Wednesday, February 12, 2014

For God so LOVED.... ***GUEST POST***


From our first hours in Sunday school we are taught to utter the words from John 3:16. “For God so loved the world, that he gave his only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in him should not perish, but have everlasting life.”

They become normal—almost parroted words as we grow older, we expect that. Somehow we expect that since God gave us His only begotten Son, so that we can have eternal life, He owes us everything else we want, and He gets to pay the bill, because you know...He is the One that owns the cattle on a thousand hills.
Somehow we expect our lives to be easy cakewalks and beds of flowers, when what we have really discounted is God’s love.

For God so loved.

Loved.

He loves us so much that He sacrificed His only begotten Son. His Beloved Son, in whom He was well pleased, so He could adopt little guttersnipe children who don’t always accept His help.

So often I see love switched on and off as if it’s a light. Power on. I AM IN LOVE. Power off, You know, I am not really that interested in you. We see love as an option on a long list that we can chose to check or ignore. We forget that love is not an option. It is a choice.

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For God so loved the world that He gave His only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth on him should not perish but have everlasting life.

Not,

God so felt like, hey, son why don’t you go down and die for those people. That’d be a cool story, then they can come up here and live with us when they die. How about that, angels? Yeah that would be totally awesome!

Yet so many of us wake up and don’t feel like loving the people that annoy us, the circumstances around us, we decide that people either love or hate us by their actions. Yet, the best things a parent can do to a child not spoil them, not give into their every request, feeding them all the sugar and candy that they want, because it’s bad for them. Just like if we got EVERYTHING we asked for, it might not be the best thing for us either. He gives us what we need and not a drop more, because after all who really likes spoiled children.

God’s love is constant and full, not something most of us understand or experience, because it is so rare. We all want to think that love is a merry-go-round, cotton candy, valentines and sugar hearts. But love is a duty, a choice, and it is the beauty of constant unwavering love that we find joy and fulfillment—even if we know we don’t deserve it.

Love is not an option on a checklist.

It is a choice made day by day, every day.





Jessica Greyson, a homeschool graduate loves words, first as a hungry reader, and now as a passionate writer. She seeks to write for the glory of God, and be the writer He has called her to be. When she is not writing, Jessica is daydreaming, serving coffee and lattes at her job—while people watching, spending time with her wonderful family, taking pictures, listening to music, and trying to keep up with all of her amazing friends.

She's also the awesome person who got this whole Book Lover Giveaway going...make sure you're entered! XD

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