It is the glory of God to conceal a thing: but the honour of kings is to search out a matter. Proverbs 25:2

he spirit of Christmas is Grace in Christ Jesus! God is showing His grace, favor, kindness, goodwill and love to all humanity through Christ. Grace provides what we cannot obtain for ourselves, grace gives us forgiveness, love and mercy, which is undeserved, unmerited and unearned. We can express God’s love through kindness, goodwill and favor to others who may not deserve it but it is still given regardless of merit. 

God so loved this world that He gave His best, Jesus, to save us even when we were in our worst state. God loved us while we were lost and did not care or love Him and He expressed His love in the Gift of Christ our Savior. The love of God sacrifices and gives even though it may not be received or be reciprocated.

Jesus emptied Himself of all His right as the Prince in heaven and humbled Himself to be born of flesh as a child on earth. He was born of flesh and restricted to a life in a fallen world fixed in an appointed time for the service of others. Jesus came to show the grace, mercy and love God has for all mankind. 

Luke 2: 10-11 Then the angel said to them, “Do not be afraid, for behold, I bring you good tidings of great joy which will be to all people. For there is born to you this day in the city of David a Savior, who is Christ the Lord. NKJ

God gave us His best gift; Jesus Christ His Son and the angels sang of this joy to all mankind and the men responded in worship. Wise men sought Him and gave gifts to honor the Child who was born to be King of kingsover all the earth. Wise men are still seeking Jesus and are giving gifts to honor Jesus as Lord and King. 

These wise men went looking for the Christ though it wasa great distance way, at much cost and much preparation. They came from a far country to search out where Jesuswas born to give great and costly gifts they had prepared for the King, the One who was worthy of all they had and more. 

These gifts were to show honor to the God in heaven andto Mary and Joseph so they could survive and provide for the Christ Child. We honor our God when we honor His children and give to those created in God’s image. When we give to the least of those in humanity, those who are in need on the earth, we are giving to God.

Proverbs 19:17 When you give to the poor, it is like lending to the LORD, and the LORD will pay you back. GNT

We should make it our tradition and to teach our children the true Spirit of Christmas is to give the gift of grace to others, to those who may be undeserving. Instead of teaching them to focusing on themselves and their friends we should be an example of God’s love and give to thosewho have not earned it but out of grace we give gifts. We should show love to honor our Lord and King by givingthe gift of grace to those who are without strength or assets. 

We should be determined to express the love Christ has shown us to those who are underserving are around us. We should teach our children that Christmas is about the greatest gift ever given was given to us.  We should wantto give this good and great gift of God our Father to others rather than looking to receive one. 

Romans 5:6, 8 For when we were still without strength, in due time Christ died for the ungodly. 8 But God demonstrates His own love toward us, in that while we were still sinners, Christ died for us.

Jesus walked in the grace of God as a man to fulfill His purpose. He was given the same power that we have access to today, the Holy Spirit. God has given us the ministry of reconciliation and the command to love others as He has loved us. 

We should desire to give this gift of grace to others and determine how we will express this Spirit of Christmas, love and grace to those around us who are in need. During this time of the year the world softens its heart and expresses kindness and show compassion to one another. How much more should we, who are in the household and family of God, express His Grace to otherswho are without hope?

Galatians 6:10 Therefore, as we have opportunity, let us do good to all, especially to those who are of the household of faith. NKJ

Jesus is our example and was led by the Spirit of God to give the good news of the gospel, that God’s kingdom has returned to the earth that we can now be forgiven and enter into His kingdom. Jesus showed the love of God to the brokenhearted that they did not have to be alone and that they can receive the Holy Spirit as their companion,guide and God as their Father. To those who wereenslaved to the appetites of the flesh and their addictions,they too can be set free by the power of the Holy Spirit. 

We also can help those who are blind to the truth of God’s word by showing the love of God in our actions. Those who are oppressed through injustices of this fallen world system or who live under the tyranny of social or cultural hatred can be set free by the love of God through the blood of Jesus. Now is the acceptable time to receive from God this precious gift of Grace.

Luke 4:18-19 The Spirit of the Lord is upon Me, Because He has anointed Me To preach the gospel to the poor; He has sent Me to heal the brokenhearted, To proclaim liberty to the captives And recovery of sight to the blind, To set at liberty those who are oppressed; To proclaim the acceptable year of the Lord.

Jesus is our reason for Christmas; He is our gift of graceand the reason we give to those who are unable to help themselves. Jesus came and provided what we could not provide for ourselves. Let us choose to be the provisionthat someone may need during this Christmas season. Let us be as the wise men of old and prepare gifts for our Sovereign King to show honor and to worship Him, through the people we serve who are in need. 

Ephesians 4:7,12 But to each one of us grace was given according to the measures of Christ’s gift… for the equipping of the saints for the work of the ministry, for the edifying of the body of Christ, NKJ

This Christmas let us give the gift of Christ’s grace, in a word of encouragement, in an expression of concern, in the displaying of love to those who may even be ill tempered and unlovely but who are in desperate need of God’s love.

Great love was shown toward us when Jesus laid aside His Royalty and Majesty on High to become part of humanity on earth. He laid aside being called the Prince and Son of God in heaven to being called One conceived out of wedlock, having another Father, and not being Joseph’s child. He lived a life of sorrow, rejected by men and died on a cross. All this He endured because of His love and compassion for you, for us. Hedid this to redeem humanity from this fallen world system and introduce a new government and to become our Sovereign King in the kingdom of God on earth.

Isaiah 9:6 For unto us a Childe is born Unto us a Son is given; And the government will be upon His shoulder. And His name will be Counselor, Mighty God, Everlasting Father, Prince of Peace. NKJ

Isaiah 53:3 He is despised and rejected by men, A Man of sorrows and acquainted with grief. And we hid, as it were, our faces from Him; He was despised, and we did not esteem Him. Surely He has borne our griefs and carried our sorrows; Yet we esteemed Him stricken, Smitten by God, and afflicted. But He was wounded for our transgressions, and He was bruised for our iniquities; the chastisement for our peace was upon Him, And by His stripes we are healed. NKJ

Many people see Jesus’ life as one filled with all glorious times until the crucifixion, but in reality Jesus humbled Himself and lived a life of rejection and confrontation with the irreligious people of His day. Jesus being Deity, The Creator and Sustainer of this world allowed Himself to become an infant, confined in the womb of a woman for nine months. He was raised asMary’s child living in the home with His stepfather and stepbrother’s and stepsisters. Jesus was rejected and taunted by men and attacked by Satan, yet He kept His eyes on the love He had for us, to rescues us from eternal death and to bring us into the family of God.

