I lost a friend today, unexpectedly. My mind automatically went racing to all the fun times and things said, done and laughed about. I thought about the kind of person they were and if they had loved Jesus. Fortunately for them, they did.
My friend was not perfect. He made mistakes. But, none of that mattered to his friends and family, because you always felt loved. Isn’t that the key to this life? We leave people feeling loved. I did an inventory of how I had treated this person and if they always felt loved by me.
God’s love is just that: Love. It’s not judgment calls and harsh words. It’s just love. It’s love so big He would send His love, His Son, to die and make sure nothing would come between Him and me again.
“For I am persuaded beyond doubt that neither death nor life, nor angels nor principalities, not things impending and threatening nor things to come, nor powers, nor height, nor depth, nor anything else in all creation will be able to separate us from the love of God which is in Christ Jesus our Lord,” (Romans 8:38 -39).
I want to encourage you to not let your personal opinions and ideas get in the way of just flat out loving mankind. And, just let God flat out show you His love for you.
–By Pastor Bridgette Criner, Harvest Barn Church
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