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The foundation of all theology is the unity of God.
The Greatest Love of All
"For this reason I kneel before the Father... that Christ may dwell in your hearts by faith. And I pray that you, being rooted and established in love, may have power... to grasp how wide and long and high and deep is the love of Christ, and to know this love surpasses knowledge--that you may be filled to the measure of all the fullness of God." (Ephesians 3: 14, 17 - 19)
Everyone of us who is now born-again in Christ Jesus was at one time an enemy of God. We loved ourselves more than God, and we esteemed our sin more highly than we esteemed His salvation. We were fit only for hell and the judgment of God. Scripture says that, "we were by nature objects of wrath."
If you have not yet accepted Jesus as your Savior and Lord, you are, unfortunately, still in this position with God. But, we were changed, and so can you be changed!
"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." (Ephesians 2: 4, 5)
Because of His great love! This is the sole reason that any one of us may be reconciled back to God. There simply is no other rationale for us to have been given the opportunity to live in His presence forever. It is because of His great love!
"For God so loved the world that He gave His one and only Son, that whoever believes in Him shall not perish but have eternal life." (John 3: 16)
God's love for you is perfect, complete and everlasting. Our human love for one another is fickle and changeable. The dearest of friends may find offenses and part ways. A vow of love at the alter may fail only months or years later. Even a parent may let their love for their own child grow cold, or a child for his parent. But the love of the Lord our God, Creator of heaven and earth does not fail. His love does not grow cold. He says, "I have loved you with an everlasting love; I have drawn you with loving-kindness" (Jeremiah 31: 3)
There is no person, no thing seen or unseen, no trial or hardship that can separate you from the love of God. The apostle Paul, a man acquainted with many trials and much suffering, wrote these words, "For I am convinced that neither death nor life, neither angels nor demons, neither height nor depth, nor anything else in all creation, will be able to separate us from the love God that is in Christ Jesus our Lord." (Romans 8: 38, 39)
If you are reading this and you do not know Jesus Christ as personal Savior and Lord, then God is drawing you now to Him. When Jesus allowed His blood to be shed at Calvary, this covered all your sin and His death paid the penalty for it. You can have a fresh clean start in Christ. He will enable you to overcome any sin that may be keeping you out of fellowship Him and give you the ability to sacrificially love your spouse, children, family members, co-workers and the body of Christ.
Who of you can refuse such a great love? Why would you want to? Asked Jesus to forgive you today! Invite Him into you heart and life while you still have time!
NEVER GIVE UP
Haddon Robinson tells the following story. I hope you appreciate it as I did.
It was New Yearís Day, 1929, and Georgia Tech. and UCLA were battling it out in the Rose Bowl. Georgia Tech. fumbled the football late in the first half. Roy Riggles recovered for California. Picking up the fumbled ball, Riggles became confused and ran 65 yards in the wrong direction. Benny Lorn, another UCLA player managed to tackle his teammate before he scored for Tech. Now, with the ball deep in Georgia Tech. territory, UCLA was forced to punt. The punt was blocked, and Tech. scored a safety, which, as it turns out, was the margin of victory for the Yellow Jackets.
Riggles went into the locker room at half-time a very dejected young man. He sat down in a corner, head in hands, and cried like a baby. UCLAís coach, Nibbs Price, said little in the locker room that day, perhaps not knowing what to say. Finally, just before leaving the locker room to return to the field, Coach Price said, "Men, the same team that played the first half will start the second."
The players headed for the field, all but Riggles. "Roy, didnít you hear me? The same team that started the first half will start the second."
"Coach," he said, "I canít do it. Iíve ruined you. Iíve ruined the University of California. Iíve ruined myself. I couldnít face the crowd in the stadium to save my life." Then Coach Price put his hand on Riggleís shoulder and said. "Roy, get up and go on back. The game is only half over." Riggles returned to the game and played like heíd never played before.
Iím not a big football fan, and not terribly impressed with the conduct of most coaches today, but I like Nibbs Price. He gave Roy Riggles a second chance, and Riggles made the most of it. He may have wanted to quit, but he couldnít and Coach Pr...