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Tuesday, March 27, 2012

Relentless Love

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MY PRAYER: Father, it’s always so difficult to understand what Your love means to me. I get so caught up in the world’s definition of love, how it responds, and how I should reciprocate it, that I find myself confusing Your love with the world’s love. Help me to better understand Your love for my life. I desperately want to comprehend it and allow it to sink in my heart and soul. Give me a heart that can grasp Your love. Give me a Spirit to receive it wholly!

REMINDER FROM GOD: My love is relentless (1 Kings 8:23),  zealous (Isaiah 26:11), extravagant (Isaiah 63:9), and won’t walk away (Isaiah 54:10).

My love is gracious (2 Samuel 8:15), lasting (Isaiah 54:8), rich (Psalm 145:8), merciful (Psalm 115:2), and great (Psalm 143:12).

My love is deep (Psalm 107:43), wonderful (Psalm 109:26), marvelous (Psalm 107:8), immense (Psalm 106:45), and takes over your life (Psalm 117:2).

My love is your theme song (Psalm 101:1). My love takes hold (Psalm 94:18), ever and always eternally present (Psalm 103:17).

My love will surprise you at day break (Psalm 90:14) and become your song (89:1).

My love disciplines (Proverbs 3:12), and dictates how I deal with you (Psalm 119:124) and revives you (Psalm 119:88).

My love never quits (2 Chronicles 20:21 & Psalm 136). It is loyal (Psalm 66:20), dependable (Psalm 59:10), generous (Psalm 57:3) and exquisite (Psalm 36:7).

My love has always been the foundation for your life (Psalm 89:3), and it’s how I answer you (Psalm 69:13).

My love is meteoric (Psalm 36:5), strong (Psalm 103:11), steadfast (Jeremiah 32:15), and unalienable (Romans 8:39).

My love is direct (John 15:9), lavish (Hosea 14:4), forgiving (Matthew 18:17), and gives rest (Psalm 127:2).
My love is in you (John 17:26). My love is your home (John 15:9). It is the same love I have for My Son (John 17:23).

My love is promised (Ezekiel 16:4), and it was put on the line in sacrificial death (Romans 5:8).

My love should be expected (Jeremiah 31:3). It was how and why you were conceived (Matthew 7:11).

My love is perfect and casts out fear (1 John 4:18).

My love will claim you (Zephaniah 3:17), and it will never run out (Psalm 107:1).

NOTE TO SELF: No matter how we describe love on our own terms, God’s love is something so amazing that is transcends understanding.

The descriptive words concerning God’s love found throughout The Message version, are powerful and thought-provoking. Who, in our everyday lives, loves us this way? Our spouse? Our children? Our own parents? We can possibly (and most hopefully) claim a few for our spouse, our children, and a few for our parents. However, upon deeper reflection, no one can promise to cast out our fears, or die a sacrificial death for us—not the way Jesus did.

God’s love is unique, to say the least. It is the very foundation for our lives! John tells us, “We love [God/Him] because He loved us first” (1 John 4:18). Some versions exclude the word Him or God. Regardless, we only know love in it’s smallest sense because of His lovefirst.

If we can easily grasp anything this week, it’s this: Although we don’t fully understand the depths of God’s love, it is the very foundation of our limited knowledge about love and loving others. It’s in us. We were born with it. It’s instinctual.
Consider this:

“When outsiders who have never heard of God’s law follow it more or less by instinct, they confirm its truth by their obedience. They show that God’s law is not something alien, imposed on us from without, but woven into the very fabric of our creation. There is something deep within them (written in their hearts) that echoes God’s yes and no, right and wrong” (Romans 2:14-15 MSG).

God created us in love, and because of that, it’s in our DNA—our framework. It’s not something we need to be taught; however, the actions of love must be visibly seen to fully understand. Those very behaviors are what teaches our children (society) what love means, and over the years it’s been skewed. So we need to be incredibly responsible with God’s love, otherwise, as John continued in 4:20, we will be proven a liar in our efforts to love God.

{There are forty-seven words or phrases above that describe God’s love. Can you think of more words relating to God’s role in your personal life?}

1 comment:

  1. My love is perfect and casts out fear (1 John 4:18).
     5 For thou hast made him a little lower than the angels, and hast crowned him with glory and honour.
     6 Thou madest him to have dominion over the works of thy hands; thou hast put all things under his feet:
     7 All sheep and oxen, yea, and the beasts of the field;
     8 The fowl of the air, and the fish of the sea, and whatsoever passeth through the paths of the seas.
     9 O LORD our Lord, how excellent is thy name in all the earth!
    (Psalm 36:5), strong (Psalm 103:11), steadfast (Jeremiah 32:15), and unalienable (Romans 8:39).


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