The greatest GIFT
The Lord knows how to reach us, in a place that NO ONE else can. Why? Because HE is the greatest GIFT. He is the ONLY one who can separate the TRUTH from the lies. He is the ONLY one who will never ever despise us. That is a fact, if you can believe nothing else, BELIEVE that you are LOVED.
The enemy cannot love. Because he never received the love. It was because he rejected the love, that he was ejected out of Heaven. God did not fail to love him, but satan failed to receive it. Was this a shock to God? No. Because, He knows everything.
He wasn’t sitting around wondering, “How did that happen?” So, we have to keep THAT in mind when walking through this earth journey. That WE do have a choice. When Adam and Eve fell for the trap the enemy set? Was this a shock? NO, not to God it wasn’t.
Why did JESUS come? It is very simple. One word, REDEMPTION. It really says it all. He came in the form of a baby. Why? Because He is God’s son. WE come in the from of a baby, because WE are His children. But, like the enemy, we have a choice to receive the lineage of heaven.
His heart is being poured out before the world, like NEVER before. So, do you want to continue playing russian roulette, by being half way in? I, for one, do NOT. I want to be ALL in, or nothing. Because, choosing HIS path leads me home to heaven. Choosing anything else, leads only to destruction.
People argue about hell, they argue about the trinity. But, what NO ONE can argue about is the LOVE of God. I have seen it first hand, how much GOD LOVES us. I receive it more every day. I have a renewed JOY and HOPE, the more I receive it. Why settle for less?
God is not a respector of person’s. He LOVES everyone. But, despite the fact, that HE LOVES without question, so many reject HIM and HIS unending and undying and unfailing LOVE. Jesus is the way to the heavenly Father. The gift given to us, after Jesus ascended was the Holy Spirit. Does that mean Jesus’s spirit left? No. Because He is GOD His spirit can be here and in heaven. Because we are His chosen people, WE can LIVE from Heaven.
How awesome is that??? Are you willing to give UP what you consider your greatest gifts? Because then you can GO UP and you will receive even MORE. HIS LOVE is the gift that keeps on giving. Like the energizer bunny, it never EVER runs out of power. NOT EVER!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
1 Corinthians 13 Amplified Bible (AMP)
13 If I [can] speak in the tongues of men and [even] of angels, but have not love (that reasoning, intentional, spiritual devotion such [a]as is inspired by God’s love for and in us), I am only a noisy gong or a clanging cymbal.
2 And if I have prophetic powers ([b]the gift of interpreting the divine will and purpose), and understand all the secret truths and mysteries and possess all knowledge, and if I have [sufficient] faith so that I can remove mountains, but have not love (God’s love in me) I am nothing (a useless nobody).
3 Even if I dole out all that I have [to the poor in providing] food, and if I surrender my body to be burned or [c]in order that I may glory, but have not love (God’s love in me), I gain nothing.
4 Love endures long and is patient and kind; love never is envious nor boils over with jealousy, is not boastful or vainglorious, does not display itself haughtily.
5 It is not conceited (arrogant and inflated with pride); it is not rude (unmannerly) and does not act unbecomingly. Love (God’s love in us) does not insist on its own rights or its own way, for it is not self-seeking; it is not touchyor fretful or resentful; it takes no account of the evil done to it [it pays no attention to a suffered wrong].
6 It does not rejoice at injustice and unrighteousness, but rejoices when rightand truth prevail.
7 Love bears up under anything and everything that comes, is ever ready to believe the best of every person, its hopes are fadeless under all circumstances, and it endures everything [without weakening].
8 Love never fails [never fades out or becomes obsolete or comes to an end]. As for prophecy ([d]the gift of interpreting the divine will and purpose), it will be fulfilled and pass away; as for tongues, they will be destroyed and cease; as for knowledge, it will pass away [it will lose its value and be superseded by truth].
9 For our knowledge is fragmentary (incomplete and imperfect), and our prophecy (our teaching) is fragmentary (incomplete and imperfect).
10 But when the complete and perfect (total) comes, the incomplete andimperfect will vanish away (become antiquated, void, and superseded).
11 When I was a child, I talked like a child, I thought like a child, I reasoned like a child; now that I have become a man, I am done with childish ways and have put them aside.
12 For now we are looking in a mirror that gives only a dim (blurred) reflection [of reality as [e]in a riddle or enigma], but then [when perfection comes] we shall see in reality and face to face! Now I know in part (imperfectly), but then I shall know and understand [f]fully and clearly, even in the same manner as I have been [g]fully and clearly known and understood [[h]by God].
13 And so faith, hope, love abide [faith—conviction and belief respecting man’s relation to God and divine things; hope—joyful and confident expectation of eternal salvation; love—true affection for God and man, growing out of God’s love for and in us], these three; but the greatest of these is love.
1 Corinthians 16:14 ESV / 482 helpful votes
Let all that you do be done in love.
John 13:34-35 ESV / 330 helpful votes
A new commandment I give to you, that you love one another: just as I have loved you, you also are to love one another. By this all people will know that you are my disciples, if you have love for one another.”
