Jesus Christ is the perfect embodiment of God's love for mankind. God's holy, righteous and glorious ways could not tolerate Sin in any shape or form. The justice of God demanded punishment when Adam disobeyed the Father and committed high-treason in the Garden of Eden. Every man born in this world came from the seed of Adam. We are all tainted with his Sin---not one person is qualified to work on his own salvation. Romans 3:23 says, "For all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God." I read an article about this at gotquestions.org and it says,"We are all sinners because Adam passed on his sinful condition that leads inevitably to our personal sin and death. All share Adam’s death sentence as an inherited condition (the “sin nature”) that is passed down to and through the human race and that every child brings into the world. Even before a child can be held accountable for personal sin, he or she is naturally prone to disobey, to tell lies, etc. Every child is born with a sin nature. “The Lord looks down from heaven on the sons of men to see if there are any who understand, any who seek God” (Psalm 14:2). And what does the all-seeing God find? “All have turned aside, they have together become corrupt; there is no one who does good, not even one” (verse 3). In other words, all have sinned.
Jesus was the Only One who can take away the sin of all mankind. Let this sink in---God's own Son had to come down from heaven, took on flesh and showed God and His ways, revealed His heart to us and saved us from sure death (spiritual, physical and eternal). He demonstrated to us the impossible---the power of His kingdom. Yet He also showed us what true love was willing to give to save the ones He loved. Because God's righteousness and glory cannot be trampled on and the wrath of God demands justice be served---God's Only Son (holy and sinless) born as a Man (conceived not of Adam but by the Holy Spirit, born of a virgin) had to willingly give His life so we can be free---that is, dead in Adam and alive in Christ. Just as one Man (Adam) plunged us all to eternal damnation, it is also by the obedience and sacrifice of one Man (Jesus Christ) that brought us back to the presence of God, our Father. This gift of salvation is FREE for anyone who would place their FAITH (trust, believe, rely, depend, adhere, surrender) in what Jesus Christ accomplished at the Cross---His death, burial and resurrection. I am a believer and through Him, I am holy, righteous and loved by my Father in heaven.
Oh yes! Jesus embodies the perfect love of God. He showed us how to live each day---to love our brothers and sisters in the Lord and how to also love our neighbors. But genuine love is only possible if we love Jesus first. Jesus showed us His love for the Father by making Him His priority---that is to commune with the Father and to carry out God's perfect will and purpose. When we accept Jesus as our Lord and Savior and received the free gift of salvation He won for us, His Holy Spirit lives inside of us. The same Holy Spirit that enabled Jesus to carry out the plan of God in His earthly ministry, His source of wisdom and strength, the same power that raised Him from the dead---is living inside every Born-again believer (John 3:3) today! Remember this: God is love! God showed His perfect love through His Son---Jesus Christ. All of us remaining in love wholeheartedly loves Jesus Christ and He lives inside of us through the Holy Spirit. It is He who enables us to love people---yes, even our enemies. Do not be fooled by those who claim to love God but mocks the name of Jesus and deny Him publicly. The true love of God does not rejoice in lies nor water down God's Word just to avoid offending others. God's love tells the Truth in love (right motive) to bring people to the saving knowledge of Jesus Christ.
For this Card, I used an image from Art Impressions Stamps called "Quilt Set" that I watercolored using Tim Holtz Distress Inks. The base is Kraft CS, cut and scored to make a 5.5 inches square card. The DP's are from Paper Studio, the stamped flower from Ditto Stamps, the washi tape from Paper Studio and the gems from my stash. I want a more natural look for my card so, I colored the image with mostly shades of brown and gray. I'm pretty happy with the result.
GOD IS LOVE CARD
GOD IS LOVE CARD LAYERS
GOD IS LOVE CARD INSIDE
GOD IS LOVE CARD WITH ENVELOPE-BOX
This Card is entered into the following Challenges:
Art Impressions---Stripes and/or Circles
Crafting by Designs---Love is in the Air
Crafty Gals---Love is in the Air (Add a Heart)
House Stamps Built---Tic Tac Toe (Love/Embossing/Patterned Paper)
Moo-Mania---Love is in the Air
Paper Shelter---Letters and/or Numbers
Crafty Addicts---ATG/Valentine Colors
a2z---Mood Board (The Love Theme is what inspired me)
A Perfect Time to Craft---ATG
Artistic Stamper---ATG (use rubber stamp)
CCK---Valentine/Love/Heart/For Someone Special
Craft Galore Encore---ATG
Crafty Hazelnut's---ATG with Patterned Paper
Daisy Chain---Have a Heart
Digi Doodle---All About Love
Let's Craft and Create---ATG/From the Heart
Love to Scrap---ATG/Monochrome
Tales from the Craft Room---Love
Make sure you join us at WAW Challenge. You can use the free Word Art in your creation and link it to our Challenge but is not a requirement. As long as it's family-friendly, uplifting and inspirational, you can enter up to 5 times each week. A wonderful prize awaits our winner from our lovely sponsor for this Challenge---Waffle Flower Store ($15 GC). So excited to see what you come up with. Anyway, meditate on the goodness of the Lord and rely on His promises. Expect only wonderful things from Him each day. Be thankful for His love always!