That's right let's have another cup of coffee to talk about the love of God.
As i was walking around the yard i noticed the daffodills waking from a winters rest , other flowers are beginning to soak u[ ther wamth of the sun.
See, the world is still at the realm of darkness because it's overshadowed by the adversary of this world. We have to realize the darkness is in the heart and the mind. The darkness I am talking about is anger , greed , hate and selfishness . Look at the newspapers , TV and magazines , they give a doom and gloom picture of our society .
Psalm 37: 8 - Refrain from anger and turn from wrath ; do not fret- it leads only to evil
Romans 12 :18 - If possible , so far as it depends on you , live peacefully with all.
Allowing anger to interwine with your heart and soul to discourage us from continuing to search our hearts for love and comfort. Anger can kill the light of our spirit.
John 13 : 34-35 - A new command I give you , love one another. As I have loved you , so you must love one another. By this all men will know that you are my disciples , if you love one another.
To respect for others takes an effort on our part.
Jude 20 - You , dear friends , must build each other up in your most holy faith , pray in the power of the Holy Spirit.
1 Peter 2 : 17 - Show proper respect to everyone , love the family of belivers ...
Christ in his love for us, gave up his most high position in heaven to come to earth. God shows compassion to us by giving us blessings we don't deserve and by not giving us what we do deserve.
Psalm 145 : 9 - The Lord is good to everyone. He shows compassion on all his creations.
Forgiveness is the ONLY way to stomp out hate and anger.
Matthew 6 :14-15 - If you forgive those who have sinned against you , your heavenly father will forgive you , but if you refuse to forgive others, your father will not forgive your sins.
Matthew 5 : 25-26 - Come to terms quickly with your enemy before it is too late and you are dragged into court , handed to an officer , and thrown into jail. I assure you that you won't be free again until you have paid the last penny.
To reconcile with others is MANDATORY to our relationship with God. The purpose of reconciliation is to heal all wounds that have been hidden in our hearts.
John 3 : 16 - For God so loved the world that he gave his only begotten son , so that whoever believes in him should not perish but have everlasting life.
1 John 4: 9-10 - God showed how much he loved us by sending his only son into the world so that we might have eternal life through him.
God loves us . This is real love.
Pastor Tom Ligon