Solutions June 2016 - Page 63

God’s Future Surprises One of the greatest things about waking up every day as a Christian is knowing deep within my heart that the God of the universe constantly has you and me on His mind! It’s awesome to know that He thought of us when He created us, He thinks about us each and every day, and He plans to have us on His mind in the future. Even though He is the one true God who created the world in six days, He still takes an active interest in our lives. Wow! In a world that is so huge, how can this be? How can a busy God be so concerned with the everyday aspects of our lives? by Marty Celaya The answer to these questions can be summed up in the scripture that says, “For God so loved the world, that He gave His only Son, that whosoever believes in Him will not perish, but will have eternal life.” (John 3:16) Different Types of Love Did you know that the Bible communicates four different types of love that mankind gives and receives? The first type of love comes from the Greek word eros. This is the passionate love God created between a husband and a wife. The second type of love is phileo. This is known as a brotherly love between friends. The third love is storge, a somewhat deeper love between siblings, children and their parents, parents and their children. But the fourth love is God’s love! It is agape, the unconditional love that comes from the heart of our creator. It is His agape unconditional love for you and me that drives Him to care so much about the very details of our everyday existence. It is His love and caring heart that causes Him to want to engage with us, His creation, in order for us to live out His very purposes for our lives. It is His love for us that moves Him to want to bless our lives with the true things that matter. He wants us to experience the fullness of His joy, the serenity of His peace, the riches of His glory, the miracles of His power, the life of abundance, and all of life’s victories both now and in the future. It’s wonderful to know and believe that the God who holds the universe together and the stars in His hands equally holds our lives together from conception to eternity. Our SMG Solutions 63