Posts Tagged ‘God’s love’

Help People Know God’s Love

Friday, August 3rd, 2018

For the love of Christ controls us. Therefore if anyone is in Christ, he is a new creature; the old things passed away; behold, new things have come. Now all these things are from God, who reconciled us to Himself through Christ and gave us the ministry of reconciliation. 2 Corinthians 5:14a, 17-18

1. GOD’S LOVE CONTROLS US. Jesus died for all. He became a ransom and paid the price to free captive humanity. When we let God’s love inform our actions, we get to participate in God’s purposes, and we are given a ministry of reconciliation. Everyone needs Jesus – both the down-and-outers rejected by society and the up-and-outers who seem to have everything.

2. GOD’S LOVE CHANGES US. When we accept Jesus, the old things of our former life pass away. You could be one of the most undisciplined people who ever lived, you could have flunked out of anger management school, you could be from a long line of hot heads, but when Jesus comes on the scene, He makes all things new. It doesn’t happen automatically – it involves perseverance and renewing your mind by reading God’s Word. And when we let God’s love produce self-control in our lives, we are truly changed.

I have set the Lord continually before me; because He is at my right hand, I will not be shaken. Psalm 16:8

3. GOD’S LOVE IS CONTAGIOUS. The message of Jesus is contagious. Let’s always remember that we are alive from the dead. When you keep your eyes fixed on Jesus and let Him anchor you, not only will your words preach, but your entire life will be a testimony to draw people to the love of God.

Press on!
Pastor Jeff Perry
St. Louis Family Church®

DAILY CONFESSION:
I am loved by God. I let the love of Christ control me. I am a fellow laborer with God (1 Corinthians 3:9). I am always ready to give an account for the hope that is in me (1 Peter 3:15).

help, verb
To give assistance to (someone); make it easier for (someone) to do something; To be of use or provide relief.

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The Lift of Love

Friday, July 20th, 2018

“By this all men will know that you are My [Jesus’] disciples, if you have love for one another.” John 13:35

1. LOVE ENRICHES LIFE. The greatest thing we can do in our life expression is to walk in love. A man in the Bible asked Jesus what the greatest commandment was and He replied, “‘You shall love the Lord your God with all your heart, and with all your soul, and with all your mind, and with all your strength.’ The second is this, ‘You shall love your neighbor as yourself’” (Mark 12:30-31a). When life is dominated by love inspired by Jesus, it will grow and develop and make all of life’s relations sweeter.

2. LOVE ENABLES LIFE. The love of God enables us to grow in spirit, soul, and body and have an indelible impact on the world around us. Love will bear burdens and break oppression. We can love people without condoning everything they do. Love enables parents to create a happy household and a loving home. Love can change entire nations. As people start to realize the empty cavern in their hearts, we need to be ready with love to intercept a broken culture.

[Love] bears all things, believes all things, hopes all things, endures all things. Love never fails. 1 Corinthians 13:7-8

3. LOVE ENDURES. None of us is exempt from this life of love. Not only does the love of God lift us, but God wants us to go out with joy and peace and lift others. This is a deep, deep requirement. Other things will fail. Car collections will rust. Buildings will topple. Kings and kingdoms will all pass away – but love never fails.

Press on in love!
Pastor Jeff Perry
St. Louis Family Church®

Daily Scripture Confession (Based on 1 John 4:7-21):
I love because God first loved me. Love is from God; and everyone who loves is born of God and knows God. God has sent His only begotten Son into the world so that I might live through Him. If God so loved me, then I will love others. If I love others, God abides in me, and His love is perfected in me.

love, noun
A strong feeling of affection and concern toward another person, as that arising from kinship or close friendship. A feeling of devotion or adoration toward God. A feeling of kindness or concern by God toward humans.

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The Gift of Eternal Life

Friday, July 13th, 2018

And I give eternal life to them, and they will never perish; and no one will snatch them out of My hand. John 10:28

1. IT IS BROUGHT BY AN ETERNAL PERSON. Eternal life is the greatest blessing you
or I will ever come across – immortality is what people have craved through the ages. God has set eternity in our hearts and only He, the Eternal One, the beginning and the end, can give eternal life. And we must receive this gift by grace through faith (Ephesians 2:8).

2. IT IS BASED ON ETERNAL PASSION. The eternal God is eternally in love with you. “But God demonstrates His own love toward us, in that while we were yet sinners, Christ died for us” (Romans 5:8). God loves us so much that even when we were lost in sin, He sent Jesus for us.

