“Glory to God in the highest, and on earth peace to men on whom his favor rests.”
“…But while he was still a long way off,
his father saw him and was filled with compassion for him;
he ran to his son, threw his arms around him and kissed him.”
“Your love, O LORD, reaches to the heavens,
your faithfulness to the skies.
Your righteousness is like the mighty mountains,
your justice like the great deep.
O LORD, you preserve both man and beast.
Love divine, all loves excelling,
Joy of heaven to earth come down;
Fix in us thy humble dwelling;
All thy faithful mercies crown!
Jesus, Thou art all compassion,
Pure unbounded love Thou art;
Visit us with Thy salvation;
Enter every trembling heart.
Breathe, O breathe Thy loving Spirit,
Into every troubled breast!
Let us all in Thee inherit;
Let us find that second rest.
Take away our bent to sinning;
Alpha and Omega be;
End of faith, as its Beginning,
Set our hearts at liberty.
Come, Almighty to deliver,
Let us all Thy life receive;
Suddenly return and never,
Never more Thy temples leave.
Thee we would be always blessing,
Serve Thee as Thy hosts above,
Pray and praise Thee without ceasing,
Glory in Thy perfect love.
Finish, then, Thy new creation;
Pure and spotless let us be.
Let us see Thy great salvation
Perfectly restored in Thee;
Changed from glory into glory,
Till in heaven we take our place,
Till we cast our crowns before Thee,
Lost in wonder, love, and praise.
Written by: Charles Wesley
“…I have loved you with an everlasting love;
I have drawn you with loving-kindness.”
I think we all need a reminder once in a while about how great God’s love is for us. His love is boundless. It knows no limits. It exceeds your every expectation. His love is beyond measure. It’s eternal! His love for you is forgiving. He loves you with an everlasting love. A love that does not quit when you’re weak. A love that does not diminish when your faith is wavering. A love that does not let go.
His love is AMAZING! His love saved me from the depths of my sin. His love saved me from a life of eternity in Hell. I never have to work for His love. I just have to believe in His Son Jesus Christ. I must place my faith in the One who died for my sins.
“This is how God showed his love among us:
He sent his one and only Son into the world that we might live through him.
This is love: not that we loved God,
but that he loved us and sent his Son as an atoning sacrifice for our sins.”
~1 John 4:9-10
“God is our refuge and strength, an ever-present help in trouble.”
“Shout for joy to the Lord,
all the earth.
Worship the Lord with gladness;
come before him with joyful songs.
“Give thanks to the Lord, call on his name;
make known among the nations what he has done.”
~1 Chronicles 16:8
“Great is the Lord and most worthy of praise; his greatness no one can fathom.”
Thanksgiving is not something that should happen in just November for Christians. When we read a verse like the one above we should realize that thanksgiving should take place in our hearts daily. God’s greatness is too much for us to fathom. He has done so many wonderful things in our lives and our hearts should wake up each morning ready to offer thanksgiving to Him. In fact, the next verse shares exactly that with us.
“Enter his gates with thanksgiving and his courts with praise; give thanks to him and praise his name.”
This verse puts it so clearly. Enter his gates with thanksgiving. God calls us to be people who exclaim the glory of His name in everything that we do and say. Do people know you are thankful for your job? There are plenty of people out of work right now, so complaining won’t get you very far. Do people know that you are thankful for your spouse? Your commitment in marriage is a witness to those around you. Do people know that you are thankful for your salvation? You can’t convince anyone that Jesus is good for them, if you don’t show them the joy you have inside of you. This goes for everything! Why am I convinced of this? Here is one verse that shows me all that I have in God!