The Need To Be Loved

What is our deepest longing, as people?  I would say that it is to be loved.  I have listened to numerous testimonies by people who at one time lived as though they gave no thought to the need to be loved, when in reality, they were yearning for it on the inside.

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The Same Grace

We can feel free to bring our troubles, anger, frustration, and sadness to God, and we can be assured that He will listen to our every thought and word.  His heart is moved by the things that carve valleys of pain through our souls.  He is there when we weep.

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The Hope Of The Season

When someone is good to you, you want to share it with others.  When they are kind, patient, understanding and self-sacrificing on your behalf, you want to give back somehow.  When someone has extended mercy and forgiveness to you and has pursued you even though you felt you were not worth pursuing, you want to express thanks.

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From A Long Way Off

Something I have been thinking about a lot lately is how God in the Old Testament (OT) sometimes seems different from the God Jesus came to make known.  I know that He is not different because God does not change…“Every good and perfect gift is from above, coming down from the Father of the heavenly lights, who does not change like shifting shadows” (James 1:17, NIV).  The Bible also reveals that Jesus is God…“The Son is the image of the invisible God, the firstborn over all creation” (Colossians 1:15, NIV), and that He is “the same yesterday and today and forever” (Hebrews 13:8, NIV).

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Love Made Me Love

I have found that I need to be careful not to fall into the trap of trying to appear as if I have my life “together” in the hopes of being a better example for God.  Since I am human and not without fault, I will never truly have a handle on everything.

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