A little girl was hugging her dolls and crying. Her mother knelt beside her and asked, “Honey, why are you crying?” The little girl sobbed her reply, “Mommy, I keep loving these dolls, and loving these dolls, and they just never love me back!”

It brings tears to our Father’s eyes that He has paid the highest price possible to demonstrate that He loves us, yet we often don’t love Him back. However, He hasn’t made this a criterion for our salva­tion. God decided before the foundations of the earth to love us.

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The Passover in Egypt was an early demonstration of God’s decisive love. One night, the death angel was to pass through the land, taking the firstborn of every household. But God told Moses to warn the Jewish people to be prepared. They were to take the blood of a lamb and spread it over the doorposts. This would be the sign for the angel to pass over their households.

God had set a standard. It wasn’t the behavior or the deservedness of the person in the household whose life was in question. The standard was the blood on the doorpost. Similarly, when God looks at us, He sees only the blood of the Lamb, Jesus Christ. “God so loved the world, that He gave His only begotten Son, that whoever believes in Him shall not perish, but have eternal life” (John 3: 16).

You have two choices with a love like this. You can abuse it and take it for granted. Or you can respond to it. Today, you might find yourself staring at those two choices, wondering if responding to the love of God will offer anything in return. My parting thought to you is this: “What does ignoring the love of God have to offer you?”

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About The Author

Dr. Tony Evans

Dr. Tony Evans is one of the country’s most respected leaders in evangelical circles. As a pastor, teacher, author and speaker, he serves the body of Christ through his unique ability to communicate complex theological truths through simple, yet profound, illustrations. While addressing the practical issues of today, Dr. Evans is known as a relevant expositor. New and veteran pastors alike regard him as a pastor of pastors and a father in the faith.

At the heart of this vision is the use of church and school partnerships to effect spiritual and social change in communities. Dr. Evans’ church and school outreach philosophy has been attributed as a catalyst for former President George W. Bush’s Faith Based Initiative, which was his first formal act of office. Dr. Evans seeks to train churches, schools and volunteers in this philosophy, as well as in the functional practicalities, through the National Church Adopt-A-School Initiative which is a ministry underneath the umbrella of The Urban Alternative.

Dr. Evans serves as president of The Urban Alternative, a national ministry that seeks to restore hope and transform lives through the proclamation and the application of the Word of God. His daily radio broadcast, The Alternative with Dr. Tony Evans, can be heard on more than 850 radio outlets throughout the United States and in more than 80 countries.

Dr. Evans has written numerous books and booklets including his legacy work, Oneness Embraced, as well as his vision work, The Kingdom Agenda. Some of his most recent books includes, Kingdom Man, A Moment For Your Soul, Marriage Matters, and Victory in Spiritual Warfare.

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