Sunday Rest and Reflection:Loving and Obedient

Dear Friends in Christ,

Greetings on this day of rest and reflection!  I hope you are attending the church of your choice and fully giving yourself in worship and service to our God and Savior Jesus Christ!  We come together to lift up His name and celebrate His love for us and sacrifice  for our freedom.

Jesus loved us and demonstrated that love by giving Himself for us totally on the cross of Calvary.  His act of obedience to the Father stands out as supreme love.  We can only worship at such a display of selfless giving for those whose acts of rebellion put Him on the cross.  We respond to His love as we worship and gather together to listen to His word.

The Israelites of Judges show us our selfish and carnal nature.  We are so like them as we selfishly go our own way and mix with the cultures around us.  We easily worship other gods, mainly ourselves!  We can be filled with the Holy Spirit on Sunday and and filled with lust and revenge like Sampson on Monday!  We can see miraculous deliverance one day and forget God the next!  We end up doubting God’s love for us and looking for love in all the wrong places!

God really just wants our hearts!  He desires that we respond to His love and live a life of love each day.  Faith works through love!  It is not the law or a set of rules that we must follow to earn God’s love or keep to prove our love for Him.  We love Him because He first loved us!  We love Him and others and that is the fulfillment of His law!  Love does no wrong to a neighbor!  Love never fails!  It is so simple and yet so profound!

Allow your day to bring to mind ways to love God.  Practice His presence in all your activities this day.  Rest in His love for you!  Be refreshed in your souls by His amazing love!  Loving You as Christ,  Pastor John

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