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God’s love is purifying as fire is to gold, separating the dross from the precious.  There is nothing more amazing than His redeeming love.  The entire Bible is a testament to His love.  Without that love, how could there have been forgiveness and redemption?

“For he has rescued us from the dominion of darkness and brought us into the kingdom of the Son he loves, in whom we have redemption…” (Colossians 1: 13-14)

Why does He love us with such an overwhelming love?  “But when the kindness and love of God our savior appeared, he saved us, not because of righteous things we had done, but because of his mercy.  He saved us through the washing of rebirth and renewal by the Holy Spirit…” (Titus 3:4-5)  Why did He send His only Son to die for us? Why would He keep pulling us out of the mire that we ourselves have created by poor choices and sin?  Why else but amazing love!

A young woman sits alone and abandoned, starving in a dark, dank alleyway.  She is weary, sick, and dirty.  She has sold herself to stay alive, all the while dying from the inside out.  She has no hope; she does not even understand what real love is, for she has never been shown any.  Little does she know that all this time a Prince has been fighting for her – One whom she did not even know.  Suddenly, He is there, standing before her.  He has won the battle with His blood; all she must do is go away with Him.  His radiant splendor makes her feel all the more filthy, but her heart longs to receive what He wants to give her. He offers His hand and with it His heart, His protection, and His cleansing touch.  It will cost her nothing and everything.  “Come now, let us reason together,” He says.  “Though your sins be like scarlet, they shall be white as snow; though they be as red as crimson, they shall be like wool.”  She shrinks back into the shadows, for she knows that to be purified, she must first step into the light and be stripped bare – each flaw and blemish apparent to all.  He is tenderly relentless in His pursuit of her though; she is His desire.  “Come away with me and be my love.  I have called you by name; you are mine.  Forever I will keep you; I will never leave you or forsake you.”  Still she hesitates.  “Who is here to cast stones at you?  Come unto me, for I have redeemed your life,” He calls gently, still offering His hand.  “Though the mountains be shaken, yet my faithful love will stand, reaching to the highest of heights.  It will be my everlasting covenant with you.”  How could you redeem this?  What could possibly be paid to save me?  What could I possibly be worth?” cries the young woman, desperation tingeing her voice.  She is tired of being miserable, alone and forgotten.  Could this be true?  How she wants to believe Him!  “My life, beloved, is what has been paid.  You have always been worth it to me. Come; let me make you mine.”

Hear Him calling you; He will not give up until He has claimed His bride . “Come to me; come, let me make you my own; come and step into a never-ending dream.”  He promises that you will be always loved and never alone, always forgiven and never forgotten.  He promises to shower you with His goodness and to cover you with robes of righteousness.  He sees the hidden depths of your heart, and the knowledge of it is safe in His loving hands.  He will melt you with His love and captivate all of you.  He will make you His immaculate treasure, free of blemish and clothed with light and splendor.  Will you take His hand?

Dig deeper by checking out these verses:  Isaiah 1:18,  43:1,  44:22,  54:10,  5,  5:3;  Jeremiah 31:3;  Lamentations 3:22-24;  Psalms 36:5 & 7,  42:7-8,  57:10;  Hosea 2:19 ; John 8:1-11;  Romans 5:6-8.

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