renewalofhope

Help for Hurting Hearts

WHEN LOVE CHANGES THINGS

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God’s all-consuming love for us is demonstrated in Christ who died upon a cross. Through the blood of Christ we became His adopted children. We are no longer lost, but have a destination. The original design for love entered the world with God’s spoken word “Let there be.”

Even with all the frailty and poor decisions of humanity, God’s love has not ceased. Oh, yes the great flood came, but then so did the rainbow and God’s covenant. Have you ever asked yourself what love is? Love is giving and not expecting anything back. It’s more than a feeling; it’s a choice followed by action.

Do you remember the lyrics, “Love Makes the World go Round”?  Scripture expounds on love.

And now these three remain: faith, hope, and love.
But the greatest of these is love. 
1 Corinthians 13:13

Whoever does not love does not know God, because God is love.
 John 4:8

We all have stories to share that describe God’s love in our lives.  I recall one event that changed our family forever. It began with a choice followed by an action—the decision to foster a child.

My step-daughter and her husband already had two daughters, Hannah and Cherise, but they wanted to make a difference in a child’s life who didn’t have a loving home.

I’ll never forget the day Cathy and Teharu, along with Hannah, brought their foster daughter over to meet us. A fragile five-year-old little girl, with big brown eyes—soulful eyes that seemed to say, “Please, love me.”

Throughout the day Sophia kept going to Grandpa John, who sat in his recliner. She’d stand there and talk with him. They laughed and seemed to understand one another on a deeper level.

After they left, John placed his hand over his heart and said, “Karen, they have to keep her, because she’s already in my heart.”

They adopted Sophia, who’s no longer a child who has no place to call home. Today, Sophia attends a Christian school and is doing exceptionally well with her school work. But the joy is in seeing those big brown eyes sparkling with love and excitement about her future.

For God so loved the world He gave His only begotten Son,
that whoever believes in Him shall not perish but have eternal life.

John 3: 16

 Share your story of God’s love with others. It’s what makes the world go round.

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Author: renewalofhope

Karen Kosman is an inspirational speaker and author who offers hope to hurting hearts. She brings laughter and tears to her audience through sound biblical truth and her personal story. Her diversified life experiences enable her to speak on many of life's most difficult topics.

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