1 Colossians 1:15 He is the image of the invisible God, the firstborn over all creation. For by Him all things were created that are in heaven and that are on earth, visible and the invisible, whether thrones or dominions or principalities or powers. All things were created through Him and for Him. NKJ

Mark 6:3 Is this not the carpenter, the Son of Mary, and the brother of James, Joses, Judas, and Simon? And are not His sisters here with us?” So they were offended at Him. NKJ

God’s love is so great and His plan was so intricate and so complex that it was put into place to save us before the foundation of the world was laid. God foresaw our needs and fore-planned how He would come and rescue, release and saveus from our wickedness, depravity and sin. Jesus’ birth was announced with great majesty in the heavens but was revealed in meekness and humbleness on earth being born an illegitimate child of Mary in a stable.  Jesus’ life was threatened even as a child as Herod tried to kill Him and His family but they fledtheir home into another country to save His life. 

Ephesians 1:4 Just as He chose us in Him before the foundation of the world, that we should be holy and without blame before Him in love, having predestined us to adoption as sons by Jesus Christ to Himself, according to the good pleasure of His will. NKJ

Matthew 2:13 Now when they had departed, behold, an angel of the Lord appeared to Joseph in a dream, saying, “Arise, take the young Child and His mother, flee to Egypt, and stay there until I bring you word; for Herod will seek the young Child to destroy Him.” NKJ

Jesus lived 30 years preparing for a three-year public ministry that would be filled with confrontation and hatred from men,with spiritual attacks from Satan followed by His death on the cross.   It was God’s love for us that was displayed in the life, death and resurrection of Christ. 

Throughout His ministry they said Jesus had a devil spirit; he was a friend of sinners and called a winebibber or habitual drinker of alcohol. The irreligious of His day even tried to stone Him because they were offended by His truth.  

Luke7:34 The Son of man is come eating and drinking; and ye say, Behold a gluttonous man, and a winebibber, a friend of publicans and sinners! KJV

Jesus despised the shame and humiliation that He went through but He focused on the joy that it would bring to mankindthrough salvation. Through faith, we who believed in Jesuswould become children of God and adopted into the family and kingdom of God. As true followers of Christ, when hardships and attacks come, we should press into the presence of God to see the spiritual view of these situations. Through meekness we too may see how lives could be saved or changed if we endured the shame as Christ did for the joy of possibly saving someone’s soul. 

Hebrews 12:2 Looking unto Jesus the author and finisher of our faith, who for the joy that was set before Him endured the cross, despising the shame, and shas sat down at the right hand of the throne of God. NKJ

Some people lose heart and give up because of hardships and the things they have had to endure. Whether we give up hope,or stand in faith, will depend on what we allow our focus to be centered on. When our eyes are on Christ and the eternal souls of mankind, these temporary afflictions and hardships will seem light and brief in comparison to entity. 

2 Corinthians 4:17-18 For our light affliction, which is but for a moment, is working for us a far more exceeding and eternal weight of glory, while we do not look at the things which are seen, but at the thins which are not seen. For the things which are seen are temporary, but the things which are not seen are eternal. NKJ

As followers of Christ we must train our eyes to look at the spiritual and eternal things rather than the natural and temporal. This is a practiced skill that takes time in God’s word and in the presence of God with a concerted effort to think on the things of God.  We all were born and raised to focus on the natural things of life, where much value was placed on the fleeting and passing things of this world.  Once we are born into the government of God’s kingdom, we are given the Spirit of God and we learn to esteem and discern the spiritual things of Godabove those of this world. 

Unto us a Child was born, to die a death He did not deserve. Unto us a Son was given to live a life of rejection in a worldly system to bring us into a kingdom where we may live accepted in the commonwealth of God’s government. We were once aliens but now we are His Beloved and adopted into the royal family of God in His kingdom on earth.  

Ephesians 2:12-13 That at that time you were without Christ, being aliens from the commonwealth of Israel and strangers from the covenant of promise, having no hope and without God in the world. But now in Christ Jesus you who once were far off have been brought near by the blood of Christ. NKJ

As we look at the circumstance of Jesus’ birth, life and death and all that He went through, we see He did not allow any situation deter Him from His God given purpose. In celebrating Jesus, we are thankful for the way He stood steadfast on our behalf and look to Him as our example, our Prince of Peace and Joy.

God’s forgiveness comes by the atoning blood of Jesus. A just and holy God could not ignore the rebellion of mankind against Himself. God had declared the wages of sin is death and He must be true to Himself and His word. God said He has given the life blood on the altar to make atonement for the souls of mankind. God in His patience waited for mankind to be redeemed by the blood of Jesus, through His life, death and resurrection.

Romans 6:23 For the wages of sin is death; but the gift of God is eternal life in Christ Jesus our Lord. NKJ

In the Old Testament, the blood of animals was given to covered for sin just for a time, but was not able to take awaysin. It was a foreshadow that pointed to the death of Christ which would pay the total debt of mankind for sin, with His atoning blood. It was the love and mercy of God that offered Jesus as our Savior.  It was the Grace of God that provided the payment for sin and gave all mankind another chance to be redeemed from the punishment of eternal death, through the death of His Son Jesus.  

Leviticus 17:11 For the life of a creature is in the blood, and I have given it to you to make atonement for yourselves on the alter, it is the blood that makes atonement for one’s life.  NIV

Ephesians 1:7 In Hi we have redemption through His blood, the forgiveness of sins, according to the riches of His grace NKJ 

Some people think they can come to God for forgivenessbecause He is a Kind Father or because He is a loving God orbecause they feel sorry about the wrong they had done.  They would be trying to approach God on the basis of another way other than Jesus. We can only come to God for forgivenessthrough the blood of Christ. Forgiveness of sin is based on the payment for sin, which is Jesus’ life’s blood. A just and Holy God will judge sin and cannot allow sin to go unpunished. God is true to His character and His word and someone will die for the sins of mankind. We can accept the payment God has provided for us through Christ or stand in judgement before God based on our own works which cannot recompense for our sins. 

All have sinned therefore all must make a payment for sin, now the question is whose blood will stand and pay the wages of our sin?  We can stand before God on our own merit and be judgedaccording to our sin and receive eternal death or we can accept the blood of Jesus as our payment in full, as a ransom that will set us free.  Jesus’ death is for the atonement for our sins and we can only stand before a holy and just God through faith in the redeeming blood of Christ.  

