Category: LOVE


Never Ending Love

“The steadfast love of the Lord never ceases.”
(Lamentations 3:22 ESV)

Some of us have experienced the disappointment and betrayal of failed love but this is no uncommon thing. Every worldly institution failed the Lord Jesus. He was betrayed by the economic system as Judas Iscariot sold him out for 30 pieces of silver.(Mathew 26:15) The Jewish religious system looked for false evidence against Jesus so that they could put him to death.(Matthew 26:59) The social networking system of friends and disciples deserted him and fled.(Matthew 26:56) His own culture turned on him as the people all shouted “His blood is on us and on our children!” (Matthew 27:25) The Roman political system had Jesus flogged, and handed him over to be crucified. (Matthew 27:26) Even the sunshine failed Jesus and from noon until three in the afternoon darkness came over all the land.(Matthew 27:45) But as Jesus hung dying on the cross he saw his mother there, and the disciple whom he loved standing nearby. (John 19:26) These two faithful ones remained close to Jesus through all the pain and suffering. Their love for Jesus did not fail. God’s love is not of this world so his love never fails.(1 Corinthians 13:8)

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The Perfect Relationship

“I will never abandon you or leave you.” (Hebrews 13:5 GW)

Everyone is looking for a perfect relationship. A relationship is defined as an emotional or other connection between people. There are many different types of relationships each with unique characteristics. Students have learning relationships with their teachers. Co-workers have productive relationships related to company objectives. Parents have a provisional relationship with their children. Sibling relationships can be very complicated. Friendship relationships develop in varying degrees. Lovers have romantic relationships that often lead to disappointment. In this life we will not find any perfect relationship but did you know that the Lord Jesus wants to have a personal relationship with us? The Lord wants to be our teacher.(John 13:13) If we are willing to listen and be his student. He wants to work with us for “we are co-workers in God’s service.” (1 Corinthians 3:9) God is the best Father and he loves us as his children. (1John 3:1) The Lord Jesus is there for us even when everyone else has abandoned us because he is “a friend who sticks closer than a brother.” (Proverbs 18:24) Without a personal relationship with Christ our lives will always be empty, lonely, frustrating, and without any significant purpose. The Lord Jesus loves us. Start your personal relationship with Christ Jesus today by receiving him as your Lord and Savior.

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The Fellowship of the Ring

“Give thanks to the Lord of lords. His love is eternal.”
(Psalms 136:3 HCSB)

Wedding rings are used in most Western cultures. The circular band is a symbol of eternity without a beginning or an end. The center space or hole of the ring represents a gateway leading to the blessings of a promised future. To give a woman a ring indicates a never-ending and immortal love. Christians used wedding rings in marriage ceremonies as a “symbol of the union of hearts.”(1) Since the majority of people are right handed, the wedding ring made of soft gold metal is protected from wear or damage on the left ring finger because this side is used less frequently during daily activities. The left ring finger is also surrounded by the third and fifth fingers offering additional protection. The history of the wedding ring reminds me about the eternal love of King Jesus. When we commit to his love we enter into the exciting promise of a future in the family of God. The stressful repetitive routines of this life can wear down our love towards the Lord but surrounding our activities with God’s Word and prayer can protect the fellowship we have with him.

1) http://www.todayifoundout.com/index.php/2010/09/the-origin-of-wedding-rings-and-why-theyre-worn-on-the-4th-finger-of-the-left-hand/

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The Cost of Love

“My old self has been crucified with Christ. It is no longer I who live, but Christ lives in me. So I live in this earthly body by trusting in the Son of God, who loved me and gave himself for me.”
(Galatians 2:20 NLT)

I know of a man who was entertaining some house guests and the mother of one of the guests was very ill with the flu. She should have stayed home to recover but nevertheless she came to the house and the man did his best to make her comfortable with some loving hospitality. As they left to go home he cordially embraced the sick women and with a kiss to her cheek said goodbye as per the usual cultural tradition. The man knew all about the airborne modes of flu transmission but he made the sacrifice to kiss the sick woman anyways. Unfortunately within 24 hours he also came down with the flu resulting in an entire week of misery. Love always has a cost. When we choose to love we choose to sacrifice. God is love and he showed us the way. Jesus sacrificed his life on a cross and he did it for love. Love has a cost. What are we willing to spend?

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Hot Love

“For we know how dearly God loves us, because he has given us the Holy Spirit to fill our hearts with his love.”
(Romans 5:5 NLT)

Recently my hot water heater stopped working at the house and it couldn’t have happened at a worse time since I had family coming to visit the very next afternoon. We had to take cold showers for several days while waiting for the electrician to repair the heater. Of course this frigid atmosphere was not very desirable. A cold shower is shockingly uncomfortable for bodies that are accustomed to hot water. A nice hot shower is a basic necessity in the developed world to decrease stress from the day but sadly many households have been submerged in the cold without even realizing it. Jesus said that in the end times “sin will be rampant everywhere, and the love of many will grow cold.” (Matthew 24:12) Selfish attitudes, bitterness, and unforgiveness freeze our ability to love. Only the power of the Holy Spirit in our lives can turn on the heat of God’s love to thaw out this frozen world.

