As Christian’s we all want to feel God’s love, but do we really fully embrace His love? We can never be separated from God’s love. In this article, I discuss God’s love for you and how you should love others as God loves you.
God Loves You! But Do You Really Grasp It?
How often do you really think about how much God loves you? Other than when I’m encountering the salvation message, “God loves you and has a wonderful plan for your life,” I really don’t think about it much. Most of the time I just take it for granted. I think about loving God, being a spiritual Christian, and being led by God’s spirit quite often; but rarely do I meditate on and put into perspective just how important I am (and you are) to the Lord.
God loves me so much (and when I use the word “me,” I mean you too) that he dedicated a portion of his Son’s life, Jesus, to be a redemption for me, so that I would forever have fellowship with Him, even after I’m long gone from the Earth. He loves me so much that He left me hundred’s of promises, that if I would embrace them, they would profoundly change my life and increase my level of joy, peace, fulfillment, and prosperity.
God’s Word is Always with You
He tells me throughout the Word of God that He is always with me, that He will never leave or forsake me, and that He will meet every last one of my needs AND give me the desires of my heart. He loves me more than I love my own self because when I am hard on myself and want to put myself down, He says” Let go and let me help you, bring all your cares and burdens to me, I’ll take them for you, and I’ll give you rest.”
When I begin to worry, God asks me, “Why are you worrying? All is well. I have everything under control.” When I allow doubt and unbelief to create a wedge between my dreams and goals, He says, “Don’t have faith in anything other than me, keep your eyes on me, I am all you need. I will keep you afloat.”
The Bible says that “perfect love casts out fear,” maybe fear rises in my heart because I forget just how much I am loved by God and that nothing can separate me from His love, nothing internal like my shortcomings, my problems, my wrongdoings, or even external like other people, evil spirits, or tragedy.
I want to spend more time meditating on how much God really loves me. He loves ME! HE loves me. He LOVES me! And He loves me just the way I am. He never tries to force me to change, instead He says, “Let me in and I’ll make all the changes needed in a gentle and perfect way.”
God’s Greatest Motivation is Love
The scriptures say that in the midst of our wrongdoings and sins, God sent His Son. He didn’t send Jesus because we are so good or worthy or because we have some great gift or talent. His only motivation was love. He loved us, and still loves us, in spite of all that we are not. How liberating is that? And He will never stop loving us either, even if I NEVER get it together. But maybe by us knowing He loves us so much, and that He will never give up on us, we can begin to tear down the walls that we have created that limit His love from pouring, instead of trickling, through and experiencing His love in perfection.
Maybe as we accept more of God’s love for us, we can be a little more tolerant of ourselves and others. Maybe, as we let more of God’s perfect love fill our hearts, minds, and bodies, we can find more peace and contentment right where we are at this moment and stop striving or working so hard to earn His love as well as the love of others. Perhaps, as we embrace more of God’s love, we will see and love others more fully through Him.
My Prayer Affirmation:
Today, I open my heart to receiving more of God’s love in me, letting it penetrate to my very core and every fiber of my being, erasing all impurities, casting out all fear, soothing away every care, and opening my heart to greater trust and dependency. Maybe this is what I’ve been missing all along, the realization that I am loved not for what I can be, but for who I am already. That’s the love I want today and everyday for the rest of my life. Amen!
Uncovering How We Are Blocking God's Love
Romans 8: 38-39 Paul declares, “ 38 For I am convinced that neither death nor life, neither angels nor demons,[a] neither the present nor the future, nor any powers, 39 neither height nor depth, nor anything else in all creation, will be able to separate us from the love of God that is in Christ Jesus our Lord.”
I am also convinced that although nothing can separate us from God’s love for us, our own fears and insecurities can keep us from receiving the blessings of His love and His very best for us.God’s spirit and promises never change. God is truly the only constant in the universe. God is the source of all creation which includes abundant health and wealth. Where we end up on the spectrum of blessings has everything to do with us and our relationship with God through our own eyes and heart. If I think I can, I am right. If I think I can’t, I’m also right. It’s all a matter of perception. The greatest difference between a magistrate and a pauper lie within his own mind. So if we aren’t enjoying or receiving all we think we deserve or all that God offers us through His promises, it’s up to us to uncover how we are blocking God’s love and the flow of abundance in our lives.
