Wednesday, July 20, 2011

The Great Love of God

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The Great 
Love of God
A Devotional by Margot Cioccio






John 15:2
He cuts off every branch in me that bears no fruit, while every branch that does bear fruit he prunes so that it will be even more fruitful.

I try to be led by the Holy Spirit when I am writing and I try to communicate the Father’s heart of love for you dear reader. That if he in his great wisdom could come up with a way to fix the brokenness caused by Adam and Eve in the garden, He can set right the things in your life as well. He drove them out of the garden not because he was mad but because he loved them and wanted to protect them from eating of the tree of life. If they had done that they would have been lost forever. God in his mercy sent them out from the Garden and then began to work a plan in which justice could be satisfied and the broken people he loved could be redeemed. Justice and mercy are both satisfied by Jesus being willing to go to the cross. No one took his life he laid it down and made a way that we could be right with God.

To try and get to God on your own strength is like trying to swim from Alaska to Hawaii. There is no one who is good enough. Jesus has made a way but He won’t force us to choose it.  Did you know there was only one rule in the Garden and that rule existed so love could exist. God from the very beginning gave us a choice to love him by doing things his way.  It is His great love and kindness that leads us to repentance.  He does not ask of us more than, that out of thankfulness we would give Him our life and allow Him to guide and direct it and allow Him to sit on the throne of our heart.

I’m not sure why I am sharing the very basics of faith with you. Maybe you have believed but have looked at God from the wrong angle and see him as one who stands and shakes his finger of wrath at you, ready to squash you like a bug for the things you have messed up.
We all mess up but I believe He stands there with arms of love and tears in his eyes saying “look I have a better way, won’t you let me help you, won’t you let me heal you, let me remove these filthy rags and wash you. Let me set things right for you.”

Things to Ponder:
How do you see God? Full of Love or full of Wrath?
Ask the Lord to help you see His great love beyond what you have experienced to date.

Prayer:
Dear Lord,
Help me to not resist you. Although you must prune what is dead or damaged in my life. I trust that you will also coat those places with your healing ointment.  Cause there to soon be new and healthy growth coming forth in my life. I know that it is your love that wields the knife that prunes away the dead and damaged parts not your wrath. I choose to trust you and to allow you to prune my life.
Thank you for loving me in this way.

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