Pastor's February 2024 Letter
Dear Beloved of Faith Family Fellowship,
Greetings in the name of the Lord! As we move into the month of February we have a traditionally celebrated day called Valentine’s Day
I would like for us to reflect on this day of exchanging cards with hearts on them and think about the heart of God. What kind of heart is it that God has toward mankind that He would so willingly offer His only begotten Son on the Cross to shed His blood and die for the sins of the world? What kind of heart is it that would willingly be wounded for our transgressions and bruised for our iniquities?
As I was dwelling on this truth of what Jesus did for us, I realized that only the pure and holy compassionate heart of God was capable of conceiving such unconditional love for humanity. Even when we turned every one to his own way, the Lord laid on Him the iniquity of us all. Yet it pleased the Lord to bruise Him. To make Him an offering for sin. To let Him pour out His life unto death. And thus satisfy the great compassionate heart of God in justifying you and me (Isaiah 53:3-12).
The Bible says in John 3:16 (Amplified):
"For God so greatly loved and dearly prized the world that He (even) gave up His only begotten(unique) Son, so whoever believes in (trust, clings to, relies on) Him shall not perish-- come to destruction, be lost-- but have eternal(everlasting )life."
Take time today to meditate on how great a heart of love and compassion God has toward you. Ephesians 2:4-6 says it aptly:
“But God - So rich is He in His mercy! Because of and in order to satisfy the great and wonderful and intense love with which He loved us. Even when we were dead (slain) by our own shortcomings and trespasses, He made us alive together in fellowship and in union with Christ -- He gave us the very life of Christ Himself, the same new life with which He quickened Him. (For) it is by grace -- by His favor and mercy which you did not deserve -- that you are saved (delivered from judgment and made partakers of Christ’s salvation). And He raised us up together with Him and made us sit down together -- giving us joint seating with Him -- in the heavenly sphere by virtue of our being) in Christ Jesus, the Messiah, the Anointed One” –Amplified.
How much God loves us. How great was the price He paid in sending His Son to redeem us back into right relationship and fellowship with Himself. How much He desires to be our Father God and to reveal His heart and His will for our lives to us daily by His Spirit through His Word. As He has shown His heart to us and given His heart to us in the Person of His Son, Jesus, let’s show Him our heart of love for Him. Let’s give Him our heart daily as we grow in relationship and fellowship with Him and with one another. ( I John 4:16)
Happiness: is outward or external.