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Pattie has been a constant ministry with the youth.  Whether she was teaching at the daycare, the school, the youth group, Wednesday night Christian Ed classes, or the orphanage in Guatemala; Pattie has always had a heart for the youth and a gift in relating to them.  She loves them unconditionally and they know it.  Pattie has had her ups and downs over the years, trying to find her birth parents but has managed to seek the Lord in all her trials.  She has found strength in the Lord and has been comforted knowing that He is her one true father and He holds her in the palm of his mighty right hand. Pattie’s submissions are also available on our app so that you can access them anytime, anywhere. 
 

Love vs. consequences

The other day I had an interview of sorts and was asked to describe myself. I said a few things then quoted what some of said about me… that nothing can separate you from the love of Miss Pattie. Not to boast of myself but to boast of Christ in me, I have striven to be an example of how Jesus would love you. Those who have experienced this know that once you are in my heart…. ya don’t leave… What you do doesn’t not effect how much I love you. With that in mind… because you know I love you…. I can usually get away with “kicking you in the pants” when you do stupid… or sinful things.  I, being an ambassador of Jesus,  will also not condemn you when you’re “stupid” or making stupid choices.

So… I do a lot of thinking while I walk Punim (aka puppy) and was thinking of the verses about nothing separating us and therefore there is no condemnation. I finished the walk (and her her business) and went to google those verses. You know how verses get into your head, you know them by heart but don’t remember their addresses. Well I looked these two up and had a wow moment. Did you remember that both of them are not only in the same book of the Bible but the same chapter!!!!!!

We find in Romans 8:38-39 (NLT)

And I am convinced that nothing can ever separate us from God’s love. Neither death nor life, neither angels nor demons, neither our fears for today nor our worries about tomorrow—not even the powers of hell can separate us from God’s love.  No power in the sky above or in the earth below—indeed, nothing in all creation will ever be able to separate us from the love of God that is revealed in Christ Jesus our Lord.

 

And Romans 8:1

 

Therefore there is now no condemnation for those who are in Christ Jesus.

I “pondered” on these verses for a while… and wanted to write a thought or two. It’s so easy to take these verses out of context and just think I can do anything because He won’t stop loving me and I won’t be condemned..

WRONG

True there is no condemnation and He loved you so much that He gave His life as a perfect sacrifice. Nothing changes that fact in Christ. However, nowhere does it say that because of those things there won’t be consequences  for what you did. You see, He loves you so much that there will be consequences for what you did. The degree is up to Him. The old adage, “you play with fire you get burned” is true. The degree of burn is up to Him.

Don’t think the Jesus (or Miss Pattie 😉  )  has stopped loving you because of your consequences of your actions… He will love you through them all trying to make you (and me) more into His image. A reflection of His unfailing, sacrificial love to those in your path.

I once went through a very difficult series of events, one after another, and I strove to get through the fire and come out not smelling like smoke.  I challenge you to do the same.




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