Thought for the Week - 2nd May

Pastor Gareth Watkins

Deuteronomy 7:6-8

For you are a holy people to the Lord your God; the Lord your God has chosen you to be a people for Himself, a special treasure above all the peoples on the face of the earth. The Lord did not set His love on you nor choose you because you were more in number than any other people, for you were the least of all peoples; but because the Lord loves you.
The universe is not just a series of accidents, it proceeds out of the heart of a loving God. He created all things, and in love He created us to be a part of it.
When Moses was talking to the children of Israel about the God’s love for them, he doesn’t say why He loves them, just that He does. This is true of us also, God loves you and me, we are His people and He wants a relationship with us.
In the midst of the confusions and chaos of this world, the love of God is the truth in which we can anchor. When we pray we do so to ‘’our Father’’, and He loves us far greater than any earthly father can. His love is so vast that we cannot comprehend it with our worldly reasoning. He doesn’t love us because of what we have or what we’ve done, we don’t have to strive or bargain for it, His love is immovable and unchangeable.
God so loved us that He made a way for us to be redeemed. We had chosen sin and turned our back on Him from the time of Adam, yet He gave His Son, as sacrifice, to take the weight of it all so that we might be saved. The true weight and torment of the worst of man would be unbearable for you or I to even think on. Christ gave everything; He was beaten in the most horrific way, humiliated, spat at, mocked, and crucified, yet He took it willingly in love for us. He paid the ultimate price to purchase us back, not so that we would just come to church once a week, but to be truly and deeply freed and changed from within.
It is a joy to see lives set free and made new. It is the love of God at work in them, just as He has done, and still does, in us. He has loved us all the days of our life, even before we were born. In the beginning Christ was with the Father and His love has remained steadfast throughout all the ages.
At times we can lose sight of what matters, even forget the love of God we once knew so closely. Let us come back time and time again to the fundamental truth that each one of us is so precious in His eyes, that the highest price was paid so that we may be saved into a loving relationship with God.
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