April 28th


"Love suffers long and is kind; love does not envy; love does not parade itself, is not puffed up;. . .bears all things, believes all things, hopes all things, endures all things.  Love never fails" (I Cor. 13:4,7,8a).

John declares that, "God is love" (I John 4:8).  "Everyone who loves is born of God and knows God" (I John 4:7b).  Jesus Christ is the only begotten of the Father (John 1:14b). Our Father so loved us that He sent "His only begotten Son, that whoever believes in Him should not perish but have everlasting life" (John 3:16).  Our Father so loved us, that He sent His Son of love to us.  His Son became flesh as Jesus of Nazareth and he was full of the grace and truth of the Father (John 1:14).  The Son came to reveal and be the living love of the Father.  The Son, as Jesus of Nazareth, first came to speak the words of the Father (John 14:10).  Jesus came to also let the Father in Him do marvelous works on behalf of many (John 14:10). Jesus was the express image of the Father in love, grace and truth (Hebr. 1:3;John 1:14).  Jesus told His disciples if they saw and knew Him, that they really saw and knew the Father (John 14:7).  Jesus is the way to the Father. Jesus is the truth of the Father.  Jesus is the life of the Father (John 14:6).  Jesus is certainly the love of the Father.  Jesus said, "greater love has no  one  than this, than to lay down one's life for his friends" (John 15:13).  Jesus demonstrated that great love, as He completed His mission as Jesus of Nazareth, by going to the cross for all of us.

When we talked about Jesus Christ, we have been talking about the greatest love man has ever known.  Jesus speaks of all the atoning work for us on the cross performed by Jesus of Nazareth.  That work is 100% finished and complete.  We were saved by, and stand today on that finished work.  Christ speaks of the resurrected Lord of glory, who now lives His resurrection life in and through us, since our Spirit birthing.  Christ now lives in us to fulfill everything concerning concerning the love of the Father in us. We can take that verse and substitute Christ every where the word love appears. Christ suffers long and is kind.  Christ does not envy.  Christ does not parade Himself or is puffed up. Christ rejoices in the truth.  Christ bears all things, believes all things, hopes all things, endures all things. Christ never fails!

Name any circumstance or situation in life that you might face.  Pick out any problem or bridge that you might have to cross. You may not have all the answers, but Christ is your answer!  Christ is now living on the inside of every Spirit birthed child of God.  We need to make choices and decisions to let Christ live in us as us.  Christ needs a Holy Spirit transformed and fully renewed mind to live and express Himself in us as us. Christ can through us do all things in us as us.  Christ never fails!

Written by Dwight Davis


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