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Thursday, March 29, 2012

Thoughtful Thursday: Sheer Love

I can easily admit that God’s love, although not incredibly complicated, is sometimes hard to accept. Mainly because we know in the deepest part of who we are that we are incredibly unworthy of that kind of compassion, loyalty and love. We know that in our everyday lives, we are almost always doing something that we know is wrong, or treating people in unloving manners, or dishonoring God one way or another.

What sweet, satisfying words we can dig deep into our hearts and plant this scripture:
“God wasn’t attracted to you and didn’t choose you because you were big and important—the fact is, there was almost nothing to you. He did it out of sheer love” (Deuteronomy 7:7-8 MSG).
The world loves us by those very things: how we look, who we are, how much money we have, what type of clothes we wear, who our friends are, and what we can offer them in return. And most of the time we find ourselves feeling utterly UNloved.

Oh, how we should savor these words of the Holman Christian Standard Bible (HCSB) version:
“The LORD was devoted to you and chose you, not because you were more numerous than all peoples, for you were the fewest of all peoples. But because the LORD loved you…” (emphasis mine).
The NKJV starts out the verse like this:
“The LORD did not set His love on you nor choose you because…”
In the the Strongs dictionary, the first time love (#02836) is mentioned in this KJV scripture, it is the Hebrew word: Chashaq (khaw-shak'), which means “to love, be attracted to, to long for.” So you can see that The Message version is almost literal in translation.

The second usage of the word love (#0160) is, 'ahabah (a-hab-aw). Now this definition of love is incredibly different. It means, “love, human love for human object, of man toward man, of man toward himself, between man and woman, sexual desire, God's love to His people.”

But now let’s consider verse 6 in all of this, because it declares who we are based on God’s love:
“For you are a holy people to the LORD your God; the LORD your God has chosen you to be a people for Himself, a special treasure above all the peoples on the earth” (NKJV, emphasis mine).
Again, many may argue that this scripture was for the Israelites alone, but I beg to differ. Were we not “adopted” by God and now “grafted” into the vine? So then, we are indeed a holy people chosen by God…His special treasure. Yes!

What a relief that we don’t need to impress God, or woo Him with our charm and wit. We’d never win Him over. God sees us through the eyes of Jesus. When He then looks at us, He sees His flawless, sinless, white-as-snow Son, and we, too, are now faultless and worthy of God’s great, huge, relentless love.

I hope you’re smiling, because you should be ecstatic by this news!

1 comment:

  1. Your right as God sees us thru eyes of mercy. We have nothing of ourselves that God needs. In fact God tells us where we are flawed. We are the Blessed to be grafted into God's Kingdom. Its certain that when God lives thru us, we are then and only then made beautiful by His Love.


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