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Exploding Love

“Love flashes like fire, the brightest kind of flame.”
(Song of Songs 8:6 NLT)

Most people look forward to seeing fireworks as they are used and recognized internationally for celebrating special events. Fireworks contain combustible chemicals that causes a spectacular explosion when ignited. They are designed to burn with flames or sparks of many colors as they completely transform the darkness of night into a brilliant display of light. Like fireworks love can suddenly explode in our lives to completely illuminate the darkness of a hopeless routine. Love ignites our internal chemistry to awaken the long lost spectacular emotions of passion and romance. But true unconditional love is impossible without God for God is love.(1 John 4:8) God exploded his love onto the earth by “sending his one and only Son into the world so that we might have eternal life through him. This is real love—not that we loved God, but that he loved us and sent his Son as a sacrifice to take away our sins.”(1 John 4:9-11) God’s love has completely changed the internal condition of our hearts and since “God’s love has been poured into our hearts through the Holy Spirit who has been given to us” (Romans 5:5) the love of God can explode out of our hearts to forever brighten the night of this world.

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Forever Loved

“I am convinced that nothing can ever separate us from God’s love.”
(Romans 8:38 NLT)

Many people are intrigued by romance. People want to be loved forever and the motion picture industry has capitalized on this basic human need. In the current pop culture vampires have center stage. The Twilight Saga portrays vampires as extraordinarily beautiful with perfected physical features including their scent and voice. Their beauty is described as angelic or even god-like. This is one of the several features meant to fascinate, and seduce, unsuspecting humans. Female vampires lure men to their deaths by seducing and engaging in sex with them before feeding on their victim. Like a carnivorous flower they are physically attractive to their prey. The romance does not last because one partner ends up dead or transformed into a vampire themselves. Only the love of God will last forever because he loves us with an everlasting love. “Neither death nor life, neither angels nor demons, neither our fears for today nor our worries about tomorrow—not even the powers of hell can separate us from God’s love. No power in the sky above or in the earth below—indeed, nothing in all creation will ever be able to separate us from the love of God that is revealed in Christ Jesus our Lord.” (Romans 8:38-39)

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Perfect Match

“So I live in this earthly body by trusting in the Son of God, who loved me and gave himself for me.”
(Galatians 2:20 NLT)

We live in a world where everyone is looking for romance. Hollywood has capitalized on this by producing many romantic comedies. The internet has revolutionized the dating scene. Online matchmaking services are abundant as there never seems to be a shortage of lonely people looking for love. Some people are willing to pay thousands of dollars to meet that special someone but the matchmaking business is also tarnished by fraud and litigation.(1) Clients can have unrealistic expectations or misrepresent themselves in their digital profiles. Some matchmaking services prey on lonely people and take their money without even providing a date. Christians offer the best free matchmaking service available with 100% satisfaction guaranteed. They introduce empty people to the lover of their soul Christ Jesus with the Good News of the Gospel. Jesus accepts us just as we are if we repent for our sins and trust him as Lord and Savior. Jesus is the only one who can truly fulfill our every desire and he will never let us down. So if you are feeling lonely, fall in love with Jesus. He’s our perfect match.

1)http://usatoday30.usatoday.com/life/lifestyle/2008-02-12-matchmakers-main_n.htm

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Heavenly Hugs

“God showed how much he loved us by sending his one and only Son into the world so that we might have eternal life through him.”
(1 John 4:9 NLT)

Romantic relationships require time to develop. Dialogue is necessary in order to understand that special someone but a loving embrace is also very important. Researchers have discovered many physiological health benefits of hugging. Regular hugs can decrease the risk of heart disease, reduce stress, improve immune system function, and ease depression. After just a ten second embrace the stress hormone cortisol decreases and positive mood enhancing hormones like oxytocin increase.(1) The act of embracing another is a visible outward expression of the invisible internal feeling of love. The invisible God’s everlasting love for us is clearly expressed through the life of Jesus. He hung with arms wide open nailed to a cross waiting to embrace anyone who receives his loving sacrifice for forgiveness of sins with the promise of eternal joy in him. His heavenly hug is waiting to improve your spiritual health. Will you embrace Jesus today?

1) http://www.dailymail.co.uk/health/article-2230972/Embrace-hugging–good-you.html

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Sit Still and Listen

“When you pray, don’t babble on and on as people of other religions do. They think their prayers are answered merely by repeating their words again and again. Don’t be like them, for your Father knows exactly what you need even before you ask him!”
(Matthew 6:7, 8 NLT)

We all know that being in love makes us feel good and now there is scientific evidence proving why. In the brain the neurotransmitter dopamine increases from being in love resulting in tremendous energy and optimism. Developing a romantic relationship with a loved one requires good communication and time. Dialogue occurs frequently with both periods of speaking and listening throughout each day. God loves us and wants to develop a relationship with us but this requires time spent in dialogue with him which is called prayer. There will be time for us to speak but our priority is to sit still and listen first to the Lord since he is omniscient and knows what we need before we ask.

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