Monday, February 15, 2010

Need a Hug?

God is Love

And so we know and rely on the love God has for us. God is love. Whoever lives in love lives in God, and God in him.  1 John 4:16

Have you ever struggled with feeling loved and accepted?  Most of us do, but we don’t have to once we grasp how deeply and completely God loves us.  While love from a spouse or a friend or a family member may be lacking, God’s love will fill that void in our life if we invite him to do so.  In fact, no one is complete without God’s love.  He created us to yearn for Him; that is why so frequently we feel emptiness irrespective of whatever our circumstances or relationships may be.  So, if you don’t feel complete, how about accepting God’s love?  He is waiting for you.  And remember, with God, you will experience love beyond imagine.
I pray that out of his glorious riches he may strengthen you with power through his Spirit in your inner being, so that Christ may dwell in your hearts through faith. And I pray that you, being rooted and established in love, may have power, together with all the saints, to grasp how wide and long and high and deep is the love of Christ,   Ephesians 3:16-18

Because God is Love, He is committed unconditionally to you.

Monday, February 1, 2010

Where Are You?

God is Sovereign

And we know that in all things God works for the good of those who love him, who have been called according to his purpose.  Romans 8:28

I’ve been thinking about the people in Haiti and the utter devastation and then I was reminded of the Tsunami several years ago, Hurricane Katrina, 9/11 and all the "bad" things that happen in this world.  How can one believe that there is a God that is good when faced with these circumstances?

There are some things that we just can’t comprehend, but we just have to trust that God is in control and that in all things God works for the good.  For it is in times like these that we are given a chance to show love and compassion to total strangers.  This is how hope is restored -- when we lend a helping hand to someone in need.  God commanded us to love one another – to help, to care, to support and to provide for those who can not for themselves.  This is how God works – through us-- in the midst of chaos and calamity.  He does not send the chaos, but He restores hope when chaos strikes.

…I knew that you are a gracious and compassionate God, slow to anger and abounding in love, a God who relents from sending calamity.  Jonah 4:2

Because God is Sovereign, we can trust God is at work in the midst of calamity.