By Max Lucado
Low on Love? discovering it not easy to like? anyone on your international is tough to forgive? Is endurance an endangered species? Kindness a forgotten advantage? if that is so, you might have forgotten a step -- an important first step. residing enjoyed. God loves you. in my opinion. Powerfully. Passionately. Others have promised and failed. yet God has promised and succeeded. He loves you with an unfailing love. And his love -- for those who enable it -- can fill you and go away you with a love worthy giving.
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I wonder, how many burdens is Jesus carrying for us that we know nothing about? We’re aware of some. He carries our sin. He carries our shame. He carries our eternal debt. But are there others? Has he lifted fears before we felt them? Has he carried our confusion so we wouldn’t have to? Those times when we have been surprised by our own sense of peace? Could it be that Jesus has lifted our anxiety onto his shoulders and placed a yoke of kindness on ours? And how often do we thank him for his kindness?
Told me his name was Zacchaeus. A short fellow in an Italian suit. All tan and teeth. Cole Haans. Ray·Bans. You could tell he had done well for himself. “Don’t let the appearance fool you,” he said. “I had the bucks but not the friends. Built this big house on the edge of town. But no one ever came to see me, not even the Jehovah’s Witnesses. Can’t say I blamed them. I paid for the place with money I’d skimmed off their taxes. No, no one ever visited me till the day Jesus came. ‘I’m coming to your house today,’ he announced.
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