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July 9, 2014

How important is love?

Ada —  It appears that from the very beginning and throughout history God has been clearly and consistently demonstrating love for us.

His original creation was designed to provide us a perfect place where we were engaged in meaningful and purposeful time with God and His creation. Even when He was betrayed by Adam and Eve, He sacrificed an animal to clothe them and protected them from an eternity of shame and regret by sending them out of the garden and posting a guard so they wouldn’t eat from the tree of life and live forever in their fallen state.

Moses, in spite of his murderous behavior, was allowed to experience the physical presence of God, and then was put in a place of leadership to help save over a million people from slavery. God loved and used Moses in a mighty way in spite of his past mistakes, insecurity, and doubt.

Joshua was provided land and a home of his own after being a slave and wandering the desert for over 40 years. God also gave him courage and supernatural help in battle.

David had a life full of struggle and difficulty, but God protected him personally and surrounded him with courageous warriors in his time of need.

Prophets were sent by a loving God to encourage change before it was too late. The people didn’t always listen, but they were always given a chance.           

Although we emphasize the loving sacrifice of Jesus on the cross — and it was an incredible act of love —Jesus spent a lot of His time on earth demonstrating and encouraging habit patterns of genuine and practical acts of love to the sick, the poor, the hungry, and those in prison. He clearly stated that all of God’s law could be summarized in two directives, love God and love others, even if it meant dying for them.

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