THOSE FORGIVEN LOVE

THOSE FORGIVEN LOVE

When the Pharisee who had invited him saw this, he said to himself, “If this man were a prophet, he would know who is touching him and what kind of woman she is—that she is a sinner.” Jesus answered him, “Simon, I have something to tell you.” “Tell me, teacher,” he said. “Two people owed money to a certain moneylender. One owed him five hundred denarii, and the other fifty. Neither of them had the money to pay him back, so he forgave the debts of both. Now which of them will love him more?” Simon replied, “I suppose the one who had the bigger debt forgiven.” “You have judged correctly,” Jesus said. Then he turned toward the woman and said to Simon, “Do you see this woman? I came into your house. You did not give me any water for my feet, but she wet my feet with her tears and wiped them with her hair. You did not give me a kiss, but this woman, from the time I entered, has not stopped kissing my feet. You did not put oil on my head, but she has poured perfume on my feet. Therefore, I tell you, her many sins have been forgiven—as her great love has shown. But whoever has been forgiven little loves little.” Then Jesus said to her, “Your sins are forgiven.” The other guests began to say among themselves, “Who is this who even forgives sins?” Jesus said to the woman, “Your faith has saved you; go in peace.” —Luke 7:39-50

Jesus crucified for our sins. Our sin debt has been paid. He is the atoning sacrifice that appeased the wrath of God toward everyone who accepts the gift of eternal life through Jesus (Romans 6:23). https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=u_ZWEO36jok

Now for those who have faith in Jesus, we are like the woman in the above portion of God’s Word. We love much because we know we have been forgiven much. The more we understand the love of God the more we love like God.

A preacher on the radio was saying yesterday that “If we cannot forgive people the small mud puddle of their sin then we are not forgiven.” Jesus put it this way— “For if you forgive other people when they sin against you, your heavenly Father will also forgive you. But if you do not forgive others their sins, your Father will not forgive your sins” (Matthew 6:14-15). God love and forgives. We need to do the same without negating the seriousness of sin.

Love is obedience to God. Love is eternal gratitude toward God. Love is more of a proper understanding of ourselves. Love is an active forgiving of others. Love is not seeing ourselves as any better than anyone else. Love is a willingness to serve others. Love is willingness to take the least position. Love looks out for the best interest of others. Love wants others to know the love of God and takes the action so that others will hear about His love for them. May we be doing so!

It is an overwhelming marvel when we consider what God has done for us— “God made him who had no sin to be sin for us, so that in him we might become the righteousness of God” (II Corinthians 5:21). https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wjLlLPZderk

My Father, I am so grateful for what You have done for me and so many others through Jesus. Oh, that we would share this wonderful message with others that they too may know Your love. May this be so in the power of Your Holy Spirit and in the authority of Jesus.

THEY DO NOT KNOW…

THEY DO NOT KNOW…

After that whole generation had been gathered to their ancestors, another generation grew up who knew neither the Lord nor what he had done for Israel. —Judges 2:10

As he approached the town gate, a dead person was being carried out—the only son of his mother, and she was a widow. And a large crowd from the town was with her. When the Lord saw her, his heart went out to her and he said, “Don’t cry.” Then he went up and touched the bier they were carrying him on, and the bearers stood still. He said, “Young man, I say to you, get up!” The dead man sat up and began to talk, and Jesus gave him back to his mother. —Luke 7:12-15

I tell you, among those born of women there is no one greater than John; yet the one who is least in the kingdom of God is greater than he.” (All the people, even the tax collectors, when they heard Jesus’ words, acknowledged that God’s way was right, because they had been baptized by John. But the Pharisees and the experts in the law rejected God’s purpose for themselves, because they had not been baptized by John.) —Luke 7:28-30

As in Judges 2:20 there are those all around us who “grew up who knew neither the Lord nor what he had done for Israel” or what He has done for us. They do not know the power of God and to a large degree have “rejected God’s purpose for themselves.” How sad this is.

