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Monday, March 31, 2008

Jesus - the Same Yesterday, Today and Always

I am preparing to send out the second part of my Devotionals and Bible Studies newsletter. It will include reviews of devotionals that people have suggested and that I have used. I was reading through one of the suggested devotionals today, Little Pillows. It's a sweet, small book of devotions that are especially touching and deep - though written in somewhat antiquated language. One devotion that I read today was quite nurturing to my own soul. It talked of the fact that Jesus is the same.

The author encouraged you to recount the times when you have felt so close to Jesus, bathed in His love and accepted by Him. Then she reminded us that if you are not feeling that way today, it's not because Jesus loves you any less. His love for you, His acceptance - total and complete joy and delight in you - has not changed one bit. It's because you have drawn away from Him and perhaps believed that He does not feel that way about you right now. The truth is: His feelings for you have not changed. He still feels the same about you as He did when you felt His love so fully.

Jesus stands with His arms just as open, just as ready to forgive and forget and help you with your struggles, sins and attitudes; He's just as willing to embrace you and nurture you with His tender mercy. Turn to Him and receive His love.

Jesus is the same; He never changes.

That's so comforting to me. I hope it blesses you today as well.

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