It is important in life that we love others unconditionally just as God's
love is unconditional towards us. His love is perfect and is not dependent
on whether we triumph or stumble or whether we succeed or fail. The Lord
loves each of His children equally and as our example, we are to have that
same love towards everyone we come into contact with. The Bible declares in
Romans 12:9, "Let love be without dissimulation..." The word dissimulation
is defined as "To conceal one's true feelings or intentions." Let us not
go forth saying that we love with no feeling behind it, but rather let us
go forth with a pure heart showing God's love to all unconditionally just
as the Lord wishes for each of us. (Acts 10:34-35) (Jeremiah 31:3)
I hope today's message encourages your heart to show your love freely so
that others may be encouraged and lifted up by your positive words and actions.
I LOVE YOU ANYWAY
The fear of rejection may be one of the most basic fears of the human
experience. Dr. Joe Harding tells a heart-warming story of a man who
finally decided to ask his boss for a raise in salary. It was Friday. He
told his wife that morning what he was about to do. All day the man felt
nervous and apprehensive. Late in the afternoon he summoned the courage to
approach his employer. To his delight, the boss agreed to a raise.
The man arrived home to a beautiful table set with their best china.
Candles were lighted. His wife had prepared a festive meal. Immediately he
figured that someone from the office had tipped her off! Finding his wife
in the kitchen, he told her the good news. They embraced and kissed, then
sat down to a wonderful meal. Next to his plate the man found a beautiful
lettered note. It read: "Congratulations, darling! I knew you'd get the
raise! These things will tell you how much I love you."
While on his way to the kitchen to get dessert he noticed that a second
card had fallen from her pocket. Picking it off the floor, he read: "Don't
worry about not getting the raise! You deserve it anyway! These things will
tell you how much I love you."
Total acceptance! Total love. Her love for him was not contingent upon his
success at work. In fact, just the opposite. If he were to fail there, if
he were to be rejected by his boss, he'd be all the more accepted at home.
She stood behind him no matter what; softening the blows, healing the
wounds, believing in him, loving him. We can be rejected by almost anyone
if we're loved by one.
That's the way families can be with each other. And I like to think that's
the way God is with us, too! "We love Him because He first loved us."
Read and meditate on these scriptures:
1 John 4:20-21 "If a man say, I love God, and hateth his brother, he is a
liar: for he that loveth not his brother whom he hath seen, how can he
love God whom he hath not seen? And this commandment have we from Him,
That he who loveth God love his brother also."
John 15:9-13 Jesus declares "As the Father hath loved Me, so have I loved
you: continue ye in My love. If ye keep My commandments, ye shall abide in
My love; even as I have kept My Father's commandments, and abide in His
love. These things have I spoken unto you, that My Joy might remain in
you, and that your Joy might be full. This is My commandment, That ye love
one another, as I have loved you. Greater love hath no man than this, that
a man lay down his life for his friends."
Hebrews 13:1-3 "Let brotherly love continue. Be not forgetful to entertain
strangers: for thereby some have entertained angels unawares. Remember them
that are in bonds, as bound with them; and them which suffer adversity, as
being yourselves also in the body."
Colossians 3:23-25 "And whatsoever ye do, do it heartily, as to the Lord,
and not unto men; Knowing that of the Lord ye shall receive the reward of
the inheritance: for ye serve the Lord Christ. But he that doeth wrong
shall receive for the wrong which he hath done: and there is no respect of
All of these scriptures can be found in the King James Version Bible.
Today's Selected Poem: MESSAGES TO REMEMBER
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Today's Selected Testimony: WHO CRUCIFIED CHRIST?
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In Christ's Service,
Gods Work Ministry