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God comforts the lonely, builds up the lowly, and loves the unloved. This week on "Reaching Your World with Luis Palau," you’ll learn that God is everything you need in times of loneliness and grief.
A few years ago we had a festival in beautiful Myrtle Beach. I remember it as if it were yesterday… the boardwalk and the sand, the smell of the ocean… And, I remember the people – people who were radically changed the moment they said “yes” to Jesus Christ. Picture that first moment of one moving from death to life! The light in their eyes and excitement radiating from their very beings.
One woman in particular stands out in my memory. She’d resisted the Good News message but had lingered to talk. She became frustrated by trying to describe her desperation. She said things like “I’ve gone too far” and “I don’t deserve grace.” At one point I said, “You feel unworthy?” At that she exclaimed “Yes! That’s the word. I’m unworthy.” That’s exactly it. Now we had something to talk about. She was right. And that’s the very point. We are all unworthy. That’s the beauty of God’s grace. It’s for unworthy people.
Hebrews 9:14 describes the work of that grace when it says that by the blood of Jesus, God will “cleanse our consciences from acts that lead to death, so that we may serve the living God.”
If you know someone who feels unworthy, share this verse with them. It’s life itself. There are people everywhere who are discouraged and feeling unworthy to be loved. But, they are loved! They are loved by God and He wants to have a personal relationship with them. So today, let’s tell them this good news. It’s the best gift we can ever give.
This is Andrew Palau.
When I was a young boy, my father passed away. It was devastating, of course, but before my dad died, He told my sisters and me about Jesus. Before his death, he said, “I am going to be with Jesus, which is better by far." Because my dad shared the Good News with me, I knew that I would never really be without a father, because I had THE Heavenly Father with me at all times.
In 2 Corinthians 6:18, God says, “I will be a Father to you. You will be My sons and daughters”. And it’s true! For those of us who lose our earthly fathers—or for people in the world who may not even know their dad, I cannot encourage you enough to take rest in God. He is the ultimate Father, who will never leave or forsake you. His shoulders are big enough to carry even your biggest burdens. And He loves you unconditionally and offers you eternal life in His Son, Jesus Christ.
As you hear this message, consider your inner circle. Is there anyone who doesn’t have a relationship with their dad? Or whose father has passed away? Share the Good News with them. Tell them about God, our Father, who will never, ever leave them.
This is Luis Palau.
Maya Angelou, a great American poet and civil rights activist, once wrote, “Love recognizes no barriers. It jumps hurdles, leaps fences, penetrates walls to arrive at its destination full of hope.” God’s love for us is far beyond what we could even imagine. His love is not dependent on what we do, how many good deeds we accomplish, or how clean our record is. Like the love in Maya Angelou’s poem, God’s love has no barriers.
Do you believe this? Do you trust that God loves you in spite of your sin? In spite of your imperfections? Trust me, He does!
If you intellectually believe in Jesus as the Son of God, but have yet to receive Jesus into your heart by faith, and if you have yet to feel the effects of God’s healing love, why don’t you do so now? Pray with me this prayer: “Oh God, I believe that you are the Savior. You sent your Son, Jesus, to die for my sins. I want to walk with You through life and experience Your love, oh Lord. So I receive you into my heart, Lord Jesus. Please come in. Forgive me, wash me, make me Your child. Amen.”
This is Luis Palau.
Have you ever felt like you just didn’t measure up to the expectations of others? Like you weren’t good enough at your job, or you didn’t parent your children the right way, or perhaps you weren’t strong enough, or attractive enough? It seems as though there are endless amounts of expectations in the world. It’s impossible not to fall short.
But even in our weakest hour, God says, “I love you the way you are." Even on our worst day, when we mess up and we feel low about ourselves, God says “You are valuable to me.” In fact, in Isaiah 43:4, God says, “You are of great worth in My eyes. You are honored and I love you.”
God’s unending love is the greatest gift of His Salvation. When we receive Jesus into our hearts, we receive the free gift of His love for eternity. Nothing can take it from us. How great is that?
Who in your life needs to hear this truth today? Pray about it. Then, ask God to give you the courage and opportunity to share His love. And reassure them that God definitely says, “I will never leave you, I will never forsake you; I am with you always till the end of the age.”
This is Luis Palau.
As I get older, I know more and more people who experience the loss of a spouse. As believers, of course, many of my friends know for sure that they’ll see their loved ones again in Heaven—but losing them is still hard. Many people in this position feel lonely. Of course, it isn’t just these people who feel lonely; at one time or another, we all struggle with loneliness.
Maybe you’re a young adult who moved off to college and miss your family. Maybe you’re a business professional who relocated for work and doesn’t know anyone. At one time or another, we’ll all experience loneliness. But in these moments, we must remember that we are never really alone. God is with us, and He will never, ever leave us.
The Bible says in John 14:18, “I will not leave you without help as children without parents. I will come to you.” And in Isaiah 58:9, the Bible says, “Then you will call, and the Lord will answer. You will cry, and He will say, ‘Here I am’.
Where are you in your life right now? Are you lonely? If so, call out to God! He is with you right now. Find comfort in His presence.
This is Luis Palau.
In life’s hard times we run to God to find shelter and help. But what about during the times when life is going well? This week on "Reaching Your World with Luis Palau," Luis talks about our relationship with God during those good times.