Accepted in the Beloved

“To the praise of the glory of His grace, wherein He hath made us accepted in the Beloved.” Eph 1:6
“For He knoweth our frame; He remembereth that we are dust.” Ps 103:14
In these contemporary times, numerous studies have shown that the incidence of depression has been on the upward trend. Whereas many folks in the poor countries have become helpless victims of abject poverty amid the harsh realities of economic recession, even those in the so-called prosperous nations still have other vices to contend with such as the opioid crisis, radical terrorism and sporadic shootings leading to avoidable loss of precious lives. How about the recent spate of marriage failures, culminating in unprecedented divorce rates with the attendant negative impact on society? In the end, it does appear there is more than enough misery and misfortune to go round.

In the light of all this, one can now easily understand why many feel worthless and rejected – even to the point of contemplating suicide! Afterall, as far as they are concerned, loved ones including family and friends have failed to provide them the much-needed love and support and even the government cares less. Does this apply to you in any way? I have got good news for you today. You have been accepted in Jesus Christ, the Beloved One. God loves you affectionately and now offers you a way out of all the mess and agony. Just think of this as a lifeline and embrace it in a hurry. Stop looking outwards for acceptance. Rather look inwards to the One who created you, the One who can make something precious out of the nothingness of your life.

Just believe in your heart that God raised Jesus from the dead and confess Him as your Lord and Personal Saviour and be saved. Wow, it’s that simple!
You can now ask Him to lead you to a Church where you will get fed and nourished with God’s word so your mind can become renewed to the realities of the new life you have just received. Once you take this bold step, you will soon realize that God will anoint you with the oil of joy and end your mourning forever. He will put on you the garment of praise instead of the spirit of heaviness (Is 61:3) and your life will become beautiful forever. I love you.

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Fragrance of Love

“Let him kiss me with the kisses of his mouth: for thy love is better than wine” Songs of Sol 1:2

Cheer up beloved, it’s a new dawn already! Your long night of weeping is over, you can now step into your day of rejoicing because the fragrant love of the Father has searched you out today.

Our God gave us a perfect example of love in letting go of His only Son for an ungrateful people without any condition. Even on the Cross, the Son still offered heartfelt prayers for His assailants. Little wonder the aroma of His unfailing love has pervaded the entire universe as He continues to beckon to as many who are thirsty and hungry to come drink and eat till everyone is satisfied. Can anyone really resist this kind of love?

Love gives no conditions, you love others with no strings attached, you love the unlovable and forgive the unforgivable. Offence will surely come but you don’t take it because you forgive in advance. You don’t love people because they deserve to be loved, you love them because you are designed to love

Love doesn’t talk down on people, it speaks pleasant uplifting words, recognizing that the power of life and death lies in the tongue. King Solomon, in His God-given wisdom shared in Proverbs 16:24 that pleasant words are as an honeycomb, sweet to the soul, and health to the bones.

Love is so potent: the fragrance of Love conquers the repulsive stench of hate.

To sum up, I have no doubt whatsoever that most, if not all of the problems that plague humanity today can be laid to eternal rest on the altar of love. Love can soften the most hardened of criminals, the soothing balm of love is able to calm frayed nerves. Only love can tell you to apologize even when you are not at fault.
Yes, love is so sweet all the bitterness in this world cannot neutralize it. I love you.

Everlasting Love

Despite the sins and offences of generations of mankind, God’s love for us has never ceased. God’s love for you is permanent, it doesn’t fluctuate. Afterall, you did nothing to earn it, so you would not have to do anything to sustain it. What fluctuates however is your response to His unfailing love, your appreciation of His infinite kindness which is what determines how much of His love you partake of. For instance, Jn 3:16 reveals to us how God so loved the world that He gave up His only Son for the salvation of all. Even 1Tim 2:4 says our Father will rather have all men saved. But all men are not saved yet. Does it mean God loves them any less? Does it mean they are just destined to be excluded from the sweet package of salvation? The answer is an emphatic NO.

So beloved, never think of God as one who is partial and who has favourites because He doesn’t. You and I are His favourites! His love for us is absolute and priceless. It blew my mind to realize He loves us as much as He loves Christ Jn 17:23. What more can we ask for? It’s obvious now that you will only experience and enjoy the love of the Father to the extent that you are willing to acknowledge and embrace it. Accept God’s love gift today in the person of Jesus Christ by confessing Him as your Lord and Saviour, believe and receive Him with all of your heart and His everlasting love for you will become more real to you than ever.

Christ Our Righteousness

wpid-lord-righteousness.jpg Image Credit: Bibledaily.org To start with, very many know that righteousness means to have a right standing with God. However, not many people have the correct knowledge of how to become righteous. At one extreme, several folks are of the opinion that it’s practically impossible to be righteous as humans to the extent that they deem it outright heresy for anyone to profess that they are righteous. Furthermore, a good number of people equally hold the extreme view that all they need to be righteous before God are good works. I am glad to announce that righteousness is a gift! (Rom 5:17) It’s the Father’s gift to us through Christ Jesus, imparting us with a new nature and qualifying us to stand right with Him without any sense of guilt, condemnation, sin-consciousness or inferiority complex (2Cor 5:21). How do I mean? If you have to work hard or labour for it, then it’s not righteousness. The righteousness of works is as filthy rags before God because it cannot satisfy the requirements of the Law Rom3:20. However, Jesus Christ has been made our righteousness (1Cor1:30). He fulfilled every law on our behalf and credited it to our account Rom8:3-4. You become truly righteous by simply believing in your HEART that God raised Jesus Christ from the dead and confessing the Lordship of Jesus with your MOUTH Rom 10:9-10. Your mouth and your heart must agree to get you saved and bring you into a right standing with the Father. This is the New Birth into a new family – the family of God 1John3:1,9-10. It confers on you a new nature – the nature of God. Every family is not without its own customs and traditions. Sin and every evil work is characteristic of the family of the devil. In the family of God, we are divinely empowered by grace to live right and shun all sorts of immorality Rom 6. This is how we live true to our nature. Stay #blessed!!!

MERRY XMAS!!!

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Beloved friends, it’s another golden opportunity to remind ourselves of the unsearchable depths of God’s LOVE for us – if He sacrificed Jesus for us, then no gift is too big for Him to give us! (Rom 8:32)
Arguably, Jesus is God’s greatest gift of love to mankind. Redemption would have remained a mere wish but for this profound, love-motivated sacrifice of our Father.

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Jesus Christ was the seed the Father sowed, we are the glorious harvest He has reaped! What a mystery? Little wonder He calls us sons and daughters (1John3:1). No wonder we have been accepted in the beloved (Eph 1:6).
The Messiah, the sacrificial Lamb took our place and bore our griefs so we need not bear them anymore (Is 53:5).

In conclusion, as we relish the season and enjoy the festive mood, it is of paramount importance that we meditate on these things.
May all that concerns you and yours be perfected in this season IJN. You are truly special to me!
Wishing you a Merry Xmas and a glorious New Year in advance. Cheers!!!β€πŸŒΈπŸ’πŸŒΊ

WHERE IS OUR LOVE?

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“Your actions and words must align to lend credence to your love.”

If it’s only you before you and after you, then where is your love?

Oh…if only we could permit the sweet fragrance of unblemished love to pervade our world, would it not become another heaven on earth?

If that monster of self-conceit and greed is forever banished in our midst like an outcast and condemned to the eternally bottomless pit it belongs, even generations yet unborn will reap the fruits