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Today's Word with Joel Osteen - July 12, 2013 [Devotional]
Email ^ | 7/12/13 | Joel Osteen

Posted on 07/12/2013 6:04:01 PM PDT by Vision

Love Drives Out Fear

Today's Scripture

“There is no fear in love. But perfect love drives out fear...” (1 John 4:18, NIV)

Today's Word from Joel and Victoria

Scripture tells us that God is love. He is perfect, and His love is perfect. There is nothing you can do to make God love you more and nothing you can do to make Him love you any less. His love toward you is steadfast; it’s unchanging. His arms are always stretched out toward you, and He is always ready for you to come to Him.

Sometimes people aren’t sure how God feels about them. They think He might be mad at them, but scripture tells us just the opposite. God’s not mad at you; He’s madly in love with you! It doesn’t matter what you’ve done or where you’ve come from, God’s arms are open to you. He’s longing to show you His goodness and grace. It’s His kindness that leads us to repent and change our ways.

Open your heart to Him today and receive His perfect love. Let it drive fear out of your life and make you new. Let His love wash over you and build confidence in you. Because of His great love, we can boldly come to Him and receive the mercy and blessings He has in store.

A Prayer for Today

Father, thank You for loving me perfectly. I want to know You more, and I want to know Your love. I receive it by faith today and ask that You show me Your ways and fill me with Your peace as I keep my heart and mind stayed on You in Jesus’ name. Amen.



TOPICS: General Discusssion; Theology; Worship
KEYWORDS: osteen
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1 posted on 07/12/2013 6:04:01 PM PDT by Vision
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2 posted on 07/12/2013 6:04:38 PM PDT by Vision (Political Correctness is unAmerican)
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To: Vision

Well, I agree with the sentiment. A blase or cynical attitude can lead to the perception that rather than “God is love” that God is indifference or, even worse, hate.

But we can do something about these attitudes, which come from sin that, while God wants us to do something about them, He is not even mad at us for. (His heart aches, but that’s another story.)

“For God so hated the world that He said: ‘do you feel lucky, punks?’” is not a gospel message :-)


3 posted on 07/12/2013 6:11:26 PM PDT by HiTech RedNeck (Whatever promise that God has made, in Jesus it is yes. See my page.)
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To: Vision

Thank you and God bless.


4 posted on 07/12/2013 6:18:06 PM PDT by spetznaz (Nuclear-tipped Ballistic Missiles: The Ultimate Phallic Symbol)
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To: Vision

It remains true that God is angry at sin (which violates His love) and desires to do away with it (the technical term is wrath — wrath is not some insane rage, but anger with a focused purpose to do away with something that is bad or wrong). But His anger prefers to see us freed of the sin, rather than damned, which is the entire point of the cross of Christ, and our ordeals here would but set the stage for our better acceptance of God’s love when it appears. Yet, the ball of choice has been squarely lobbed into our court. Even those who go to hell will not be able to deny that God is love. They will share His angry disappointment rather than His joy.


5 posted on 07/12/2013 6:22:48 PM PDT by HiTech RedNeck (Whatever promise that God has made, in Jesus it is yes. See my page.)
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