It can be very difficult for those who have never known true Love to understand the Love of GOD. All our experiences from the past can distort our expectations and lead us into hurtful folly. When the Bible says, "GOD is Love," just what is the Love it is describing?
It is describing a tender Love. GOD says, "As one whom his mother comforteth, so will I comfort you; and ye shall be comforted" in Isaiah 66:13. Here is the ONE in whom you can safely Trust and to Whom you can pour out all that is in your heart.
It is describing a sacrificial Love. "GOD so loved the world that HE gave HIS only begotten Son, that whosoever believe in HIM should not perish, but have everlasting life" ~ John 3:16. GOD Loved us so much that HE robed HIMSELF in flesh to come down to this world as The Man, JESUS CHRIST. Oh Thank YOU, JESUS.
It is describing an unconditional Love. "GOD commendeth HIS Love toward us, in that, while we were yet sinners, CHRIST died for us.” ~ Romans 5:8.
It is describing a faithful Love. "Having loved HIS own that were in the world, HE Loved them unto the end" ~ John 13:1.
It is describing a Holy Love. "HE that committeth sin is of the devil; for the devil sinneth from the beginning. For this purpose, the Son of GOD was manifested, that HE might destroy the works of the devil" ~ 1John 3:8. Here is a Love that will not let you down, but will not let you off.
“15 For this is the will of GOD, that by doing good you may put to silence the ignorance of foolish men— 16 as free, yet not using liberty as a cloak for vice, but as bondservants of GOD.” ~ 1Peter 2:15-16.
It is a Love that will pardon your past, transform your life, and assure your future. It is what you've always longed for. Cast yourself on it now!
Oh, Heavenly FATHER, I've experienced so much counterfeit love that I have trouble recognizing the real thing. There is so much falsehood to overcome. Help me see YOUR Love at Calvary and Trust that Love forever. Please forgive my fears and bear with me. I am so Thankful for YOUR Patience. I Praise YOU, and I Glorify YOU! I Pray in JESUS' Mighty Name. Amen.
Reading 1 Peter 1:1-21 this morning….