Lent – Day 34 – This Is Love
“In this is love, not that we loved God, but that He loved us and sent His Son to be the propitiation for our sins.” 1 John 4:10
I have thought that in the dictionary next to the word Love, instead of hearts and cupids, there should be a picture of the Cross of Christ. There is no more accurate picture of love than the suffering and death of our Lord Jesus Christ. God defines what love is more than anything else because Love is Who He is manifested in what He does. Who God is and what HE does are inseparably the same. Just as Jesus and the Father are One, God’s love and His acts are one.
Ok, you say. So, what does that mean for me today? Where are you today, physically, mentally, emotionally, relationally, financially, vocationally, creatively, psychologically or resourcefully? If you are anywhere in relation to these other than a place of well being in the love of Christ, then God’s love for you has something for you that will bring you to that place of well being, hope and fulfillment.
To whatever degree you may be out of synch with the blessings of the Lord the love of God can bring you into a place of provision and rest. The Spirit of the Lord is present with every believer. Now hear this.
“Now the Lord is the Spirit; and where the Spirit of the Lord is, there is liberty.” 2 Corinthians 3:17
If you’re sick, if you’re broke financially, if you’re exhausted mentally and/or emotionally, you need the liberty of the Spirit of the Lord. God is Spirit and He is also Love.
“And we have known and believed the love that God has for us. God is love, and he who abides in love abides in God, and God in him.” 1 John 4:16
It seems almost redundant to say we have known and believed, but it is not. To have known is to have been aware by experience of something, but to have believed is to have acted in faith because you have known it. What John is saying here is that we have known and therefore we continue and will continue to believe and have confidence in the Love God has for us.
When you are absolutely, unswervingly confident in the love God has for you in every situation of life then your faith based on that love makes anything that is possible for God possible for you. Is it possible for God to heal you? Do you believe and have absolute confidence in that? Then you can be healed by the measure of faith you have in His love. The same is true for every believer, in every situation of life, because God is no respecter of persons. He does not account some people more privileged to access His love than any other people.
“Then Peter opened his mouth, and said, of a truth I perceive that God is no respecter of persons…” Acts 10:34
There are no elites or commoners in the Kingdom of Heaven among the children of God. In Christ we are all one.
“There is neither Jew nor Greek, there is neither bond nor free, there is neither male nor female: for ye are all one in Christ Jesus.” Galatians 3:28
God’s love is extend to you and me in the same measure it was extended to the Apostles, to Peter, James and John, to Paul and Silas, to those who wrought miracles and who went about doing good, healing the sick, raising the dead and proclaiming the gospel to the nations.
Now, it is clear we are not all called to be apostles or to do great works of miracles, but we are all called to be available to God for whatever the need and to trust Him in our individual situations to do exceedingly abundantly above all that we could ask or think because He loves us. And His love is a powerful force for transformational change in our lives.
That God loves us is our assurance that He has only our good at heart and all that He does is for our benefit. All that He asks of us is for our benefit. All that He has created for His pleasure is also for our benefit. His love expressed in the suffering, death, burial and resurrection of our Lord Jesus Christ has guaranteed that God is not withholding any good thing from us.
“He who did not spare His own Son, but delivered Him up for us all, how shall He not with Him also freely give us all things?” Romans 8:32
Love gives, Love sacrifices, Love lays down His life for those He loves. Love never fails.
Think about it! You are loved. God loves you, yesterday, today and forever!