I was listening to a radio program as I was riding along yesterday. They were having one of those “man on the street” interviews and were asking people what Easter was all about. The most popular answer was “eggs and bunnies.” One guy said, “It is about Jesus too, but He doesn’t get any air time. We are brainwashed with the eggs and bunnies.” I have always thought that if you want to control a populace then just manipulate them through the media. That happens today in so many ways. I do not take counsel from the media…

I am grateful for what Jesus has done for me and for so many others… It is exciting to see Him transform lives… That is what is most important!

Bloody red sky

Of night and morn

Tis a witness

His body torn

And was for me

Planned cross forlorn

That I could be

Once again born —tw

Dear Father, help me to share with those around be what Jesus has done for them. Oh that many may respond. May this be so in the power of Your Holy Spirit and in the authority of Jesus. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bba2Dqaw6SI

LOVE GOD

LOVE GOD

So be very careful to love the Lord your God. —Joshua 23:11

Whoever has my commands and keeps them is the one who loves me. The one who loves me will be loved by my Father, and I too will love them and show myself to them.” —John 14:21

We know that we have come to know him if we keep his commands. Whoever says, “I know him,” but does not do what he commands is a liar, and the truth is not in that person. But if anyone obeys his word, love for God is truly made complete in them. —I John 2:3-5

“Why do you call me, ‘Lord, Lord,’ and do not do what I say? As for everyone who comes to me and hears my words and puts them into practice, I will show you what they are like. They are like a man building a house, who dug down deep and laid the foundation on rock. When a flood came, the torrent struck that house but could not shake it, because it was well built. But the one who hears my words and does not put them into practice is like a man who built a house on the ground without a foundation. The moment the torrent struck that house, it collapsed and its destruction was complete.” —Luke 6:45-49

How many people say, “I love God” and yet do not do what He says? We don’t obey out of drudgery, but because of love. If I truly love God then my greatest desire is to be and do what He desires. Otherwise I am just saying words and going through religious motions.

Both the wise and foolish builders hear the Word of God, but the wise man 1-comes to Jesus 2- Hears the words of Jesus and 3- Puts the words of Jesus into practice. He has a strong foundation to face whatever life may bring his way and is headed to Heaven. Not so the foolish builder. He also hears the words of Jesus, but he does not 1- come to Jesus or 2- put Jesus’ words into practice. He is not ready for what life brings his way and will eventually be destroyed— forever in Hell!

What a dangerous place to be when a person hears God’s Word but does not come to Jesus and obey His Word. A person can say they love God all they want, but according to the above verses from I John they are lying if they are not being obedient to what He says. Anyone can say they love God, but their attitude and actions will bear out if they truly do love Him.

“Teacher, which is the greatest commandment in the Law?” Jesus replied: “ ‘Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind.’ This is the first and greatest commandment. And the second is like it: ‘Love your neighbor as yourself.’ All the Law and the Prophets hang on these two commandments.”—Matthew 22:36-40

Lord God Almighty, My Father, I truly love You and I know those words are easy to say, but may my life bear this out. May this be so in the power of Your Holy Spirit and in the authority of Jesus. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mZGzu6oI9b4

PRAY

Pray

One of those days Jesus went out to a mountainside to pray, and spent the night praying to God. When morning came, he called his disciples to him and chose twelve of them, whom he also designated apostles. —Luke 6:12-13

Prayer… Are you spending time in prayer or just going through your days in your own strength and power? If Jesus spent time with His Father in prayer, surely we need to be doing the same thing!

Jesus spent all night in prayer before He picked the twelve that would be with Him over the next few years. Surely it would be wise for us to spend time in prayer at all times, especially when we have decisions to make and guidance needed. Actually, we need to talk to Him about all things all the time.

He is the only One who can change people’s hearts, encourage people to make right decisions, encourage people to take right actions and direct people into His will. But we have the great privilege of getting to spend time with Him, to talk to Him about anything and everything— cares, concerns, people, circumstances, desires, hurts, help, guidance, faithfulness, holiness… Yes, we can talk to him about anything and everything. May you and I be doing so! https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Jsx1DIc5o4A

Thank You Father that You are always available and that I can talk with You at any time. May I be doing so throughout this day and every day. May this be so in the power of Your Holy Spirit and in the authority of Jesus.
PRA

YOU ARE FOLLOWING SOMEONE

YOU ARE FOLLOWING SOMEONE

“Follow me” —Luke 5:27

Everyone will follow someone… There are those who listen to certain news media and will follow whatever they say. There are those who follow sports teams, Hollywood personalities, gamers and other groups. People follow cults and cultures. Yes, people will follow somebody… even if it is themselves!

