Monday, April 23, 2018

AmaZing Tender Love

Our God is a holy, just God who cannot bear any hint of impurity or sin in His presence.

But we are a sinful people.

From the foundation of the world, He already knew what He was going to do about that problem.

Because our holy, just God is also a God of love.

He made a Way through His Son Jesus for us to be redeemed (bought back from the wages of death that we had earned.)

The Scripture, John 3:16, is the gospel in a nutshell:

John 3:16 New Living Translation (NLT) “For this is how God loved the world: He gave his one and only Son, so that everyone who believes in him will not perish but have eternal life.

He loved who? The world which includes YOU.
Who can believe and not perish? Everyone which believes can include YOU.
It's up to you.
Our world today looks at God with a skewed vision. He is not a genie-in-a-bottle to grant our every wish, nor is He a stern, grumpy old man waiting to bop you on the head for any excuse He can find.
He's not hard-hearted; He is tender.

Psalm 103:3-5 New Living Translation (NLT) He forgives all my sins and heals all my diseases.He redeems me from death and crowns me with love and tender mercies.He fills my life with good things. My youth is renewed like the eagle’s!

Think about all the tender moments you may have experienced in this life, the overwhelming love and protectiveness you may have felt for another. In that moment, you felt there was nothing you would not do for that loved one.

Magnify that and you might have an idea of the Father's love.

You might say, "I don't feel He could feel tender towards me."

Let me convince you with another scripture:

Psalm 145:9 New King James Version (NKJV) The Lord is good to all,And His tender mercies are over all His works.

You are a created being; therefore He extends tender mercy toward you.

It's an AmaZing gift - but you have to accept it.  Want to know more? Read my post, A Ticket Home.

Be encouraged on your journey Home to AmaZing Love. It. Will. Be. Worth. Everything!

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Lisa notes... said...

It took me quite a few years to get to this: "He's not hard-hearted; He is tender." But I am so grateful I understand it now! God is indeed a tender Father. I praise Him!

Anita Ojeda said...

Having children certainly helped me understand God's love for me! In fact, I'm STILL learning from my kids, and they are in their twenties!