I was reviewing this wonderful book today by Neil T. Anderson.
Some of his thoughts that touched me today.
We need to move beyond sharing information and start sharing our lives.
"Having thus a fond affection for you, we were well-pleased to impart to you not only the gospel of God, but also our own lives, because you had become very dear to us." 1 Thess: 2:8
God loves you not because you are lovable, but because it is His nature to love you. God simply loves you - period, because God is love. Don't trust feelings that God doesn't love you. He loves all His children all the time, whether we do good or bad. That's the heart of God.
When the 99 sheep were safe in the fold, the heart of the shepherd was with the one that was lost. When the prodigal son squandered his life and inheritance, the heart of his father was with him and he lovingly welcomed his son home. These two parables reveal that God's heart is full of love for even when we are lost.