Words Of Truth - February 2, 2011

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Wednesday, February 2, 2011

"A Loving Church"

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“Seeing ye have purified your souls in obeying the truth through the Spirit unto unfeigned love of the brethren, see that ye love one another with a pure heart fervently:”
I Peter 1:22

     Many years ago a shabbily dressed boy trudged several miles through the snowy streets of Chicago, determined to attend a Bible class that was conducted by D.L. Moody. When he arrived, he was asked, "Why did you come to a Sunday school so far away? Why didn't you go to one of the churches near your home?" He answered simply,      "Because you love a fellow over here."
     If a church could stay fervent in its love for all men, it would never lack a crowd. People may not admit to it, but they long to be loved. Churches are occupied with people that say they have tasted the wonderful love of God, and yet too often is the case that those same people show little love to the down-and-out lost souls. That is why we have been exhorted to love and love fervently. The world needs to see people that have a boiling, active love pouring from a pure heart. That is what would draw men in from far and near.
     Jesus gave us His example of this unconditional love. Jesus said in John 12:32 , “And I, if I be lifted up from the earth, will draw all men unto me.” He spoke of His crucifixion for all the sinners in the world. He would willingly lay down His life that men might be saved. He, the holy, blameless Son of God, would become sin for us. He did not come to condemn the world, but to save the world. His holiness boiled over to a “so great” love. We should love the world no less. It is this kind of love that draws men in.
Often times our love is like the love of a young lady I read about. She wrote this letter to her ex-fiancé:

Dearest Jimmy,

           No words could ever express the great unhappiness I've felt since breaking our engagement. Please say you'll take me back. No one could ever take your place in my heart, so please forgive me. I love you, I love you, I love you!

Yours forever,

Marie.
P.S.:  And congratulations on winning the state lottery.
    
     I trust there are many down-and-out boys and girls and men and women throughout our city that feel our church knows how to “love a fellow.” Let it be said that we love sinners. Let it be said that we go in highways and hedges and look for them. Let it be said that we go to where they are, and take them like they are, and give them what they need. Let us be like our Saviour.

Study verses:  Luke 10:29-37; Romans 5:5-11; I John 4:7-11



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Previous devotions

"Unnecessary Burdens" - January 26, 2011
"A Greater Love" - January 19, 2011
"Investing In Time" - January 12, 2011
"Making It Right" - January 7, 2011
"Forever Faithful" - December 29, 2010
"Pondering the Christmas Miracle" - December 22, 2010
"The First Christmas Carol" - December 15, 2010
"An Unspeakable Gift" - December 8, 2010
"The Big News" - December 1, 2010
"Thank You" - November 24, 2010
"Walking In Truth" - November 17, 2010
"Useless Pillars" - November 10, 2010
"Unfounded Fears" - October 27, 2010
"God Is Able" - October 20, 2010
"The Blessings of the Lord" - October 13, 2010
"Treasure" - October 6, 2010
"Spirit vs. Flesh" - September 29, 2010
"The Rock Higher Than I" - September 23, 2010
"Lo, I Am With You Alway" - September 3, 2010


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