God’s Amazing Love

Ever wonder how to be sure God loves you? Take a look at these scriptures!

“In his goodness he chose to make us his own children by giving us his true word. And we, out of all creation, became his choice possession.” James 1:18 NLT

1.) “In his goodness he chose to make us his own children by giving us his true word….”
He chose to make us his own children. Consider this an adoption by parents who are capable of conceiving their own children, who have their own children, yet choose to adopt more children out of the love in their hearts. And also consider these parents to be able to bless their children “exceedingly and abundantly”.

2.) “And we, out of all creation, became his choice possession.”
Choice. Favorite. His most prized possession. The King James Version translates this verse: “…that we should be a kind of first fruits of his creatures.” Your first fruits are your very best. In olive oil, the first pressing, the extra virgin olive oil, is the top-of-the-line, highest quality, very best. God created us to be His top-of-the-line, highest quality, very best. We are indeed His prized possession!

Beautiful Kwanso day lillies.

Look at the lilies and how they grow……Solomon in all his glory was not dressed as beautifully as they are. And if God cares so wonderfully for flowers that are here today and gone tomorrow, won’t he more surely care for you?” (Luke 12:27,28)

This was spoken by Jesus himself. The Son of God. The perfect reflection of God (John 14:9). Who could know God’s heart better than Jesus? In earthly terms, we would say “the mirror doesn’t lie”. Knowing full well God cannot lie (Hebrews 6:18; Titus 1:2; Psalm 89:35), neither, then, can Jesus.

Roget’s New Millennium™ Thesaurus, First Edition has two distinct entries for the word “care”, as used in this verse. Both are verbs; the first, defined as “tend to” (synonyms: attend, baby-sit, consider, foster, look after, mind, minister, mother, nurse, nurture, protect, provide for, sit, take pains, tend, treasure, wait on, watch, watch over), and the second, defined as “regard highly” (synonyms: cherish, desire, enjoy, find congenial, go for, hold dear, like, love, prize, take to, want). Both of these definitions declare how strongly and to what extent God truly cares for each and every one of us!

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Intercessory Prayer

praying child.
…The earnest prayer of a righteous person has great power and produces wonderful results. James 5:16, NLT

“And he saw that there was no man, and wondered that there was no intercessor.” (Isaiah 59:16)

What happens when we don’t like someone’s actions or words? Usually we speak poorly of them, argue with them, dislike them. We may even ask God to act in vengeance to right the wrong that has been done to us. From a human stand point, that would only be fair.

But in steps grace, the freely given, unmerited favor and love of God. The love that knows no bounds, is longsuffering, and wills that all be saved. Slanderers, murderers, and thieves. Adulterers, liars, and everyone else who does not fit another’s ideal of perfection.

So how do you get the sinner to Jesus? Through prayer! And I don’t mean just one half-hearted prayer. Pray for them as often as they cross your mind. If you’re angry with them, this probably means often. Pray that their spiritual eyes be opened, that their hearts be softened, that their souls be saved. Pray the blood. Pray that the Holy Spirit pours himself out like a flood upon them. When every where they look they just see Jesus.

Smile.

grace [greys]
-noun, verb, graced, grac‧ing.
8. Theology.
a. the freely given, unmerited favor and love of God.
b. the influence or spirit of God operating in humans to regenerate or strengthen them.
c. a virtue or excellence of divine origin: the Christian graces.
d. Also called state of grace. the condition of being in God’s favor or one of the elect.
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a synonym for grace is mercy:
mer · cy [mur-see]
–noun, plural -cies for 4, 5.
1. compassionate or kindly forbearance shown toward an offender, an enemy, or other person in one’s power; compassion, pity, or benevolence: Have mercy on the poor sinner.
2. the disposition to be compassionate or forbearing: an adversary wholly without mercy.
3. the discretionary power of a judge to pardon someone or to mitigate punishment, esp. to send to prison rather than invoke the death penalty.
4. an act of kindness, compassion, or favor: She has performed countless small mercies for her friends and neighbors.
5. something that gives evidence of divine favor; blessing: It was just a mercy we had our seat belts on when it happened.
See the full definition of mercy on dictionary.com

“that all be saved”
2 Peter 3:9, KJV “The Lord is not slack concerning his promise, as some men count slackness; but is longsuffering to us-ward, not willing that any should perish, but that all should come to repentance.”
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“perfection”
Romans 3:23 KJV “For all have sinned, and come short of the glory of God;”
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