1 John 4:8 ESV / 310 helpful votes
Anyone who does not love does not know God, because God is love.
Colossians 3:14 ESV / 267 helpful votes
And above all these put on love, which binds everything together in perfect harmony.
John 15:13 ESV / 213 helpful votes
Greater love has no one than this, that someone lay down his life for his friends.
1 John 4:19 ESV / 166 helpful votes
We love because he first loved us.
1 John 4:7 ESV / 163 helpful votes
Beloved, let us love one another, for love is from God, and whoever loves has been born of God and knows God.
1 Peter 4:8 ESV / 139 helpful votes
Above all, keep loving one another earnestly, since love covers a multitude of sins.
John 3:16 ESV / 137 helpful votes
“For God so loved the world, that he gave his only Son, that whoever believes in him should not perish but have eternal life.
1 Corinthians 13:1-13 ESV / 132 helpful votes
If I speak in the tongues of men and of angels, but have not love, I am a noisy gong or a clanging cymbal. And if I have prophetic powers, and understand all mysteries and all knowledge, and if I have all faith, so as to remove mountains, but have not love, I am nothing. If I give away all I have, and if I deliver up my body to be burned, but have not love, I gain nothing. Love is patient and kind; love does not envy or boast; it is not arrogant or rude. It does not insist on its own way; it is not irritable or resentful; …
1 John 4:18 ESV / 117 helpful votes
There is no fear in love, but perfect love casts out fear. For fear has to do with punishment, and whoever fears has not been perfected in love.
Mark 12:31 ESV / 112 helpful votes
The second is this: ‘You shall love your neighbor as yourself.’ There is no other commandment greater than these.”
Luke 6:35 ESV / 97 helpful votes
But love your enemies, and do good, and lend, expecting nothing in return, and your reward will be great, and you will be sons of the Most High, for he is kind to the ungrateful and the evil.
Ephesians 5:25 ESV / 94 helpful votes
Husbands, love your wives, as Christ loved the church and gave himself up for her,
Proverbs 10:12 ESV / 85 helpful votes
Hatred stirs up strife, but love covers all offenses.
Ephesians 4:2 ESV / 83 helpful votes
With all humility and gentleness, with patience, bearing with one another in love,
1 Corinthians 13:13 ESV / 82 helpful votes
So now faith, hope, and love abide, these three; but the greatest of these is love.
Romans 12:9 ESV / 68 helpful votes
Let love be genuine. Abhor what is evil; hold fast to what is good.
Romans 13:10 ESV / 65 helpful votes
Love does no wrong to a neighbor; therefore love is the fulfilling of the law.
1 John 3:18 ESV / 62 helpful votes
Little children, let us not love in word or talk but in deed and in truth.
Galatians 5:22 ESV / 60 helpful votes
But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness,
Romans 12:10 ESV / 51 helpful votes
Love one another with brotherly affection. Outdo one another in showing honor.
Galatians 2:20 ESV / 49 helpful votes
I have been crucified with Christ. It is no longer I who live, but Christ who lives in me. And the life I now live in the flesh I live by faith in the Son of God, who loved me and gave himself for me.
Leviticus 19:18 ESV / 46 helpful votes
You shall not take vengeance or bear a grudge against the sons of your own people, but you shall love your neighbor as yourself: I am the Lord.
Matthew 22:37 ESV / 45 helpful votes
And he said to him, “You shall love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind.
John 15:9-13 ESV / 44 helpful votes
As the Father has loved me, so have I loved you. Abide in my love. If you keep my commandments, you will abide in my love, just as I have kept my Father’s commandments and abide in his love. These things I have spoken to you, that my joy may be in you, and that your joy may be full. “This is my commandment, that you love one another as I have loved you. Greater love has no one than this, that someone lay down his life for his friends.
John 14:15 ESV / 43 helpful votes
“If you love me, you will keep my commandments.
Matthew 6:24 ESV / 42 helpful votes
“No one can serve two masters, for either he will hate the one and love the other, or he will be devoted to the one and despise the other. You cannot serve God and money.
1 John 4:21 ESV / 39 helpful votes
And this commandment we have from him: whoever loves God must also love his brother.
Ephesians 5:33 ESV / 36 helpful votes
However, let each one of you love his wife as himself, and let the wife see that she respects her husband.
Colossians 3:14-15 ESV / 33 helpful votes
And above all these put on love, which binds everything together in perfect harmony. And let the peace of Christ rule in your hearts, to which indeed you were called in one body. And be thankful.
LOOK at HOW much GOD CARES about YOU. He sent HIS son not ONLY to DIE for you, but BE BORN for YOU, and RESURRECTED FOR YOU. What is the greatest gift? LOVE. How did it arrive? IN the form of a baby.
Side note : ) A few pictures were posted here. WE encourage you to comment on the pictures, or if you have questions or encouragement. God bless you greatly. Praying He brings you ALL Heaven.
In our lives this happened too. Where God uses a child, or children. It keeps happening, over and OVER because GOD has won, and VICTORY is certain. Receive HIS LOVE and drink from HIS Heavenly CUP today.
In His Grace and Glory,
E and Fam