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GOD LOVES YOU!

by Charlyne Steinkamp
 

Do you feel unloved today? You are loved with an everlasting love! Do not ask yourself, “Is there anyone who really loves me?” The answer is a huge, “Yes!”
 

But God demonstrates his own love for us in this: While we were still sinners, Christ died for us.  Romans 5:8
 
God loves you, more than anyone else. He loves you so much that He sent His only Son to die for you.   
 

Know therefore that the Lord your God is God; he is the faithful God, keeping his covenant of love to a thousand generations of those who love him and keep his commandments.  Deuteronomy 7:9
 
You may have been looking for love in all the wrong places. You may have placed your hopes and your dreams in the things of this world. But the things of this world are ever-changing and often not what they seem. When the one you loved walked away and rejected you, it may have made you feel unwanted and worthless. That is why you feel like there is nobody who loves you. Today, believe in God’s amazing love. Know in your heart that it will never be taken from you. God is your place of safety as your world has been turned upside down by circumstances. Unlike people, God does not lie or change His Words.
 
He has promised to love you – always.

  • Give thanks to the Lord, for he is good. His love endures forever.  Psalm 136:1

God’s love is your refuge when the enemy attacks and circumstances leave you reeling.

  • Show the wonder of your great love, you who save by your right hand those who take refuge in you from their foes.  Psalm 17:7

God’s love is a healing love when our hearts are broken and our hopes are dashed.

  • He heals the brokenhearted and binds up their wounds.  Psalm 147:3

God’s love is unconditional. Regardless of what you have done or said, regardless of where you are in your life, He loves you.

  • “But I will not take my love from him, nor will I ever betray my faithfulness. I will not violate my covenant or alter what my lips have uttered.”  Psalm 89:33-34

God’s love is eternal.

  • “Give thanks to the LORD, for he is good; his love endures forever.”  1 Chronicles 16:34

God’s love is sacrificial.

  • “For God so loved the world that he gave his one and only Son, that whoever believes in him shall not perish but have eternal life.”  John 3:16

When your heart is bleeding, you are hurting and feeling rejected, ask Jesus to mend and heal your broken heart. When you are confused and frightened, ask Him to light up your pathway with His bright light. When you are feeling alone and lonely, invite Jesus to be your Husband for this season of your life. When you are wandering in the wilderness, ask Him to guide and direct you to His place of safety. When you are feeling unloved, open your Bible and read His love message to you – the gift of His amazing love.
 

We wait in hope for the LORD; he is our help and our shield. In him our hearts rejoice, for we trust in his holy name. May your unfailing love rest upon us, O LORD, even as we put our hope in you.  Psalm 33:20-22
 
Do you remember your wedding day? Have you read the commitment, the vows and the covenant that you were speaking to your beloved husband or wife that special day? I pray that you will allow the Holy Spirit to speak His hope of resurrecting your hurting or dead marriage. Believe in the power of the Holy Spirit to touch and change your spouse’s calloused heart as you pray for the Lord to have your husband or wife to have a Damascus Road experience.
 
The greatest gift you can give your husband or wife this month is to pray daily for their salvation. Pray for them to repent and accept or rededicate their heart to Jesus Christ as Savior and Lord of their life. Then the Lord will do the rest in bringing them “to their senses” and back home to your marriage. Jesus Christ died on the cross for all sinners including your beloved spouse, so let’s pray for their heart to be transformed today!

Thank you, sincerely, for your prayers and for your continued financial support of Rejoice Marriage Ministries. You make it possible for us to minister to hurting and fractured families. May you rejoice with us in every marriage that is restored, and with each person who is led into a personal relationship with our Lord Jesus Christ.

We thank you for being used by God to keep Rejoice Marriage Ministries alive and ever-growing. May He bless what you have done.
 

Marrying God is Marrying Your Spouse

by Carim in Florida
 

Today more than ever the enemy wishes to tear down what God built up. God created marriage which takes love and respect as keys to a healthy godly union. Satan has already lost the battle even in marriages, but without marrying God we will be defeated time and time again. A Christ-centered lifestyle leads to a Christ-centered married life just as a sinful lifestyle leads to a life of death, spiritual death that is. If we just stop and think about the one key thing that separates us from the world, accepting Christ and living a godly life lead by God Himself, then our marriages would be beautiful.
 
