God is love! He created us to live in peace and to love each other. Though He is Creator, creating all things including us, and though He is the Righteous Judge that will welcome some to Heaven and send others to Hell; He loves us and has done everything for us! God is God; He is all powerful! Our ungodly lifestyles have consequences, even though we might seem to get away with it now. We see politicians lie and fabricate untruths to assassinate peoples character, and the media collaborating with them. This has become common practice with the liberal left in our country, and it has become deplorable! We ask ourselves, how can this continue to go on? God is loving and patient with us, desiring for us to eventually turn from ungodly behavior. The bible says that the love of God (Christ) constrains me (stops me from doing evil). Let us look into this great Love that our Heavenly Father has for us and allow it to effect our actions.
The Father- Love!
Who is this Father of creation and eternity? Why does He love humanity so much? What is His desire?
When we begin to contemplate the vastness of almighty God, we use the word awestruck. His creation of the stars and planets alone should drop us to our knees and prompt us to ask, “Who is this God and Creator? Who is this Deity with all power and all authority over life?” I have an opinion, but let’s go to the source and ask God to describe Himself.
For I am God and there is none else. I am God, and there is none like me. Declaring the end from the beginning, and from ancient times, the things that are not yet done. Saying: My council shall stand, and I will do all my pleasure. I have spoken it, I will also bring it to pass. I have purposed it, I will also do it. (Isaiah 46:9)
God declared His omnipotence and immediately focused our attention on His fulfilled prophesies and the unfulfilled ones to come. God declared, “What I have spoken will happen, and what I determine to do will be done.” What an ominous scripture. Such amazing authority and dominion over all things. God prophetically declared events before they happened; He does whatever He wants whenever He wants. He is all powerful. Jesus was referring to this total authority and power when He spoke the following scriptures about His Father.
With men this is impossible; but with God all things are possible. (Matthew 19:26)
For with God nothing is impossible. (Luke 1:27)
God is all powerful, and He wants to show His power through those hearts that believe. God’s power is limitless.
I am He: before me there was no God formed, neither shall there be after me. I, even I am the Lord, and beside me there is no savior! Yea, before the day was, I am He, and there is none that can deliver out of My Hand. (Isaiah 43:10–13)
God always was and always will be, and there are no other gods; He is the one and only Savior, and no one can take anything away from Him. Talk about being in full control. Trusting in God and following His ways is the safest thing to do. King David understood that and penned it throughout the psalms: “The Lord is my shepherd.” We can trust in God’s ability to protect us.
For when God made promise to Abraham, because he could swear by none greater, He swore by Himself. (Hebrews 6:13)
This verse cracks me up. I picture God frantically searching through heaven and earth looking for someone greater to swear by, but it’s really a joke. He created everything; how could anything be greater than Him? When we want to swear to the truth, we say, “I swear by God,” but God says, “I swear by Me.”
God Is Omniscient
Great is our Lord, and of great power; His understanding is infinite. (Psalm 147:5)
God knows all there is to know and more. There is no end to His understanding, which is why Jesus could say, “Let him that lacks wisdom, ask.” We need God’s wisdom, not our own. For if our heart condemns us, God is greater than our heart, and knoweth all things. (1 John 3:20)
God Is Omnipresent; Wither shall I go from Thy Spirit, or wither shall I flee from Thy presence? If I ascend up into heaven, thou art there; If I make my bed in hell, behold, Thou art there. (Psalm 139:7–8) There is no place that we can go where God will not be.
Seek the Lord, if haply they may feel after Him, and find Him, though He be not far from every one of us: for in Him we live, move, and have our being. (Acts 17:27) How amazing is this? God is everywhere and around us continually. I love the phrase “in Him we live, move, and have our being.” It reminds me of the movie A Knight’s Tale in which the herald declares, “We walk in the turbulence of His glory.”
There is no hiding from God because He is everywhere all the time. We see His glory through His creation.
The heavens declare the Glory of God. The firmament His handiwork. (Psalm 19:1) God created humankind, and this Father of life and creation became the Father of humanity. Thanks to the sacrifice of God’s Son, we have become God’s sons.
For as many as are led by the Spirit of God, they are the sons of God. For you have not received the Spirit of bondage again to fear, but ye have received the Spirit of Adoption whereby we cry Abba Father! (Romans 8:5)
God adopted us into His family. He is our Father by our adoption through Jesus Christ. Jesus came to declare our Father to us. While instructing us how to pray, Jesus told us to address God as our Father. Christ made it clear that God was our Father who loved us. Behold the love of God.
