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Series: Luis Palau | The Lord's Amazing Love

On “Reaching your World” this week Luis Palau talks about God’s amazing love.  His sacrificial love for each one of us is what compels us to reach out to people in our world with the Good News of salvation through Jesus Christ. 

The Compelling Love of Christ Friday, January 25, 2019

When we’re children, one of the things that motivate us is the desire to please our parents. We draw pictures and show off new skills to get a smile or an expression of approval. We do this because they love us and that love compels us to make them proud. It’s a powerful motivator.

Likewise, once we grasp the scope of God’s love for us, we are compelled to serve Him. Jesus’ death and resurrection granted us the ability to have a personal relationship with Him. And, as 2 Corinthians 5 says, “we make it our goal to please him.”

So what pleases God? When people speak well of His Son. We are called to proclaim His Good News and demonstrate His love to those around us. This week, spend some time in the Word and recall the immense depth of God’s love for you. Meditate on the words of John 3:16, “For God so loved the world that He gave His only son that whoever believes in Him should not perish but have everlasting life.” Then, go share that news with someone who needs to hear it. Let that love motivate you to reach your world for Jesus Christ.

This is Andrew Palau.

His Love in Action Today Thursday, January 24, 2019

I’ve been asked an important question. That question is: “Can Jesus’ new commandment—to love as He loved—make any real difference in our lives today?” The answer is a resounding yes!

Think of the energy exerted by the crowd at a sold-out concert or an exciting sporting event. Think of the even greater amount of energy exerted by someone who serves God and others faithfully year after year, decade after decade.

When you think how much God loves us, how much energy are you willing to exert loving other people? How intimate are you willing to be? How much are you willing to sacrifice?

More specifically, who are you choosing to love? Does anyone come to mind? Who is he? Who is she? Say their name in your mind. Say, “Yes, Lord, I’m choosing to love him or her.” It may mean getting to know them better. It may mean sacrificing something. Who are you choosing to love?
Perhaps you’re thinking of someone whose health is poor or who serves others quietly without fanfare. Maybe it’s a family member or someone you have a hard time getting along with.

Never forget Jesus’ words: “Just as I have loved you, you should love each other” [John 13:34 NLT]. That is, the people in our world that we’re trying to reach for Christ.

This is Luis Palau.

His Love Makes a Difference Wednesday, January 23, 2019

As you read the New Testament letters of the apostle Paul, you soon discover he couldn’t stop writing about the amazing, intimate, sacrificial love of God the Father and Jesus His Son. He never stopped marveling that God demonstrated the full extent of His love by giving His Son, who then gave His life for us. In turn, Paul shined the light of Jesus’ love through the prism of his classic words in 1 Corinthians 13—words which are often read at weddings.

It’s to this high standard of love—Jesus’ own love—that the aged apostle Paul appeals when he wrote to his dear friend Philemon. That short letter is a majestic example of persuasive writing. In it, Paul urges Philemon to spare the life of his runaway slave, Onesimus, and instead embrace him as a new brother in Jesus Christ.

So, did Jesus’ new commandment—to love as He loved—make any significant, observable, and ultimately meaningful difference in the lives of Paul, other apostles, and the early Church? To say the least, we can give a loud, resounding yes!

And in our lives? Again, yes! In fact, that kind of love, energized by the Holy Spirit within us, is the secret for reaching our world today.

This is Luis Palau.

His Love Motivates Us Tuesday, January 22, 2019

My attention often is drawn back to the amazing, intimate, sacrificial love that God the Father and Jesus demonstrated to us and to the rest of the world. The apostle John experienced this, too. In 1 John chapter 4, John writes: “Dear friends, let us continue to love one another, for love comes from God. Anyone who loves is a child of God and knows God. But anyone who does not love does not know God, for God is love” [4:7-8 NLT].

But John can’t stop, so he keeps writing: “God showed how much he loved us by sending his one and only Son into the world so that we might have eternal life through him. This is real love—not that we loved God, but that he loved us and sent his Son as a sacrifice to take away our sins” [4:9-10].

Still, John can’t stop, so he adds: “Dear friends, since God loved us that much, we surely ought to love each other. No one has ever seen God. But if we love each other, God lives in us, and his love is brought to full expression in us” [4:11-12].

John continues to write about this amazing love for three more paragraphs in First John chapter 4 alone, and in dozens of other passages throughout his writings. What love, indeed! It’s what motivates us to keep reaching our world today.

This is Luis Palau.

Gripped by the Lord's Love Monday, January 21, 2019

During His last Passover meal with His disciples, Jesus says these remarkable words: “Your love for one another will prove to the world that you are my disciples” [John 13:35 NLT].

Do we have any evidence, however, that the disciples took this to heart? Thankfully, the answer is a resounding “yes!”

First, we find similar injunctions in the writings of the apostles Peter, James, John and Paul. In fact, John and Paul couldn’t stop talking about it. More importantly, each of the apostles, to his dying day, was renowned for his intimate walk with God, his passion for unity within the Church, and his sacrificial love. To a man, they were willing to die a martyr’s death, following the example of their Lord and Savior. They took the Gospel of Jesus Christ west from Antioch to Spain and east from Jerusalem to India.

What compelled them to give the rest of their lives, year after year, decade after decade, in the Lord’s service? Our attention is drawn back to the amazing, intimate, sacrificial love that God the Father and Jesus demonstrated to us and to the rest of the world. In 1 John 3:1 we read, “See how very much our Father loves us, for he calls us his children, and that is what we are.” What love, indeed! It’s what motivates us to keep reaching our world for Christ today.           

This is Luis Palau.

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