Come to Me, all you who labor and are heavy-laden and overburdened, and I will cause you to rest. [I will ease and relieve and refresh your souls.] (Matthew 11:28, Amplified)
And they brought young children to him, that he should touch them: and his disciples rebuked those that brought them. But when Jesus saw it, he was much displeased, and said unto them, Suffer the little children to come unto me, and forbid them not…And he took them up in his arms, put his hands upon them, and blessed them. (Mark 9:13-14, 16; KJV)
I will arise and go to my father, and will say unto him, Father, I have sinned against heaven, and before thee, And am no more worthy to be called thy son: make me as one of thy hired servants. And he arose, and came to his father. But when he was yet a great way off, his father saw him, and had compassion, and ran, and fell on his neck, and kissed him. (Luke 15:18-20, KJV)
Young or old, sinner or saint the King of the Universe, Jehovah God Almighty is waiting for you with open arms. Never run from Him. Always run to Him and fall into those saving, sheltering, healing, loving arms that are even now waiting and wanting to hold you. Selah.
I read this in a book this morning:
“We must understand this about the person who crosses our path: One more injection of rejection could be their fatal dose. Refuse to give it.” ~ Melanie Hemry, A Healing Touch
I thought of a young man that my husband and I see at one of the local shops we frequent. He doesn’t look like the other boys. He doesn’t talk like the other boys. He doesn’t dress like the other boys. He appears to be someone on the outside looking in. The other day he had injuries to his face, including a black eye. His head hung low. He didn’t look up. My heart cried for him.
While the injuries to his body seemed to be those that would heal quickly and leave no sign that they were ever there, it appeared that there were deeper wounds. Wounds that you could not see. Wounds that may not disappear so quickly. Wounds that may not heal without leaving a scar on his soul.
Jesus came to heal the broken-hearted.
For God did not send the Son into the world in order to judge (to reject, to condemn, to pass sentence on) the world, but that the world might find salvation and be made safe and sound through Him. (John 3:17, Amplified)
For God so greatly loved and dearly prized the world… (John 3:16, Amplified)
God greatly loves and dearly prizes every person we come into contact with. Let us too love them and prize them as He does. Let us love their lives back from the from the pit and the pain.
…You have loved back my life from the pit of corruption and nothingness, for You have cast all my sins behind Your back. (Isaiah 38:17, Amplified)
I think I will write about the things that I love about God as they come to my heart over the next few weeks. You are welcome to add your own in the comments section if you’d like 🙂
Of course the main reason I love God is the fact that while I was still a sinner He sent His Son Jesus to die in my place. This will always be the number one reason I love Him. And while this is always on my heart, I’d like to share the thing that touched my heart today and made me love God even more.
Come to Me, all you who labor and are heavy-laden and overburdened, and I will cause you to rest… (Matthew 11:28, Aplified)
…Arise, my love, my fair one, and come away. (Song of Solomon 2:13, Amplified)
And he said unto them, Come ye yourselves apart into a desert place, and rest a while… (Mark 6:31, KJV)
I love God because of what I hear in each of these scriptures. I hear an invitation. The Webster’s 1828 dictionary includes these words and phrases in the definition to invite: “to ask”; “to request”. Think about that the King of the Universe, the Creator of All, asks us, makes requests of us, invites us. He could make us spend time with Him if He wanted to, but He doesn’t. He’s a Gentleman. Instead He simply extends an invitation and then waits for us to accept it. This is something I love about God.
Come to Me…
…I bow my knees before the Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, for Whom every family in heaven and on earth is named [that Father from Whom all fatherhood takes its title and derives its name]. (Ephesians 3:14-15, Amplified)
…Our Father which art in heaven, Hallowed be thy name… (Luke 11:2, KJV)
Beloved, we are [even here and] now God’s children… (1 John 3:2, Amplified)
Happy Father’s Day God 🙂
Beloved, I wish above all things that thou mayest prosper and be in health, even as thy soul prospereth. (3 John 2, KJV)
God wants you to prosper spirit, soul and body. God wants you to prosper in your relationships and your finances. God wants you to prosper in every good thing you put your hand to. God wants you to prosper.
So what is the key? A prosperous soul. And what is the key to a prosperous soul? I believe it is found in the first word of this verse of scripture, beloved.
God loves you. The Creator of the Universe loves you. Your Creator loves you. Your heavenly Father loves you.
And we know (understand, recognize, are conscious of, by observation and by experience) and believe (adhere to and put faith in and rely on) the love God cherishes for us. God is love… (1 John 4:16, Amplified)
Do you know, do you understand, do you recognize, are you conscious of the fact that He loves you? Do you believe, adhere to, put faith in, and rely on the fact that He loves you?
Your Father loves you. You have nothing to fear. Your Father loves you and because He loves you He wants you to prosper and be in health. Your Father loves you. Think about that. Meditate on that. Let that very truth penetrate your heart, your mind, your will, and your emotions. Let that truth drive out all that would hinder you from stepping into the prosperity and health He has for you. Let that truth prosper your soul.
We love him, because he first loved us. (1 John 4:19, KJV)