Behold, what manner of love the Father hath bestowed upon us, that we should be called the sons of God. Now are we sons of God, and it doth not yet appear what we shall be. And everyone that hath this hope in him purifieth himself. (1 John 3:1–3)
John, the writer of this book, seemed taken aback emotionally by the love of God to adopt us and then call us His sons. John said that this great honor had been bestowed on us by God the Father. It is a gift. John’s first thought after the revelation of being a son of God was to purify himself and attempt to walk as Christ did. I love the phrase “Now are we sons of God.”
But God commendeth His love toward us, in that, while we were yet sinners. Christ died for us. Being now justified by His blood, we shall be saved from wrath through Him. (Romans 5:8–9) Christ died for us when we were sinners blinded by our sins; He opened our eyes. God gave us a way to get our hearts right by receiving justification through the atoning blood of Jesus Christ. We are justified!
Yea, I (God) have loved thee with an everlasting love: therefore, with lovingkindness have I drawn thee. Again, I will build thee, and thou shalt be built. (Jeremiah 31:3–4) God’s patient loving-kindness draws us to Him like a magnet; He is patient, gracious and loving. His love for us is everlasting. He will never give up on us no matter how many times we fail. He has determined to build us, and we will be built.
But God, who is rich in mercy, for His great love wherewith He loved us. Even when we were dead in sins, hath quickened us together with Christ (by grace ye are saved). For by grace are ye saved through faith, and that not of yourself: it is the gift of God. Not of works, lest any man boast. (Ephesians 2:4–9)
That is the great love with which God loves us. We have salvation through Christ. It is a gift from God, and what a great gift it is. It is not of works lest any man boast. None of us can act as if we deserve it because we don’t. Everything we do for God is just reasonable service. If some have great abilities, it is because God gave them their abilities period. None of us is better than the other. Looks like God and His Son will be the only ones boasting in heaven. Last time someone else boasted in heaven, it was Lucifer, and we all know how that ended. We were all sinners who were saved from the wrath to come because of God’s great love for us and His Son’s obedient sacrifice. God’s love created us to have life and to be His children; He is the embodiment of love.
God is Love! (1 John 4:16)
Love is the inspiration behind everything God has done and will do. He created us in His image.
A man after God’s own heart—this is the type of man God is trying to cultivate; men with hearts filled with the love of God.
And thou shalt love the Lord thy God with all thy heart, and with all thy soul, and with all thy mind, and with all thy strength: this is the first commandment. The second is like, namely this, thou shalt love thy neighbor as thyself. There is none other commandments greater than these. (Mark 12:30–31)
If we firmly believe Jehovah is our God, we will love Him with all our heart, set our affections on Him, show our desire for Him, and take delight in Him. He has sole right to us and thus should have sole possession of us. We should love others as truly and sincerely as we love ourselves. Love is the greatest commandment. Showing our love of God and others should be our most important mission in life.
Though I speak with the tongues of men and of Angels, and though I have the gift of Prophesy, and understanding all mysteries, and all knowledge; and though I have all faith, so that I could remove mountains, and have not charity (love), I am nothing. And now abidith faith, hope, charity these three; but the greatest of these is charity (love). (1 Corinthians 13:1–13)
None of God’s great gifts—the ability to move mountains, prophesy, understand all mysteries, speak with the tongue of an angel—can hold a candle to real love, agape love. These gifts are of no significance without a benevolent and loving heart. Love is the greatest gift. Without it permeating us and being expressed through us, we are nothing.
A new commandment I give unto you, that ye love one another; as I have loved you, that ye also love one another. By this shall all men know that ye are my disciples, if ye have love one to another. (John 13:34–35)
Jesus commended brotherly love as pleasant, counseled it as profitable, commanded it, and made it a fundamental law of the kingdom. Our love for one another must be free, laborious, and constant; it must be love for the souls of one another. Brotherly love is the badge of Christ’s disciples. No miracle or anything else you could think of proves your discipleship; it’s the true and sincere affection for each other. Love is the proof of true discipleship.
And we have known and believed the love that God hath to us. God is love; and he that dwelleth in love dwelleth in God, and God in him. (1 John 4:16)
God is essential, boundless love. What will God not do when He desires to demonstrate His highest love, that He Himself is love? Love is the brightest, dearest, most transcendent, and most excellent of God’s unbounded nature for the admiration, praise, and adoration of the most exalted powers. God can dwell in our hearts through love, and He wants to create hearts of love in us.
Love suffers long, and is kind; love envies not, love vaunts not itself, is not puffed up, does not behave unseemingly, seeks not its own, is not easily provoked, thinks no evil; Rejoices not in iniquity, but rejoices in the truth; Bears all things, believes all things, hopes all things, endures all things, love never fails. (1 Corinthians 13:4–8)
This is what love looks like.
