Sept. 1, 2020 God Loves You - Father Michael's Words To LIve By

For God so loved the world that He gave His only Son, so that everyone

who believes in him may not perish but have eternal life. ~ John 3:16

Greetings!  Father Michael here from Christ Church Coronado with this week’s Words to Live By.  I pray that you are doing well and staying safe and healthy in this

difficult time of separation.

Many years ago, in my early pastoral ministry, I heard Dr. H.B. London preach a sermon entitled: "God Loves You." His challenge was simply this:  "God loves you as though you were the only person in the world to love and that makes you a very special person."

St. John in his gospel offers this same beautiful thought:  "For God so loved the world that He came in person just for you – as though there was only you in the world!”

That is a truth our people should hear over and over again. That they are loved in a unique way by Almighty God. What a great message! If people could, as little children, embrace that truth, the spiritual journey would be so much easier for them. When they struggle with that truth, faith always seems difficult.

What about you? Do you believe and understand that God loves you as though you were the only person in the entire world to love? He loves you to that degree.

The battles you engage in are God’s battles. The circumstances you face are familiar to God. The burdens you bear may be placed on God’s shoulders. You are more than a conqueror through God who loves you and gave Himself for you. Nothing will ever be able to separate you from the love of God.

So many influences in the world would like to discourage us by getting us to believe we are simply "one in a billion." Do not ever believe that, my friend ... you are one that God loves as though you were the only one. God's love for you is the greatest love story ever written ... and it was written just for you.

“See what love the Father has given us that we should be called children of God; and that is what we are.

I am convinced that these are wise and wonderful words to live by.  May it be so – in your life – today and always.  God bless you.

Blessings,

Fr. Michael Tinnon+