God’s Love in 2016

When I bake my cranberry mincemeat pie on New Year’s Eve, it is a celebration of the year that is coming to a close. I look back and see the goodness of God in our world and in my life. The media and many people posting on social media regard 2016 with sorrow. How can any day lived with a loving God be sorrowful?

Do we believe God’s love ever fails us? Not so, wrote the apostle Paul.

Who shall separate us from the love of Christ? Shall tribulation, or distress, or persecution, or famine, or nakedness, or danger, or sword? Romans 8:35 (ESV)

For I am sure that neither death nor life, nor angels nor rulers, nor things present nor things to come, nor powers, nor height nor depth, nor anything else in all creation, will be able to separate us from the love of God in Christ Jesus our Lord. Romans 8:38-39 (ESV)
Do we believe God quit working for our good?
And we know that for those who love God all things work together for good, for those who are called according to his purpose. Romans 8:28 (ESV)

No, in all these things we are more than conquerors through him who loved us. Romans 8:37 (ESV)

For from him and through him and to him are all things. To him be glory forever. Amen. Romans 11:36 (ESV)

 For “God has put all things in subjection under his feet.” But when it says, “all things are put in subjection,” it is plain that he is excepted who put all things in subjection under him. 1 Corinthians 15:27 (ESV)

And God is able to make all grace abound to you, so that having all sufficiency in all things at all times, you may abound in every good work. 2 Corinthians 9:8 (ESV)

In him we have obtained an inheritance, having been predestined according to the purpose of him who works all things according to the counsel of his will. Ephesians 1:11 (ESV)
We cannot look back at 2016 with anything but gratitude for a faithful God who loves this world, our nation, our family and friends, more than we could love in an entire lifetime. Our love for an eternity is worthless compared to God’s love. Our wishes for good, our hopes and our dreams, our vision for humanity is nothing but waste, compared to God’s love. We may see ourselves as the most accepting, the most compassionate, but without God’s love we do not comprehend what true acceptance is. Acceptance can only be realized in God’s love.
     Our God gave us a year of abundance in blessings and goodness and grace and love and hope. Whether we received it, believed it, and passed it on to others, is something we need to consider as we come to the end of the year. If we refused God’s love in 2016, we do not want to turn from His love in 2017.
     Look back and let God show you His love.

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