Live Loved

He who follows righteousness and mercy finds life, righteousness and honor. 
~ PROVERBS 21:21
 

 The Depths of God’s Love

People can exhaust you. And there are times when all we can do is not enough. When a spouse chooses to leave, we cannot force him or her to stay. When a spouse abuses, we shouldn’t stay. The best of love can go unrequited. I don’t for a moment intend to minimize the challenges some of you face. You’re tired. You’re angry. You’re disappointed. This isn’t the marriage you expected or the life you wanted. But looming in your past is a promise you made. May I urge you to do all you can to keep it? To give it one more try? 

Why should you? So you can understand the depth of God’s love.

When you love the unloving, you get a glimpse of what God does for you. When you keep the porch light on for the prodigal child, when you do what is right even though you have been done wrong, when you love the weak and the sick, you do what God does every single moment. Covenant-keeping enrolls you in the postgraduate school of God’s love. 

Is this why God has given you this challenge? When you love liars, cheaters, and heartbreakers, are you not doing what God has done for us? Pay attention to and take notes on your struggles. God invites you to understand his love.

“A new commandment I give to you, that you love one another; as I have loved you, that you also love one another.”  
~JOHN 13:34 

 And let us consider one another in order to stir up love and good works.  
~ HEBREWS 10:24 

 As each one has received a gift, minister it to one another, as good stewards of the manifold grace of God. 
~ 1 PETER 4:10

Eternal Perspectives

The man who has met God is not looking for something—he has found it. He is not searching for light—upon him the Light has already shined! . . . He may hear the tin whistle starting every new parade, but he will be cautious. He is waiting for a trumpet note that will call him away from the hurly-burly and set in motion a series of events that will result at last in a new heaven and a new earth. He can afford to wait!

~ A. W. Tozer, [The Attributes of God]

Evening Prayer

BLESSED AS YOU TRUST 
~ Jeremiah 17:7-8

In Jesus’ Name, I Pray God’s Will for You Tonight

I pray that you shall trust in the Lord at all times, putting your confidence in Him so that you will be blessed. May you be like a tree planted by a stream, that sends its roots out to the water, that does not wither when the heat comes. Just like that tree, may you likewise bloom and prosper where God has planted you. May people realize through you, that a life which trusts in God is abundantly blessed. May you not be overcome by worry during difficult times, but instead bear good fruit no matter what your circumstances are. I pray that God will bless you as you trust in Him.

In Jesus’ Name, Amen.

Jesus Lives

GRACE

Even your mistakes can be recycled into something good through My transforming grace. Do you believe this—believe that your mistakes can be used for good in My kingdom? 

When you know you’ve made mistakes, it’s easy to start fantasizing about what might have been—if only you had acted or chosen differently. But this accomplishes nothing!

The best strategy for accepting yourself when you’ve made mistakes is to draw near to Me. This nearness helps you see things from My perspective. You tend to view yourself as someone who should be almost perfect, making very few errors. My perspective is quite different: I see you as My beloved child—weak in many ways, prone to wandering from Me. However, your weakness and waywardness cannot diminish My constant Love for you. Moreover, My infinite wisdom enables Me to take your errors and weave them into an intricate work that is good.

You need to accept not only yourself but also the choices you have made. Fantasizing about having done things differently is a time-wasting trap. The more you fantasize, the further from Me you wander. When you realize this has happened, turn around and run back to Me! Take time to talk with Me and relax in My Presence. Your perfectionist tendencies will dissolve as you soak in My transforming grace.

As a father has compassion on his children, so the Lord has compassion on those who fear him; for he knows how we are formed, he remembers that we are dust.

~ Psalm 103:13–14

May your unfailing love be my comfort, according to your promise to your servant.

~ Psalm 119:76

In him we have redemption through his blood, the forgiveness of sins, in accordance with the riches of God’s grace that he lavished on us with all wisdom and understanding.

~ Ephesians 1:7–8