Today’s Scrip-Bit 11 January 2015 1 John 4:9‏

1 John 4:9.   In this was manifested the LOVE of God toward us, because that God sent his only begotten Son into the world , that we might live through him.

Oh Friends, it’s the Lord’s Day, Sunday! Give Him a shout of praise for bringing us safely to this first day of the week. Better yet, let’s join the hordes of believers who will be visiting His sanctuary today to worship Him and rejoice with other believers, offering much grateful praise and thanks for His LOVING-kindness!
 
Yes my people, today we celebrate God’s rest day, after He created the universe and all therein. It ought to be a special day for Christians, with rest, family togetherness and preparations for the first day of the workweek tomorrow. That way we can jump out of the starting gates with a bang, instead of a fizzle, like we often do! (smile)
 
Remember, the way we handle today, will determine how we’ll begin tomorrow. So please let’s wake up and smell the heady aroma of the coffee and realize and truly believe that our Sundays will dictate our Mondays.
 
And with those words of wisdom, let’s turn to our Bit, the same one as yesterday, one that is ever so heartwarming and encouraging.  ‘In this was manifested the LOVE of God toward us, because that God sent his only begotten Son into the world, that we might live through him.’
 
Yes Friends, as we saw yesterday, God truly LOVES us without any conditions; even when we don’t believe in Him, He still LOVES us! And that’s something we ought to know and treasure greatly, because it’s the most valuable bit of information around.
 
Once we know and believe that God truly LOVES us, no matter what, our spirits soar, then we become empowered, invincible, and full of belly and backbone, bolstered by His unfailing care. (smile) But all of that is gospel truth Friends! We just automatically rise to a higher level of Christian maturity when we have that surety of God’s LOVE for us.  
 
Now let’s look at some scriptures that uphold our contentions. And there’s no better place to begin than with God’s promise of a Saviour in Isaiah. ‘For unto us a child is born, unto us a son is given: and the government shall be upon his shoulder: and his name shall be called Wonderful, Counselor, The mighty God, The everlasting Father, the Prince of Peace.
 
Of the increase of his government and peace there shall be no end, upon the throne of David, and upon his kingdom, to order it, and to establish it with judgement and with justice from henceforth even for ever. The zeal of the Lord of hosts will perform this.’ (Is.9-7)
 
And the Lord’s zeal fulfilled that promise through the coming of Jesus, as borne out by His earth shaking words. ‘For God so LOVED the world, that he gave his only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in him should not perish, but have everlasting life.’ (John 3:16)
 
And all God’s children declared a loud and glorious ‘Glory Hallelujah! Praise the Lord for His most wonderful LOVE!’
 
And listen as Bruh Paul enlightens and encourages the Ephesian. ‘But God, who is rich in mercy, for his great LOVE wherewith he LOVED us, even when we were dead in sins, hath he quickened us (made us alive) together with Christ, (by grace ye are – you have been – saved;) 
 
And hath raised us up together, and made us sit together in heavenly places in Christ Jesus. That in the ages to come he might show the exceeding riches of his grace in his kingdom toward us through Christ Jesus.’ (Eph.2:4-7) 
 
Now Friends, how can any God doing such wonderful things for His underserving subjects not truly LOVE them eh!
 
And the scholars give us this note of explanation. ‘2:7. That…he might show (or, demonstrate): This denotes the ultimate purpose for all that God did for the Ephesians in verses 4-6. It is that throughout eternity He might make us understand more and more His goodness to us.’  
 
But for some reason though, it just seems rather difficult for some of us to understand that exceptional goodness and caring. And we’ll close with more wise and encouraging words from Bruh Paul, this time to the Thessalonians.
 
‘Now our Lord Jesus Christ himself, and God, even our Father, which hath LOVED us, and hath given us everlasting consolation and good hope through grace, Comfort your hearts, and stablish you in every good word and work.’ (2 Thess.2:16-17)  
 
Oh Friends, if after all that we’ve said between yesterday and today, you still can’t accept and believe that Almighty God LOVES you with a burning passion, I don’t know what else to say nuh! 
 
You just have to keep on plodding on, reading your Bible, praying and fellowshipping with other believers so that your faith can be raised to a level high enough to accept God’s LOVE without any qualms or doubts. That’s the only way we will ever be able to enjoy His peace, comfort and caring down here on earth. Much LOVE!
 
…to walk in the LOVE of God…is like walking in a dream…where you keep pinching yourself to make sure it’s true… (smile)

 

 

 

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