Jesus told Matthew and others to follow Him. Matthew, like so many others, immediately left what he was doing and started following Jesus. Now Jesus is either fully trustworthy to be followed or He is not worthy to be trusted to follow at all. Well, He is fully trustworthy and He is the only One who is fully trustworthy! Are you following Him or someone else? The someone else will fail you and Jesus, the eternal Son of God, will never fail you! https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=o8Sx_U0Ztr8 Trust Him, follow Him. Your life now and eternal destiny depends on Him— whether you trust Him or not! Trust Him today and for the rest of your life. Then all eternity will be enjoyed with Him and all who love Him. Rejoice in that!

Dear Father, I am grateful to know Jesus and so look forward to being with Him and all who love Him. May I faithfully follow Him for the rest of my life in the power of Your Holy Spirit and in the authority of Jesus. May it be so!

BE OBEDIENT IN FISHING

BE OBEDIENT IN FISHING

When he had finished speaking, he said to Simon, “Put out into deep water, and let down the nets for a catch.” Simon answered, “Master, we’ve worked hard all night and haven’t caught anything. But because you say so, I will let down the nets.” When they had done so, they caught such a large number of fish that their nets began to break. So they signaled their partners in the other boat to come and help them, and they came and filled both boats so full that they began to sink. When Simon Peter saw this, he fell at Jesus’ knees and said, “Go away from me, Lord; I am a sinful man!” For he and all his companions were astonished at the catch of fish they had taken, and so were James and John, the sons of Zebedee, Simon’s partners. Then Jesus said to Simon, “Don’t be afraid; from now on you will fish for people.” So they pulled their boats up on shore, left everything and followed him. —Luke 5:4-11

Have you been working hard and not seen any results of your labor? Listen to Jesus and if He asks you to do the same thing, do it. Results will come. After all, He is the One who has sent us to “fish for people.”

But are you fishing? Where are you fishing? With whom are you fishing? Being fishers of men in obedience to Jesus will bring results. But fishermen need to persevere and not give up.

The Word of God above shows us to do what Jesus says… even if we have been fishing for a long time. Be obedient. It is His plan. A catch will come. You were caught by someone Jesus sent and others will be caught by your being sent! Bring the love of God to others that was brought to you! https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=suMhQ3ETCyI&t=25s

Dear Father, please help me to persevere in Your desires and may I do so in the power of Your Holy Spirit and in the authority of Jesus. Yes, may this be so!

SHINE!

SHINE!

For my eyes have seen your salvation, which you have prepared in the sight of all nations: a light for revelation to the Gentiles, and the glory of your people Israel. —Luke 2:30-32

Light dispels darkness. Darkness cannot be in the presence of light nor can it overcome the light. Darkness can only exist when light is absent. Jesus is the Light of the World (John 8:12). Without Jesus the world and individual lives are darkness.

This is the verdict: Light has come into the world, but people loved darkness instead of light because their deeds were evil. Everyone who does evil hates the light, and will not come into the light for fear that their deeds will be exposed. But whoever lives by the truth comes into the light, so that it may be seen plainly that what they have done has been done in the sight of God. —John 3:19-21

People love darkness. You do not have to look very far to see this in our nation or anywhere in this fallen world. I mentioned this before, but during the 1990’s half of the 200,000 murders in the United States remain unresolved. That means there are 100,000 murderers still roaming the streets of America without being held accountable for their wicked deeds.

A fellow follower of Jesus just got back from Nigeria and told of the horrific atrocities that are taking place in that nation. The depths of evil that man can carry out on his fellow man can only be explained by Satan having them “captive to do his will” (II Timothy 2:26). Satan is the “evil one” (I John 3:12) driving those captive by him to do his wicked deeds.

