A special music treat that my friend Cathy sent to me in an email for this week. I don't listen to the radio...just CD's...so I was so glad to hear this! Check it out...you will be very glad that you do. Listen to the words...
I chose the following article from Dr. Jack Graham to share with you today. I hope you enjoy it!
The Difference Between the World's Love and God's Love
November 17, 2010
Love is patient and kind; love does not envy or boast' it is not arrogant or rude. It does not insist on its own way; it is not irritable or resentful; it does not rejoice at wrong- doing, but rejoices with the truth. Love bears all things, believes all things, hopes all things, endures all things. Love never ends. As for prohecies, they will pass away; as for tongues, they will cease; as for knowledge, it will pass away. 1 Corinthians 13:4-8
A while back, I was reading a few definitions of love. One teenager said, "That love is an inward inexpressibility of an outward all-overishness" (whatever that means!).
Somebody else said, "Love is a feeling you feel when you feel you're going to feel a feeling you never felt before."
But you and I know that love is not just a feeling—it's a commitment! Now, human love says, "I love you if you love me" or "I love you because you're good-looking." But you should be careful to not fall into that kind of love. When you get married, are you going to love your spouse unconditionally? Are you going to feel the same about him/her at 50 as you did when you were 21?
True love—God's love—is not an "if" love or a "because-of love. No, it's an "in-spite-of" love!
God loves you in spite of the fact that you are a sinner. Because of our sin, all of us appear to God as smelly, dirty, and ugly creatures. But praise the Lord that his love is not based upon what he can get out of it!
The Scripture tells us that "God shows his love for us in that while we were still sinners, Christ died for us" (Romans 5:8). The love of God is unconditional, unchangeable, and forever! And when the love of God is in us, then we have the same wonderful love to share with everyone else.
LOVE OTHERS WITH GOD'S LOVE IN SPITE OF THEIR SHORTCOMINGS.
Do you know that love-- that only Jesus Christ can give you? Do you long to be able to share with Him everything...your hopes, your dreams, your hurts...your love? If you do not know Jesus Christ as the Lord of All, as your personal Messiah, or Savior...email me, and I will pray with you. Call a Christian friend and tell them that you would like to pray to make Jesus Christ the center of your life, and your Lord. Call a church and tell them that you are a sinner, and you want to be forgiven, as you can only be, with Jesus Christ as your Savior. It will happen. If you want Him in your life...He will be there, and He will not leave nor forsake you, once you pray the prayer asking Him to enter your life. He will love you unconditionally! And, He will give you eternal life. THAT is love.
Please leave a comment if you have recently accepted Jesus as your personal Lord and Savior in the past year. I would love to celebrate with you!
By the way, my email address is changing by the end of the week...it is now:
Thank you to Dr. Jack Graham, for allowing me to reprint this column of his.
He IS Able,