3. IT IS BESTOWED BY ETERNAL PROMISES. The Bible is written by men and inspired by the Holy Spirit. Heaven and earth will pass away, but God’s Word and His promises remain forever (Matthew 24:35). Study the promises of God about eternal life. Let them inspire you to look at everything in your life in the light of eternity.

The thief comes only to steal and kill and destroy; I came that they may have life, and have it abundantly. John 10:10

4. IT IS BACKED BY ETERNAL POWER. Eternal life is not just quantitative – an endless length of time – it’s also qualitative. God wants you to have an abundant life! God wants to bring answers to questions, vibrancy instead of dullness, fruitfulness instead of barrenness, and healing to hurts. Jesus is the same yesterday, today, and forever (Hebrews 13:8), and the same Power that created the stars, that conquered sin on the Cross, that offers eternal life, is available to you.

God bless you!
Pastor Jeff Perry
St. Louis Family Church®

PRAY THIS PRAYER:
When I consider Your heavens, the work of Your fingers, the moon and the stars, which You have ordained; what are mere mortals that You take thought of them and care for them? Yet You crown me with glory and majesty! (Psalm 8:3-5). Thank You, God, for eternal life and that my path is like the light of dawn, that shines brighter and brighter until the full day (Proverbs 4:18). I love You, Jesus!

e·ter·nal, adj.
Having infinite duration: everlasting. Characterized by abiding fellowship with God. Continued without intermission: perpetual.

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The Love Atmosphere

Friday, May 5th, 2017

Beloved, let us love one another, for love is from God; and everyone who loves is born of God and knows God. 1 John 4:7

Set the Thermostat. Just like you can change the temperature to heat or cool your home, if you walk in love, you will set the thermostat of the world you live in. When you walk into a room and sense strife or conflict, you can bring change to the environment by simply operating in love. Every person you encounter is someone for whom Christ died. Even if you disagree with someone, ask yourself: “How can I genuinely value that person without compromising the truth?”

Do Care. Don’t Worry. The Word of God doesn’t return empty without accomplishing what it’s been sent to do (Isaiah 55:11). When you pack yourself full of the Word of God, you can be ready for the amazing moments God has prepared for you. In every situation you can bring life to yourself and to others by speaking God’s Word. It is salvation for those who need to know Jesus, healing for the sick, and encouragement for the oppressed.

Jesus answered . . . “You shall love the Lord your God with all your heart, and with all your soul, and with all your mind, and with all your strength. The second [commandment] is this, ‘You shall love your neighbor as yourself.’ There is no other commandment greater than these.” Mark 12:29-31

You Are Loved. God’s perfect love casts out fear (1 John 4:18). The best way to love others is to first realize you are loved by God. You can overcome insecurity and change the atmosphere in your life by meditating on God’s love.

God bless you!
Pastor Jeff Perry
St. Louis Family Church®

DAILY CONFESSION:
I love because God first loved me. His perfect love casts out all fear in my life (1 John 4:18-19). My love abounds more and more with all knowledge and discernment (Philippians 1:9). Everything I do, I do in love (1 Corinthians 16:14).

at·mo·sphere noun
A surrounding influence or environment

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Love Brings Revival

Monday, December 15th, 2014

See how great a love the Father has bestowed on us, that we would be called children of God; and such we are. 1 John 3:1a

Loved by God. God loves you. He esteemed you so dear that He made the value of your life the death of His Son. When we know we are loved, we become secure. We can be kind toward others instead of overly guarded; confident instead of nervous; brave instead of timid; sincere instead of fake.

Therefore be imitators of God, as beloved children; and walk in love, just as Christ also loved you and gave Himself up for us, an offering and a sacrifice to God as a fragrant aroma. Ephesians 5:1-2

Love Others. “Beloved, if God so loved us, we also ought to love one another” (1 John 4:11). If you have anything against anyone, forgive. Resentment can accumulate in our lives, sour our existence, and turn us into bitter individuals. That’s why every day we must push the reset button and root out any unforgiveness.

Let all bitterness and wrath and anger and clamor and slander be put away from you, along with all malice. Be kind to one another, tender-hearted, forgiving each other, just as God in Christ also has forgiven you. Ephesians 4:31-32

A Culture of Love.
Love scriptures are revival scriptures. As you meditate on God’s love, you’ll see a revival in your heart and life. Choosing to daily walk in love will change the city we serve and the nation we love and we will see this generation come to know Jesus.