Picture a garden with weeds and beautiful flowers trying to grow through the weeds. Now picture a well watered garden without the bad weeds, and picture beautiful blooms coming from that garden. This is the same for a marriage stemming from a relationship with God by both husband and wife. You are both bound for beauty in your marriage if you both stay in union with God as the head of your marriage. Remember, without the leading of the Holy Spirit, a man cannot lead his wife and without the leading from a godly husband it is a greater challenge for a wife to come to full understanding of godly submission. Everything stems from God that is good. Every leading, every decision, and every lesson learned that is good happens when God is in the center of it all. Surrender your heart today and draw closer to God and watch your marriage go from glory to glory.

“I am the true vine, and my Father is the vinedresser. Every branch in me that does not bear fruit he takes away, and every branch that does bear fruit he prunes, that it may bear more fruit. Already you are clean because of the word that I have spoken to you. Abide in me, and I in you. As the branch cannot bear fruit of itself, unless it abides in the vine, neither can you, unless you abide in me. I am the vine; you are the branches. He who abides in me, and I in him, bears much fruit, for without me you can do nothing.”  John 15:1-5 (NKJV)

From a Stander in Holland
“I am a male stander and have been divorced for a couple of years. God has kept unconditional love in my heart for my wife. Earlier during a trip to Brazil, I had the opportunity to drive up Corcovado Mountain towards the statue of Jesus Christ hovering over Rio. The road up the mountain is narrow, difficult and very beautiful. The Spirit showed me that the road towards marriage restoration is the same.
 
Recently, I again drove up the Corcovado Mountain in Rio and noticed, again, that the road is narrow, difficult and ALSO VERY HOT. It is not only beautiful but has great rewards for the one who completes the journey. The statue and the chapel at the back are wonderful, powerful, and very encouraging and the views over Rio are truly magnificent.
 
Again the Spirit showed me last week in Rio, that the road towards restoration of my “dead” marriage is narrow, difficult, very hard ( hot) and not only beautiful, but also has huge rewards if I complete the journey. I will stand hand in hand again with my beloved wife and God will be in the center after our miracle and we will pray together daily. Praise God for this vision and dream.”

A MONTH OF LOVE

 
“But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness and self control. Against such things there is no law.”  Galatians 5:22‑23
 
Each year we hear from some standers how difficult February can be. It is a time when the media is bombarding us with advertising implying that love, by their standards, represents expensive gifts and happy times this month. Most of the people who will be reading these words would settle for a far less demonstration of love from a prodigal spouse. For many, their spouse’s love is being given to a third person.
 
What can you do? Above all else, allow the love of your Heavenly Father to be your source of fulfilment. Do you realize that He will never fail you? He will never be unfaithful, nor will He ever lie to you. You must come to the point where God’s love for you stands in for the missing love of your mate.
 
Secondly, we encourage you during February to express agape love, in the name of Jesus, to another person of the same sex. Our churches and neighborhoods are filled with lonely and hurting people. Your taking time to share the love of Christ with them, through a plate of cookies, an invitation to a meal, or shoveling their walk, will do wonders for how you feel, how you view your circumstances, as well as for that other person. Someone near you could come to Christ because you turned your February feelings of hurt and abandonment, feeling unloved, into action in the name of Jesus. Follow His leading and show someone just how much Jesus loves them this February.

Have you forgiven your spouse? Have you forgiven the other person? Were you wounded as a child? Have you forgiven that person? Unforgiveness can become a cancer destroying your own life and marriage. If you really don’t forgive your husband or wife when they are gone, when your spouse comes home, often they will not stay due to your unforgiveness and lack of trust.

This teaching will change more lives than any other teaching. Jesus teaches us that we are to forgive 490 times a day! Forgiveness is mandatory by the Lord and a vital key to every marriage restoration. Have you forgiven your spouse today?
 

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