Tuesday, July 19, 2016
He Loved Us First
Let us not be fearful of the snares of man, because that leads to the trap of an unholy path.
Let us instead pray for God's hand of protection over us in the midst of rejection, ridicule and persecution.
Let us instead pray for patience, courage and strength of endurance...reacting as children of The Living God.
Let us rejoice that He called us out of darkness and pray for those who do not know The Father...remembering that we love and forgive because He first loved and forgave us.
An unjust man is abominable to the righteous, And he who is upright in the way is abominable to the wicked.
You will be hated by everyone on account of My name, but the one who perseveres to the end will be saved.
I have told you these things so that in Me you may have peace. In the world you will have tribulation. But take courage; I have overcome the world!
1 John 3:1
Behold what manner of love the Father has given to us, that we should be called children of God. And that is what we are! The reason the world does not know us is that it did not know Him.
1 John 3:13
So do not be surprised, brothers, if the world hates you.
By your patient endurance, you will gain your souls.
If you were of the world, it would love you as its own. Instead, the world hates you, because you are not of the world, but I have chosen you out of the world.
But they will treat you like this on account of My name, because they do not know the One who sent Me.
Then Jesus said, "Father, forgive them, for they do not know what they are doing." And they divided up His garments by casting lots.
1 John 4:10
And love consists in this: not that we loved God, but that He loved us and sent His Son as an atoning sacrifice for our sins.