Love is not a feeling; it is a way of acting. How can we say we love God if we hate our brother? If we hate anyone, that’s proof we don’t love God. We might like God, but we love ourselves more.
“If you love me, obey me.” We can’t love God and the world; it’s one or the other. Our actions prove whom we love. Similar to what we would do in a court, we present evidence of our love for God as we attempt to obey Him in our lives (though no one is perfect) and as we show love to others.
But enemies of God are trying to keep this from happening.
Walk in the Spirit, and ye shall not fulfil the lust of the flesh … Adultery, fornication … Idolatry, witchcraft … Envy, murder … they which do such things shall not inherit the Kingdom of God. (Galatians 5:16–21)
Matthew Henry said,
There is in everyone a struggle between the flesh and the Spirit. The flesh; the corrupt and carnal part of us strives and struggles with strength and vigor, against the Spirit. It opposes and resists everything Spiritual. The best antidote against the poison of sin is to walk in the Spirit; to commit ourselves to the guidance of the word.
These are not just bad habits but unrepented sins intended to keep us from heaven. These are our enemies. How does God’s love give us dominion?
For the love of Christ constraneth us; because we thus judge, that if one died for all, then were all dead. (2 Corinthians 5:14)
We are under the sweetest and strongest constraint: love has a constraining virtue. The love Jesus has for us constrained Him to remain on the cross despite the agony He went through, and His dying for us will have this effect on us. What we were before the knowledge and sacrifice of Christ is how we would have continued had He not died for us, who were dead in sin. We understand what Jesus endured for us, and His love for us encourages us to change, to consider ourselves dead to sin.
Who shall separate us from the love of Christ … Nay, in all these things we are more than conquers through him (Christ) that loved us. (Romans 8:35–37)
By patiently bearing our trials, we become triumphant. The spoils we receive are exceedingly rich—glory, honor, peace, a crown of righteousness that does not fade away. Through these trials that attempt to separate us from this great love, we are not separated from God’s love; we are embraced by it, and it will encourage us to keep fighting the good fight of faith.
I am crucified with Christ; nevertheless, I live; yet not I, but Christ liveth in me. (Galatians 2:20)
The mystery of belief is this: we are crucified, yet we live. The old man is crucified, but the new man lives. We are dead to the world and the law but alive to God and Christ. He lives and yet not He. For all outward appearances, we live as other people do, but we have a higher and nobler principle in Christ especially eyeing the love He showed for us on the cross. Those who have true faith live by that faith. We are crucified to these ungodly lusts, and Jesus lives through us.
Hereby we perceive the love of God, because He laid down His life for us; and we ought to lay down our lives for the brethren. (1 John 3:16)
Here is the miracle, the mystery of divine love that God would redeem the church with His blood. We should love those whom God loves in the highest degree so fervently as to make us willing to suffer even to death for our brothers in Christ. This love of the brethren is love of the God in them, and where there is none of this love of them, there is no true love of God. We see the Lord’s love for us through His actions and act accordingly, mirroring what He did for us
How do we show God our love for Him?
If a man loves me, he will keep my words; and My Father will love him, and we will come unto him, and make our abode with him. (John 14:23)
God shows us the inseparable connection between love and obedience; love is the root and obedience is the fruit. Where sincere love of Christ is in the heart, there will be obedience. Where there is true love for Christ, there is a value put on His favor, a veneration of His authority, and an entire surrender of the whole man to His direction. It flows naturally from the principle of gratitude. This is easy enough to understand as we read, “If a man loves me, he will keep my words.”
For the Father Himself loveth you, because ye have loved me, and believed that I came out from God. (John 16:27)
God loves us. Christ turned God’s wrath from us and brought us into a covenant of peace and reconciliation. He purchased God’s favor for us and brought us into a covenant of friendship, philei hymas, love. The Father is pleased to love us because we love Christ. We love Christ because we believe He came from God and is the only begotten of the Father and high commissioner of the world. We believe Jesus is the Son of God.
And walk in love, as Christ also hath loved us, and hath given Himself for us. (Ephesians 5:2)
The godlike grace of Christ should influence our whole conversation with Him. It should be the principle by which we act. We should be more careful to give proof of the sincerity of our love of others. Christians are obligated to imitate whom we have received free and generous love from. We are called to walk in Christ’s example of love and give ourselves to each other.
Have you ever been in love? Being in love can cause you to do seemingly crazy things for the object of your affection. God has demonstrated His love for us. Will we demonstrate our love of Him?