Saturday, February 13, 2021

How far is too far from God?

How far is too far from God?

Love … bears all things, believes all things, hopes all things, endures all things. 1 Corinthians 13:7 

Love has no limits. Love never says, “You've gone too far. I can't love you now.” “All things” means everything is included. Christlike love leaves no doubt in the mind of another that you will continue to love steadfastly. Do those close to you know that they can fail and do foolish things, yet you will not falter in your love for them? Are others assured that, even when they hurt you, you still love them, holding nothing against them? Love assumes the best about others. If someone inadvertently offends you, you choose to believe the offense was unintentional. If someone seeks to harm you, you “bear all things,” forgiving unconditionally. If a positive light can be shed on a difficult encounter, you grasp it. If someone continually provokes you, you “endure all things.” You never lose hope in the ones you love. You practice the same unconditional love toward others that Christ gives to you. Paul said that he was nothing if he had the faith to move mountains, the tongue of an angel, and the gift of prophecy to understand all mysteries, yet did not have God's love. It is unacceptable to say, “Well, I just can't love people that way!” When God loves people through you, this is the only kind of love He has! Read I Corinthians 13 with gratitude that God has already expressed this complete and selfless love to you. Pray and ask Him to express it through you now, to others. - Blackaby Experiencing God Day by Day 

We often will believe what we are told about ourselves especially if we see a shred of 'truth' in what is said.  If enough 'evidence' is presented we believe it.

People don't research anymore at libraries because of the internet.  There's a potentially significant flaw in that.  Anyone can digitally change what you read. 

A video isn't even a trustworthy source. 

Suicides believe what they have been told or what they perceive as truth.  They cannot see outside of it. 

God's love, it has been written, is as far as the east is from the west.  As far as His outstretched hands on the cross. 

We believe lies before we consider the truth.  For decades I believed lies said to me by God's enemy.  My own sin nature likes to deceive me.  

People easily can have a sheep mentality because losing brain cells to seriously thinking and rationalizing the truth hurts.  

They can also be fickle.  Believing people about their take on what God's Word says or doesn't say, yet won't believe you about world events.  Or even the opposite. They won't listen to you about God's Word yet take your word, ironically, as Gospel on whatever subject matter is important to them. 

God has shown, clearly, how far He was willing to go to bridge the chasm between your sin cursed soul and Himself. 

It's up to you to believe it. It's up to you to live what you say you believe.  It's not enough to say you came to Christ. Out of obedience and appreciation you are to live for Jesus.  

Are you?  Are you living as if Christ saved you?  Are you living in fear that Jesus is too far away?  Jesus said to simply turn to Him, call out to Him and He WILL be there.  No reason for doubt to remain. 

If you are more worried about your life in this world than where you will spend eternity you have a very big problem.  People who worry seem to forget they can die at any moment.  What did it benefit you to worry? Why live a life of denial about Jesus when you have been on His mind since before you were born?  He is able and ready to save you.  There's still room at the cross for you. Give your worries a direction, up. Come to Christ and give those worries to Jesus. 

Learn today that you are only as far away as a cry for help from Him. 

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