Thank God that even though “The god of this age has blinded the minds of unbelievers, so that they cannot see the light of the gospel that displays the glory of Christ, who is the image of God. For what we preach is not ourselves, but Jesus Christ as Lord, and ourselves as your servants for Jesus’ sake. For God, who said, “Let light shine out of darkness,” made his light shine in our hearts to give us the light of the knowledge of God’s glory displayed in the face of Christ” (II Corinthians 4:4-6).

Brothers and sisters let as shine as lights in this world (Philippians 2:15) and bring the light of His Word (Psalm 119:105) to them so they have the opportunity to be transferred from the kingdom of darkness to the kingdom of light (Colossians 1:12-14; Acts 26:17-18). Yes, let us be faithful in this! https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NWaLb_-MOxI

Dear Father, may I shine for You that others might glorify Your Name. May this be so in the power of Your Holy Spirit and in the authority of Jesus. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=BkxoTmKpDcU

NAMED BEFORE CONCEPTION

NAMED BEFORE CONCEPTION

On the eighth day, when it was time to circumcise the child, he was named Jesus, the name the angel had given him before he was conceived. —Luke 2:21

Jesus’ birth was supernatural, a miraculous birth by God’s design (Luke 1:26-38). He was named Jesus even before His conception. Jesus “was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God. He was with God in the beginning. Through him all things were made; without him nothing was made that has been made” (John 1:1-3). Jesus, “being in very nature God, did not consider equality with God something to be used to his own advantage; rather, he made himself nothing by taking the very nature of a servant, being made in human likeness. And being found in appearance as a man, he humbled himself by becoming obedient to death— even death on a cross!” (Philippians 2:6-8). This Holy, Eternal Son of God came to this planet and “died for our sins according to the Scriptures, that he was buried, that he was raised on the third day according to the Scriptures” (I Corinthians 15:3-4). This is God’s love for us and “We love because he first loved us” (I John 4:19).

Those who advocate abortion wouldn’t have any problem with aborting Jesus if He were born in our day. But the fact of the matter is abortionists and those who support them are destroying creations of God. Abortionists and those supporting them are anti-God, anti-Christ as they kill the most innocent and helpless among us. This is the ultimate terrorism that has been carried out on over 50 million children in the womb in the United States. World-wide 50 million abortions happen every year!— 1.5 billion babies have been aborted world-wide. Do you think God is happy about that? Do you think He does not hear the cries of those being aborted? Woe to those who support or perform abortions. They will meet their Maker one day and will have to give account to Him! https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NgcGmgrNuLM May they turn for the practice of abortion and support of it!

Dear Father, please help our leaders to make right decisions to stop this horrific slaughter of the innocents. May this be so in the power of Your Holy Spirit and in the authority of Jesus.

PROCLAIM!

PROCLAIM!

…to give his people the knowledge of salvation through the forgiveness of their sins, because of the tender mercy of our God, by which the rising sun will come to us from heaven to shine on those living in darkness and in the shadow of death, to guide our feet into the path of peace. —Luke 1:77-79

As John the Baptist was to bring the “knowledge of salvation through forgiveness of sins” to “those living in darkness and in the shadow of death, so we are also to do the same.

“Everyone who calls on the name of the Lord will be saved.” How, then, can they call on the one they have not believed in? And how can they believe in the one of whom they have not heard? And how can they hear without someone preaching to them? And how can anyone preach unless they are sent? As it is written: “How beautiful are the feet of those who bring good news!” —Romans 10:13-15 (see Joel 2:32)

How are those around us going to call on the One who can save them if they have not believed in Him? How can they believe if they have not heard about Him? There are those all around us who do not understand what Jesus has done for them. They need to hear. But, they will not hear unless a follower of Jesus shares the message with them. Jesus has sent us to bring His message to those in darkness (Matthew 28:19-20; John 17:18; 20:21). We are “to open their eyes and turn them from darkness to light, and from the power of Satan to God, so that they may receive forgiveness of sins and a place among those who are sanctified by faith in me” (Acts 26:18). Brothers and sisters may we do so today and for the rest of our lives to the honor and glory of God. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jVu5VZsCNOI How beautiful are the feet of them who bring the good news to others!

Dear Father may this be my focus for the rest of my life. Oh, may I share Your Word with people in some form each day of my life. May this be so in the power of Your Holy Spirit and in the authority of Jesus.