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God is Love

1 john 4
Bible written over the course of 1600 years
The longest longitudinal study on one subject in history
Carl Barf summed it up “Jesus loves me this I know for the bible tells me so.
God summed it up in vs 8 and 16. “God is Love”
Is 9:6 often quoted about the character of God.
The simplest summary is right there in 1John 4:16 — “God is Love”

Some of us have much difficulty feeling that truth on a personal level.
John 3:16 — God so loved the world that he gave his only begotten son.
John 15:13 — No greater love than a man lay down his life…

God is the definition of tough love:
Jesus is the definition of tough love.
Carrying a 300 lb. cross beam, volunteering for 17” nail spikes in the wrist.
He paid the ultimate price, in obedience and with the hope and expectation that we would receive his offer.

For example: Mary Magdalene knew a life of trauma. In Luke 8 she was delivered of 7 demons.
John 20 Mary Magdalene was the first at the tomb and she found it empty. She was the first to see Jesus.
(She was not the prostitute mentioned near her story in the bible.)

Mary may have been a participant in Post Traumatic Stress Disorder before it was given a name.
(PTSD is a serious issue: more Vietnam vets have died from suicide than have died in action.)
We all have our demons, and key oppressive factors that we can not handle on our own.
Jesus Christ can bring the healing and restoration we need. God loves us, and God raised Him from the dead. Death has been defeated and the impossible became possible.
Romans 8:31 — If God is for us, who can be against us?
Do not be discouraged about your children, your spouse, a about illness, your finances. The God who is love is in the resurrection business.
2 Cor. 5:21 God made him who know no sin, to be sin so that I may be the righteousness of God.
Be the righteousness of God, not by your own merits but by the work of God’s begotten Son. He transferred His righteousness to me. That is the central fact of my life every day. My marriage, my kids, my career, my accomplishments may be wonderful, but they are not the central fact. Remember that we do not need to fear circumstances and difficult situations.

Bring honor to the name of Jesus.

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