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July 12th, 2012

God Never Abandons Anyone

God Never Abandons Anyone

There is a possibility that we fall into despair when our prayers are un heard and our life situations remain unchanged. We may think that the Lord is not taking care of us and He is unaware of our troubles. We read in the book of Psalms; “The Lord has been mindful of us; he will bless us” (115:12).

Joseph of the Old Testament – A just man, Joseph of the Old Testament, looks like he is abandoned by God, when he is thrown into a pit and sold by his brothers. No one could think of God who rescues him, when he was falsely accused and imprisoned. When Joseph became the ruler of Egypt, we can see that the silence of God was from His great plan and care for him all through his life.

But Joseph might have gone through the real pain of isolation and judgment. Christ himself was crying on the cross over His father’s silence. It might have been for taking part in the pain of those abandoned and forlorn.

God never abandons anyone. But Satan tempts us interpreting our life situations to be one that abandoned by God. When our life faces troubles and we are in an adverse situation, remind ourselves;“God is mindful of me; He will bless me.” God never leaves us.

Cain was a murderer. But still the Lord printed a protective mark on Him. Will He not take care of us? In order to experience the care and love of God we should get rid of our complaints over human love and care.

Possess the firm conviction that God is enough for me. Let God Hold Your Hand.

Let us pray for this grace : Lord, when we pass through the pain of rejection and abandonment, fill us with strong faith in you. Let our problems never be an opportunity to suspect your great and unbound love. Amen.

– – – written by Benny Punnathara

July 5th, 2012

A Love Poem To God

A Love Poem to God

I’ve struggled with sin for so long,
You’ve been so right, I’ve been so wrong.
When will I triumph over my sin?
When will true closeness to You begin?

At the cross you reply with a strong voice,
“My Son made the ultimate choice,
He took your sin and nailed it there with Him
So that your time being near Me could begin.
So don’t fail to praise Me with all you are
Because your sins were forgiven through His scars.”

Your love for me, o God, is beyond compare,
But I’ll do all I can to lay my soul bare
So that you can see that my love is true
All my days I will spend praising You.

– – – written by Matt Cannon

June 26th, 2012

Agape Love is Divine Love

Gods Love is BIG

“Anyone who does not love does not know God, because God is love” (1John 4:8).

What is Love?

When we think of God, we think of His pure and authentic love so poetically communicated in 1 Corinthians 13:4-7. It reads: “Love is patient, love is kind. It is not jealous, (love) is not pompous, it is not inflated, it is not rude, it does not seek its own interests, it is not quick-tempered, it does not brood over injury, it does not rejoice over wrongdoing but rejoice with the truth. It bears all things, believes all things, hopes all things, endures all things.”

Agape, Phileo, Storge and Eros Love

Not only does the Bible teach us that this type of love, also known as Agape love comes from God, but also it reveals three other types of love: Phileo love, Storge love and Eros love. Agape love is defined as a divine love, Phileo as brotherly love, Storge as family love and Eros as romantic love. Jacob expressed Eros love toward Rachel by agreeing to work seven years for her father in exchange for her hand in marriage. Bible states that he loved her so much that the years he spent working for her father seemed “but a few days (read Genesis 29: 1-30)”.

Jonathan and David’s friendship was one of Phileo love, so much so that when Jonathan’s father, King Saul, threatened to kill David in his jealous rage, Jonathan risked his own life to protect his friend (1 Samuel 14). The story of Joseph depicted Storge love in which he forgave his brothers and provided for them in spite of the fact that they had sold him into slavery (Genesis 37-50).

And the greatest love story found in the Bible, John 3:16, encompasses Agape love. It states, “For God so loved the world that he gave His only begotten Son, that whosoever believes in Him should not perish, but have everlasting life”.

Read the poem : She Loves God

All of these biblical figures knew God and therefore, they loved. And because they loved, they labored, defended, forgave and sacrificed unselfishly and unconditionally. Their stories seem to suggest that the act of giving is not loving; the act of loving is giving. In other words, you can give someone something and not truly love them, but you can’t truly love someone and not give them anything.

Unfortunately, certain worldly systems deceive us into believing we must be selfish with love. Basically, we must only give and/or express love if it going to benefit us. These subtle lies are dressed up in clever marketing strategies and rhetoric and embedded into our minds through books, movies and songs. If we are not careful, they can easily attack our knowledge of God as Christians.

Ten Ways To Love

God’s Love On The Cross

Do You Love Jesus More Than Anything?

It is no wonder why the Apostle Paul warned, “See to it that no one takes you captive through hollow and deceptive philosophy which depends on human tradition and the basic principles of this world rather than on Christ” (Colo. 2:8).

We cannot afford to allow the truth about love to become tainted by deceptive philosophy because it will only alter our view of God in a negative way. Let’s defend and uphold real love that can only come from God and can only be expressed through the power of God.

– – – written by Stephen Tharayil

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