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The Heart of God

See what kind of love the Father has for us, that we should be called the children of God; and so we are! 1 John 3:1

This month – February 14th to be more specific – we attempt to express our feelings of love to those near and dear to us. Red-colored Hallmark cards, heart-shaped boxes of candy, flowers, and jewelry are often found at the heart of the expression. These typical gifts are an outward attempt to share what is inside our hearts: love. Although our love is not perfect, it can be shared and received.

As dearly beloved children, the Bible tells us that we can also visualize God’s perfect love for us. The verse from 1 John 3 begins with the word ‘See.’ Look and see just how much God loves you. For those of us who grew up in the Church regularly hearing about the Good News of the Gospel, we can find multiple ways to complete this phrase: I know that God loves me because … __________________________________ (This February, make a list of how many ways you can complete the phrase).

For God’s children, dwelling on God’s love is a blessing; but for others, their life experiences, the shadows of darkness, and sin’s blinding curse have hidden this reality. All they see is confusion, bitterness, hopelessness, and death.
In order for the lost and blind to ‘see’ God’s love, someone needs to share that love with them. Through simple actions of kindness and care, the door is opened; and through the precious words of the saving Gospel message, the Holy Spirit works to create a faith that sees God: a God who creates, a God who redeems, a God who calls us out of darkness into the wonderful light of Christ.
This February, join us in great calling to open up the eyes of children and families to see a God who loves them. Simple actions – a prayer, a donation, a word of encouragement – all play a part in creating opportunities for many to hear the story of God’s amazing grace.

No greater expression of love ever beats the one that comes from the mouth of a child who exclaims, “Jesus loves me this I know, for the Bible tells me so!”

Blessed to be a blessing,

 

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