John 14:6 Jesus said to him, “I am the way, the truth, and the life. No one comes to the Father except through Me. NKJ

Ephesians 2:8 For by grace you have been saved through faith and that not of yourselves; it is a gift of God. NKJ

People can be remorseful and sorry for what they have done and yet refuse to change, to repent, or change the way they actand live. They may have regret for the wrongs they committedbut refuse to accept Christ as their Lord and Savor to receiveHis forgiveness.  To repent is to change one’s direction and mindset to the things of Christ and not to simply live in regret. Esau gave away his birth rights for a simple meal and cried with remorse and regret but without a changed heart of repentance. There is a difference between regret and the sorrowof this world which leads to death and that of Godly repentance that leads to salvation.

Genesis 27:34 When Esau heard the words of his father, he cried with an exceedingly great and bitter cry, and said to his father, Bless me- me also, O my father!” NKJ

2 Corinthians 7:10 For godly sorrow produces repentance leading to salvation, not to be repented of; but the sorrow of the world produces death. NKJ  

The Holy Spirit will convict us of sin, in that He will bring those things to our conscience thought that we need to changeand then He will give us the strength to be transformed. The world is constantly accusing, belittling and degrading people because their faults and downfalls which may lead people into a state of depression and hopelessness. Godly repentance will help us to see our errors and He will assist us in change the way we live. We will be able to view things according to the light of God’s word and receive forgiveness of sin because of Christ. 

We can turn from worldly regret to godly repentance by receiving by faith the saving grace of God in Christ and accept the blood of Jesus which takes away our sin. We are not to bury our heads in the sand, as though nothing is wrong or as though we are without sin but we are to confess our sins and acknowledge God in truth in the midst of our situation and focused our eyes on Jesus. 

We can change our mindset from the negative pondering of our past and cast those thoughts on Christ.  When negative and discouraging thoughts come we should choose to focus our thoughts on His word and place our eyes on the goodness of God by thanking Him for His goodness, mercy and lovingkindness. We should only glance at the problems that are before us, so that we may know how to intercede and pray, but our focus, our attention and our eyes are looking to God. 

1 Peter 5: 6-7 Therefore humble yourselves under the mighty hand of God, that He may exalt you in due time, casting all your cares upon Him, for He cares for you. NKJ

Psalms 62: My soul, wait silently for God alone, For my expectation is from Him. NKJ

Psalms 121:1-2   I will lift up my eyes to the hills- From whence comes my help? My help comes from the LORD, Who made heaven and earth. NKJ

When we come to Christ we become regenerated where the old person is made into a new creation. The Fatherhood of God is seen as we are adopted into the family of God in rebirth through our faith in Christ. The love of God is shown through the atoning death of Christ for the forgiveness of sin. Those who refuse and reject Jesus, refuse the love and forgiveness of God. Forgiveness cannot be based only on the character of God’s love or Fatherhood and it cannot be separated from the savingfaith in the life death and resurrection of Jesus Christ as our Savior. 

2 Corinthians 5:17 Therefore, if anyone is in Christ, he is a new creation; old things have passed away; behold, all things have become new. NKJ 

Ephesians 3:17 That He would grant you, according to the riches of His glory, to be strengthened with might through His Spirit in the inner man, that Christ may dwell in your hearts through faith; that you, being rooted and grounded in love. NKJ

What are we teaching our children? What are they learning from us as parents and the worldly system around them? When we look at the number of hours we use and invest into our education, it will be an enormous amount of the available waking time. With 24 hours in a day 8 are allotted for resting, 8-10 for working or going to school, which leave 6 to 8 hours with our families to commune, fellowship and teach them social skills, our values and religious stances and beliefs. 

We must plan specific time to teach our children and families our morals and ethics. If not, the world will consume them in their constant bombardment with public media to instill in our children their fallen views and values. We may raise our children in our homes and engage them in our daily routine andour lifestyle, but the world has more time to devote to their train of thought through school and public media.   We are told toinstructed and teach our children during our everyday living as we eat, as walk around and as we lie down and to have His word visible on the doorposts and on the gates (the places we visit frequently) as we enter in and go out.    

Deuteronomy 6:7, 9 You shall teach them diligently to your children, and shall talk of them when you sit in your homes, when you walk by the way, when you lie down, and when you rise up. – You shall write them on the doorpost of your house and on your gates. NKJ

We as Christ followers who are in the family of God must be vigilant in guarding our families from over exposure to this fallen worldly system and to be more attentive to teaching, not only the word of God, but His kingdom principles, the “why” behind the way we live and the reasons our culture is based on integrity is for God’s glory. When people and children are taught the “why” behind their existence they can have a better understanding and a firmer commitment to their values.   

John 13:15-17 For I have given you an example, that ye should do as I have done to you.  Verily, verily, I say to you, The servant is not greater than his lord; neither he that is sent greater than he who sent him. If ye know these things, happy are ye if ye do them. KJV

Some people were raised in households that told them what to do and what not to do, without explaining the principles of God’s word and few understood the reasons behind those limits.  The lack of understanding of God, His word and not being aware of the truth behind the “why” they are to live a certain way, with boundaries, tend to make some people feel left out, prohibited or censored. While in truth these borders are for their protection and guard against the consequences of poor choicesand for them to be a light in dark places.  

The word of God was given for instruction and to be an example so that we may know the craftiness of the adversary, the consequences of poor judgement and the righteousness and grace we have with the covering of God’s word.   We see the results of those who chose to go for the immediate satisfaction, as Esau sold his birth rite for a meal to satisfy his hunger at the moment. He did not think about his future or his family’s future in losing his rights as first born. We also, see David a shepherd, trusted God and became king over Israel. 

2 Timothy 3:16-17 All scripture is given by inspiration of God, and is profitable for doctrine, for reproof, for correction, for instruction in righteousness, that the man of God may be complete, thoroughly equipped for every good work. NKJ

We are to teach our children at a young age that they are part of two systems. As we teach them the values and traditions of their nation and culture we must also teach them the values and constitution of their heavenly kingdom.  They have dualcitizenship one in their present country and the other in heaven and they must learn how-to walk-in accordance to the laws of both country and kingdom. God knows where He has placed us, the nation, the culture and the society and we are there to reflectHis glory and His image as we walk in light of His word and to be a light for those around us. That is the “why” behind our lifestyle. If we live and hate as others and those around us they will see no difference, no light and will remain in darkness. 

