Sunday, April 17, 2011

Real Love

Have you ever noticed when Christians are writing, or speaking at a conference, they are quick to tell you what their favorite bible verse is? Then, after they tell you theirs they always ask what yours is. So...I've thought a lot about that. The conclusion I have come to is, I don't have a favorite. I have many favorites. Here are some of them...

2 Corinthians 5:17 (Amplified)

Therefore if any person is [ingrafted] in Christ (the Messiah) he is a new creation (a new creature altogether); the old [previous moral and spiritual condition] has passed away. Behold, the fresh and new has come!

That verse means so much to me because it is exciting! I am a new person because of Jesus!!

1 Peter 2:24 (Amplified)

He personally bore our sins in His [own] body on the tree [as on an altar and offered Himself on it], that we might die (cease to exist) to sin and live to righteousness. By His wounds you have been healed.

This is the time of year when we hear and think about everything that Jesus did for us. He was spit on...beaten...forced to carry His own cross...nailed to that cross...pierced...and finally He could take my sin and yours upon that we could be healed and live.

1 John 4:10 (New Living Translation)

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.

It is still hard for me to try to understand the kind of love that God has for us. His love can't compare to any other.

Romans 6:6-7 (Amplified Bible)

We know that our old (unrenewed) self was nailed to the cross with Him in order that [our] body [which is the instrument] of sin might be made ineffective and inactive for evil, that we might no longer be the slaves of sin. For when a man dies, he is freed (loosed, delivered) from [the power of] sin [among men].

But...we can only live free and be healed if we accept Him as our Savior. The great thing about that is...once we accept Him and His salvation...we are a new person. We get a makeover like no other makeover you've ever known! Our old self is gone. He makes us new...sets us free...He gives us a second chance at life!

If you want a true picture of real love...just look at Jesus with His arms open wide...for you and for me...hanging on the cross!!

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