Scripture: The Lord appeared to us in the past, saying: “I have loved you with an everlasting love; I have drawn you with unfailing kindness. –Jeremiah 31:3
To know God is to love Him. We cannot say we know God when our lives have no evidence of love. 1 John 4:8 reminds us that, “Anyone who does not love does not know God, because God is love.” Christ is the epitome of love. We love because Christ first loved us. While we were still yet sinners, God demonstrated His love for us by allowing His son to die for all of humanity (see 1 John 4:8). Gods love for us is unconditional, undeniable and selfless. His love flows continuously through every stage of our lives. His love has no limits. It’s accessible. It’s not far fetched. It lives within us.
In our key verse today, we are being reminded of how God pursued us way before we came to know Him. This pursuit continues daily. Love in itself is the foundation of the faith we profess and the revelation of God’s word. Nothing can separate us from the love of God. It is everlasting, rich, pure, impartial, and without restraints. God’s love is a gift to us. It flows like a river. We don’t have to work for it. We don’t have to purchase it. It is the root of His character. It is the core of our faith walk and a mandate for all who follow Christ. Over and over again, God knocks the door of our hearts to receive His love. Will we answer?
You see, love is a seed. It is a fruit that stems from the vineyard of the greatest Vinedresser. His name is Jesus. He is love so therefore everything that flows from Him is love wrapped in perfection. When we learn to abide in Him, love will naturally flow from our being. We belong to God. With open arms, He invites us into His presence. He longs to be with us. The greatest demonstration of his love is found in John 3:16. For love sake, He became poor. God made His Son (His blood), available unto us. This love has broken the chains. It has set us free. It is thicker than water. This blood is still effective. There is power in that name. His name is Jesus!
For some of us, the term love has been watered down and demonstrated in certain ways throughout our primitive years that the word in itself has lost its meaning to us. We want love but because of our experiences, we hold back when love is being poured out unto us. The truth is, when we don’t understand what love is, when it is being poured out, it is so easy to reject it. God is the author of love. Love is God’s heartbeat towards you and I. Where we lack knowledge, God provides unto us. He is your teacher and greatest consultant. Seek Him above all things. If there are certain things you need to unlearn about love, ask the Holy Spirit to help you. We will never know how fully loved we are until we come to the knowledge of who we are in Christ. He is love and all His children are (loved) beyond measure.
As we go forth into our week, may we surrender our lives unto God and be reminded of God’s overwhelming love for us. May we stand firm in this knowledge that nothing can ever separate us from God’s love. May we be reminded of God’s sacrifice (His Son, His love) for us on the Cross of Calvary. May we bear the fruit of love wherever God positions us. May the depth, height and width of God’s love for us. May we be refreshed yet still transformed by this truth but above all, may we take the time to say thank you to the Father for all that He has done for us.
Backstory to this post
Throughout the course of the week, the word love has just been appearing quite a lot. It began on Sunday while journaling, the scripture “I have loved you with an everlasting love” was upon my heart. On Wednesday, I woke up with this scripture on my heart. “Love the Lord with all your heart.”. I then searched where that scripture was located (see Matthew 22). I felt as though God was just reminding me about His love. Then while at work, I saw a huge wall art that said “Above all, love each other deeply, because love covers over a multitude of sins.” – 1 Peter 4:8. I was initially going to release this post on Monday but I placed it in my draft section, fell asleep and as we know we get busy at times. So I’m glad that I was able to finally write this post. I pray that you are encouraged and reminded of God’s love for you.
Even at work, God has a way of reminding me of Himself. These were the wall arts I saw at work this week. As we go forth into the week, God is speaking to each of us. It’s always a matter of us seeking Him and asking Him daily to position our heart and also open our eyes/heart.
Verses To Ponder
“Love is patient, love is kind. It does not envy, it does not boast, it is not proud. It does not dishonor others, it is not self-seeking, it is not easily angered, it keeps no record of wrongs. Love does not delight in evil but rejoices with the truth. It always protects, always trusts, always hopes, always perseveres.” – 1 Corinthians 13:4-7
“There is no fear in love. But perfect love drives out fear, because fear has to do with punishment. The one who fears is not made perfect in love.“- 1 John 4:18
Thank you for taking the time to read this blog post. God bless you 🙏🏿😊