Real love will change people. Remember that song? What the world needs now, is love, sweet love. What the world needs now, is God’s sweet love, the love of our heavenly Father for his children. That is genuine love.
We read in Revelation 21:7: “Those who are victorious will inherit all this, and I will be their God and they will be my children” (NIV).
We can think of a second child born into a family and how sometimes it seems to the older sibling that the mother will love the new baby and have less love for him but that is not true. There may be lots of children in a family who worry that their mother’s love will be divided up like pieces of a pie—the more children, the smaller the portions.
But we know that the love of most mothers is not like that. Love is not something that is given out until there is no more. The more love that is needed, the more love there is. That is how it is with God’s love. If an earthly mother’s love can increase without end, imagine how inexhaustible and eternal God’s love is; freely given to everyone who stands in need of mercy and seeks repentance. By the way, that includes each and every one of us.
Scriptures tells us in 1 John 3:1: “See what great love the Father has lavished on us, that we should be called children of God! And that is what we are! The reason the world does not know us is that it did not know him” (NIV).
Has the love of God been lavished on you? If you don’t think so, perhaps you need to sit down and take inventory of every good and perfect gift God has given you. The greatest gift or blessing is that of Jesus. Without him there would be nothing, no promise of eternal life.
We are fast approaching the end of the year 2012. I sincerely doubt that I am the only one who has made wrong decisions over the course of this year, generally because I have failed to read God’s word and go by it, or else stubbornly choosing to live my own way in life. The truth is, we are all guilty; we don’t always live by the book.
I want to live for God and please him, as I pray you do too. It is his great love that enables me to follow him and have confidence in his promise to be my heavenly Father. Despite my failings, I know that one day when he appears, we shall be like him, with no aches, no pains, no diseases or aging to complain about.
Meanwhile, we should truly follow in His steps in regard to holiness and purity. How can we do this? Have the right model and keep working at it. Practice makes perfect. Practice will definitely make us more holy with God’s help. Look to Christ. Ask for His help and the help of His Spirit and keep walking the walk as best you can! God will do a good work in you!
Pastor Dick Nichols
Cedar Creek Community Church
2969 14 Mile Road, Sparta