Glory Seed Devotionals, 2015: Year of Promise
God has chosen you…
“God has chosen you and made you his holy people. He loves you. So you should always clothe yourselves with mercy, kindness, humility, gentleness, and patience. Bear with each other, and forgive each other. If someone does wrong to you, forgive that person because the Lord forgave you. Even more than all this, clothe yourself in love. Love is what holds you all together in perfect unity.” (Colossians 3:12–14, NCV)
God has chosen you! God loves you! By choosing you, loving you, forgiving you God makes it possible for you to do the impossible, to love beyond your human capacity to love. The Apostle John illustrates what it means to go beyond the human capacity to love. “This is what real love is: It is not our love for God; it is God’s love for us. He sent his Son to die in our place to take away our sins.” (1 John 4:10, NCV)
Do you want to love as God loves? Are you willing to give up what is most precious to you like God did? God leaves the choice up to you because God’s love gives you the freedom to choose what path you choose to walk. It is not easy to walk the path of real love, in fact it will not only be the hardest decision you’ll ever make but its path will not be easy either. I know that from experience but once we experience and get a “taste” of God’s real love its difficulty gives way to our heart-to-heart love affair with Jesus.
You are no doubt familiar with the apostle Paul’s writing on love. “Love is kind and patient, never jealous, boastful, proud, or rude. Love isn’t selfish or quick tempered. It doesn’t keep a record of wrongs that others do. Love rejoices in the truth, but not in evil. Love is always supportive, loyal, hopeful, and trusting. Love never fails!” (1 Corinthians 13:4–8, CEV) And I am sure you’ll agree no one has ever said it better than Paul. In my own feeble experience at loving with a real love in spite of the previous paragraph I have discovered that while it is not easy to love with real love but love isn’t complicated, love is simple. God’s real love is simply burying ones heart in the heart of Jesus and others. While that may not have an easy ring to it its simplicity and its do-ability comes from our relationship and empowerment with the Holy Spirit.
God has chosen you! God loves you!
Anticipate! Experience! Believe! Be transformed!
Grace and PEACE, Amen!
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“Jesus is God’s Promise! Every promise God will fulfill in 2015 will come to fruition through your relationship to and with Jesus. Come Jesus, come.”
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