Wednesday, August 22, 2012
Welcome to Day 234 of our Life Journal!
Before you comment or read what I have posted, please read the following passages for yourself and complete your own S.O.A.P. exercise… How does this work?
S.O.A.P = Scripture, Observation, Application, Prayer
Jeremiah 28:15, “Listen, Hananiah! The Lord has not sent you.”
Jeremiah 29:9, “They are prophesying lies to you in my name. I have not sent them,” declares the Lord.”
11 “For I know the plans I have for you,” declares the Lord, “plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future. 12 Then you will call upon me and come and pray to me, and I will listen to you. 13 You will seek me and find me when you seek me with all your heart. 14 I will be found by you,” declares the Lord.”
Jeremiah 30:24, “The fierce anger of the Lord will not turn back until he fully accomplishes
the purposes of his heart.
1 John 3:1, “How great is the love the Father has
on us, that we should be called children of God! And that is what we are!”
18 “Let us not love with words or tongue but with actions and in truth.”
Wow, so much that could be written about…
The plans God has for us.
God’s love for us.
Actions speak louder than words.
1 John 3:1, “How great is the love the Father has lavished on us, that we should be called children of God! And that is what we are!”
Love without limit.
How GREAT is the love the Father has lavished on us! (Not that it is not a question… it’s a statement.)
We are called the children of God!
I was talking with a guy today, who is new to our church. We were sharing our stories. He talked about his faith and his struggles. I talked about mine, or lack thereof… I have never really had a crisis of faith. I have always believed in God and in Jesus. It was never hard for me. I always believed that he died for my sins and that he rose from the dead.
Walking it out is the hard part, right?
Believing that God lavishes his love on me, now that’s a different matter. That can be difficult for me to get my head around.
Unconditional love… lavished upon me.
Not just any ol’ love, mind you… unconditional love, lavished upon me.
I’m not great at lavishing love upon anyone… not even my wife or kids, really… I think I’m doing good just to be a loving person.
“Lavishing” sets the bar very high, doesn’t it. It kicks love into a whole new level…
It’s buckets full. It’s beyond measure.
Love without limit…
Imagine loving those around you, without limit. Imagine lavishing love upon them. What would that look like? What would change? How different would that look than it does now?
Love without limit.
Gonna chew on that for a while myself…
Show me what it means to love without limit…