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“God’s Freely Given Love”

February is upon us and I am asking what happened to January?  Yes, it is still cold outside but our hearts should be warm as we think of love – you know, Valentine’s Day!  Valentine’s Day can be heart breaking for some, lonely for some – but there is a love that will always be there for us.  That love is… God’s Love!

Sing to the Lord with thanks; sing praises to our God with a lyre!
God covers the skies with clouds; God makes rain for the earth;
God makes the mountains sprout green grass.
God gives food to the animals – even to the baby ravens when they cry out.
God doesn’t prize the strength of a horse; God doesn’t treasure the legs of a runner.
No.  The Lord treasures the people who honor him, the people who wait for His faithful love.  – Psalm 147:7-11

All of us have known relationships that seemed to have dried up.  Often one of the signs and causes of such a breakup is the failure to express heartfelt thanks and appreciation to the other.  In other words, taking the other for granted.  When that happens, love dies.  Love thrives and grows by finding joy in the other and expressing it in praise and thanks.

“Human beings need love in order to remain human, in order to thrive.  Think of infants and how they thrive on parents’ praise as they express the depth of their love and identify the baby as the source of their delight and joy.  Imagine what would happen to the infant if all love were denied.  The baby’s developments would be impaired, the infant’s humanity threatened.

The psalmist knows that in order to grow into full human beings, full children of God who can give and receive love, we need to learn the art of praising God with all our hearts, with all our souls, with all our strength, and with all our minds.  Only then can we love our neighbors as ourselves.  And this offering of praise needs to occur regularly since it changes our lives.  It is our way of knowing God.” – Disciplines

There is a reason we are able to love God.  It is, very simply, because God first loved us.  God loves us and blesses us.  Years ago, Tanya Tucker had a song out called, “I Won’t Take Less Than Your Love.”  The last lyrics of the song are:

“How much do I owe you?” said the man to his Lord.  “For giving me this day and every day that’s gone before.  Shall I build a temple, shall I make a sacrifice?  Tell me Lord and I will pay the price.”  
And the Lord said: “I won’t take less than your love, sweet love.  No, I won’t take less than your love.  All the treasures of the world could never be enough, And I won’t take less than your love.”  

Amen!

With Love & Serving with the Spirit of Christ,
Pastor Bud   

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