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The tears of August: Only love remains

August 31, 2015
The greatest is love
1 Corinthians 13:13 But now faith, hope, and love remain; these three virtues must characterize our lives. The greatest of these is love.
Two loved ones connected to friends and another person bonded to my heart by my ministry finished the circle of life and passed into eternity this month. Certainly when the calendar turned to August 1, 2015, their families never imagined they would be saying good-bye.
We’re never ready to say goodbye.
Death changes everything. The new normal never fits – it’s awkward, it’s painful, it’s stressful and it can bring regrets.  
It is good to love well (1 Peter 4:8), forgive easily, be truly present and let loved ones know they matter.  
Because.
Once death arrives we no longer have a chance to love. We'll either have wonderful memories or deep regrets. 

Choose love.

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Romans 8:38-39 For I have every confidence that nothing—not death, life, heavenly messengers, dark spirits, the present, the future, spiritual powers, height, depth, nor any created thing—can come between us and the love of God revealed in the Anointed, Jesus our Lord. 

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There's nothing you did to earn it! And it will not be withdrawn from you! 
 It's called GRACE! 


"We may feel at times that God has departed us from us, but that is when we have to believe his Word rather than our feelings." ~ RC Sproul

Definition of grace: 
a :  unmerited divine assistance given humans for their regeneration or sanctification
b :  a virtue coming from God
c :  a state of sanctification enjoyed through divine grace