Ephesians 2:12-13,19 That at that time you were without Christ, being aliens from the commonwealth of Israel and strangers from the covenants of promise, having no hope and without God in the world. But now in Christ Jesus you who once were far off have been brought near by the blood of Christ.  – Now, therefore, you are no longer strangers and foreigners, but fellow citizens with the saints and members of the household of God. NKJ

In this time, we see many different philosophies, trains of thought and values. A long with the cults, witchcraft, magicallurements and enchantments that are being feed to us and our children through song, commercials, movies and public media.  We must be alert and observant to the things we say and do and what we allow our children to have access to, as their minds are like sponges and will soak up those lies and they may become part their belief system. 

There is so much being taught that we cannot guard them from all evil but we can teach them what God says about the matter,to guide and to give them the tools they need to make thecorrect determination as to the righteousness of that situation. With all the electronic devices the truth of God’s word is available audibly to help us instruct our children. 

Psalm 119:9 How can a young man cleanse his way? By taking heed according to Your word.  NKJ

Psalm 119:99-101   I have more understanding than all my teachers, for Your testimonies are my meditation. I understand more than the ancients, because I keep Your precepts. I have restrained my feet from every evil way, That I may keep Your word. NKJ

The Proverbs will give them wisdom and discernment, the Psalms will show them how to cry out to God and to praise Him, the Old Testament will show how God is in fellowship and cares for us and the New Testament will reveal His Son, Jesus, His love, mercy and grace.

Some people who believe in Christ may have a saved spirit but they lack the understanding of God’s Kingdom principles and ways. They have allowed the traditions of their fathers, their society and their cultures to continue to direct their lives and emotions rather than learn and operate in the word of God and His truth. A saved spirit does not guarantee a converted soul. That is why some people call themselves Christians but allow their emotions and thoughts to be governed by old habits and customs.

Salvation is a onetime act based on the fact, truth and faith in Christ. It is a regeneration of our dead spirit as we receive the Living Spirit of God, the Holy Spirit. Conversion is a process that happens over a period of time, which turns and alters our thinking, our soul, our mind and our nature from the practices and traditions of men and our society to God’s way of thinking. 

Mark 7:13 Making the word of God of no effect through your tradition which you have handed down. And many such things you do. NKJ

Some people have allowed their minds to stay in the belief system and allow the lies they have been taught through a fallen and broken world system to remain as their standard. Many have been taught to believe that the end justifies their callous and ruthless means. That if the results are “supposedly” for the good and God’s glory, then the process of getting there, though it may be nasty and harsh, does not matter. When have the end ever justified cruel means? Never! We are accountable for the process and God is responsible for the end. 

God is the God of all situations and circumstances and He has established the end from the beginning. Our job is to walk, talk and live in a way that the means by which we live get us to anend that represents God and His kingdom ways.    

2 Corinthians 4:4 whose minds the god of this age has blinded, who do not believe, lest the light of the gospel of the glory of Christ, who is the image of God should shine on them… For it is the God who commanded light to shine out of darkness, who has shone in our hearts to give the light of the knowledge of the glory of God in the face of Jesus Christ. NKJ

Isaiah 46:9-10 Remember the former things of old, For I am God, and there is none like Me, Declaring the end from the beginning. And from ancient times things that are not yet done, Saying, “My counsel shall stand, And I will do all My Pleasure,” NKJ 

Jesus came to give us truth and to re-establish the kingdom of God on the earth. Jesus lived a life that is to be an example to those who are living in the kingdom of God. Jesus taught the truth that would bring conversion to our souls and to change theway we think and operate on the earth. Jesus died to bring regeneration and to provide a way into the kingdom of God. He was raised so we could live victorious and no longer be enslaved to the old way of living and thinking. We can trust His word and His way that we can be triumphant in this life.  

John 13:13- 17 You call me Teacher and Lord, and you say well, for so I am. If I then, your Lord and Teacher, have washed your feet, you also ought to wash one another’s feet. For I have given you an example, that you should do as I have done to you. Most assuredly, I say to you, a servant is not greater that his master, nor is he who is sent greater than he who sent him. If you know these things, blessed are you if you do them. NKJ

People’s perceptions are their reality. What they believe, though it be a lie, is their actuality, because it is all they know. It is not until they are exposed to the real truth in earnest and genuineness that they are able to see the actuality and reality of God’s truth in His word.

People’s souls, which includes their mind, their will and their emotions, have been trained to think, respond and process information based on self and self-service. We have been instructed to follow Christ, as our spirits have been regeneratedby the Holy Spirit. We are to allow the word of God to live in us, to transform our minds, the way we think and to convert our souls to God’s way. 

Psalm 19:7-8 The law of the Lord is perfect, converting the soul: the testimony of the Lord is sure, making wise the simple, the statues of the Lord are right, rejoicing the heart; the commandments of the Lord is pure enlightening the eyes; NKJ

The word of God and His truths, through the Holy Spirit, will change our emotions and mindset to think like Him and not according to traditions or the things we have been taught to value by men. God’s ways are not the ways of mankind and we cannot and will not obtain His ways without knowing His thoughts and His truths. We see people with so much hate and anger in this world because of perceptions based, customs, behaviors and practices of their societies and ethnicities. Even though these ideas may be rooted in lies, it is all they have been taught or experienced and it appears real according to their perceptions. 

Isaiah 55:7-8  Let the wicked forsake his ways, And the unrighteous man his thoughts, Let him return to the Lord, And He will have mercy on him, And to our God, For He will abundantly pardon, For My thoughts are not your thoughts, Nor are your ways My ways,” says the Lord. NKJ

If a person’s thoughts and ways have not been altered from the thoughts and traditions that they have been taught, then theirsouls and the way they think may not have been converted to line up with God’s truth.  Followers of Christ are instructed to transform their minds, emotions and the way they think and convert their soul to God’s kingdom ways. We are to change the way we think not just the way we appear and live for the praise of men.  

For those who want to be of service to God, it is a reasonable service, to take time to renew your mind, your will and your emotions to the word of God.  In our responses to hard and difficult times, we should not allow our emotions to act out in the traditions of men and the ways we have been taught. We are to walk in, compassion, meekness and love, so that we may prove that God’s word is good, acceptable and perfect in the midst of life’s chaos. 

