JESUS Loves You!!

JESUS Loves You!!

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JEZI renmen ou, means JESUS loves you in Creole. My friend, Pastor Noel Gespere, repeated “JEZI renmen ou” close to 100 times during a message I heard him share in Haiti last month. His message was simple, but profound. He shared,

whether you are good, or bad…

JEZI renmen ou.

whether you are rich, or poor…

JEZI renmen ou.

whether you are young, or old…

JEZI renmen ou.

whether you have achieved much, or failed at everything…

JEZi renmen ou.

whether you have many friends, or no friends…

JEZI renmen ou.

whether you are white, or black, or brown...

JEZI renmen ou

whether you are single or married, or in the midst of a divorce…

JEZI renmen ou.

whether you are honest or a liar…

JEZI renmen ou.

whether you’re a faithful friend or cannot be counted on by anyone…

JEZI renmen ou.

The truth is, no matter what, JESUS loves you! Some do not believe in JESUS, or cannot allow themselves to consider JESUS alive and real. And they think if HE were real, HE wouldn’t be caught loving them. Instead, they’re inclined to believe, based on their thoughts and actions; HE has given up on them. But that’s not true. HE has not given up on you, or anyone else. JEZI renmen ou!

When we receive HIS love, it begins to transform our hearts and minds. And we come to realize JESUS loves others like HE loves us. JESUS loves us, regardless of our shortcomings, and HE loves all of those around us, regardless of their issues. JESUS loves them, or as my friend Pastor Noel would say in Creole – JEZI renmen yo. So,

whether someone is kind or unkind…

JEZI renmen yo.

whether we like them, or not…

JEZI renmen yo.

whether someone bothers, irritates or frustrates us…

JEZI renmen yo.

if they lie, cheat or steal…

JEZI renmen yo.

if they commit a heinous crime, and deserve punishment…

JEZI renmen yo.

if they hurt those we love…

JEZI renmen yo.

if they struggle, and cannot get past hurt, pain or addiction…

JEZI renmen yo.

As we follow JESUS, we become more like HIM. HE loves all, and likewise, we are called to love others. All of them. It does not change truth, or mean there are no consequences for sinful actions, but our assignment is love, not judgment. Lasting changes in my life didn’t come in response to someone telling me I was wrong. Most of those changes happened internally, quietly, as The HOLY SPIRIT convicted me. Once I learned I was unconditionally loved, I was free to be transformed.

“JESUS replied, “’You must love The LORD your GOD with all you heart, all your soul, and all your mind.’” This is the first and greatest commandment. A second is equally important: ‘Love your neighbor as yourself.’”

(Matthew 22:37-39 NLT) 

“Those who say they live in GOD should live their lives as CHRIST did.” (1 John 2:6 NLT)

In response to our incredible gift, we are to give others the same grace that CHRIST has given us. Let’s be thankful that whether it is spoken in Creole or English, or Spanish, or German – we can rest, because we have been redeemed, restored and reconciled to the LORD GOD ALMIGHTY. JEZI renmen ou! And no matter what struggle those around us face, let’s rejoice in the Good News we can share with them. JEZI renmen yo!

 

 

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