God’s Love

Five, that’s the number of failed relationships I’ve been in. If I knew what I know now the pain of feeling unloved would have never been a determining factor for my meaningless relationships. God’s love is greater; His love is always there.

With all that’s going on in this world, from hate crimes to a changing legal system I’d like to remind us all to love. I find many of us are struggling with learning how to love as Christ does, even if it’s towards ourselves. Proverbs 17:17 convicted even myself because within this verse, it states, “a friend loves at all times” and many times we choose who to love, when to love, how to love but it’s given to us in His word. For those wondering what loving like Christ entails cited below is what the Bible has to say:

It’s sacrificial.

“For God so loved the world, that he gave his only Son, that whoever believes in him should not perish but have eternal life.” John 3:16

It’s forgiving.

But God shows his love for us in that while we were still sinners, Christ died for us.” Romans 5:8

It’s everywhere.

In this the love of God was made manifest among us, that God sent his only Son into the world, so that we might live through him. In this is love, not that we have loved God but that he loved us and sent his Son to be the propitiation for our sins. Beloved, if God so loved us, we also ought to love one another.” 1 John 4:9-11

It’s rejoiceful.

The LORD your God is in your midst, a mighty one who will save; he will rejoice over you with gladness; he will quiet you by his love; he will exult over you with loud singing.” Zephaniah 3:17

It’s caring.

Humble yourselves, therefore, under the mighty hand of God so that at the proper time he may exalt you, casting all your anxieties on him, because he cares for you.” 1 Peter 5:6-7 

It’s unbiased.

Who shows no partiality to princes, nor regards the rich more than the poor, for they are all the work of his hands?” Job 34:19

It’s not partial.

“Who shows no partiality to princes, nor regards the rich more than the poor, for they are all the work of his hands?” Job 34:19

It’s merciful.

But you, O Lord, are a God merciful and gracious, slow to anger and abounding in steadfast love and faithfulness.” Psalm 86:15

It’s giving.

For I know the plans I have for you, declares the LORD, plans for welfare and not for evil, to give you a future and a hope.” Jeremiah 29:11

It’s perfect.

“No one has every seen God; if we love one another, God abides in us and his love is perfected in us.” 1 John 4:12

It’s eternal.

“Give thanks to the God of heaven, for his steadfast love endures forever.” Psalm 136:26

It’s slow to anger.

“But you, O Lord, are a God merciful and gracious, slow to anger and abounding in steadfast love and faithfulness.” Psalm 86:15

Therefore brethren,

I urge you all to love for it reads that, “anyone who does not love does not know God, because God is love” (1 John 4:8). In allowing God to change our hearts love will come naturally. His outstretched arms on the cross should be a reminder of His love for us, it tells just how extensive (wide) it is.

If you’re ready, ready to start seeing the world through lenses of love read this quick prayer:

“Father God, I come into your presence so aware of my human frailty and yet overwhelmed by your love for me. I thank you that there is no human experience that I might walk through where your love cannot reach me. If I climb the highest mountain you are there and yet if I find myself in the darkest valley of my life, you are there. Teach me today to love you more. Help me to rest in that love that asks nothing more than the simple trusting heart of a child. In Jesus name, Amen” (http://www.beliefnet.com/Prayers/Christian/Guidance/A-Prayer-for-Resting-in-Gods-Love.aspx#)

Peace & Love.