Beautiful video about adoption

Someone just shared this “I Like Adoption” YouTube  video with me.  Sitting at my computer crying while watching it, I realized I wanted to share it, too.  Hope you find it encouraging today.  Even if adoption doesn’t apply to your life right now, it’s a beautiful demonstration of unconditional love.

Thanks for watching.

 

Convinced

For I am sure that neither death nor life, nor angels nor rulers, nor things present nor things to come, nor powers, nor height nor depth, nor anything else in all creation, will be able to separate us from the love of God in Christ Jesus our Lord.

Romans 8:38-39 (ESV)

“Remind me who I am to You”

Today I wanted to share the song “Remind Me Who I Am” by Jason Gray.

He sings,

Tell me once again who I am to You, who I am to You

Tell me lest I forget who I am to You, that I belong to You

…I’m the one You love

That will be enough

This means that anyone who belongs to Christ has become a new person. The old life is gone; a new life has begun!

2 Corinthians 5:17 (NLT)

But whenever someone turns to the Lord, the veil is taken away. For the Lord is the Spirit, and wherever the Spirit of the Lord is, there is freedom.   So all of us who have had that veil removed can see and reflect the glory of the Lord. And the Lord—who is the Spirit—makes us more and more like him as we are changed into his glorious image.

2 Corinthians 3:16-18 (NLT)

I really needed to hear this song recently. I had been reminded of some past sin, of some things that were a part of my life before I became a Christian.  And it seems like not everyone, including many other Christians, can relate.  So I was feeling alone, and like I used to be a bad person. And you know what, part of me was a bad person before I became a Christian, because we are all sinners and fall short of the glory of God.  But I have been forgiven, transformed, by Jesus’ blood on the cross. Nothing can change that. I am a new person in Christ and the former things have passed away.

And I am definitely not alone. God was reminding me of these things, perhaps to remind me to be humble, perhaps to remind me what’s really important on my Christian walk, maybe something else entirely, but most importantly…who I am to Him. I belong to Him now.

I love this song and this video.  Don’t miss how the signs in pictures change to ‘beloved’.

Have you been transformed by the blood of Jesus?  Then don’t forget who you are to Him.

“Remind Me Who I Am” by Jason Gray

More about Strength to Love

I decided to revisit Monday’s post and put the quote from MLK Jr. in context.   It comes from the passage below from the book Strength to Love, which is a compilation of many of Dr. King’s famous sermons.  Besides, Dr. King says it much better than I could anyway.

Let us move now from the practical how to the theoretical why:  Why should we love our enemies?  The first reason is fairly obvious.  Returning hate for hate multiplies hate, adding deeper darkness to a night already devoid of stars.  Darkness cannot drive out darkness; only light can do that.  Hate cannot drive out hate; only love can do that.  Hate multiplies hate, violence multiplies violence, and toughness multiplies toughness in a descending spiral of destruction.  So when Jesus says, “Love your enemies,” he is setting forth a profound and ultimately inescapable admonition.

Martin Luther King Jr., Strength to Love.  New York:  Harper & Row Publishers, 1963. pp. 52-53.

Strength to Love

“Darkness cannot drive out darkness; only light can do that.  Hate cannot drive out hate; only love can do that.”

Strength to Love (1963) by Martin Luther King Jr.

 “But I say to you who hear, love your enemies, do good to those who hate you,”

Luke 6:27 NASB

Lord, give me the strength to love.

Today is Martin Luther King, Jr. Day.  For further reading, check out The Martin Luther King, Jr. Center for Nonviolent Social Change.   See also Matthew 5:43-44.