Monday, October 7, 2013
Greetings, so good to be back. My husband and I took our annual RV trip this year to some of the national parks in Utah, that was amazing. We have been gone for over a month and visited Arches, Bryce and Zion along with the Mormon Temple in Salt Lake City, Utah. So many beautiful cities and scenes along the way, but it's so good to be back home where we belong on Whidbey Island. Now on to the post of the day!
In the bible 1 John 3 (verses 3- 10) says, see how very much our heavenly Father loves us, for he allows us to be called his children, and we really are! But the people who belong to this world don’t know God, so they don’t understand that we are his children. Yes, dear friends, we are already God’s children, and we can’t even imagine what we will be like when Christ returns. But we do know that when he comes we will be like Him, for we will see Him as He really is. And all who believe this will keep themselves pure, just as Christ is pure.
Those who sin are opposed to the law of God, for all sin opposes the law of God. And you know that Jesus came to take away our sins, for there is no sin in Him. So if we continue to live in Him, we won’t sin either. But those who keep on sinning have never known Him or understood who He is.
John also says that “God is Love”, not “Love is God”. Our world with it’s shallow and selfish view of love, has turned these words around and contaminated our understanding of love. The people in this world think that Love is what makes a person feel good and it’s ok to sacrifice moral principles and others rights in order to get such love. But that isn’t love at all. It is the exact opposite – selfishness. God’s love is selfless not the selfish kind. Real love is like God, who is Holy, just and perfect. If we truly know God, we will love as he does.
See, love explains why God creates, why He cares and why we are free to choose to love him or not. It also explains why Christ died, because God loved us so much he wanted us to be forgiven of our sins and so he made a way through his son Jesus Christ who gives us eternal life. God’s love expresses itself to us forever.
God’s love is the source of all human love, and it spreads like fire. In loving his children, God kindles a flame in our hearts, in turn we love others, who are warmed by God’s love through us. Isn’t that the coolest thing – to have God’s love in us so we can share it with those around us. I get such a warm feeling in my heart when I think of the greatness of His love for me. It’s what gets me up every morning and sustains me each and every day.
If you want to get closer to our Heavenly Father and experience more of His amazing love, get in the word, and spend time with Him on a daily basis. What you will find when you do this, is more joy and peace in your life, even in the midst of a hectic and chaotic world. Blessings to you!!!
Now, it’s time for the “free knitting pattern”. Today I want to offer to you a beautiful knitted checkered afghan pattern that is easy to do and looks amazing when completed. If you would like to download the pdf file of the pattern, click here. Will make a warm and cozy gift for anyone on your Christmas list! Also check out my newest hub Holiday handmade gifts on a budget, where I feature this cozy afghan along with two other cool handmade patterns to make this Christmas!!!
Posted by Mary Gaines at 3:58 PM