Sunday, April 30th 2023
Pastor Chris Oyakhilome PhD DSc DD
Behold, what manner of love the Father hath bestowed upon us, that we should be called the sons of God: therefore the world knoweth us not, because it knew him not (1 John 3:1).
Romans 5:8 tells us something remarkable. It says, “But God commendeth his love toward us, in that, while we were yet sinners, Christ died for us.” Think about that! It’s the reason when Christians miss it and walk away from Him, to go the way of the world, the Holy Spirit never leaves them. He goes after them to win them back. Why doesn’t He ever give up on us?
It’s because He loves each one of us personally. He genuinely loves you. When He made you, He made you in His image. He sees Himself in you. Even when you’re badly behaved, He looks at your potentials. He knows that if you’d listen to Him, you’d make amends and do the right thing. So, in Hebrews 13:5, He says, “…I will never leave thee, nor forsake thee.” How gracious He is!
The word “bestowed” in our theme verse also means “lavished”; the Father has lavished His love on you. It’s love without limits. When I found out that God loved me personally, it changed everything for me. I became bold and confident in His love for me. Hallelujah!
Maybe you’re a preacher, and some members of your congregation probably don’t like you. Perhaps, it’s even your children, your spouse or some family members; they don’t seem to be very proud of you. Or you have a neighbour or those at the office who despise you; don’t be bothered. God loves you and He’s always very proud of you. That’s what really counts.
He cares so much for you. You’re special and valuable to Him. His love for you is perfect and eternal; nothing can change it and nothing can taint it: “…Yea, I have loved thee with an everlasting love: therefore with lovingkindness have I drawn thee” (Jeremiah 31:3). Hallelujah!
Dear Father, your love is pure and everlasting; you daily nourish me through your Word to lift my spirit and strengthen my faith, because you love me personally! I pray today, that sinners around the world will be drawn to this liquid love and be converted, in Jesus’ Name. Amen.
|| Hebrews 13:5 AMPC
Let your character or moral disposition be free from love of money [including greed, avarice, lust, and craving for earthly possessions] and be satisfied with your present [circumstances and with what you have]; for He [God] Himself has said, I will not in any way fail you nor give you up nor leave you without support. [I will] not, [I will] not, [I will] not in any degree leave you helpless nor forsake nor let [you] down (relax My hold on you)! [Assuredly not!] ||
|| Romans 8:37-39
Nay, in all these things we are more than conquerors through him that loved us. 38 For I am persuaded, that neither death, nor life, nor angels, nor principalities, nor powers, nor things present, nor things to come, 39 Nor height, nor depth, nor any other creature, shall be able to separate us from the love of God, which is in Christ Jesus our Lord. ||
|| 1 John 4:10
Herein is love, not that we loved God, but that he loved us, and sent his Son [to be] the propitiation for our sins. ||
DAILY SCRIPTURE READING
1-Year Bible Reading Plan
Luke 23:50-24:1-12 & 2 Samuel 7-8
2-Year Bible Reading Plan
Mark 6:30-44 & Numbers 3
Extract From Rhapsody Of Realities
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