God’s Unfailing Love

Published July 11, 2019

God’s Unfailing Love

Read: Ephesians 2:1-7

Do you feel loved by God?  Let me ask the question a different way: Did you know that as a believer, it’s possible to mentally understand God loves you without actually sensing it? In fact, the reverse can be true as well—we may say we love God, all the while knowing that our feelings of affection for Him are limited.

There are a variety of reasons that a Christian might not sense love from God or affection for Him, some of which stem from childhood experiences. Perhaps love was absent in the home, or maybe it just wasn’t expressed verbally or demonstrated in practical ways. An individual’s personality could also be part of the equation—some people are naturally expressive while others are more reserved in their emotions.

Although this discrepancy between knowledge and experience can be distressing, there is hope. Meditating on all the ways God has demonstrated His love for you—and asking Him to help you perceive it—can begin to move that truth from your head to your heart. Remember that love is God’s very nature (1 John 4:8), not something conditioned on your performance. And if you’ve been adopted into His family through faith in His Son, God has chosen to lavish kindness on you in Christ.

Believing and accepting that you are loved by the Father will in turn affect your feelings for Him. Commit to knowing Him more intimately and accurately through His Word, and your affection for Him will begin to grow. As you spend time with Him in Scripture and prayer, you’ll discover that the saying “to know him is to love him” is certainly true of God.

By Dr. Charles Stanley

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THOUGHTS BY CHARLES STANLEY THOUGHTS BY MEN

Each Time I Falter

Published July 11, 2019

Each Time I Falter

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Each Time I Falter

Each time I falter

and miss the mark

you reach down your

hand of mercy, and

restore me to my feet.

In moments of weakness

and despair you are right

there comforting me with

your love! each time I falter.

You do the impossible

reminding me that your

grace is sufficient for me

and with your strength

you give me power to endure.

You are really my all in all!

It is so reassuring to know that

you are with me each time I falter!!

by Margaret Mullings

Used by Permission

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