March 12, 2017

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Godís Overflowing Love
Ephesians 2:1-10

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During my last mission field visit to India, I dedicated a hydro bore-well pump with a small rural congregation on February 10. After gathering with the resident community of believers, I prayed and gave thanks to our dear God through Jesus Christ our Savior. Then I started the water system. A jet of fresh water gushed up and onto the ground. After two to three minutes, some of the area was overflowing with water. Our hearts filled with joy.

My younger biological brother has been working for the federal government in India for nearly 30 years. He is a good man but struggles with a severe alcoholic addiction. The Lord called my mother into Godís glory on October 15, 2014, and during her life my brother was a thorn in her flesh. We still love him, although we may not love him completely at times due to our weaknesses and iniquities. We may not love something or somebody adequately, but Godís love is always like living water (John 4)óalways overflowing.

In Ephesians 2, Paul focuses on our sinful nature. We live in a world that is polluted with sin, carelessness, disobedience, and depravity. Many times, ungodly or unsaved persons are controlled by the flesh and the devil, and we can see the fruits of this life. All these sins are causing the wages of death (Romans 6:23).

The biblical prophet Jonah testifies that salvation comes from the Lord (Jonah 2:9). God loves us so much and wants to save us from our sinful nature. Itís not because of our merit that God loves us from north to south and east to west. Godís love, like flowing waters, is immeasurable. God wants us to be more like Jesus, a part of Godís new creation (2 Corinthians 5:17). Godís eternal purpose is to make you and me more like Jesus the Messiah (Romans 8:29)

Praise God that the third person of the Trinity, the Holy Spirit, is bringing us day by day closer to Jesus, preparing us to unite with God in the Lordís time. What an example of God's overflowing love!

We are all created in Jesus Christ to do good works and to bring glory to God. We are not saved by good works, but saved to do good works (Ephesians 2:9-10). Brothers and sisters, let your light shine before others, that they may see your good deeds and glorify your Father in heaven (Matthew 5:16).

  • My brother and sister, are you experiencing Godís overflowing love in your life today? If not, come back to Jesus and by his precious and holy blood, run with him.
  • My brother and sister, are you experiencing and owning the joy of your salvation while you donate your time, finances, cereal boxes, and food cans, etc.? If not, seek God in prayer.

—Paulus Thalathoti,

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Paulus Thalathoti is an ordained minister and the founding president of Peace Proclamation Ministries, an evangelistic and church planting ministry with those living in the interior rural areas of India. Dr. Thalathoti also serves as chairperson for Penn Bible Fellowship in Hatfield, Pennsylvania. He and his wife, Sumatha, are mission associates with Mennonite Mission Network and members of Plains Mennonite Church, Hatfield, Pennsylvania.

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