Thursday, July 10, 2008 - No Exceptions to God’s Love - Romans 5:6-9
Doctor Stanley often preaches, “God loves you and He has a plan and purpose for your life.” Yet whenever he does, it seems that someone in the crowd believes he or she is an exception. Dr. Stanley’s heard many reasons why people decide that verses like “For God so loved the world . . . ” don’t apply to them. Sadly, they’ve bought into Satan’s lie. They think they aren’t important enough to be singled out for blessing from among the billions on earth. Or they listen to the Deceiver when he insists they’re too weak, sinful, or scared to merit the Lord’s love.
How does Dr. Stanley know God thinks you’re special? Jesus Christ died for you. Because of the Father’s love for the world, He sent His Son to die on the cross. This was a sacrifice for the sins of everyone living in the past, present, and future. None of us deserve the Father’s care and protection. But thankfully, deserving isn’t the basis for His love.
In fact, God’s very nature is love. He demonstrated his love through Christ’s death “while we were yet sinners”. God cares so much for His children that He gives each one a place in His plan for the world. Believers are gifted with the talents and attributes needed to carry out His purpose.
However, some Christians, who consider themselves exempt from His love, aren’t looking for the opportunities He sends. They’re too distracted by Satan’s lying voice.
The Lord loves you. He says so again and again in the Bible. Don’t take Dr. Stanley’s word for it. Read His Word for yourself. See how much He cares.
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