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January 22, 2013

God not only loves you, but he also likes you

by Dave Malnes

“The LORD your God is with you, he is mighty to save. He will take great delight in you, he will quiet you with his love, he will rejoice over you with singing.”  (Zephaniah 3:18)

These are words of assurance that God gave to His people. It was a public announcement to the world that the love he had with his people had been restored, sins had been forgiven, and all is well. Just as there is a celebration and assurance of when a husband and wife come together after a riff, the same goes for God and his people. God wanted His people to know that all is right.

This is the same assurance that Christians can receive today. By faith, we are declared perfectly forgiven and right with God. Through His Word, God quiets our soul with his love and assurance. Notice that there is something more that is even more profound. God not only declares his love, but also reveals the fact that he likes us. He takes great delight in us and rejoices over us with singing.

Can you imagine God in the heavens singing a song about us? Not just a song to a group of fellow believers, but a song of rejoicing over us! We hear His words and picture his face of approval as our name forms on His lips. That is who we are in Christ. We are likable to God.

When people who have placed their faith in Christ receives these promises, we can’t help but be energized. We leap at opportunities to display our love to others and even relish those opportunities to share His message of true salvation. And here’s the message that we can bring:

How would you like to go to Hawaii?

During this frigid winter, that sounds like a very nice, warm appeal.

However, one who has placed their faith in Christ and His completed work on the cross receive the full benefits of what he has done for us. We are not only freely and fully forgiven right now, not only does God rejoice over us, not only does God like us, but we are His children. Our status is changed. We become heirs. As a result, the question changes?

How would you like to inherit Hawaii?

May the warmth of His message radiate in your soul today as we bask in the amazing love and grace that God freely grants us in Christ.

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