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September 24, 2013

Christ’s love for you is more important than you realize

By Barrett Vanlandingham
Fort Faith

— Have you ever had a day when you wondered whether anybody loved you? Satan is pretty good at setting those kinds of traps as often as possible. Don’t fall for it. I have some very good and encouraging news for you.

Not only does somebody love you very much, but the most important somebody who has ever been loves you.

It is not only love proven in the past, but love that continues today, every minute, every hour, every day!

Two-thousand years ago, Jesus was much more than a man during his short stay on earth. He was 100 percent man and 100 percent God. He was Jesus the Christ, the Messiah, the Son of God, the Creator, and in fact, God himself. Yes, it’s true!  Just take a look at Hebrews 1:8 and John 1:1-3 and John 14:9-11 and Colossians 1:15-20.

Please, don’t ask me how this can possibly be that Jesus is God (and by the way, so is the Holy Spirit). That is way beyond my pay grade of understanding.

My point in bringing this up is to simply reassure you that Jesus not only “loved” you. He, in fact, “loves” you very much.

This is very important because Jesus knows exactly how you feel at your best, and at your worst moments, and he still loves you.

It is important for us to try to understand Christ’s love because the apostle Paul says, “For Christ’s love compels us, because we are convinced that one died for all, and therefore all died. And he died for all, that those who live should no longer live for themselves but for him who died for them and was raised again (2 Corinthians 5:14-15).”

In short, Christ’s love should compel us to love as he loves us. It is a deep and unconditional love, even when so many in this world are only interested in advancing their own agendas.

A Godly love means taking on the heart of a servant.  

Philippians 2:3-4 says, “Do nothing out of selfish ambition or vain conceit.

Rather, in humility value others above yourselves, not looking to your own interests but each of you to the interests of the others.”

I think part of the reason Jesus can love us the way he does is because he understands us so well, and he understands what sacrifice really means. He has been where we are (Heb. 4:14-16).

One of these days when we stand before God, we can be confident if we have shown our love to Him by obeying his commands. So, do not believe the devil’s lies.

You are loved.

Jesus went the extra mile (major understatement) to make sure Judgment Day is an amazing experience for you, even though we all must endure hardships now.

Just remember they are temporary, but eternity is forever. Stay faithful.

Have a great week!

Reach Barrett Vanlandingham at the Fort Gibson Chuch of Christ at (918) 478-2222 or