Friday, January 23, 2009

What Are You Learning?

During this time I will share a study series from Women of Faith: Receiving God's Love, that my grandson gave me for Christmas.

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God So Loved
"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." John 3:16

The bible is a beautiful love story: There may not be flowery speeches and fluttering hearts, but there is undying devotion, faithfulness, and sacrifice. You don't have to look very far to find the damsel in distress. The heroine of the story has been deceived, carried away and made a slave. She's sometimes called the Beloved or the Bride. What's more, she's cherished by the Hero, who's determined to free her from her captivity. His quest leads Him down a difficult path, but He's willing to go to any length, even to die for the one He loves. She must wait for Him, and He's promised to return for her. Someday soon He will come, riding on a white stallion, to carry her away to the home He has prepared for her. Then they'll live happily ever after!

What did God do to show His love to us?
In Romans 5:8 we see that God didn't wait for us to prove ourselves. He didn't wait to see how we would turn out. He didn't hold back, hoping that we would become more lovable before He made His choice. He loved us from the start, and was willing to demonstrate that love without a guarantee that we'd respond.

Why did God do this?
In Ephesians 2:4-7 we find out why God did all this for us; because of His great love for us! Isn't that so amazing that someone could love us that much!

How did God show His love for us?
In 1 John 4:8,10, we find that God showed His love for us by sending Jesus into the world. He provided a way for us to have life-eternal life! God proved for our great need before we even knew we needed it!

How did Jesus show His love for us? What did he do for us?
In Revelation 1:5, Jesus loved us, and His blood was shed to wash our sins away.

What are a couple of things His love has done for us?
"He has delivered us from the power of darkness, and conveyed us into the kingdom of the Son of His love." Col. 1:13. Wow! Not only are we rescued from the power of darkness, we're transported into a new kingdom. The kingdom of the Son of God's love - that's our new home!
"Now may our Lord Jesus Christ Himself, and our God and Father, who has loved us and given us everlasting consolation and good hope by grace" (2 Thess. 2:16). God has loved us, and in that love we find the hope we need as we await His return.

I am so grateful for God love for me! His love has not only given me eternal life with Him in Heaven, but it has given me great hope that I will see my loved ones who have died in Christ again one day! He has given me the hope to carry on in a most difficult world; He gives me the grace, peace, mercy and love to continue on and be a witness for Him. I cannot fathom this Love... but I am so thankful for His Love! Praise the Lord!


luvmy4sons said...

It is hard to fathom, isn't it? Good stuff in this post...good stuff!

Denise said...

Awesome, thanks for sharing.

Karen said...
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Karen said...

OK, Michelle...if you would like to play the "Ten Things I Love" game, your letter is....."H"! Have fun! :-) Looking forward to seeing your answers.