Daily Confession: based on 1 Corinthians 13:4-8
I am an imitator of God and I walk in love (Ephesians 5:1). I am patient; I am kind and not jealous. I do not brag and I am not arrogant. I do not act unbecomingly. I don’t seek my own and am not provoked. I don’t take into account a wrong suffered or rejoice in unrighteousness, but I rejoice in the truth. I bear all things, I believe all things, I hope all things and I endure all things. Love never fails.

re•viv•al, noun
A bringing or coming back into use, attention, or being, after a decline. Restoration to vigor or activity. A returning to life or consciousness.

God bless you,
Pastor Jeff Perry
St. Louis Family Church®

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A Life of Impact

Monday, April 29th, 2013

I pray that the eyes of your heart may be enlightened, so that you will know what is the hope of His calling, what are the riches of the glory of His inheritance in the saints, and what is the surpassing greatness of His power toward us who believe. Ephesians 1:18-19a

Don’t ever think that your position in life is unimportant. As Christians, we are called to be ambassadors—temporarily stationed here on earth to represent who Jesus Christ is. And, as official representatives sent to do His business, we are fully backed by all the power and resource of heaven.

Therefore, we are ambassadors for Christ, as though God were making an appeal through us; we beg you on behalf of Christ, be reconciled to God. 2 Corinthians 5:20

As a pastor I sometimes find people obsessed with trying to find their “ministry.” But the most significant mentors in my life are not people who tried to conjure up a ministry. Instead, they followed the general commissions of Scripture and stepped out in obedience and faith and watched God do great and remarkable things through them.

Now all these things are from God, who reconciled us to Himself through Christ and gave us the ministry of reconciliation, namely, that God was in Christ reconciling the world to Himself, not counting their trespasses against them, and He has committed to us the word of reconciliation. 2 Corinthians 5:18-19

The world doesn’t need religious zombies and it doesn’t need people trying too hard to fit in and be relevant. The world needs real Christians who are compelled and controlled by the love of God. We have God’s provision at our disposal, not to enable a lopsided spiritual routine, but so that every aspect of our lives—spirit, soul, and body—will translate into accomplishment and impact.

Trust God for big things!
Pastor Jeff Perry
St. Louis Family Church®

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The Life of Jesus

Monday, June 11th, 2012

For God so loved the world, that He gave His only begotten Son, that whoever believes in Him shall not perish, but have eternal life. For God did not send the Son into the world to judge the world, but that the world might be saved through Him. John 3:16-17

Jesus is the real deal. He is not like anybody else. You can bet your whole life on His faithfulness. You may be battling cynicism and doubt, but God wants to reveal himself to you. Just ask Him to show you He is real, and He will.

Jesus loves you. Whether you are a prominent leader like Jairus in the Bible, who asked for healing for his 12-year-old daughter, or a “nobody” like the woman with the issue of blood, Jesus wants to come into your life and turn around your situation.

Jesus gives life. The same Jesus who raised Lazarus from the dead is available to breathe life on your situation. Whatever your problem, Jesus is the answer. When Jesus died on the Cross and then rose from the dead, He forever changed the course of humanity. He can heal your body, rescue you from depression, restore your marriage, heal a dysfunctional family, reach your rebellious child—He’ll save your life if you’ll let Him. Trust Him. His promises are sure.

Receive Jesus. If you’ve never asked Jesus to be your Lord and Savior, pray this simple prayer: “Dear God, in my heart I know the truth about Jesus. I know He is Your Son and that He died for me and rose from the dead. Forgive me for all my sins. I receive Jesus into my life right now. Help me to follow You always. Amen.”

God bless you!
Pastor Jeff Perry
St. Louis Family Church®

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You Are Loved

Monday, December 26th, 2011

Long before [God] laid down earth’s foundations, He had us in mind, had settled on us as the focus of his love, to be made whole and holy by his love. Long, long ago He decided to adopt us into his family through Jesus Christ. (What pleasure he took in planning this!) He wanted us to enter into the celebration of his lavish gift-giving by the hand of his beloved Son. Ephesians 1:4-6 The Message

When Jesus, the King, was born in a feeding trough over 2,000 years ago, God was showing the love and value He places on each one of us.

We were trapped and lost. We couldn’t save ourselves. Jesus became like we are so that we can be made right with God. What happened in that manger and ultimately on the Cross is fully available today. He died to save us, and when we call on the name of Jesus we bring that vital action into the present of our lives.

