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One of the brightest galaxies in planet Earth’s sky and similar in size to the Milky Way, is the big, beautiful spiral M81 which lies JUST 11.8 million light-years away in the northern constellation Ursa Major.
M81 and Arp’s Loop
Image Credit : R Jay GaBany – Collaboration: A. Sollima (IAC)

This sunset occurred in Shattuck,OK. It was taken by my Brother-in-law Darrel Oberkramer.
“And we have known and believed the love that God has for us. God is love, and he who abides in love abides in God, and God in him”!!! 1John 4:16

My God is an awesome God of Love!!! And My God uses His Creative Power of Love to save me!!
How wonderful beyond words is His Love for you and me!!!

Let me share two powerful words from the Holy Scriptures. Please contemplate on these realities of encouragement!!

He is before all things and in Him all things Consist. Colossians 1:17
For the love of Christ Compels us, because we judge thus: that if One died for all, then all died 2Corinthians 5:14.

There are two related words in these verses that are powerful and have fascinating meanings.

In Colossians 1:17 the word is Consist. The Greek word is “sunistemi” which means to come to be in a condition of coherence, continue, endure, exist, and to hold together.

In 2Corinthians 5:14 the word is Compel or Constrains. The Greek word is “sunecho” which means hold together as a unit, hold together, sustain.

From: A Greek-English Lexicon of the New Testament and Other Early Christian Literature, 3rd Edition by Walter Bauer and Frederick William Danker pp 970-971 and pp 972-973.

What is so amazing and powerful about these two words?

1. Both words have the meaning to hold together and to sustain.
This is what Jesus does for me!! He holds me together close to His heart ALWAYS!!! He does this on an ongoing basis.

2. Both words have the meaning to hold within bounds so as to manage or guide, direct and control. And this too is what Jesus does for me!!! “Be strong and of good courage, do not fear nor be afraid of them; for the LORD your God, He is the One who goes with you. He will not leave you nor forsake you.”Deuteronomy 31:6

3. Both words have the meaning to provide the impulse for some activity, to hold fast, to urge on, and to impel. Again this is exactly what Jesus does for me!!! I am never ever separated from Jesus!!
35 “Who shall separate us from the love of Christ? Shall tribulation, or distress, or persecution, or famine, or nakedness, or peril, or sword? 36 As it is written:

“ For Your sake we are killed all day long;
We are accounted as sheep for the slaughter.”

37 Yet in all these things we are more than conquerors through Him who loved us. 38 For I am persuaded that neither death nor life, nor angels nor principalities nor powers, nor things present nor things to come, 39 nor height nor depth, nor any other created thing, shall be able to separate us from the love of God which is in Christ Jesus our Lord”. Romans 8:35-39

4. The words can mean to occupy someone’s attention intensely such as to say “I am occupied with or absorbed with you. Of course Jesus is completely absorbed with me. The fact is He has written my name on the palms of His hands!! Praise God!!!!

14 “But Zion said, “The LORD has forsaken me,
And my Lord has forgotten me.”
15 “Can a woman forget her nursing child,
And not have compassion on the son of her womb?
Surely they may forget,
Yet I will not forget you.
16 See, I have inscribed you on the palms of My hands;
Your walls are continually before Me”. Isaiah 49:14-16

My conclusion is simple: It is God’s faithful unfailing love that draws me and urges me to come to Jesus so He can reconcile me to Himself. Jesus alone will make me ready to be with Him forever!!! See Ezekiel 36:26-29. It is God’s awesome Love that will hold me together and make me like Him. If I will simply choose to follow Him, all the Creative Power of Jesus, which is His Love, is available to save me and save me completely!!! It is all about Jesus and His faithful Love to save me!! “God is Love”!! 1John 4:8.

19 Because what may be known of God is manifest in them, for God has shown it to them. 20 For since the creation of the world His invisible attributes are clearly seen, being understood by the things that are made, even His eternal power and Godhead, so that they are without excuse, Romans 1:19-20

This is great news: It’s God’s Creative Power of Love that reconciles me to Jesus and saves me!! As I truly understand the awesome Love of Jesus, I must conclude that it is very difficult to be lost and quite easy for me to be saved!!! Jesus longs to be with me forever and ever.

IT IS ALL ABOUT THE LOVE OF JESUS AND WHAT HE WILL DO INSIDE ME TO SAVE ME!!!! It’s God’s Creative Power of Love that makes me ready to live with Him forever!!!

Jesus wants to live out His life of Love inside me!!! Here is more really Great News:

3 For what the law could not do in that it was weak through the flesh, God did by sending His own Son in the likeness of sinful flesh, on account of sin: He condemned sin in the flesh, 4 that the righteous requirement of the law might be fulfilled in us who do not walk according to the flesh but according to the Spirit. Romans 8:3-4

This is Real Love for Real People Just Like Me!!!!
Praise God for His Unfailing Love!!!!

Behold what manner of love the Father has bestowed on us, that we should be called children of God! Therefore the world does not know us, because it did not know Him. Beloved, now we are children of God; and it has not yet been revealed what we shall be, but we know that when He is revealed, we shall be like Him, for we shall see Him as He is. 1John 3:1-2

“And I, if I am lifted up from the earth, will draw all peoples to Myself.”
John 12:32.

Try looking at God through the Lens of Love!! It will radically change your view of God!! It certainly has mine!!!

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