Sunday, August 25, 2013

Attributes of God- Love!


We love the word LOVE!  We use it ALL the time. 
We love Jesus.
We love our spouses.
We love our children.
We love our friends.
We love our family members.
We love our jobs.
We love our cars.
We love our homes.
We love our church.
Do you see?  Do realize that Jesus loves you more than you love any of these things or these people?  Do you understand that He loved you so much that He died for you?  He died a cruel, criminal, horrible death just for you?  Can you wrap your brain around that?  There are days and times I stand in church and it really hits me upside the head how much He loves me and there is nothing but tears that start rolling down my cheeks because of it.  It is overwhelming. It's unconditional.  I can totally mess up.  I mean REALLY mess up.  I can be angry. I can be questioning.  IT DOESN"T MATTER.  IT DOESN"T CHANGE HIS LOVE FOR ME!!!!!! 

Websters-  A feeling of strong attachment induced by that which delights or commands admiration; preëminent kindness or devotion to another; affection; tenderness; as, the love of brothers and sisters
Affection; kind feeling; friendship; strong liking or desire; fondness; good will; - opposed to hate; often with of and an object.

So we look at these simple definitions and really consider. 
He has feelings of strong attachement induced by that which delights Him about me.
He is devoted to me.  (Am I devoted to Him?)
He as affection, tenderness towards me. (Do I have that toward Him?)
Powerful thoughts. Powerful questions to consider.  Do we love others like this?  So much could be and has been written on such a powerful word as LOVE.  Let's take a look at a few scriptures.....

  • Deuteronomy 7:7-8 — "The Lord did not set His love on you nor choose you because you were more in number than any other people, for you were the least of all peoples; but because the Lord loves you, and because He would keep the oath which He swore to your fathers, the Lord has brought you out with a might hand, and redeemed you from the house of bondage, from the hand of Pharaoh king of Egypt."
  • John 14:31 — "But that the world may know that I love the Father, and as the Father gave Me commandment, so I do."
  • Romans 5:5,8 — Now hope does not disappoint, because the love of God has been poured out in our hearts by the Holy Spirit who was given to us.
  • Romans 8:35,39 — Who shall separate us from the love of God? Shall tribulation, or distress, or persecution, or famine, or nakedness, or peril, or sword? [Neither] height nor depth, nor any other created thing, shall be able to separate us from the love of God which is in Christ Jesus our Lord.
  • 1 John 4:8,16 — He who does not love does not know God, for God is love. And we have known and believed the love that God has for us. God abides in him, and who abides in love abides in God, and God in him.

    How is your love?  What do you love?  Who do you love? 


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