The kindness of Jesus.  We are quick to think of His power, His passion, and His devotion.  But those near Him knew and know God comes cloaked in kindness.   God offers authentic love.  His devotion is the real deal.  But He won’t give you the genuine until you surrender the imitations.  That’s what love does.  It puts the beloved before itself.  Your soul was more important than His blood. Your eternal life was more important than His earthly life.  Your place in heaven was more important to Him than His place in heaven.  So He gave up His so you could have yours.  Jesus always knocks before entering.  He doesn’t have to.  He owns your heart.  If anyone has the right to barge in, Christ does.  But He doesn’t.  That gentle tap you hear?  It’s Christ.  “Behold, I stand at the door and knock”(Rev 3:20).  And when you answer, He awaits your invitation to cross the threshold.  Get your self out of your eye by getting your eye off your self.  Quit staring at that little self, and focus on your great Savior.  God will load your world with flowers.  He hand-delivers a bouquet to your door every day.  Open it! Take them!  Then, when rejections come, you won’t be left short-petaled.  Today’s thoughts are tomorrow’s actions.  Today’s jealosy is tomorrow’s temper tantrum.  Today’s bigotry is tomorrow’s hate crime.  Today’s anger is tomorrow’s abuse.  Today’s lust is tomorrow’s adultery.  Today’s greed is tomorrow’s embezzlement.  Today’s guilt is tomorrow’s fear.  Isn’t it good to know that even when we don’t love with a perfect love, He does?  How long must I put up with you?  Jesus’ actions answered His own question…Until the rooster sings and the sweat stings and the mallet rings and a hillside of demons smirk at a dying God.  How long?  Long enough for every sin to soak My sinless soul that heaven will turn in horror until My swollen lips pronounce the final transaction:  “It is finished.”  How long?  Until it kills Me.  We hide.  He seeks.  We bring sin, He brings a sacrifice.  We try fig leaves.  He brings the robe of righteousness.  And we are left to sing the song of the prophet:  “He has covered me with clothes of salvation and wrapped me with a coat of goodness, like a bridegroom dressed for His wedding.  Like a bride dressed in jewels”(Isa. 61:10).  When you speak truth, you are God’s ambassador.  As you steward the money He gives, You are His business manager.  When you declare forgiveness, you are His priest.  As you stir the healing of the body or the soul, you are His physician.  And when you pray, He listens to you as a Father listens to a son.  You have a voice in the household of God.  He has given you His ring.  Hope is an olive leaf–evidence of dry land after a flood.  Proof to the dreamer that dreaming is worth the risk.  At any step along the way He could have called it quits….When He saw the dirt floor of His Nazareth house.  When Joseph gave Him a chore to do.  When His fellow students were dozing off during the reading of the Torah, His Torah.  When the neighbor took His name in vain.  When the lazy farmer blamed his poor crop on God.  At any point Jesus could have said, “That’s It! That’s Enough!  I’m Going Home.”  But He didn’t.  He didn’t, because He is Love.  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.

 

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