“At just the right time Christ died for ungodly people. He died for us when we had no power of our own. 7 It is unusual for anyone to die for a godly person. Maybe someone would be willing to die for a good person. 8 But here is how God has shown his love for us. While we were still sinners, Christ died for us.”
Romans 5:6-8 NIRV
God loves us unconditionally. We do not earn His love; we do not deserve it. There are not certain things you must do or be to receive God’s love. He offers it to us through His mercy and grace. Our job is to seek Him, spend time with Him, communicate with Him. We are to know Him and make Him known. There is no greater gift you will ever receive in this life than God’s love…turn away from sinful thoughts and ways and trust in the Lord. Amen.
“Dear friends, let us love one another, because love comes from God. Everyone who loves has become a child of God and knows God. 8 Anyone who does not love does not know God, because God is love. 9 Here is how God showed his love among us. He sent his one and only Son into the world. He sent him so we could receive life through him. 10 Here is what love is. It is not that we loved God. It is that he loved us and sent his Son to give his life to pay for our sins. 11 Dear friends, since God loved us this much, we should also love one another. 12 No one has ever seen God. But if we love one another, God lives in us. His love is made complete in us.“
1 John 4:7-12 NIRV
(This photo was taken in May of 2020 along the North Shore of Lake Superior)
You Are My King (Amazing Love) by Newsboys
“You see, at just the right time, when we were still powerless, Christ died for the ungodly. 7 Very rarely will anyone die for a righteous person, though for a good person someone might possibly dare to die. 8 But God demonstrates his own love for us in this: While we were still sinners, Christ died for us.”
“Dear friends, let us love one another, for love comes from God. Everyone who loves has been born of God and knows God. 8 Whoever does not love does not know God, because God is love. 9 This is how God showed his love among us: He sent his one and only Son into the world that we might live through him. 10 This is love: not that we loved God, but that he loved us and sent his Son as an atoning sacrifice for our sins. 11 Dear friends, since God so loved us, we also ought to love one another. 12 No one has ever seen God; but if we love one another, God lives in us and his love is made complete in us.”
1 John 4:7-12
(This photo was taken in April of 2020 at a lake near Plymouth, Minnesota)
“One of them, an expert in the law, tested him with this question: 36 “Teacher, which is the greatest commandment in the Law?”
37 Jesus replied: “‘Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind.’ 38 This is the first and greatest commandment. 39 And the second is like it: ‘Love your neighbor as yourself.’ 40 All the Law and the Prophets hang on these two commandments.”
Love God Love People by Danny Gokey
“Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your strength.”
“For the entire law is fulfilled in keeping this one command: “Love your neighbor as yourself.”
(This photo was taken in October of 2014 on the island of Maui, Hawaii)
It was 2 years ago today that Dad went home to be with the Lord. There was no warning, no diagnosis…there was no indication at all that on that day Dad would be leaving us. It happened around 12:30 in the afternoon…I received one of those phone calls…you know the ones I’m talking about, it was a phone call that would change life from that moment forward. The only way to go forward is with Jesus Christ, He comforts us in a way that exceeds human understanding. Thank you for comforting us Jesus. Amen.
“Praise be to the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, the Father of compassion and the God of all comfort, 4 who comforts us in all our troubles, so that we can comfort those in any trouble with the comfort we ourselves receive from God.”
2 Corinthians 1:3
(This photo was taken in May of 2020 from a spot Dad would have loved to sit, by a lake in northwestern Wisconsin)
Trouble will come…we will experience suffering and loss in this world…yet we do not need to have fear and we do not need to be afraid. We are loved by God with a love that is greater than anything we face. Pursue a personal relationship with Jesus Christ our Savior and our Lord, meet with Him every day…He sacrificed everything to save you because He loves you and His love will endure forever. Amen.
Forever by Michael W Smith
“Give thanks to the Lord, for he is good. His love endures forever.”
(This photo was taken in May of 2014 at a lake place in central Minnesota)
Love is about more than words. Love is about how we treat each other with our actions and our behaviors. We all will make mistakes and need to be able to forgive as well as be forgiven. In what relationship or situation in your life is there a lack of love? Pray about it and ask God to guide you in love. Amen.
“Whoever does not love does not know God, because God is love. This is how God showed his love among us: He sent his one and only Son into the world that we might live through him. This is love: not that we loved God, but that he loved us and sent his Son as an atoning sacrifice for our sins.”
1 John 4:8-10
(This photo was taken in June of 2018 near the border between South Dakota and Minnesota)