“Tell them…”

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Tell them…

I asked God what I should write about in my blog today.
And He replied, “Tell them that I love them.”

And I said, “But God, that message feels too simple for these complex times.”
And He replied, “Tell them that I love them.”

So I asked, “Who is ‘them’, Lord?”
And He replied:

“The refugees at the airports – as well as the hundreds of thousands who can’t even begin to get to an airport to go anywhere. I love them. They are made in My image. And I sent Jesus to die to take the punishment for their sin because I want to have a relationship with them. Tell them – by words and deeds – that I love them.

But tell the protestors, too – the ones you agree with and the ones that you don’t. The ones yelling on Facebook, those gathering at airports and the ones marching in the streets. Tell them I love them. They are made in My image. And I sent Jesus to die to take the punishment for their sin because I want to have a relationship with them. Tell them – by words and deeds – that I love them.

While you are at it, tell those wrestling with abortion – those who are for it and those who are against it. Those who had one and are proud of the fact and those have had one and are dying inside every day. Tell them I love them. They are made in My image. And I sent Jesus to die to take the punishment for their sin because I want to have a relationship with them. Tell them – by words and deeds – that I love them.

Don’t forget the forgotten – those who are not in the popular spotlight at the moment. Like the children living around the world who are starving – some for love, some for protection, some for food, some for clean water, some for a family. Or your brothers and sisters in Christ in many lands who are being executed daily because they will not deny Me. Tell them I love them. They are made in My image. And I sent Jesus to die to take the punishment for their sin because I want to have a relationship with them. Tell them – by words and deeds – that I love them.

And the list goes on.
The abused or neglected child just down the street.
The mentally ill.
Those who claim the name of Christ.
And those who do not.
Those who are crying out for someone to tell them about Me and those who have no use for Me.
The hundreds of people groups around the world who have never heard the name of Jesus and have no recorded language – and therefore, they don’t have My Word in their language.
And the millions of people who have the My Word but only use it for decoration, entertainment or back-biting.
The politicians you like.
And the ones you dislike.
The people you agree with.
And the ones that make you scratch your head in disbelief.
The guy in the next cubicle who makes strange noises each day, all day.
And the girl in the car next to you who is texting as she drives.
The stranger who does a small act of kindness – and the one who treats you like dirt.

For all of these people, tell them I love them. They are made in My image. And I sent Jesus to die to take the punishment for their sin because I want to have a relationship with them. Tell them – by words and deeds – that I love them.”

“But Lord,” I replied. “That list is TOO long! I am just one person! How can I possibly do that?”

“The King replied, ‘I assure you and most solemnly say to you, to the extent that you did it for one of these brothers of Mine, even the least of them, you did it for Me. So here is what that looks like:
Love the Lord your God – ME – with all your heart, soul and mind – and love your neighbor as yourself.
Because you love Me, go and make disciples of every nation, baptizing them in My name, as well as the Son and Holy Spirit, teaching them to obey everything I have commanded.
Pray for all people. Ask Me to help them; intercede on their behalf, and give thanks for them. Pray this way for kings and all who are in authority so that you can live peaceful and quiet lives marked by godliness and dignity.
Bless those who curse you and pray for those who treat you badly.
Forgive as you have been forgiven.
Do unto others as you would have them do unto you.
And be careful how you live. Don’t live like a fool, but like those who are wise. Make the most of every opportunity in these evil days. Don’t act thoughtlessly, but understand what I want you to do.
I want you understand the incredible greatness of My power for you who believe Me. This is the same mighty power that raised Christ from the dead and seated him in the place of honor at My right hand in the heavenly realms. Now He is far above any ruler or authority or power or leader or anything else—not only in this world but also in the world to come.”

(Matthew 25; Matthew 22; Matthew 28; I Timothy 2; Matthew 5-7; Ephesians 5; Ephesians 1)

So, my friend, here is my post for today:
God loves you. He sent Jesus to die to take the punishment for your sin because He wants to have a relationship with you. Yes, you. No caveats – and no exceptions. If you already knew that and have accepted it as fact in your life, then tell someone else. By word and by deed. If you are not sure how to reach those close to you or far away, let’s talk. There are some awesome ways for you to make an eternal impact in your neighborhood and around the world.

And if you didn’t know it or aren’t sure about it, I would love to talk with you about it. Because it really is true. God loves you.

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