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Our hearts are meant to be filled by God, poured into by a Love that overflows and is everlasting. The Sovereign One has put His Spirit in your heart. We are each born, fathomed by a Father greater than we could ever imagine with our minds; One that has created us and seeks to lovingly reach near to each us in a powerful and tangible way.

The Love of God is faithful, merciful and gracious. 

Know therefore that the LORD your God is God, the faithful God who keeps covenant and steadfast love with those who love him and keep his commandments, to a thousand generations. – Deuteronomy 7:9

You, Lord, are forgiving and good, abounding in love to all who call to you. – Psalm 86:5

Give thanks to the God of heaven, for his steadfast love endures forever. -Psalm 136:26 

The LORD your God is in your midst, a mighty one who will save; he will rejoice over you with gladness; he will quiet you by his love; he will exult over you with loud singing. – Zephaniah 3:17

God’s Love is Everlasting, Steadfast and Comforting. We are Known by God.

The most awe-inspiring part of loving and being loved by God is the journey of relationship and intimacy with The Lord. There is no other Faith or Spiritual Path that allows such a direct relationship with access on such a personal and relational connection. We are each invited into a personal walk that engages the heart, mind, and a whole of self with complete acceptance. We are seen, loved and known in ways that engage our deepest parts, even the ones hidden from ourselves. God’s Love causes a fullness of heart that is almost inexpressible yet is a joy that alters, pours and harvests forward.

“The Lord appeared to him from far away. I have loved you with an everlasting love; therefore I have continued my faithfulness to you.” Jeremiah 31:3

The glory that you have given me I have given to them, that they may be one even as we are one, I in them and you in me, that they may become perfectly one, so that the world may know that you sent me and loved them even as you loved me.” John 17:22-23

“O God, you are my God; earnestly I seek you; my soul thirsts for you; my flesh faints for you, as in a dry and weary land where there is no water. So I have looked upon you in the sanctuary, beholding your power and glory. Because your steadfast love is better than life, my lips will praise you. So I will bless you as long as I live; in your name I will lift up my hands. My soul will be satisfied as with fat and rich food, and my mouth will praise you with joyful lips, …” Psalm 63:1-11

The Lord is my shepherd; I shall not want. He makes me lie down in green pastures. He leads me beside still waters. He restores my soul. He leads me in paths of righteousness for his name’s sake. Even though I walk through the valley of the shadow of death, I will fear no evil, for you are with me; your rod and your staff, they comfort me. You prepare a table before me in the presence of my enemies; you anoint my head with oil; my cup overflows.” Psalm 23:1-6

God’s Love is Merciful and Tender

God’s Love is Near. He is Here. By faith, we can approach him at his altar from wherever we are. We can receive his tender mercies and be bathed in his everlasting love.

“Because of the tender mercy of our God, whereby the sunrise shall visit us from on high.” Luke 1:78

“Let us then with confidence draw near to the throne of grace, that we may receive mercy and find grace to help in time of need.” Hebrews 4:16

“Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, the Father of mercies and God of all comfort.” 2 Corinthians 1:3

“The Lord is gracious and full of compassion, slow to anger and great in mercy. The Lord is good to all, and His tender mercies are over all His works.” Psalm 145:8-9

Through the Lord’s mercies we are not consumed, because His compassions fail not. They are new every morning; great is Your faithfulness.” Lamentations 3:22-23

We are His Beloveds

As His Beloveds, we are drawn to love as we have been loved. We seek to Know God, to bask in His Love and to pour love from our hearts and lives with the same generosity and grace outward.

1 John 7-17

Beloved, let us love one another, for love is from God, and whoever loves has been born of God and knows God. Anyone who does not love does not know God, because God is love. In this the love of God was made manifest among us, that God sent his only Son into the world, so that we might live through him. In this is love, not that we have loved God but that he loved us and sent his Son to be the propitiation for our sins. Beloved, if God so loved us, we also ought to love one another. No one has ever seen God; if we love one another, God abides in us and his love is perfected in us.

