Letter: A biblical message
January 22, 2016
It is so exciting to see the town lined with the rainbow flags.
I am excited because of what they mean. It is a reminder to us from a loving creator God.
And God said, "I have set my rainbow in the clouds and it will be the sign of the covenant between me and the Earth. Whenever I bring clouds over the Earth and the rainbow appears, I will remember my covenant between me and you and all living creatures of every kind. Never again will the waters become a flood to destroy all life. Whenever the rainbow appears in the clouds, I will see it and remember the everlasting covenant between God and all living creatures of every kind on the earth" (Genesis 9:13-16).
He is a just and loving Father, and his promises are true and good.
He does give us free will to accept his gift or not.
"He loved us so much that he gave his one and only Son, that whoever believes in him shall not perish but have everlasting life. For God did not send his son into the world to condemn the world but to save the world through him. Whoever believes in him is not condemned, but whoever does not believe is condemned already because he has not believed in the name of God's one and only son. This is the verdict: Light has come into the world, but men loved darkness instead of light because their deeds were evil. Everyone who does evil hates the light and will not come into the light for fear his deeds will be exposed. But whoever lives by the truth comes into the light so that it may be seen plainly what he has done has been done through God" (John 3:16-21).
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"You have heard it said, love your neighbor and hate your enemy. But I tell you: Love your enemies and pray for those who persecute you, that you may be sons of your Father in heaven. He causes the sun to rise on the evil and the good and sends rain on the righteous and unrighteous" (Matthew 5:43-45).
"And now I will show you the most excellent way. If I speak in the tongues of men and of angels, but have not love, I am only a resounding gong or clanging cymbal. … And now remain these three: faith, hope and love. But the greatest of these is love" (1 Corinthians 13:1 and 13).
Let's love like we have never loved before because he first loved us. Let's inquire of the Lord and listen and hear his precious, loving, guiding voice.
He is looking at you and telling you that you are his beloved, his favored one, and he is waiting for you.
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