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Friday, March 30, 2012

Nothing Beats the Love of God

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Featured Friday Guest Blogger: Kathryn Bain

How much does God love us? Romans 8:32 reads:

He who did not spare his own Son, but gave him up for us all—how will he not also, along with him, graciously give us all things?”

Are there some days you don’t feel like anyone loves you? Maybe you’ve felt that a lot. God loves you. Every little fiber of your being from  the hair on your head to the hairs on your toes.

God loves you so much that He gave his only Son to die on the cross so that your sins would be forgiven. That is just amazing to me. I’m not sure I could do that for anyone.

Imagine having to choose between your children? One must die so the others could live. Who would it be?

He gave us a living sacrifice as a way to learn how we should live. I know it’s almost impossible to be perfect like Jesus, but we need to do our best. Sometimes my best isn’t good enough. On those days, I’m very thankful for the forgiveness God gives me through His love.

I also love that we can call him Father. And as our Father, He wants to take care of us. Of course, also like a Father, there are times of discipline. But when He grants us that gift of joy, it is an amazing feeling. To know that God loves you and we are special in His eyes is hard to comprehend sometimes in the vast world we live in.

How could we be loved so much? What have we done that is so special? The best news is, we’ve done nothing. He is a loving God and He will always love us, unconditionally. What more in life is there to look forward to than that?

Also, God’s love is beyond measure. It’s infinite. As far as the east is from the west. There is no way to know the abundance of God’ love for us. How much do you love your children? Now double that. Triple it even. That’s how much God loves you.

He wants you to be happy. The best way for that to happen is in His word. Follow the path Jesus made and you will feel joy throughout. That’s not to say there won’t be any suffering. The road to God is not an easy one. But make no mistake, God is there with you.

God’s love doesn’t come from how great we are. It comes from how great He is. We are sinners and in need of forgiveness. He gives that to us through His grace and the sacrifice of his Son. There’s nothing you can do to turn God away from you. It’s a hard concept to comprehend, but it’s true.

My prayer for you today:

Father, I pray for the lonely people who feel no love in their lives. I also pray for the ones who can’t comprehend what love is. I pray these people feel your loving arms around them today. Let them feel assured in your grace. Please God, lift them up to know they are not alone. You are always with them. Remind us that no matter what we go through, You are there by our side with each step, holding our hand along the way.


197597_1007733841260_1462365699_13278_7836_n[1]Kathryn J. Bain has been writing for over ten years. Her first release, Breathless, came out January 13, 2012. Her novella, Game of Hearts, was released on March 1, 2012. Her third book, Catch Your Breath, will be released later this year. She has two daughters, and is the former President of Florida Sisters in Crime. Currently, she is the Public Relations Director and Membership Director for Ancient City Romance Authors. To survive and pay bills, she has been a paralegal for over twenty years, and works for an attorney who specializes in elder law. She moved from Idaho to Jacksonville, Florida in 1983 and has lived in the sunshine since. To read more of Kathryn’s writings, visit http://kathrynjbain.com/.


  1. God's love "comes from how great He is." Amen! Thank God for that! Awesome post, Kathryn.

    Great blog here, Tristine, and beautiful artwork. I could spend all day browsing. ;-)

    1. Dora, Thank you so much for stopping by. And you are right it definitely comes from who He is, not who we are.

  2. Kathryn,
    I'm a fellow ACFW member! I love this post. We live in a hurting world. You never know when even one person may read the words you have written and feel God's precious love and be comforted by them.
    Bless you my special ACFW friend!

    1. Back at ya, Katt. Glad you stopped by. I'm glad you enjoyed it, and thank you for the awesome words.

  3. Dora, feel free to browse as long as you want! I'm glad you enjoyed Kathryn's post, too! Come back often.

  4. Great post with truths we do need to remember daily, Kathy. Like the title of your blog, Tristine.

    1. Thanks for stopping by Ann. Sometimes I need hourly reminders.

  5. Great reminders to keep us grounded, Kathryn. I loved Breathless and look forward to reading more from you.

    1. Great to hear from you LoRee. I'm glad you enjoyed Breathless. I do have a novella that released in March, but it's only avaiable on e-book called "Game of Hearts". It's humorous women's fiction in case you're interested. The sequel to "Breathless" will be out later this year. It's at the publishers as we speak.

  6. "Be generous"

    A good man deals graciously and lends… Psalms 112:5 (NKJV)

    There are definite and undeniable traits that mark the "good man," the righteous person, the person who has been truly touched by the hand of God. And one such trait is a spirit of graciousness and generosity.
    God is a giver. He gave life to man, He gave Eve to Adam, He gave them both a warning, and He gave them a covering for their nakedness. God gave Cain protection, He gave Noah instruction on how to survive the Great Flood, He gave the rainbow as a sign of His covenant, and He gave Abraham promises that seemed impossible and even laughable. God gave Joseph dreams, power, prestige, and the wisdom to use them for His glory.

    God's giving nature graces every story and scenario in scripture. From Moses' commission to Daniel's visions, the current of giving flows strong and steady until we finally come to the central moment in history, that moment in which God gave us His own Son as an eternal sacrifice for our sin.

    Suffice it to say, our God is a giver. And if we're His children, then we ought to reflect this trait in our Father by being a good person who deals graciously and lends to others. We should view each and every opportunity to be generous as an opportunity to express the new spiritual life that's in us by virtue of our being in Christ.

    Something is wrong if we're not gracious and willing to lend towards the needs of others. Whether it's time, money, know-how, or anything else that the Lord has entrusted to us, He wants us to be generous with it.
    Giving God, examine our hearts and show us if we're growing in the spirit of generosity…and help us identify and overcome anything that would be holding us back in this regard.

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