Romans 12:1-2 I beseech you therefore, brethren, by the mercies of God, that you present your bodies a living sacrifice, holy, acceptable to God, which is your reasonable service. And do not be conformed to this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind, that you may prove what is that good and acceptable and perfect will of God. NKJ

Ambassadors for Christ

Our natural physical bodies are born into a parenthetical set of time and space, in that we have a beginning and an ending. We are given a set amount of time to live on this earth, to display our choices, accomplishments and to complete our tasks. Then based on our choices and actions, the results will dictate our destiny. Christ came to redeem us from sin and has given us an opportunity to be re-born into the kingdom of God to become His ambassadors in our current countries, nations and stationduring our time on earth. 

2 Corinthians 5:20 Now then, we are ambassadors for Christ, as though God were pleading through us: we implore you on Christ behalf, be reconciled to God. NKJ

Mankind in the beginning was created as a living soul in communion with their Creator God, Elohim, with the purpose to reflect His likeness on the earth.  As a result of the fall we are now all born into this world with a human nature, a body of flesh, with the characteristics of fallen humanity that has been influenced by our culture, customs and current times.

Adam the first man was created as a living soul but his God-like soul died when he sinned and he and was no longer living in his created state but in the fallen nature of humanity. The created purpose for humanity was to replenish the earth with God’s likeness and His Glory during their span of time on the earth. God’s purpose did not change but the living soul of mankind died and the natural, fallen, rebellious man came into existence. 

Jesus, the last Adam, came as a life-giving Spirit, a life quickening spirit that is given to all true followers who are re-born into the family and kingdom of God through the HolySpirit. The Holy Spirit enables us to live this life span in God’s likeness and in fellowship with God.  We can show His love and as His ambassador we can represent Him in the family, community, nation and in the life where He has placed us. 

1 Corinthians 15:45 And so it is written, The first man Adam was made a living soul; the last Adam was made a quickening spirit. KJV

Blood was shed and the skins were made to be a covering forthe nakedness of mankind in that they had lost God’s glorious light, which was their covering before the fall. The blood of every lamb sacrificed according to the Mosaic law pointed to Jesus. As the perfect Lamb of God, Jesus, would one day come and offer His blood as an atonement for the sins of all mankind.Now Christ has come and the ultimate sacrifice has been madefor those who trust in the completed work of Christ through faith and our sins are atoned.  Followers of Christ are covered with the righteousness of God by grace through our faith in Jesus. 

Genesis 3:  Unto Adam also and his wife did the LORD God make coats of skins and clothed them. KJV

Leviticus 17:11 For the life of the flesh is in the blood, and I have given it to you upon the alter to make atonement for your souls; for it is the blood that makes atonement for the soul. NKJ

Romans 3:22-24 Even the righteousness of God, through faith in Jesus Christ, to all and on all who believe. For there is not difference; for all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God, being justified freely by His grace through the redemption that is in Christ Jesus. NKJ

Many who call themselves Christians are living according to their natural affinities and kinships, be it their race, their cultureor social status, without regard to their spiritual connection as being in the family and kingdom of God. True followers of Christ have the Holy Spirit in them to teach them how to mature in the spiritual principles of God. 

We are to be ambassadors for His kingdom as we engage and enjoy our kinships, cultures and status on earth. We are to live with an appreciation of our race, culture and nation but with the love of God and to show His compassion to others. As true and mature followers of Christ we are to reflect His likeness in the heat of adversity and in the midst of chaos, we are to show grace, mercy and love to all humanity.

Luke 9:54b-55,56a  … Lord, do You want us to command fire to come down from heaven and consume them, just as Elijah did?  But He turned and rebuked them, and said, “You do not know what manner of spirit you are of. For the Son of Man did not come to destroy men’s lives but to save them”… NKJ

As ambassadors of Christ, we are living in these God given placements and assignments so to be light in dark places. If we do not allow our light to shine in the midst of dark situationspeople will not be able to see or understand that there is a different way, another kingdom and King who should rule and reign in these times. This is a hard task and we need the fellowship of God and His presence to let the light of His glory shine upon us in our private time, that we may reflect His lightand represent Him well in public.  

John 1:4-5  In Him was life, and the life was the light of men. And the light shines in the darkness, and the darkness did not comprehend it. NKJ

2 Corinthians 4:6 For it is the God who commanded light to shine out of darkness, who has shone in our hearts to give the light of the knowledge of the glory of God in the face of Jesus Christ. NKJ

The connections that we are born into are seen through ourculture, race and nation and our spiritual connections should be just as apparent as our natural ones in the way we live our lives. Our spiritual likeness and awareness of God as our Father and King must rise above our natural sympathies so that God will be exalted and His kingdom ways and principles will be elevated above all else. It is an ambassador’s lifestyle and quietway of living out their kingdom’s statutes and decrees that speak and commune with others without a word.  Our actions are the loudest and best representation as ambassadors to those who were taught in this worldly system.

James 3:13 Who is wise and understanding among you? Let him show by good conduct that his works are done in meekness of wisdom. NKJ

1 Peter 2:12 Having your conduct honorable among the Gentiles, that when they speak against you as evildoers, they may by your good works which they observe, glorify God in the day of visitation. NKJ

1 Peter 3:1b … that even if some do not obey the word, they, without a word, may be won by the conduct…. NKJ 

Our words do not have to be loud or boisterous but the way we live and walk before our families and friends can quietly portray in our communities the lifestyle of an ambassador that resembles the kingdom of God that we are representing.

Perfect Love Casts Out Fear

The Holy Spirit living in us will teach us how to cast out fear and how to not allow it to linger. Love is a fruit of the Spirit, as with any fruit it must be attached to its source, watered and nourished for it to mature into a fully developed harvest. Fear is a natural response of fallen mankind to difficult situations and perfect love is a supernatural response by the Holy Spirit. The word did not say that we would not fear but through His love we can cast it out.  

When we rest in the faithfulness of God and His perfect love for us that is shown in His compassion, mercy, forgiveness and grace, we can choose to not allow anxiety and fear to stay and take root in our minds. We are persuaded and taught to know, by the Holy Spirt, that nothing can separate us from the love of God. No matter what we may go through, God sees and foresees our solutions. We are able to remove doubt and worry based on His word and our understanding of His love, compassion, mercy and grace for us. 

