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Faith Comment published in the Petersfield Post

2 May 2018: Helen Mason, Life Church Petersfield

God is love

I have had the privilege of talking to the families who attend Messy Church in Petersfield about the fact that God loves us. Whether we respond to Him personally or not, He loves us, even if there awful things are going on in our lives.

God is not a made up story book character. The Bible describes what it is like to be in a relationship and what life will be like if you choose not to be in relationship with God, Jesus and the Holy Spirit, and over the past 2000 years humankind have made decisions that have excluded the relationship with the loving God and we have to live with the consequence of those actions.

However, God is constant and He loves us. So much so that He allowed His only Son to die. But it didn’t end there; Jesus took on all of the darkness that comes into our lives, the monkeys on our backs, all our shame and sadness, all our hates and hurts, all that could separate us from a loving God, and He stood before our accusers and told them straight – price paid in full, redeemed and free from your accusations for they are loved.

The bottom line is this, God loves us whether we acknowledge Him or not.

In The Passion Translation of the Bible 1 John 4v 9-11 says this: ‘The light of God’s love shined within us when he sent his matchless Son into the world so that we might live through him. This is love: He loved us long before we loved him. It was his love, not ours. He proved it by sending his Son to be the pleasing sacrificial offering to take away our sins.
‘Delightfully loved ones, if he loved us with such tremendous love then loving one another should be our way of life.’

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