This means that anyone who belongs to Christ has become a new person. The old life is gone; a new life has begun! And all of this is a gift from God, who brought us back to himself through Christ. And God has given us this task of reconciling people to him. 2 Corinthians 5:17-18 NLT

People need breakthrough that only a Mighty God can give; they need an Eternal Father’s unconditional love and the Prince of Peace to save them from the war in their hearts. Jesus is each of those things, and He is available to you.

God sent His Son to save us from our sins. If you’re not a Christian, I encourage you to humble yourself and call out to God. He will respond. Bury your regrets about the past and your fears concerning the future—trust in a faithful God. He loves you.

Pray this prayer: Lord Jesus, You know everything about me. Please forgive me for all the wrong things I’ve ever said or done. I know that You died for my sins and rose from the dead. Please come into my life and be my Lord. Help me to follow You always. Amen.

Merry Christmas!
Pastor Jeff Perry
St. Louis Family Church®

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Strengthened by the Holy Spirit

Monday, October 10th, 2011

But you, my friends, must fortify yourselves in your most sacred faith. Continue to pray in the power of the Holy Spirit. Keep yourselves in the love of God, and look forward to the day when our Lord Jesus Christ in his mercy will give eternal life. Jude 20-21 New English Bible

Fortify yourselves in your most sacred faith. These verses show us ways we can be strengthened. We need strength from God because the things He has called us to do cannot be achieved by our own human effort. “He who abides in Me and I in him, he bears much fruit, for apart from Me you can do nothing” (John 15:4b).

Continue to pray in the power of the Holy Spirit. Aren’t you glad that God sent the Holy Spirit? He is the fortifier and strengthener, and His “still small voice” (1 Kings 19:12 NKJV) is available to guide and lead us. The spiritual effects of praying in the Spirit are similar to the physical effects of exercise. Prayer will fortify you so that you won’t faint or lose heart (Luke 18:1). Instead, you can be strengthened “with power through His Spirit in the inner man” (Ephesians 3:16).

Keep yourselves in the love of God. To stay in the love walk with others, we must first understand our spiritual roots: that we are loved and accepted by God. When Jesus comes into our world, He changes us on the inside. Instead of bitterness controlling us, “the love of Christ controls us” (2 Corinthians 5:14).

[I pray] That He [The Lord] would grant you, according to the riches of His glory, to be strengthened with power through His Spirit in the inner man, so that Christ may dwell in your hearts through faith; and that you, being rooted and grounded in love, may be able to comprehend with all the saints what is the breadth and length and height and depth, and to know the love of Christ which surpasses knowledge, that you may be filled up to all the fullness of God. Ephesians 3:16-19

The fruit of the Spirit can work in your life. As we fortify ourselves by getting in the Word, praying in the Spirit, and continually walking in love, we will become more sensitive to the subtle promptings of the Holy Spirit. We will walk in the Spirit, not in the flesh. We will be less dull and more perceptive, less static and more dynamic, less fleshly and more spiritual! We will grow stronger, and the fruit of the Spirit will show up powerfully in our lives.

But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness, self-control; against such things there is no law. Ephesians 5:22-23

God bless you!
Pastor Jeff Perry
St. Louis Family Church®

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The Disciple Whom Jesus Loved

Monday, December 14th, 2009

See how great a love the Father has bestowed on us, that we would be called children of God. 1 John 3:1a

You’ll become frustrated trying to walk in love if you don’t understand that we love because God first loved us. We can only truly walk in love as it flows out of our understanding of God’s love for us.

The apostle John had a profound understanding of God’s love. Four times John reiterated his awareness of God’s love by calling himself “the disciple whom Jesus loved” (John 13:23; 19:26; 20:2; 21:7). I used to think John was rubbing it in to Peter and the other disciples that he was the favorite. But now I realize the contrast between those two disciples at that point in their journeys: Peter was the disciple who tried to love Jesus, but John was the disciple who received the love from God.

It’s not about your loving God more—it starts at square one: God’s love for you. Let it resonate in your spirit that you are the disciple whom God loves, and out of that value, you can start valuing your relationship with God and valuing the people around you.

By this the love of God was manifested in us, that God has sent His only begotten Son into the world so that we might live through Him. In this is love, not that we loved God, but that He loved us and sent His Son to be the propitiation for our sins. Beloved, if God so loved us, we also ought to love one another. 1 John 4:9-11

God is calling us to revolutionize our generation with this radical approach called love that emanates from our relationship with God. We are at our best when this translates into practical action. How are we going to win the world? Not by our amazing sophistication, but by our love.

It’s good to be loved,
Pastor Jeff Perry
St. Louis Family Church®

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