Saturday, January 23, 2010

Daily Digest #389

O Lord my God, You have made Your servant king instead of my father David, but I am a little child; I do not know how to go out or come in. —1 Kings 3:7

We usually fail to recognize our smallness when we think too much of ourselves. We can be our own "gods" until such time that we ourselves realize and admit that we do not know everything and can't control everything. But God is love. He reaches out to drowning souls and hears the hearts of those who seek His help and wisdom.

Sometimes when we're too proud, He allows things to happen so humbling moments could follow. Only then do we truly learn to honor His greatness.

For this, let us pray. Lord, thank You for the gift of wisdom. Thank You for sending us angels to help us understand Your message clearly, and people/circumstance s to learn lessons of patience, humility and endurance. May we always humble ourselves before You, and praise You for Your glory. Amen.

Allow me to share an article from the Purpose Driven Life (read below). Happy Wednesday! Pray always. God bless :D

We Love Because God Loves Us

We love because he first loved us. 1 John 4:19 (NIV)

This Christmas season is a good time to remember that the reason God wants us to love is because he is love, and he created us to be like him - to love. The only reason we're able to love is because God loves us: "Love comes from God ... because God is love" (1 John 4:7-8 NIV).

We were created in God's image to do two things on earth: Learn to love God and learn to love other people; life is all about love.

But love all started with God. He loved us first and that gives us the ability to love others (1 John 4:19). The only reason you can love God or love anybody else is because God first loved you. And he showed that love by sending Jesus Christ to earth to die for you. He showed that love by creating you. He showed that love by everything you have in life; it's all a gift of God's love.

In order to love others and to become great lovers, we first need to understand and feel how much God loves us. We don't want to just talk about love, read about love, or discuss about love; our need is to experience the love of God.

We need to reach a day when we finally, fully understand how God loves us completely and unconditionally. We need to become secure in the truth that we cannot make God stop loving us.

Once we're secure inside God's unconditional love, we'll start cutting people a lot of slack. We won't be as angry as we've been. We'll be more patient. We'll be more forgiving. We'll be more merciful. We'll give others grace.

But you cannot give to others what you have not received yourself, and so my hope is that, as you learn how much God loves you, you'll also let him heal your heart so that his love can flow freely through you. It's impossible to love others until you really feel loved yourself.

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