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God's Perfect Love
By Ramona Nicholsen
Saturday, April 2, 2011


Scripture 
Romans 5:6-8
“You see, as just the right time, when we were all powerless, Christ died for the ungodly.  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.” (NIV)

Devotion
What is the first Fruit of the Spirit?  LOVE!  God is love.  All through the Bible, we are made aware of this.  After Adam and Eve sinned, God clothed them.  He still loved and cared for them even though they had to bear the consequences of their actions.  We see throughout the Bible God using sinners in great ways for His purposes. 

In His perfect timing, He sent His Son to once and for all take away our sin by taking it all on Himself.  Christ died the death that should be ours.   Yes, we still sin.  But if we sincerely repent, He is gracious and merciful to forgive, showing us His perfect love.

How have I experienced this love?  Well, too many ways to count, but I will share one for it is part of my testimony.

A few years ago, in an eight month period, I lost my Mom and husband, both to cancer.  At the time, I really wasn’t connected to a church.  I hadn’t lost my faith, but was just a peripheral Christian.  God used these circumstances to bring me back home.   I found a new church…they took me in, loved me and helped me heal.  (God’s love in action)  I went on an Emmaus Walk (Love in action) and yes, met the earthly love of my life.  During this time, I found a devotional about the grieving process.  One of the chapters is titled “Humpty Dumpty.”  We all know that nursery rhyme.  Well the point is our King can take all the broken parts of our lives and put them together better than before.  He loves us that much.  And that is what He did for me.  Thank You, Jesus!

This Lenten season, let’s remember His perfect love, His sacrifice, His perfect redemption and victory.

Prayer
Dear Father, thank you for loving us, even when we are so unlovable.  Help us to understand and remember Your great love and sacrifice for us. 
In Jesus’ name. Amen

Other scripture references
Ex 16:16-18; Mt 6:20; Lk 11:5-13; 2 Cor 9:10-11; 2 Tim 4:16-18; Jas 1:16-18

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