Skip to comments.Today's Word with Joel Osteen - July 12, 2013 [Devotional]
Posted on 07/12/2013 6:04:01 PM PDT by Vision
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; its unchanging. His arms are always stretched out toward you, and He is always ready for you to come to Him.
Sometimes people arent sure how God feels about them. They think He might be mad at them, but scripture tells us just the opposite. Gods not mad at you; Hes madly in love with you! It doesnt matter what youve done or where youve come from, Gods arms are open to you. Hes longing to show you His goodness and grace. Its 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.
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 :-)
Thank you and God bless.
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.