You are loved!

1 John 4:10 (NLT)

This is real love-not that we loved God, but that He loved us and sent His Son as a sacrifice to take away our sins.

Please, please, please take time today to read the passage 1 John 4:7-21.

If only I possessed the talent necessary to adequately compose a description of the revelation of God’s love I so strongly felt in service yesterday morning, then perhaps you, too, could bask in His life-changing, unrelenting love. I will attempt to relive the moment with these mere words on a page. Imagine you are in attendance.

Sunday morning praise flows smoothly. The crowd seems a bit low today perhaps the threat of rain kept some people home this morning, although the only raindrops came in a brief afternoon shower. Speaking of rain, Jeannie begins worship service describing her Saturday night dream. With emotions high in her voice, she pushes through the tears to share her experience: “I stood to lead worship, and the children flooded the altar area without prompting and soon all of the adults followed. The altar was filled with people. Everyone was shoulder to shoulder, too many to count. I looked out over the crowd, and it began to rain. I could hardly see for the rain was falling so heavily saturating everyone.”

Wow! Such a powerful dream! I am so glad Jeannie shared.

Our first worship song, “Jesus, We Love You” by Bethel music, feels easy and joyful, as if we are singing our very own love story to Jesus. The song ends, the presence of the Lord blankets us in warmth. Something shifts. Instead of transitioning into the next prepared song, Elias begins singing “Oh How He Loves Us” by David Crowder Band.

“He loves us

Oh how

He loves us…..”

I’m overwhelmed. It’s so simple, yet it changes everything. “He loves me. Oh how He loves me.” Regardless of anything I’ve done or could ever do, God loves me.

The revelation of God’s unconditional love changes everything! Because He first loved me, I learn how to love Him, how to love others. Because He loves me, I desire to please Him and live my life for Him. Because He loves me, I am changed.

I know the scriptures by heart. I am taught of God’s love. But, the overwhelming flood of assurance, just like the rain in Jeannie’s dream, washed over me in a new way Sunday morning. I experienced love from the inside out, and you can, too. 

Take time to read 1 John, listen to David Crowder sing “Oh How He Loves Us” on YouTube, and invite the presence of God to shower you with His love.

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As a former mathematics teacher and pastor's wife, I encounter many people facing difficult problems in everyday life. I desire to inspire others to push on during times of difficulty. I am a mother of two grown children, and what I lack in personal experience, I have gleaned through the experiences of others. My goal is to encourage through my "Priddy" words.

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