Words from the Heart for Wednesday August 10th, 2016
This is real love. It is not that we loved God, but that he loved us and sent his Son as a sacrifice to take away our sins.
1 John 4:10 (NLT)
We tend to love people who are like us – with similar tastes, values, and goals. But God loves in a fundamentally different way – He loves those who are not naturally loveable and showers His affection upon them, removing the guilt and shame by the death of Christ. Have you stopped and delighted in the love of God shown to you in Jesus Christ?
Within the benefits of Canada’s Employment Insurance are compassionate care benefits. These benefits are paid to persons who have to be away from work temporarily to provide care or support to a family member who is gravely ill with a significant risk of death within 26 weeks. To be eligible for compassionate care benefits, you must apply and show that
regular weekly earnings from work have decreased by more than 40%; and the insured has accumulated 600 insured hours in the last 52 weeks which is the qualifying period. Care or support to a family member includes providing psychological or emotional support, or arranging for care by a third party, or directly providing or participating in the care. The majority of Canadians who take time off work to care for a gravely ill family member seldom need to receive benefits for the full 26 weeks.
The Christian faith is not about us. We didn’t initiate everything necessary for our salvation – in fact that would have been impossible. Because of our sin, we were separated from God and there was nothing we could do to repair that relationship. Only God was able to redeem us – to wipe away our sin and draw us back to Himself. Fortunately, God loves us. I John 4:10 tells us the result of that love. It says “This is real love. It is not that we loved God, but that he loved us and sent his Son as a sacrifice to take away our sins.” We are forgiven and set free from our sin and guilt because of the love that God has for us. The apostle John understood this as well as anyone ever has. Throughout his Gospel, John refers to himself as the “one whom Jesus loved.” He walked with Jesus for three years and was one of His few followers who was with him at the foot of Cross. He saw how Jesus suffered in order to redeem us. He saw the extent of Jesus’ love – and the great price He paid to wipe away our sin and draw us to Himself. He understood that it was the love that Jesus had for us – real love in his words – that guarantees our salvation. We love Him back because He first loved us.
These have been words from the heart.