Tuesday, May 01, 2007

Do You Love Me, Lord?

Have you ever been tempted to ask, "Do you love me Lord?" Troubles and trials abound. The world is not always an easy place to be is it? I have been thinking of this question in my mind over the past couple of days and mulling over Scripture.

Question: Do you love me Lord?

Answer: "For God so loved the world that he gave his one and only Son, that whoever believes in him shall not perish but have eternal life." Jn. 3:16

Question: Do you love me Lord?

Answer: ""Greater love has no one than this, that he lay down his life for his friends." Jn. 15:13

Question: Do you love me Lord?

Answer: "Very rarely will anyone die for a righteous man, though for a good man someone might possibly dare to die. But God demonstrates his own love for us in this: While we were still sinners, Christ died for us." Rom. 5:7-8

Life is hard, but not because God does not love us. Life is hard because we live in a fallen world. Don't lose hope. It is only for a little while! Heaven awaits us!

When tempted to question the Lords love for us, we need only look to the cross for the answer!

Jesus said: "I have told you these things, so that in me you may have peace. In this world you will have trouble. But take heart! I have overcome the world." Jn. 16:33

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Mommy2Lots said...

What a great posting. We all need encouragement from time to time. :-)

Cheryl said...

Hello - My name is Cheryl and I am just starting our homeschooling journey with 2 of our 3 children! I am considering using Tapestry of Grace next year and I'm wondering if you know any groups currently meeting. I know of one in the Portland area but they're using year 4 next year and I think I'd like to start with year 1, if possible.

Karen T. said...

HI Cheryl, I am glad you stopped by! :) I know Galilee Baptist in Gorham has a group, and though they are not doing Year 1 either, the leader might be able to direct you to one. I am actually new to TOG myself and I am doing Year 1 but hadn't really thought of starting a group.
Anyway, Sharie is the leader at Galilee and I am pretty sure that she is on the TOG message forum as "Sharie in Maine". Perhaps you could either send her a message or ask the question over at the forum?
Let me know if I can help you more! I am actually in the greater Portland area.

MICHAEL said...

About 3 years ago I dropped into a black hole – four months of absolute terror. I wanted to end my life, but somehow [Holy Spirit], I reached out to a friend who took me to hospital. I had three visits [hospital] in four months – I actually thought I was in hell. I imagine I was going through some sort of metamorphosis [mental, physical & spiritual]. I had been seeing a therapist [1994] on a regular basis, up until this point in time. I actually thought I would be locked away – but the hospital staff was very supportive [I had no control over my process]. I was released from hospital 16th September 1994, but my fear, pain & shame had only subsided a little. I remember this particular morning waking up [home] & my process would start up again [fear, pain, & shame]. No one could help me, not even my therapist [I was terrified]. I asked Jesus Christ to have mercy on me & forgive me my sins. Slowly, all my fear has dissipated & I believe Jesus delivered me from my “psychological prison.” I am a practicing Catholic & the Holy Spirit is my friend & strength; every day since then has been a joy & blessing. I deserve to go to hell for the life I have led, but Jesus through His sacrifice on the cross, delivered me from my inequities. John 3: 8, John 15: 26, are verses I can relate to, organically. He’s a real person who is with me all the time. I have so much joy & peace in my life, today, after a childhood spent in orphanages [England & Australia]. God LOVES me so much. Fear, pain, & shame, are no longer my constant companions. I just wanted to share my experience with you [Luke 8: 16 – 17].

Peace Be With You