How You Can Know That I Love You

When I was inside my mother’s womb, the Lord God spoke softly to me, saying “My precious little one, I can see that your individual character traits are starting to be developed to prepare you to take your incredible journey into this world.” He also told me that, “Before I formed thee in the belly…

Seeking My Sheep

Sheep are gentle creatures, but every shepherd knows how they love to wander at any opportunity. God’s people are compared to sheep throughout His Word. God made us for Himself, intending for us to be His children. He came to gather us into His family to enfold us in His flock through His concern and…

Love From A Pure Heart

The one concept unique to early Christianity was “love of the brethren.” Once the early Christians had received Christ and the truth, the Apostle Peter urged them to love one another. Observers in Christianity’s early days were amazed by this outstanding fact more than any other. Yet there were many who heard this truth, but never let it purify them—because they refused…

God Does Not Hate You

What a terrible thing it is to have hatred for someone else, both for the one who gives it and the one who receives it. Whenever something annoys or antagonizes us—we hate it. If people disagree with us or they don’t meet our predetermined standard of what is appropriate—we hate them. Consider just how much…

Casting Out the Fear that Enslaves Us

What frequently makes us anxious and lacking in courage? Usually it’s fear. Fear can come at us in many different forms through our physical desires, lifestyles, and ambitions. We can find fear woven into ordinary nature adventures, like swimming, scuba diving, cliff climbing, or skydiving. And there are some who experience fear through physical entertainment,…

Love That Never Fails

What is the secret of living the Christian life? It is to love God. And how can we know the love of God? Through His Word. We love God in return for His love for us. Those who truly love God want to serve Him, please Him, and live their life in a way that…

God’s Love for Us

“A new commandment I give unto you, that ye love one another; even as I have loved you” (John 13:34). God has described Himself by saying, “God is love.” He wants us to love Him with our whole heart, and to love our neighbor as ourselves—what Christianity is all about. But if we won’t allow…

Do You Ignore the Results of Your Self-Check?

Every time we start a vehicle, either one or a series of tests will run automatically and evaluate its operating condition. We will often see several indicators briefly illuminated on the dashboard, or a central display will give us various information about the status of the engine, electrical system, transmission, etc. Sometimes an indicator will…

He Went Out of His Way

The man was sitting beside a small, recently fallen, tree near the woods at the edge of town. His hand gripped his chest constantly and a grimace showed on his face. He was obviously in great pain. His other hand rose occasionally, feebly waving in an attempt to motion for help. A woman sat nearby,…

Did God Lose You or Have You Lost Him?

How distressing it is when something of value to us becomes lost. It could be something important, like a wallet, purse, phone, keys, or jewelry. Or it could be items of little value to anyone but us, such as a hat, glove, or even just a shopping list. Any or all of these have most…