Christmas isn’t over….there is one last gift…..

by: Stephanne Morris Marsh

If you are like me, the day after Christmas is really hard! All of that build up, all of that preparation, and poof! It is done. Over. Gone. If you are feeling a little rumpled in spirit today (a little Anne of Green Gables reference for all of you Anne aficionados out there), remember that you still have a Perfect Gift that never ends. Jesus is the gift that continuously gives, with no strings attached. He gives us unconditional love, no matter what we have done or where we are. There is not one single thing in this world (or out of it!) that can make Him stop loving you. His love is perfect and unlimited and is NEVER subject to variations. He doesn’t love you less because of what you have done or even haven’t done.  We are the ones that put those limitations on His love, and those limitations are false, and completely without truth. Hang with me here!

I know that there have been many, many times in my life that I have thought that I was unlovable, or even worse, unforgiveable.  But those are lies, straight from the pits of hell.  If you think that you are personally capable of causing the God of the universe to love you any more or any less, let me help you.  You, my friend, are not that powerful.  Jeremiah 31:3 tells us that “I have loved you with an everlasting love, therefore I have continued my faithfulness to you.” Everlasting means never ending!  He loves us with an EVERLASTING love. 

If you feel far away from Him, or feel as though He can’t possibly love you, I would wager to guess that you just might be basing it off of YOUR feelings and YOUR behavior. When we are unhappy with our behavior, we tend to feel unworthy of HIS love.  When we feel unworthy of His love, then we tend to withdraw from Him and spending time in His presence, and even though it was us that chose to withdraw, usually out of guilt, we tend to feel and tell ourselves that God is withholding Himself from us until we get back to where we need to be.  This is a vicious cycle; one I have found myself in too many times to count, and one I observe my friends in as well.

When you base whether or not you are loved by Jesus off of your feelings, then you open your heart and mind up to the lies and trickery of the evil one.  Think about the person or people you love most in the world. Think about your relationship with your children, or if you don’t have children, think about your relationship with your parents. Is there ANYTHING that your child could do to keep you from loving them? I would wager to say that there isn’t.  You might be disappointed with their actions, but I would bet my bottom dollar that you would still defend them to the point of death.  If you don’t have children, think about the love your parents had for you.  If you are still alive and kicking, I have no doubts that your parents sacrificed MUCH to ensure your success. The love our parents had for us and the love we have for our children is absolutely NOTHING compared to the love that God has for each of us.  It isn’t even in the same league.  We can’t comprehend the great and everlasting love that He has for us.  All we can do is read the TRUTH (the words He gives us in the Bible) and ask Him to help us receive and believe by faith that truth. 

Romans 8:38-39 38 And I am convinced that nothing can ever separate us from God’s love. Neither death nor life, neither angels nor demons, neither our fears for today nor our worries about tomorrow—not even the powers of hell can separate us from God’s love. 39 No power in the sky above or in the earth below—indeed, nothing in all creation will ever be able to separate us from the love of God that is revealed in Christ Jesus our Lord.

Psalm 13:5 But I trust in your unfailing love; my heart rejoices in your salvation.

Deuteronomy 33:27 The eternal God is your refuge, and underneath are the everlasting arms.

1 John 4:15-16, 18 If anyone acknowledges that Jesus is the Son of God, God lives in him and he in God.  And so we know and rely on the love God has for us. God is love. Whoever lives in love lives in God, and God in him. There is no fear in love. But perfect love drives out fear, because fear has to do with punishment. The one who fears is not made perfect in love.

He is always waiting on us to draw near to Him.  He is always waiting with His arms wide open.  He loves us with an everlasting love, no matter what we have done.  James 4:8 says, “Come near to God and He will come near to you.” So, crawl up in His lap today! He is waiting for you to press into Him, and lean on His everlasting arms, so that He can lavish you with His love. And speaking of LAVISH – (Lavish is one of my very favorite words!!)

Have you ever read Ephesians?? Just read Ephesians chapter 1 verses 7 and 8. I love the word lavished. It’s so luxurious!! In Jesus, God “lavished on us” (1:8) the “riches of God’s Grace” (1:7). There is no end to God’s favor. All of the riches of God’s grace are being poured out on you, now and forever. This doesn’t mean that you will be given everything that you want in this life. Not at all. What it does mean is that whatever comes your way, no matter what happens to you, Jesus will be there, working in each situation as long as you give it to Him. How insanely awesome is that?

I’ve been meditating on the Word of The Lord, day and night. I’ve been earnestly seeking His face. I can tell you, when you seek, you will find. When you ask, He will answer you. This is what I have learned:

Every answer we need, for every problem we have, can be found in God’s Word. When you are going through a tough time, it is not enough to know that God’s answer to the problem is “somewhere in the Bible”. Find the scripture in which God has promised the solution. Meditate on it until the truth of that scripture is revealed to you. If you don’t know where to start, google it! Seriously! The internet can tell you where to find scriptures for whatever you are looking for. It’s a great place to start. Or, look under key words in the back of the Bible. But be ready. When you search with an open heart, you will find what you seek, and oh, so very much more.

Proverbs 4:20–22
20 My son, give attention to my words; incline your ear to my sayings. 21 Do not let them depart from your eyes; keep them in the midst of your heart; 22 for they are life to those who find them, and health to all their flesh.

God has given us a sure way to receive the answers to our problems and challenges. It is His Word. Every answer or solution we need is found in the Bible. Find your answer today. Stop looking everywhere else. Go straight to the source and tell fear where to go. Let God lavish you with the perfect gift of His love today.

If after making it all the way through this blog post you still need something to lift your spirits and make you giggle, then might I suggest you read a story I wrote about a day when I was a very bad and naughty little girl? It is called, “Soda crackers and Fanny” and you can read it here.

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