Sometimes we are continually thinking about our circumstances that are limiting God’s spirit from fully manifesting in and around us, I say God’s love because it is from God’s love that every good and perfect gift flows. It’s the same with us, it’s our love that motivates us to give and want the best for others. Yet, we can’t always give our love away freely; the recipient must be willing to receive it as well. But people block the flow of love in their life all the time. They put up walls and barriers to keep from being hurt or disappointed. However, those same walls also block love from entering as well. In an attempt to guard ourselves, we block the good and the bad.
The scripture tells us to guard our hearts for out of our hearts flow the issues of life. From our hearts, or what we believe and meditate on, we create our own life experiences. But God wants us to guard our hearts from the lies and deceptions out there that suppress our divine nature and His! He wants us to chisel away everything that doesn’t represent who we are in Christ and who he is as God. When we are experiencing lack, whether it be a mate, finances, security, material things, peace, joy, etc, it is not our job to seek after these things. This is where the frustration lies.
God’s Word in Our Life
God says through his word that he has given us everything we need to live an abundant, joy-filled, and holy life. When we experience lack in any area, we need to examine our relationship with our source, with God. We need to ask ourselves, “Am I trusting God to give me what I need or desire?” I mean “really trusting” Him! Not through verbal accent, but in thought, motive, and action as well. Often times there is a wide gap between what we say and what we actually believe. Our actions tell the truth. When we are faithfully trusting God, we release all anxiety and fear. We stop intently seeking and searching for the object of our desire because we don’t have to; it’s coming via the Lord. We rest in God and just let the love (abundance, wealth, desire) flow to us unhindered and unencumbered. It may take a little while for it to reach us, but our faith and knowing says, it’s on its way, and we move onto enjoying life.
Put God’s Love Back Into Your Life
Forget the long work hours and the countless single events; forget the scheming, manipulating, and all the time and energy put into chasing after your dreams. Jesus said, that’s what the heathens do, they chase after “things” when our heavenly father wants to give them to us as a gift out of his love for us. So today, examine where you have taken God’s love out of the equation and been on a journey of self-fulfillment instead of fully opening yourself to the overflowing love of God. Then one-by-one submit them to the Lord, trust and believe his love possesses everything you desire, and that by getting out of the way, you will receive them in due time. Using biblical affirmations and Christian meditation to combat negative self-talk and thinking and chisel away at your false mindsets and limiting beliefs can help. Spending time with God in silence and solitude helps us to uncover our true self and bring out the divine nature within us; the nature that connects us to God. Be sure and check out my post on Allowing God to Love Us, I list positive affirmations for allowing transformation to take place.
Owe No Man Anything But to Love Him
Imagine that. God has gotten us off the hook. He doesn’t need us to change, correct, judge, or even rule people. All God asks us to do is love them, and not just our brothers and sisters in Christ, but all people. How freeing is that? Now we can get out of other people’s business and just concentrate on our own. That takes a lot of weight off our shoulders being able to turn down our Christian antennas and turn the reigns over to God concerning others and their lives.
I know it is difficult to just let other’s make their own mistakes by allowing them to follow their own free will. But just think about your life before coming to the Lord and AFTER for that matter. We don’t have all the answers, neither do we do everything right. We need God’s love and mercy just as much as the next person, even those unbelievers that need salvation and more.
If we want to draw people to the kingdom of God, it’s going to requiring loving them in. No amount of nagging, scaring, judging, criticizing, and preaching is going to do it. That just turns people off. If what we do and say isn’t motivated by God’s love flowing within us, then we might as well keep our mouths shut. It’s not going to come across right. 2 Corinthians 13 tells us that the most notable acts of sacrifice and service, void of love are worthless.
So, How Do We Love?
I think we have made something meant to be so simple, so complicated. We can begin loving others today starting with a warm smile, uplifting thoughts, silent prayers, a kind word, needed support, and gentle guidance. We can love people by accepting them the way that they are without trying to make them conform to our own standards, Biblical or not. If you can’t figure out how to love someone, ask God to put ideas in your heart. True or unconditional love loves for the sake of loving, without expecting anything in return. Agape Love or God’s love is like throwing a handful of rose petals into the sea. The waves or current take the petals in many different directions and we have no idea where each one will end up. Just like love, when we give it freely, we have no idea how God will use it, or what impact it will have in someone’s life. And the best part is that we don’t need to know. We just need to continue loving anyway. When we can let go of the outcome, we can love regardless of someone appreciating our love or not.