Romans 8:38 For I am persuaded that neither death nor life, nor angels, nor principalities, nor powers, nor things present, nor things to come, nor height nor depth, nor any other created thing, shall be able to separate us from the love of God which is in Christ Jesus our Lord. NKJ

1 John 4:18 There is no fear in love; but perfect love casts out fear, because fear involves torment. But he who fears has not been made perfect in love. NKJ 

It is maturity, growth and fellowship with the Holy Spirit that gives followers of Christ the ability to stand on the faithfulness of God and His perfect love. We understand trouble is a part of life but we trust God in the midst of it. We can refuse to adopt fear as a personal possession, like a pet, and will not become comfortable with having it in our minds and souls to linger around and taunt us. The Holy Spirit enables us to trust God’s love even in hard and chaotic times realizing that nothing will happen to us that God already foreknew the problem and prepared a solution. 

Isaiah 26:3 You will keep him in perfect peace, whose mind is stayed on You, because he trusts in You. NKJ

1 Corinthians 10:13  No temptation has overtaken you except such as is common to man; but God is faithful, who will not allow you to be tempted beyond what you are able, but with the temptation will also make the way of escape, that you may be able to bear it. NKJ

Romans 8:29 For whom He foreknew, He also predestined to be conformed to the image of His Son, that He might be the firstborn among many brethren. NKJ

During these times of social, physical, mental and spiritual unrest, the people of God must learn to walk in the power of the Holy Spirit. Resting and trusting in the perfect love of God is what helps us to throw out the fear the world is trying to produce and instill in us. Every believer of Christ has the abilityto walk in the Spirit of this perfect love and to display God’s traits of compassion, mercy, forgiveness and grace.  This is done through a close relationship and a mature knowledge of God the Father and Jesus Christ whom He sent. 

John 17:3 And this is eternal life, that they may know You, the only true God, and Jesus Christ whom You have sent. NKJ

Psalms 27:14 Wait on the LORD; Be of good courage, and He shall strengthen your heart; Wait, I say, on the Lord! NKJ

When we know who God is and who we are in Him, then the things of this world will not produce that paralyzing fear in us because we trust in our heritage as children of the Most-High King. Many weapons may be formed and many tongues may speak against us but they will not succeed and will be reproved and denounced in the end.  Perfect love casts out fear because itrests in the protection and generosity of God and His inheritance. 

Isaiah 54:17 ​No weapon formed against you shall prosper, and every tongue which rises against you in judgment you shall condemn. This is the heritage of the servant of the LORD, and their righteousness is of Me,” Says the LORD. NKJ

Isaiah 54:14 ​In righteousness you shall be established; You shall be far from oppression for you shall not fear; And from terror, for it shall not come near you. NKJ

To say we have faith in God and live in fear is an oxymoron. These are two polar opposites and cannot coexist because light and darkness cannot occupy the same space at the same time.We are told to think on the things that are pure, just and of good report and not things that cause confusion, hatred and fear.  We all will choose what we allow to stay in our minds and what we will fix our thoughts on, but we are told to let the mind of Christ be in us. Our hope is rooted in the perfect love of God for us and not we ourselves. 

Philippians 2:5-6 Let this mind be in you which was also in Christ Jesus, who being in the form of God, did not consider it robbery to be equal with God, but made Himself of no reputation, taking the form of a bondservant, and coming in the likeness of men. NKJ

Philippians 4:8 Finally, brethren, whatever things are true, whatever things are noble, whatever things are just, whatever things are pure, whatever things are lovely, whatever things are of good report, if there is any virtue and if there is anything praiseworthy- meditate on these things. 

Fear is a natural reaction but faith is a supernatural action that we are empowered with and it is spiritually understood and perceived through the knowledge of God’s perfect love for us. This world is fixated on going after love in all its various forms and are desperate to be connected and to receive love, whether it is to be a parent, to have a spouse or to be in a good family. Some people believe these love relationships are the most important thing in life and if they fail to have a spouse, child, family or friends they are seen as failures. This is not God’s truth because His love gives with no need of replication.  

Psalms 27: 5   For in the time of trouble He shall hide me in His pavilion; In the secret place of His tabernacle He shall hide me; He shall set me high upon a rock. NKJ

The fear of failure in life, career and relationships has hinderedsome people from knowing the true expression of God’s unconditional love, which gives love with an open hand. They lose sight of the joy of giving without looking for anything in return. No matter who we are or where we live there are people around us who are in need of love, be it a child longing for the love of a parent or a person who wishes they had a friend, we can be that love. We can learn to work without complaint and trust God with our life and our future. It may be difficult and challenging because people are messy and hard to approach and please, but so were we in our mess before Christ.

Psalms 27:1,    The LORD is the light of my salvation whom shall I fear? The LORD is the strength of my life; Of whom shall I be afraid? NKJ 

As mature followers of Christ we are to give the perfect love of God as He loved us, with an open hand and a generous heart.  God has feely given to every person His love through Christ, to accept or reject.  When we give His love to others it takes our mind off of ourselves and our lack and we become givers of love and not in desperate need of love.   We can learn how to walk in the chaos of this world without holding on to the fear that comes at us by knowing God’s word is true. 

2 Corinthians 4:8-10 We are troubled on every side, yet not distressed; we are perplexed, but not in despair, persecuted, but not forsaken; cast down but not destroyed: Always bearing about in the body the dying of the Lord Jesus, that the life also of Jesus might be made manifest in our body. KJV

Perfect love is a spiritual attribute of God and is established in His righteousness through the power of the Holy Spirit which lives in every true believer of Christ. The perfect love of God is seen in His compassion, mercy, forgiveness and grace, which are kingdom principles that are developed by the Holy Spirit. These kingdom traits are not of the world but are cultivated and matured through a close personal relationship with Jesus Christ.  

Psalms 86:15           But You, O Lord, are a God full of compassion, and gracious, Longsuffering and abundant in mercy and truth. NKJ

Luke 17:20 The kingdom of God does not come with observation; nor will they say, see here or see there! For indeed, the kingdom of God is within you. NKJ

God showed His compassion, concern, care and kindness for us in that while we were still sinners and enemies of God in our own mind, He provided a way for redemption, forgiveness and reconciliation.  Perfect love has compassion on others even their enemies and in perfect love we are willing to help and pray for those who are against them. 

Colossians 1:21      And you, who once were alienated and enemies in your own mind by wicked works, yet now He has reconciled. NKJ

God was merciful in His willingness to pardon our sins, while we were still in sin. In His mercyHe had sympathy, leniency and forbearance toward us and was shown by Him not destroying us while we were in the very act of our rebellion against Him.  Perfect love has sympathy and forbearance even for the ungodly and we can pray for God to be merciful and that they will not see eternal destruction. 

