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Bible Ballistics: BBs #436    The Real Valentine???

 

A Happy Valentine’s Day to you all—a day when we celebrate ‘love’! And we can celebrate ‘love’ without all the commercial trappings (Although chocolate trappings are always welcome J!)! I pray that your day will be blessed with time with the people you love and those who love you. What a privilege to be blessed with love, yet it is God’s love that enables us to really love others; so let’s spend a few minutes this morning rehearsing the beauty of God’s love revealed in the Holy Scriptures.

And we have seen and do testify

that the Father sent the Son

to be the Saviour of the world.

15 Whosoever shall confess

that Jesus is the Son of God,

God dwelleth in him,

and he in God.

16 And we have known and believed

the love that God hath to us.

God is love;

and he that dwelleth in love

dwelleth in God,

and God in him.

17 Herein is our love made perfect,

that we may have boldness

in the day of judgment:

because as he is,

so are we in this world.

18 There is no fear in love;

but perfect love casteth out fear:

because fear hath torment.

He that feareth is not made perfect

in love.

19 We love him,

because he first loved us.”   1 John 4:14-19

We are loved by God!!! Oh, how much He loves us; so much so, that HE gave Jesus that we might have life and not death, through forgiveness of our sin, by HIS own blood!

And as Moses lifted up the serpent

in the wilderness,

even so must the Son of man

be lifted up:

15 That whosoever believeth

in him

should not perish,

but have eternal life.

16 For God so loved the world,

that he gave

his only begotten Son,

that whosoever believeth

in him

should not perish,

but have everlasting life.

17 For God sent not his Son into the world

to condemn the world;

but that the world

through him

might be saved.

18 He that believeth

on him

is not condemned:

but he that believeth

not

is condemned already,

because he hath not believed

in the name

of the only begotten

Son of God.”   John 3:14-18

God “so loved” that HEgave” Jesus to be the payment for our sin, yet not only to pay for our sin, but to also give us new life—not ‘pie-in-the-sky’ life, that’s ‘way beyond the blue’—but life that is new right now. God gives us “abundant” life right now, when we receive Jesus as our Lord and Savior through repentance and faith in HIS substitutionary, atoning, sacrifice (in my place, for my debt, giving His life for mine!)!

Are you walking in that ‘love’ that He puts within the hearts of His own? When Jesus saves us, we become a reflection of HISlove’ to the world; and having HIM with us—today and each day—we can share HISlove’ where ever we go

Therefore being justified by faith,

we have peace with God

through our Lord Jesus Christ:

2 By whom also we have access

by faith

into this grace wherein we stand,

and rejoice in hope

of the glory of God.

3 And not only so,

but we glory in tribulations also:

knowing that tribulation

worketh patience;

4 And patience,

experience;

and experience,

hope:

5 And hope maketh not ashamed;

because the love of God

is shed abroad in our hearts

by the Holy Ghost

which is given unto us.”    Romans 5:1-5

Amen and Amen!!! Let’s reflect HIS love today; somebody we meet may need to see HIM in us!!!