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Welcome to GracePoint Church where we are committed to helping you take your next step toward better knowing and serving a holy God of grace and truth

If your love for God and each other is going to grow, we must find motivation in something beyond our own feelings. These weeks leading up to Easter can help us take a deeper look at the real love that sent Jesus to the cross for us and use it as a motivation for loving God and others more.

“So we have come to know and to believe the love that God has for us. God is love, and whoever abides in love abides in God, and God abides in him” (1 John 4:16).

We know real love by how much it costs the one who loves us. Christ’s sacrifice of personal comfort and even His own sinless life given on a cross for us illustrates incredible love.

We know real love by how little we deserve it. Believers should have a ready heart of repentance from sin because we understand that we are undeserving of Jesus’ love and that He loved us before we were ‘lovable’. (Romans 5:5-8)

We know real love by the incredible benefits we receive by being loved. It’s one thing to love someone back for giving us a birthday card, but another to love someone for giving us eternal salvation of our souls. Jesus died to make us part of his family now and forever. (1 John 3:1-3)

We know real love by a person’s readiness to freely give that love to us. Although I may thank and even tip a restaurant server, I expected that service as an exchange for my money. On the other hand, no one has to force a true “loved one” to care for us when we are desperately ill. Christ willingly loved us without constrain or obligation. (John 10:18) How does my love back to Christ and my love for others measure up to this kind of REAL love?

With these motivations in mind, let’s take these next five weeks to take personal steps toward knowing and serving God and others with this kind of love.

From a Shepherd’s Heart,
Pastor Perry Kallis


 

It never gets old... having a grandchild beam with joy when they see me! We adults can sometimes fake that kind of exuberance, but not kids. That honest light of recognitions and delight that crosses their faces illustrates how the Apostle Paul describes a healthy connection to Christ when he states, “ until we all attain to the unity of the faith and the KNOWLEDGE of the Son of God”. A mark of spiritual maturity is recognizing Christ’s Lordship in every circumstance of daily life. That will be our motivating theme this upcoming Sunday from the book of Ephesians.

 

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