Psalms 103:8 The LORD is merciful and gracious, slow to anger and abounding in mercy. NKJ

In forgiveness of our sins God provided pardon and clemency from the mutiny and insurrection against Him through the atoning blood of Christ in His life, death and resurrection. Perfect love forgives even without a request for pardon because we can walk in perfect love because we too have been forgiven of our sinful rebellion. 

Psalms 78: 38 But He, being full of compassion, forgave their iniquity, and did not destroy them. Yes, many a time He turned His anger away, And did not stir up all His wrath; NKJ

In God’s grace He provided reconciliation and benevolence in providing what we could never have obtained for ourselves, which is salvation and eternal life.  In grace God has not only provided payment of our sins but an abundant life and eternal communion for those who receive His Son Jesus as the propitiation for sin. Perfect love freely gives without looking for something in return. We by the Holy Spirit can give generously to those who are in need without excepting to receive any benefit or gain from them.

Psalms 145:8-9 The LORD is gracious and full of compassion, slow to anger and great in mercy. The LORD is good to all, And His tender mercies are over all His works. NKJ

1 John 2:2 And He Himself is the propitiation for our sins; and not for ours only, but also for the whole world. NKJ

God’s perfect love is so profound, thoughtful and overwhelming that in our limited natural understanding we are unable to comprehend the depth of His love. God’s expression of perfect love is unidentifiable and is a mystery to the natural mind. God’s love is unmerited, underserved and unearned and yet it is freely given, which is difficult for people in a natural mindset to understand. Perfect love is shown and understood only through the power of the Holy Spirit and as we grow in communion and knowledge of God the more we are able to display His perfect love to others. 

Psalms 86:5 For You, Lord, are good, and ready to forgive, And abundant in mercy to all those who call upon You. NKJ

A person of good moral character, who has integrity and is noble in character can obtain in their natural state acts of true love, which gives. They can even obtain great love and be willing to sacrifice for its beloved.  The Holy Spirit, God living in us, is what gives believers in Christ the ability to perform in perfect love through our close relationship and knowledge of God. It in our fellowship with Christ that we are able to remotely understand the profound deepness of God’s perfect love for us and to show this love to others.

Ephesians 3:17- 18 That Christ may dwell in your hearts through faith; that you, being rooted and grounded in love, may be able to comprehend with all the saints what is the width, length and depth and height- NKJ

Perfect love can be expressed toward another though it may never be acknowledged and though their acts of kindness may be refused.  God gives rain and sun to the righteous and the unrighteous just as He sent Jesus to redeem all humanity. Some people will reject His redemption, will not acknowledge Him as their God and will discard and decline His gift of love and life which is in Christ. We too, as His children can show His perfect love to those who love us, as well as to those who wish to do us harm. 

Matthew 5:45        That you may be sons of your Father in heaven; for He makes His sun rise on the evil and the good, and sends rain on the just and the unjust. NKJ

Perfect love is empowered by the Holy Spirit and can stand unrequited without ever being reciprocated, acknowledged or may even be misunderstood by its beloved. God has given us His unconditional love and has displayed His great love for us through the life of His Son Jesus died for us all that we may have eternal life.  As ambassadors of Christ and His kingdom, we too can love unconditionally those who are without hope. 

Ezekiel 36:26 I will give you a new heart and put a new spirit within you; I will take the heart of stone out of your flesh and give you a heart of flesh. I will put My Spirit within you and cause you to walk in My statues and you will keep My judgement and do them. NKJ

God has placed us in families and communities with people who may not like us, look like us and may even despise us, but this is where God has entrusted us to be, to show His love and His light.  Through the Holy Spirit we can show His perfect love in deed, in truth and in our actions.  

Proverbs 19:21 Many are the plans in a person’s heart, but it is the LORD’s purpose that prevails. NIV

It only takes one person to choose to live in the love of God by the power of the Holy Spirit. One person can choose to give themselves to God that they may be a witness of His perfect love to those who are called unloving and unlovable that others may see light God’s love on the earth.  It took one person to sail around the world to prove it could be done and after that many were able to make that journey. So, it can be with one person who will trust God and walk in love, though it may be a hard journey, it is possible to be the pattern others will follow. 

1 Timothy 1:15 However, for this reason I obtained mercy, that in me first Jesus Christ might show all longsuffering, as a pattern to those who are going to believe on Him for everlasting life. NKJ 

  1. True Love gives of its self to its beloved, while love perverted takes. 
  2. Great love sacrifices without any expectation of reciprocation to receive love in return.  Great love is given and can be unrequited.  
  3. Perfect love is an attribute of God, a supernatural gift endowed by God and is given in the power of the Holy Spirit. It is displayed in the character traits of compassion, mercy, forgiveness and grace, which is the unconditional love of God.

Great love is willing to deny self and will sacrifice a fleeting moment of pleasure for love that honors, respects and has a lasting and eternal weight of glory. It is great love that is able to display love that is unrequited, a love that sacrifices and does not have to be reciprocated nor demand that their love to be returned in some act or demonstration. Great love is a form of God’s unconditional love that is offered to all mankind regardless of their willingness to accept and it stands true even in the face of rejection. Christ died for all mankind, not just the righteous and those who would receive His love, but for those who would refuse His love also. 

2 Corinthians 4:17 For our light affliction, which s but for a moment, is working for us a far more exceeding and eternal weight of glory. NKJ

Love is both profound and a mystery.  Love originated with God and is a gift God has given to mankind, that we may know and experience His love for us through the various relationships that we have.   Love is a trait of God’s Character that was given to humanity and yet this world will say, God does not want us to love or be loved. Yet it was God who gave us the ability to love in so many different forms and relationships, be it with parents, siblings, children, family, friends or community.  In these different relationships we are able to express love and to receive love and they all are gifts from God. It is through love that we are able to express and experience His Love for us.

Have you ever experienced a love so profound, so overwhelming that you are willing to take on the most difficult problems and the hardest of challenges to secure, provide and protect the one you love and to keep them safe? Great love is willing to make sacrifices because of the relationship and the affection it has for the beloved.   It was God who loved us so deeply, so profoundly and so intently that He gave His Son Jesus as an expression of the great love He has for us.  

Every expression of love, every touch, word expressed or deed done all originated in God. It is awesome to think that in every generation, culture and walk of life there is a sense and ability to love, to express love, to see and know the feeling of love. This ability to give love and receive love was given to all humanity by a loving God. However, the enemy has perverted God’s love and beguiled mankind into thinking God is against their love and that they are not loved by God. 

