The Love of God

The Love of God

Paul said, “Nay, in all things we are more than conquerors through him that loved us.” (Rom. 8:37). He then catalogues things that cannot affect Christ’s love for us.

The Love of God abounds.

The Love of God abounds.

The love of God is unaffected by our conditions of life. (Rom. 8:38) A “thorn in the flesh” does not mean that Christ does not love us. It may best that we have problems so that we may not be “exhalted over much.” (2 Cor. 12:7) The grace of God can make perfect our weakness. (2 Cor. 12:9) Even in death Christ has not forsaken us. Death does not affect the soul for which Christ died. In death there is only a change of the condition of the soul from an earthly abode to a spiritual realm.

The love of Good is unaffected by the order of things. (Rom 8:38) “Neither . . . angels, nor principalities, nor the things present, nor things to come” will cause Christ to cease loving us. Trials may lead us nearer or away from Christ. Whatever may be our burdens and problems he still loves us.

The love of God is raised above the power of time.  Neither things “present, nor things to come” will affect the love God for us. His love is constant. Christ loved us even when we were sinners–that is the reason he died for us.

The love is God is present everywhere. “Neither height, nor depth . . . shall be able to separate us from the love of God.” God is and he cares. He is not like a helpless idol nor a sitting Buddha.

It would be wonderful if our love for Christ was as firm as his love for us. God loves us but he hates sin. Sin can separate us from God. It is idle talk to say we love God and do not what he says. “For this is the love of God, that we keep his commandments: and his commandments are not grievous.” (1 Jn. 5:3)

Robert Notgrass

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Young Missionary

Young Missionary

He was a young missionary just beginning the work where he would serve the Lord for the next forty years. He had grown up in a small rural town and the “world” was the changing all around him. There was simply no way he could envision what lay ahead for him.

Dreaming of serving God.

Dreaming of serving God.

Now he sat in an amazing aircraft capable of navigating over thousands of miles and taking him back to the land filled with lost souls looking for Jesus. He thought first of the plane and then thought of something far greater. He penned these words which I have kept for many years.

Today I flew across this land,
In a powerful jet I made the span.

There I thought—how great the man
Who made this plane to rise and land.
To ride above the clouds so full
T’was a thrill for a man like me.

This machine in which I rode
Was a wonder to behold.
With wings so wide from side to side,
Through the air man made it glide.

And as I looked from windows high,
I saw the earth, the land, the sky.
Men like me had made this plane,
But who had made those clouds to rain?

Who had made the land so green?
The mighty river and the spring?
Who made the dust in that wind to blow?
Who made the mountains capped with snow?
The fish to swim in the creek below?
Who made the sky through which we fly?

No man could make these things to be;
No man or men like you and me.
There is no God , the fool has said;
And yet another, that God is dead.

But in that great Book from which I’ve read,
Is recorded what God has truly said.
How He made these things to be
And from the dust created me.

I wanted to share these words with you. The rhyme and the meter might not be the best, but there is no way to find fault with the heart and the soul of this young missionary and his dream to serve God. Thank you, Robert Martin.

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Earnestly Contend for the Faith

Why Should We Earnestly Contend for the Faith

Jude instructs the Christian to earnestly contend for the faith that was once and for all times delivered unto us. Why is this so important? The doctrines of mankind confuse, divide, and lead men further away from the Lord and Heaven. But the teaching of the Holy Spirit is clear, unifying, and leads to righteous living and eternal life. Evil men creep into the church in order to fulfill their own lusts and draw people away from the Lord. The false teacher does not often stand up and announce his presence and intent. They are wolves in sheep’s clothing.

Why is this so important?

Why is this so important?

Jude gives three examples of those who fell away. Those who were destroyed because of their failure to adhere to God’s will (the Israelites, the angels, and Sodom and Gomorrah). Those whose character was foreign to Christ-likeness. And those who murmured, complained, lusted, boasted, and were proud, more worried about pleasing men than pleasing God. Sounds very much like some in the church even today, doesn’t it?

So, Jude urges faithfulness. Keep yourselves, look for the mercy of Jesus unto eternal life, have compassion, make a difference in other people’s lives, pull the lost out of the fires of hell, and hate sinful defilement. Know that God is able to keep you from falling (which wouldn’t be necessary if you couldn’t fall away). So earnestly contend for the faith and be faithful.

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