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2 Samuel 24: 21-24

21 “Why have you come, my lord the king?” Araunah asked. David replied, “I have come to buy your threshing floor and to build an altar to the Lord there, so that he will stop the plague.”
22 “Take it, my lord the king,

and use it as you wish,” Araunah said to David. “Here are oxen for the burnt offering, and you can use the threshing boards and ox yokes for wood to build a fire on the altar.
23 I will give it all to you, Your Majesty, and may the Lord your God accept your sacrifice.”
24 But the king replied to Araunah, “No, I insist on buying it, for I will not present burnt offerings to the Lord my God that have cost me nothing.” So David paid him fifty pieces of silver for the threshing floor and the oxen.Love and Sacrifice…..

Very often go hand in hand like rights and responsibilities!

You just can not enjoy one without accepting the other!

My husband bought me some multicolored roses yesterday and today as I was trimming back the leaves so that they would have more space between each flower and cutting the dead ends off so that the steams can adsorb more of the water and nutrients that they are placed in I noticed the thorns on each rose.

And GOD clearly pointed out to me the beauty of each rose is enough and the fact that there are thorns on each rose steam does not keep us from celebrating the beauty of the rose and the communication of love placed on the giving and receiving in this common exchange.

When we love we’re willing to roll up our sleeves do our part and even sacrifice if necessary. I have heard many shy away from GOD because they are afraid that at some point their relationship with HIM may call upon them to stand by HIM in good times in times of trial and persecution.

What I want most to share with all of you is that there is a beauty, joy and sense of worth connected with loving GOD ( the rose part of the relationship) that makes the trials ( thorns) not able to measure up to the gift loved shared between you and GOD.

Never run away from love because you are afraid of being stuck by thorns!

Hebrews 9:8-15

8 By these regulations the Holy Spirit revealed that the entrance to the Most Holy Place was not freely open as long as the Tabernacle and the system it represented were still in use.
9 This is an illustration pointing to the present time. For the gifts and sacrifices that the priests offer are not able to cleanse the consciences of the people who bring them.
10 For that old system deals only with food and drink and various cleansing ceremonies—physical regulations that were in effect only until a better system could be established.

Christ Is the Perfect Sacrifice

11 So Christ has now become the High Priest over all the good things that have come. He has entered that greater, more perfect Tabernacle in heaven, which was not made by human hands and is not part of this created world.
12 With his own blood—not the blood of goats and calves—he entered the Most Holy Place once for all time and secured our redemption forever.
13 Under the old system, the blood of goats and bulls and the ashes of a young cow could cleanse people’s bodies from ceremonial impurity.
14 Just think how much more the blood of Christ will purify our consciences from sinful deeds so that we can worship the living God. For by the power of the eternal Spirit, Christ offered himself to God as a perfect sacrifice for our sins.
15 That is why he is the one who mediates a new covenant between God and people, so that all who are called can receive the eternal inheritance God has promised them. For Christ died to set them free from the penalty of the sins they had committed under that first covenant.

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