God’s love – He shows his love for us daily. He shows it in ways we might not even realize. Did you have coffee to drink this morning? Did you make it safely into work? God doesn’t show his love for us in only the big ways. He does so in the simple thingscoffee as well.

Too often we don’t think about how much God’s love surrounds us and keeps us safe. You might be late getting out of the office only to find a car up ahead smashed from a driver running a red light. That might have been you if God hadn’t held you back.

God loves us so much He gave His Son to die for us. Not many fathers would go that far for people who have a tendency to walk away. Ephesians 2:4-5 says, But because of his great love for us, God, who is rich in mercy, made us alive with Christ even when we were dead in transgressions—it is by grace you have been saved. Even when we sin, God’s love is there for us.

Sometimes we aren’t sure of God’s love. How can He love me with all I’ve done? There probably isn’t one person who is reading this who hasn’t asked that same question. Do you love your child less because they disobeyed you? Or committed a crime? Of parenting-teencourse not. You hate the action, not the child. That is how God works. He loves you no matter what you’ve done. He wants you to be happy, yet He knows you will do things against Him. Assert your independence if you will. But when you chose to come home. There He is. Waiting for you with arms wide open.

If you have never known the power of God’s love, then maybe it is because you have never asked to know it – I mean really asked, expecting an answer. – Frederick Buechner, “The Magnificent Defeat”

God has never turned His back on you no matter how many times you’ve walked away from Him. He has always been there for you. And He always will be.

God’s love is never ending. It stretches as far as the east is from the west. And as far as one hand to the other on a cross.

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Have You Gone Through the Change?

How often to you say something you don’t mean to? I find myself at times cursing though I’m better than what I was years ago. That’s the thing about being a Christian. You want to change in order to move closer to Jesus.

Colossians 3:8 reads, But now you must also rid yourselves of all such things as these: anger, rage, malice, slander, and filthy Rated Rlanguage from your lips. Getting closer to God means trying not to do those things which might disappoint Him. We want to show that not only do we believe, but that we love Him. Isn’t that what children do? They show their father how they feel by their behavior.

The best way to show you’ve changed is to act it. Especially to those closest to you. How many Christians do you know that still attend movies they shouldn’t? According to a recent poll, 80% of Christians have sex outside of marriage. The divorce rate among Christians is equal to non-Christians. Seems we need some work in the change department.

Changing for Jesus is all about self-discovery. We see things in ourselves we’ve never noticed before. And we don’t like it. We don’t like how we are seen in other people’s eyes. We want to be better. We want others to know that Jesus is real and living in changeus. That is why we should change. As Christians, we want to show the world what our God is all about.

You might think it’s too hard to make the changes you need to. But with Jesus in your life, nothing is impossible. And even small changes will impress your family and friends. No more cursing. Treating others with kindness. Having faith at the door of adversity. These are all ways to prove you’re a believer in Christ.

I am a fool for Christ…whose fool are you? – Brother Andrew, author of “The Narrow Road: Stories of Those Who Walk This Road Together”
The more you come to know Jesus, and allow Him into your life, the more things change. You don’t go to the strip clubs or the bars. You will find that you don’t even miss it. That’s how God works. He gives you other things to take its place. Your family and your church.

How has believing in Jesus changed you? Has your family noticed. I’d love for you to share your story.

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