Daily Devotional Rev. Johnnie Flakes,III - September 01, 2008

Good morning and blessed Labor Day to all,

Our devotion for today comes from Jeremiah 31:3 " I have loved you with an everlasting love; I have drawn you with loving-kindness." 

Wherever you are today, meditate on this; why God loves us is a mystery, one we will never solve.  The good news is that we don't have to understand why; He just does! The Bible says that God's love is a gift pure and simple.  It's not something we have earned.  We haven't charmed our way into God's heart.  We haven't impressed Him with our selfless acts or great charitable contributions.  God loves us because He chooses to.

So why do we struggle so hard to receive it and why do so many people pass through this life without ever feeling the warmth of God's loving smile?  Perhaps it's because we are so busy working to make ourselves worthy of His love that we somehow miss the simple truth of it.

You will never be good enough, cute enough, bright enough, accomplished enough, or rich enough to earn God's love.  Nor will you ever be able to understand it.  But receiving it is easy.  All you have to do is reach out and take it.

Open the door to your heart today.  Look up into God's loving face and smile at this blessing.  Then close your eyes and imagine Him smiling back at you.  God loves you!

Have a blessed knowing you're loved day!

Your brother in Christ,
J. H. Flakes, III


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