God’s love is not earned but gratuitously and lavishly given.

(Listen to my song “How Wonderful to Me” by clicking HERE)


Matthew 18:12-13

“What is your opinion? If a man has a hundred sheep and one of them goes astray, will he not leave the ninety-nine in the hills and go in search of the stray? And if he finds it, amen, I say to you, he rejoices more over it than over the ninety-nine that did not stray.”


Have you ever “strayed” from God?

My guess is yes….since we are all human and imperfect!

And since God is…well…God…then as our Creator I think God would have known that we would stray.

This being the case…I think it is very important that in this parable Jesus didn’t say that the owner of the sheep chastised or punished the lone sheep that ran off. No!

He said that the man (who stands for God) would relentlessly pursue the wayward sheep (who stands for you and me) until he finds that sheep.

How else would we experience the transforming Unconditional Love of our Creator?

Redemption is not our doing…but God’s!

Allow this to sink into your soul.

This is very Good News!


Listen to the song of the day “How Wonderful to Me” by clicking HERE.

Sample and/or purchase my songs from iTunes by clicking HERE.

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Remember…God loves you!


About billtonnis

Child of God, Pastoral Minister, Chaplain, Music Minister, Jail Minister, singer-songwriter, former radio news anchor, imperfect follower of Jesus inspired by God's unconditional love, proud uncle... what else is there?
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2 Responses to Agape

  1. bethanyk says:

    Beautifully written

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