Unfathomable love

Incomprehensible Love (Ephesians 3:17–18)

What are some things that you know about but don’t really understand?
How much does Jesus love you?
A child asked Jesus how much he loved her. He answered, “This much,” and then he stretched out his arms and died on the cross.

You may have heard this before. It’s a good way to think about how much Jesus loves you. He loves you so much that he left heaven and came to earth for you. He loves you so much that he suffered and died for you. And the Bible says that nothing you can do will separate you from the love of Jesus. In these verses from Ephesians, Paul describes Jesus’ love as being “wide and long and high and deep.” The idea is that it is infinite—you will never come to the end of it. God loved you before he created you. He loves you right this minute. And he will love you for eternity. We cannot possibly understand how much Jesus loves us. We don’t have to. All we have to do is accept it.

Prayer
Dear God, thank you for your love. Please help us to accept it. Amen.

Taken from Once a Day At the Table

This is the love that many refuse to accept because they have no faith to believe. For them it is meaningless, fantasy, fairy-tale nonsense but I say to them…..I once felt exactly the same. Anyone who has a ‘born again’ experience will tell you that it is a life-changing experience and for the better, by far the better. Having the realisation that one, there is a God and He is the Creator of all things, two there is a Saviour which is Jesus Christ and three there is life everlasting in His name may come as a surprise to some but when they experience Gods’ unconditional love and then His forgiveness through their faith in Jesus they become different people and are filled with joy and praise. There is now no condemnation for those who are in Christ Jesus. (Romans 8:1)

Shirley Anne

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All we need

The Beatles (Lennon/McCartney) wrote a popular song way back in the sixties entitled ‘All you need is love’ as I am sure many of you will already know. It was a secular composition but I think it was more  than that as it was aimed at the heart. Written in times when love was the main theme of the day and people were encouraged to love one another and be one big happy family. However it also encouraged ‘free love’ even if that wasn’t intended. In ‘free love’ I mean promiscuity. The idea of the whole world population loving each other was and still is in the heart of many people and quite rightly too. This ‘love’ unfortunately is based upon human feelings and lacks true spirituality and the belief in a Creator God for many. We as human beings fall far short of the glory of God and the true love He created and showed through Christ Jesus. All we really need is love, His love and to be able to live it. 

Shirley Anne

ALL WE NEED (Philippians 4:19)

Humans are fundamentally needy creatures—newborns instinctively gasp for oxygen, kids hunger for afternoon snacks, high schoolers seek friends and popularity, young adults chase careers, and so on. People are needy by design—physically, socially, emotionally and most importantly, spiritually. God is intimately acquainted with the needs of his people. As all-knowing God, he anticipates his people’s needs; as a loving Father, he tenderly provides (Mt 7:7–11).

Having a laugh with friends or grabbing a bite to eat cannot result in lasting satisfaction. The deepest needs are of the soul, not the body. Thankfully, this passage proclaims that these needs can be satisfied through Jesus, who is rich in glory. The more we grow in our faith in Christ, the more our needs are satisfied by the riches he offers. Paul confirmed that the God of the universe is able: the One who created humans will also be their continuing resource. God can be trusted to take care of those who believe in Christ and who follow him with their lives. His supply of mercy is endless—flowing from the glory that is in Christ Jesus, who left heaven to show love and mercy to rebels. The God whom believers trust for provision is the same God with the power to conquer sin and death. He can meet any need.

Jesus, thank you for knowing my needs even before I know them. Thank you for meeting them all, both big and small. Amen.

Taken from NIV The Jesus Bible

Shirley Anne

Wheat and weeds

Matthew 13:24–30

The parable of the weeds

24 Jesus told them another parable: ‘The kingdom of heaven is like a man who sowed good seed in his field. 25 But while everyone was sleeping, his enemy came and sowed weeds among the wheat, and went away. 26 When the wheat sprouted and formed ears, then the weeds also appeared.

27 ‘The owner’s servants came to him and said, “Sir, didn’t you sow good seed in your field? Where then did the weeds come from?”

28 ‘“An enemy did this,” he replied.

‘The servants asked him, “Do you want us to go and pull them up?”

29 ‘“No,” he answered, “because while you are pulling up the weeds, you may uproot the wheat with them. 30 Let both grow together until the harvest. At that time I will tell the harvesters: first collect the weeds and tie them in bundles to be burned; then gather the wheat and bring it into my barn.”’

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In this short story, Jesus tells why God allows evil to continue in the world. According to Jesus, if God uprooted all the evil people (the weeds) now, others (the wheat) might be uprooted along with them.

For now, God’s allowing evil doesn’t mean he condones it. Rather, God is waiting for people to turn to him and accept his leadership in their lives. After all, if tonight at midnight God wiped out all the people who hadn’t yet trusted in him, where would you be in the morning?

Verse 30 gives us an image of the final separation that God will initiate at the end of time. On that day, God wants to gather you, as one of his people, into his heaven. Won’t you accept that gracious offer?

Taken from NIV The Journey Bible

Are you wheat or weed?

Shirley Anne

The pure love of Jesus

The pure love of Jesus

First page of the Gospel of Mark, by Sargis Pi...
First page of the Gospel of Mark, by Sargis Pitsak, a Medieval Armenian scribe and miniaturist

I wondered at the mystery
The truth that now has set me free,
The agony He bore for me,
The pure, pure love of Jesus.

I cried until my eyes were dry
For I had lived so long a lie,
Until that day I came on by,
The pure, pure love of Jesus.

But now my days are filled with joy
No wickedness do I employ,
For all that now has been destroyed,
Through the pure love of Jesus.

One day my life will be complete
And I’ll be there my Lord to meet,
I’ll bow the knee before His feet,
And worship my Lord Jesus.

Copyright Shirley Anne 17 Feb 2009

I wrote this poem in a matter of minutes which on reflection is the way most of my poems and songs are written. I feel the Lord is giving me the words to write as I don’t much think about what it is I am going to write, it’s just there in my mind. This poem is special in that it reminds me of how I was before I knew God and then suddenly coming to know Him. It truly amazed me because at first it was all a mystery until I realised the truth of the Gospel and how accepting the message released me from the symbolic chains I was wearing. I was indeed living a lie. It shows me the incomparable love of God through His Son and what joy that brings to my heart, even through all my earthly problems. The way I was has gone and I became a new person filled with an inexpressible joy knowing forgiveness. I am a new creation, no more in condemnation, I stand in the strength of my God. One day I shall indeed leave this place and I will see my God in all His glory, I will see my Jesus, my Saviour and I will be worshipping Him even more.

Shirley Anne