Abounding in Love

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Psalms 86:5 says, You, Lord, are forgiving and good, abounding in love to all who call to you.

I have heard it said love is not a feeling. But if that is true then what is the strong emotion I feel for my husband and children? How do we define that?

Love is an act of kindness and compassion toward others that leads them to find God for themselves. And this being so, sometimes love must do courageous and even hard things such as not allowing another person to continue in sin even if it means being perceived as unloving by the person.

For example, I dearly love all five of my children more than I can say. If they are heading the wrong direction and walking in sin in any way, I will lovingly tell them to change direction. God’s way is the only way for them to truly live and learn what love is for themselves. This “type” of loving, while not easy, causes the recipient to abound in love. Not only abound in my love but the love of the Lord

We will more fully understand the abounding love of the Father when we are loved enough by someone who will tell us what we need to hear to bring us to call on Him. For it is His loving kindness that leads us to repentance. This leads to action as well as the emotion of abounding love for God and for others.

And there you go!

Perfect Love

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1 John 4:18 says, There is no fear in love, but perfect love casts out fear. For fear has to do with punishment, and he who fears is not perfected in love.

The problem is our love is not perfect. However, it could be if we allowed Jesus’ love to flow through us.

Notice this verse does not say we won’t have fear, but that perfect love casts it out. So when we even start to fear we need to remind the enemy that Jesus’ love in us dismisses fear from our mind.

Afraid of sharing Christ with others? His love casts out fear.

Afraid of losing a relationship? His love casts out fear.

Afraid you can’t face another day? His love casts out fear!

Afraid of death and dying? His love casts out fear!

And His love and power gives us the victory as we obey His directives and carry out His will.

Oh what a thought! He loves me, and I can love others because He loves me. So fear, take a hike!

And there you go!

God Never Forgets About You!

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Isaiah 49:16 says, "Behold, I have engraved you on the palm of my hands; your walls are continually before me."

Once God makes you His, He’s got you! Imagine yourself being branded or etched in His palm.

Whether you like this illustration or not, it’s somewhat similar to having a tattoo, in my mind. Now you're probably thinking, "What's that you say, Valerie?"

Think of it. A tattoo is a pretty permanent thing. If it’s on your arm, your hand, your ankle, or wherever it is - there it stays. You read its words or see its meaning, and remember why it’s there.

A tattoo might eventually wear off, but the engraving on God's hands of you and me will never come off. He looks at it all the time. He remembers to care for us constantly, and He loves us beyond measure. We are permanently part of Him if we have accepted His Son.

Ponder this thought! Nothing can snatch you from being engraved on His hand. And there you go!
 

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