God hates sin, but he loves people. God doesn’t want any of us to suffer from the deceitfulness of sin, which has its grip on so many hearts, both saved and unsaved. He hates sin because sin destroys us and separates us from God’s blessings. This is just a spiritual law in the universe. When our hearts are filled with anger, fear, worry, doubt and other toxic emotions, we prohibit God’s light from entering into our lives and our circumstances. The Psalmist said in 51:10, “Create in me a clean heart, O God, and renew a right spirit within me.” The word tells us to purify our hearts and renew our minds so that we can abide in Christ and receive all that he has for us. When we lack spiritual blessings, it may be a sign that we’ve allowed spiritual toxins to filter God’s love and light.
As Christians, we know that it is only God that delivers from the power of sin, and that it is His anointing that breaks the yoke of sin in our lives. I believe that anointing stems from the power of God’s love, for God is Love. And Love NEVER fails. (1 Corin. 13:8)
Sometimes love means making hard choices. Not all loving acts appear loving, especially when it comes to close family and friends. There are times we need to make decisions that may not appear loving on the surface, but we know it is in the person’s best interest in the long run. God makes decisions like this everyday. We often react to difficult situations with fear and anxiety, yet God may be using these very circumstances to mature, strengthen, and build our faith, and to take us one step further from where we are to where he ultimately wants us to be. That’s why God tells us that “All things are working together for our highest good.” And Paul said in 1 Peter 4:12, “Dear friends, do not be surprised at the fiery ordeal that has come on you to test you, as though something strange were happening to you. But rejoice inasmuch as you participate in the sufferings of Christ, so that you may be overjoyed when his glory is revealed.” Therefore, discipline is a form of love.
In addition, that same love that God wants us to extend to others we must also extend to ourselves. Many of us are our own worst enemy. We put ourselves down. Judge and criticize our actions and behaviors and engage in ongoing negative self-talk. We need to give ourselves a break. If we could be perfect, Jesus didn’t have to die for us. God knows we’re going to mess up sometimes, but he didn’t leave us hanging. He just tells us to confess our sins so we can be cleansed and healed, even if we ask God to forgive us 144 times, for the exact same thing! God wants us to love ourselves and others. He made it clear when he told his disciples to love the Lord thy God with all their heart and strength and then love your neighbor as yourself. God didn’t leave anyone out of the loving circle.
We also aren’t loving to ourselves when we allow others to physically or mentally abuse or use us. Yet there is a fine line here because you can suffer for the cause of Christ. You have to determine if God put you here for a reason or if you are just in an abusive situation of your own doing. If God has placed you in a place of testing, He will also give you the love, faith, wisdom, patience, and determination to stand until the end as you put on His spiritual armor. This isn’t about becoming someone’s victim, but being an overcomer in Christ and standing until you see your victory. You must decide if you want to live on the offense or the defensive. Whether you will be a fighter (in love) or a whimp.
Draw Closer to God to Live a More Loving Lifestyle
As I have drawn closer to the Lord through spending time with him, my desire to judge, rule, control, label, or persuade others has greatly diminished. I know that all people are on a spiritual path, that God knows their heart, and that he will lead them in is own way and time, just like he did me. The Bibles says that “No man comes to God unless the spirit of God draws Him.” That doesn’t mean God won’t use us to share our testimony, declare the truth, or witness to someone, but we do this out of the leading of the Spirit, as well as a spirit of Love, for it to be effective or have any lasting value. People come to the Lord as he draws them, never coerce or pressured.
Paul said, “They will know we are Christians by our love.” It is not until people experience the genuine love of God in our hearts that they will be ready to embrace the message of the gospel that unfortunately has been overshadowed by mean, critical, judgmental Christianity that alienates instead of draws others in, the very opposite of God’s intent. Even Jesus said, I came not to judge the world, but to save it. His mission on Earth was one of faith, hope, and healing. I believe that God’s Love is the greatest and most transformative power available to us, but we must employ it. Only love will set the world free.