Friday, January 22, 2016

+DEV+ Perfect, Unconditional, Unending Love

Date: January 22, 2016 at 12:36 AM
Topic: +DEV+  Perfect, Unconditional, Unending Love

Perfect, Unconditional, Unending Love

"I have been crucified with Christ and I no longer live, but Christ lives in me. The life I live... I live by faith in the Son of God, who loved me and gave himself for me." Galatians 2:20

Scripture Focus: Matthew 6:25-34; 2 Corinthians 9:8-11

Sometimes we Christians cheat ourselves of the great comfort that could be ours. We fail to understand God's providential care for us. Romans 8:28 says, "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." We've memorized that verse, but do we believe it? We trust God for eternal life, but not for every day. I call it "Stop Light Theology." We believe God sends green lights, but can't bring ourselves to attribute the red lights to Him as well. 

Our God loves us with a perfect, unconditional, unending love. And He is in control of every event in our lives, including the red stop lights. When we face trouble and sickness - things that make us hit the brakes - can we still trust Him? Yes! What great comfort! I've lived beyond my three-score and ten years. As I look back, I can see how God worked for good in my heartbreaks as well as my joys. I've learned, like Paul, that whatever comes my way, I will be content in it (Philippians 4:11).

Insight: Systematic theology - the study of God's attributes - is a great comfort. We find a God of love who is all-powerful and just and absolutely sovereign.

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