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Tuesday, February 14, 2012

For the Love of God

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“And the love of God and peace shall be with you.”
2 Corinthians 13:11

MY PRAYER: Lord, this morning I woke up next to my amazing husband and told him, “Happy Valentine’s Day. Thank you for loving me even though I’m not very lovable.” Lately I just don’t feel lovable. I have felt irritable, restless, anxious and overwhelmed. I don’t see those qualities to be very lovable, yet my husband never stops loving me with his whole heart. I just want to take this opportunity to thank You, Father, for giving me my heart’s desire, even though I never really deserved it.

REMINDER FROM GOD: You are My prayer. My Love and Truth will keep you together, and I won’t withhold my passion [for you]. Remember, nothing can drive a wedge between us and the Love I have for you. You are My beloved, and My banner over you is Love. My Love is meteoric, My loyalty astronomic. My Love [for you] is exquisite. My Love is the wonder of the world. My unfailing Love is your salvation. Because I Love you, I gave you My Son.

{Psalm 42:8 MSG; Psalm 40:11-12; Romans 8:35; Song of Solomon 2:4; Psalm 36:5, 7; Psalm 31:21, 16; John 3:16}

NOTE TO SELF: Love in today’s society has an array of uses. I love cake. I love the show Frasier. I love my husband. I love my children. The bible’s usage of love doesn’t even come close to how we use the word: eros (sexual or romantic love), phileo (tender affection), and agape (the unconditional, spiritual, self-sacrificing, deep love of God). The verb agapao, demands us to love unselfishly. It’s not something we “feel”, but rather an action on our part.

A few months ago during my quiet time with God, I asked Him to reveal His love for me so I could understand it on a more humanistic level. God replied, “I gave you a husband who loves you the way I love you.” I remember immediately crumbling in tears, because the way my husband loves me is overwhelming and immensely unconditional. To be quite honest, that didn’t help much, because sometimes I don’t even understand Jared’s love for me. However, it did provide a tangible explanation. (Click here to read my Open Love Letter to my husband.)

God’s love for us is not easily understood. Patrick Morley describes God’s love as if He were saying this to us:
“Everything in Me longs to be in a right relationship with you, and I will not be denied. I will make a right relationship happen no matter how much you rebel, no matter how much you draw away—even if I have to orchestrate a worldwide famine like in the parable of the lost son…You cannot escape My love. You are the object of My undying affection.” (Man Alive, pg. 50)
{Imagine God speaking those words to you today. How does that change your perspective of His love for you? What will you need to do today to resist rebelling and instead allow God to love you?}


  1. Tristine, Thanks SO MUCH for sharing!!! I'm so glad you stopped by and left a note for me...I'm glad to know about your blog! Such great truth! XO, Aimee

    PS I'm your newest follower!

  2. Aimee, I'm so glad you stopped by and received a blessing from the blog! Thanks for supporting me and following along. My readers are THE best!!


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