Prayer:Lord, I am so amazed that regardless of my mistakes, my own self-loathing, my own hatred, anger and jealousy, you love me unconditionally. I am forever grateful to you. May I be an example of your unconditional love to everyone I encounter today. Amen.
Affirmation:God loves me unconditionally.
For I am convinced that neither death nor life, neither angels nor demons, neither the present nor the future, nor any powers,neither height nor depth, nor anything else in all creation, will be able to separate us from the love of God that is in Christ Jesus our Lord. Romans 8:38-39
List 3 ways you can show unconditional love toward yourself:
Write a paragraph or two, thanking God for His unconditional love toward you.
The Word speaks for itself. Nothing can “separate us from the love of God that is in Christ Jesus our Lord.”
A woman came into the church one cold day in December. She was without a coat. Women were gathered around a table, praying. “I need to see Pastor Mary…I knew if I came, she would give me a coat.” She had walked several miles across the countryside in the blowing snow to ask for a coat (the coat could have been an offering…for so much more…an opportunity to share God’s love with someone who was alone, cold and in need of a Savior). They said she was “unkempt and dirty” and that she kept calling out my name.
The saints grew tired of her interruption. The prayer meeting was important. After all, there were important people to be prayed for…one on each side of her, escorted her out the front doors of the church, cold wind hitting her square in the face. No coat. No ride. No compassion. No Savior. She banged on the glass doors that were shut behind her and locked. Prayers went on.
“You see“, said one of them when I heard of the news…”church is supposed to be a safe place for churched people.”
I cried at the sound of the words. They cut me as sharp as the wind that hit the woman with no coat in the dead of winter, when the doors were locked behind her. My heart dripped blood that morning and for many mornings afterward, the blood of Christ hanging on the cross. I cried in my office, alone. “Safe place for churched people…”eight years later my heart still hurts at the sound of the words.
God is compassion. His love is unconditional. May I… may you…may WE… be an example of His unconditional love to everyone we encounter today. The world is our church…and it is full of unsafe people. Mans sin is everywhere, including prayer meetings in old country churches. We are all flawed, our spirits unkempt and dirty, unworthy of a King. He died for us anyway.
Nothing can separate us from the love of God that is in Christ Jesus our Lord.
List 3 ways you can show unconditional love toward the world: