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“Behold, what manner of love the Father hath bestowed upon us, that we should be called the sons of God; therefore the world knoweth us not, because it knew him not.”

1 John 3:1

I don’t think any of us have any concept or grasp of the Love of Jesus that He extends to us. Do you realize or have you even thought about what a privilege it is just to be able to say the Name of Jesus?

There is a song “What A Friend We Have In Jesus”. There is no other Friend like Jesus. He is dependable, compassionate, loving, understanding, giving, protecting, and always with us.

I am sitting here in awe as I think about the King of Kings and Lord of Lords reaching down His Hand to me and lifting me up and placing me in His Lap of Love, Mercy, Grace, and Tenderness. Tears are rolling down my cheeks as I think of where I was even last year and how Jesus forgave me all my failures and unfaithfulness to Him. I do not deserve such Amazing Love that he showers upon me, none of us do.

One day, He looked down upon the earth and saw all the wickedness and evil and His Heart broke as He saw His children living the way they were and sent His Own Beloved Son knowing that Jesus would die the worse death than anybody would ever experience.

Why did He do that? Why would God send His Son to die for us? He loves Jesus much more than any earthly parent could love a child. He did it because He loves us and desires to fellowship with us.

O’ that we would turn our hearts to Jesus and give Him all of our attention, loyalty, and life! We have no guarantee of tomorrow. Tomorrow may not come for some of us and yet you and I let each day slip by without fully comprehending this. I challenge all of us to start living each hour of every day for Jesus.

If we ever come to the realization that when we hurt others we hurt Jesus, I think we will stop treating others the way we do. I think we will stop saying the harsh, critical, and condemning words we say to others. We will stop doing things that hurt others and make them doubt that Jesus Loves them.

Jesus has done so much for us. Think about it! Every breath that we take is from Him. He supplies every need and protects us from harm and what do we do? We ignore Him most of the day and continue on doing what we want to do.

I wonder how many of us, including myself, ask Jesus the first thing every morning what He want us to do that day. His plans may not fit in with our plans. He may want us to do something that will involve a lot of time away from our schedule for the day. Perhaps, He just wants us to take an hour or so to call people on the telephone and let them know Jesus Loves them.

May God forgive us for taking Him for granted! His heart must break many times over the way we treat Him and His children. Let’s take the time to ask Jesus what He wants us to do each day.

Joanne Lowe

May 21, 2005

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