Focus on God
GOD IS LOVE

The prophet Isaiah said that the Messiah would be a
suffering servant. (Isaiah 53)
- He was despised and forsaken of men.
- He was pierced through for our transgressions.
- He was crushed for our iniquities.
- He was oppressed.
- He was afflicted.

The good news is that Jesus did all this because of
God's great plan to redeem us from the mess that we
made.

"By his knowledge the Righteous One, My Servant,
will justify the many, as he will bear their iniquities."
(Isaiah 53:11)

God gave us the amazing gift of choice but he also had
choice! He chose to make a way for us to be restored
to relationship with him.

Often when wronged, we will not seek reconciliation,
but God did. He made a choice to not only forgive and
pay the penalty, but also to search for the lost ones.

God is love. His love extends to all! His love is for the
rich, the poor, the blind, the deaf, the happy, the sad,
the lonely, the discouraged, and for you and me!

"God showed his love for us when he sent his only Son
into the world to give us life. Real love isn't our love for
God, but his love for us. God sent his Son to be the
sacrifice by which our sins are forgiven. Dear friends,
since God loved us this much we must love each
other." (1 John 4:9-11)

When a leper came to him, Jesus reached out His hand
to heal him. (Mark 1:40)
When the thief on the cross cried out, Jesus promised
him life. (Luke 23:43)
When a woman was caught in adultery, Jesus
forgave.
(John 8:11)
When faced with great personal suffering, Jesus
obeyed the father and prayed, "not my will but thine".
(Matthew 26:39)

The choices God made have always been birthed out of
his love for each soul that has or will ever live! This is
why I worship him and serve him! He has taught you
and me to choose love first! When it's not easy, when
people are not deserving, or when we have to make a
tough choice, we only need to look to God as our
example.

The cost was never a factor in the decisions that God
has made. He paid the cost no matter what it was!
Imagine the cost of patience that God has for mankind.
It is staggering to think that generation after
generation has passed with God continuing to reach out
to all with loving arms.

"Christ arrives right on time to make this happen. He
didn't and doesn't wait for us to get ready. He
presented himself for this sacrificial death when we
were far too weak and rebellious to do anything to get
ourselves ready. And even if we hadn't been so weak,
we wouldn't have known what to do anyway. We can
understand someone dying for a person worth dying
for, and we can understand how someone good and
noble could inspire us by offering his Son in sacrificial
death while we were of no use whatever to him."
(Romans 5:6, The Message Version)

I am so grateful for God's loving choice!    
     
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