The Bible says, great love will sacrifice and lay down its life for a friend and great love comes through the understanding of God and His word.  We can understand love in natural relationships such as those between spouses and of parent-child relationship and can grasp the willingness for one to lay down their life for their beloved.  It is rare, but some people are willing to die for a good person, king and country but for most of us the thought of laying down our lives for others is inconceivable.  

Romans 5:7 For scarcely for a righteous man will one die; yet perhaps for a good man someone would even dare to die. 

John 15:13 Greater love has no one than this, that one lay down one’s life for his friend. NKJ

This fallen world’s view of love is self-centered, self-absorbed and is about self-gratification and will say, God is trying to keep them from having fun and enjoying themselves.  Love is a powerful thing and mishandled it can cause hurt and devastation and for this reason God gives us direction and a choice.  People are free to make their own choices but they are not free to choose the consequences or the results of those choices.  Often people go into situations without thinking things through to the end results or the effects and outcome of their actions. 

We were created to be an expression of God’s great love in the earth and He has given us the awesome power to show great, unrequited love through the power of the Holy Spirit.  The enemy has lied and beguiled people into go after the pleasures of sin, which is for a season, and then often ends in destruction.  It is in the aftermath of broken relationships, when hearts and lives are torn apart that we can see the wisdom of God in setting boundaries and giving us instructions to protect those in love. 

Hebrews 11:24-26 By faith Moses, when he became of age, refused to be called the son of Pharaoh’s daughter, choosing rather to suffer affliction with the people of God than to enjoy the passing pleasures of sin, esteeming the reproach of Christ greater riches than the treasures in Egypt, for he looked to the reward. NKJ

A loving God gave humanity the ability to love so we may have a better understanding His love for us. It is God through the Holy Spirit that gives us the ability to display great and unconditional. 

Romans 5:8 For when we were without strength, in due lime Christ died for the ungodly. NKJ

Love is a powerful thing, it originated with God and is a gift from God that we may experience the essence of His love and His glory on the earth.  As with anything that is powerful, it can be used for good or for harm, and for this reason we are given instructions and boundaries that would help safeguard for usfrom mischief. This world has trained us to look elsewhere to fame, fortune or things to indulge our need for love. Rather than understanding the love God has for us and the high calling of His love, which is to give instead of taking.  

John 3:16 For God so loved the world, that he gave his only begotten Son, that whosoever believes in him should not perish, but have everlasting live. NKJ

We have been beguiled by the lies of this fallen world, which says God does not love us and He want to keep us from being loved. We have been told that we are unloved, worthless and insignificant, because we lack in some area be it ethnicity, beauty, intellect, fame, fortune or social status.  We are constantly being told by this system that we are not wanted, to go away or that no one will ever love us because of who we are,or are not. But God, even at our worst moments, in His great love and mercy saw us polluted in our shame and spoke words of love and comfort, that we may live in the truth of His love for us.

Ezekiel 16:6 And when I passed by thee, and saw thee polluted in thine own blood, I said unto they when thou wastin thy blood, Live; yea, I said unto they when thou wast in they blood, live. KJV

In the natural we are self-centered and self-indulgenced people who look to have our needs satisfied, but true love gives for thesatisfaction to others. Lust is a perverted form of love that takes from others only to gratify itself. Our minds have been conditioned to think that our lives are futile and meaningless,but God has called us His beloved, a pearl of great worth and precious in His sight. 

Matthew 13:45-46 “Again, the kingdom of heaven is like a merchant seeking beautiful pearls, who, when he had found one pearl of great price, went and sold all that he had and bought it. NKJ

As our world is now, it would have us looking for things or sensations to satisfy our desires, which is not love but a twisted indulgent since of self. Lust looks for immediate fulfillment at the cost and at the expense of others. This intense desire looks for immediate gratification with an excessive craving and an overmastering desire that will sacrifice the what is right and appropriate for ill-gotten and instant pleasures. It will sacrifice its future and eternal hope on the altar of momentary pleasuresjust to please the flesh but will never be satisfied. Lust createsan insatiable greed that promotes a one-person activity that only looks out for self.  

Hebrew 11:25 Choosing rather to suffer affliction with the people of God that to enjoy the passing pleasures of sin, esteeming the reproach of Christ greater riches that the treasures in Egypt; for he looked to the reward. NKJ

God is love and He created us in His image of love that we mayexpress this love as we give of ourselves so others may live. True love gives so that others may see and receive the light of God’s love. In the giving of good gifts, we take time, thought and effort in knowing the needs and desires of that person with the motive of seeing them joyful.  If our motive is to make ourselves feel or look good then that gift is given with selfish motives. God’s love is compassionate and kind. 

Colossians 1:21-22   And you, who once were alienated and enemies in your mind by wicked works, yet now He has reconciled in the body of His flesh through death, to present you holy, and blameless, and above reproach in His sight– NKJ

God has provided His love to every person through Jesus Christ, but everyone as a free-agent, with a will, will decidetheir own fate and destiny, to accept or reject God’s love. We are all subject to the biases, prejudices, hatred and division of this world. No matter what area, what culture or society, whether we be rich or poor, esteemed or debased, prior to receiving Christ, we all have suffered in not know the true loveof God.  

Jesus stands at the door of our hearts knocking, asking to come in, to flood and overwhelm our lives with His love. As any person with honor and virtue, Jesus will not force His way into our lives. He is willing to wait for us to open the door of our hearts and let Him into our lives, homes and communities. 

Revelation 3:20 Behold, I stand at the door and knock. If anyone hears My voice and opens the door, I will come in to him and dine with him and he with Me. NKJ

In truth Christ came and gave Himself for us that we may live and have an abundant life. True love gives looking for nothing in return, while lust looks to gratify its needs and longings. For us to know love and to show love we must reform our thinking and transform the ways we choose to pursue and demonstratelove. Jesus is our example of love in every relationship and especially with our most intimate ones, Christ so love the church, His Bride and gave Himself for her. 

John 10:10 The thief does not come except to steal and to kill and to destroy. I have come that they may have life, and that they may have it more abundantly. NKJ 

Ephesians 5:25 Husbands, love your wives, just as Christ also loved the church and gave Himself for her. NKJ

The world is going after smoke and vapors, things that have no substance and do not satisfy, not realizing they were created in the very essence of love, to be an example of love in the earth. If we are feeling unloved or feel we are living without love, it is a lie from Satan. It is rooted in a system that cultivates selfishness and pride at the expense of others. Some people will seduce others by saying “if you love me you will do this…” just to fill a temporary void. This void can truly be satisfied and fulfilled with the gift of God’s love.

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