By this we know that we abide in him and he in us, because he has given us of his Spirit. And we have seen and testify that the Father has sent his Son to be the Savior of the world. Whoever confesses that Jesus is the Son of God, God abides in him, and he in God. So we have come to know and to believe the love that God has for us. God is love, and whoever abides in love abides in God, and God abides in him. By this is love perfected with us, so that we may have confidence for the day of judgment, because as he is so also are we in this world. 

God’s Love teaches us how to Love One Another

 Love is of God: The love John speaks of comes from the ancient Greek word agape; it is the concept of a self-giving love that gives without asking for anything for in return. God’s Love comes into our lives through our relationship with Him. We draw nearer to Him in that intimacy. When we want to love another more, we find that deeper kind of self-giving love by drawing closer to God as well. By dwelling in His Spirit, and living in the Truth set before us we become transformed into the ‘likeness’ of His Love; our own hearts become full, filled with the qualities and the character that is spoken of in scripture. We become love-givers, able and filled by God’s Love.

Be always humble, gentle, and patient. Show your love by being tolerant with one another. Do your best to preserve the unity which the Spirit gives by means of the peace that binds you together. Ephesians 4:2-3

Love is patient and kind; love does not envy or boast; it is not arrogant or rude. It does not insist on its own way; it is not irritable or resentful; it does not rejoice at wrongdoing, but rejoices with the truth. Love bears all things, believes all things, hopes all things, endures all things. 1 Corinthians 13:4-7

“With all humility and gentleness, with patience, bearing with one another in love.” Ephesians 4:2

“And walk in love, as Christ loved us and gave himself up for us, a fragrant offering and sacrifice to God.” Ephesians 5:2

Gods Love Never Fails

God’s Love Promises to protect you. His Love seeks you. His Faithfulness binds you to him in His Mercy. The Sweetness of His Calling is a soft comfort and peace that you can draw from – even with a breath of remembrance and a prayer of praise. His Love never fails.

Psalm 136 is a special Psalm about God’s Love, with each one of its 26 verses repeated the phrase, His mercy endures forever. “In Jewish tradition Psalm 136 has been called the Great Hallel (or Great Psalm of Praise). It does not use the words hallelujah, but it is called the Great Hallel for the way it rehearses God’s goodness in regard to his people and encourages them to praise him for his merciful and steadfast love.” (James Montgomery Boice)

Psalm 136
God’s Love Never Fails
136 Praise the Lord! He is good.
God’s love never fails.
2 Praise the God of all gods.
God’s love never fails.
3 Praise the Lord of lords.
God’s love never fails.

4 Only God works great miracles.
God’s love never fails.
5 With wisdom he made the sky.
God’s love never fails.
6 The Lord stretched the earth
over the ocean.

God’s love never fails.
7 He made the bright lights
in the sky.
God’s love never fails.
8 He lets the sun rule each day.
God’s love never fails.
9 He lets the moon and the stars
rule each night.
God’s love never fails.

Love Prompts us to Serve one Another and Bear the Burdens of One Another

In my journey, I have been most generously given to by my family, my church, my pastors and my mentors. In particular, some have demonstrated to me what a “servant-heart” for Christ is. Having a servant’s heart means to not only put other’s needs ahead of our own but to serve with the right motivation—and that is to put God’s will first. Rewards, recognition or even gratitude cannot be the motivation to live out true servanthood the way Jesus did. Over the years, this women selflessly has dedicated her life to others. I have been fortunate enough to know her and learn from her.

She and a group of most amazing folks have formed a non-profit organization called The Market Project” that helps men and women find hope and flourish through safe, dignity-affirming, healing work by creating profit-making business and offering stable jobs for survivors of trauma, exploitation, and trafficking. I would like you to meet Dorothy, of “The Market Project”!

I invite your heart to discover the team and the aims of-

The Market Project
And may you know the deep and generous Love of God. May your heart by so wrapped by His Presence and covered by His Holiness that your breath is overwhelmed by Spirit of His Love. May this hour find you lifted God’s Grace that you are known, held, healed and forever comforted as the Beloved of God.

 

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