God of Love 17

“A new command I give you: Love one another.
As I have loved you,
so you must love one another”
(John 13:34)

Reflection:
God is a God of Love.

If the way that we love everyone else is the standard by which we measure God’s love for us then generally speaking it is neither great not dependable.

However God’s love is rather assessed by the beauty of His creation and the awesome sacrifice of Christ on the Cross. He has given the entire created order into our hands, He has sacrificed Himself for our benefit and has given us an equal share of His only Son’s eternal inheritance.

  • “For since the creation of the world God’s invisible qualities–his eternal power and divine nature–have been clearly seen, being understood from what has been made” (Romans 1:20)
  • “You made him ruler over the works of your hands; you put everything under his feet” (Psalm 8:6)
  • “In him we have redemption through his blood, the forgiveness of sins, in accordance with the riches of God’s grace” (Ephesians 1:7)
  • “Now if we are children, then we are heirs–heirs of God and co-heirs with Christ” (Romans 8:17)

And if that were not enough He has given us also the gift of Himself in the Holy Spirit. It is the Spirit who pours the love of God into our hearts.

  • “God has poured out his love into our hearts by the Holy Spirit, whom he has given us” (Romans 5:5)

It is as the abundant glory of God’s love impacts our hearts that we are enabled to begin loving others as God desires – not with the often shallowness and superficiality of human love but in the life-blessing and life-changing way that is His way.

  • “We love because he first loved us” (1 John 4:19)

Response:
Ask God to help you to be more aware of the reality and depth of His love

Prayer:

I pray that out of His glorious riches He may strengthen (me) with power through His Spirit in (my) inner being, so that Christ may dwell in (my) heart through faith. And I pray that (I), being rooted and established in love, may have power, together with all the saints, to grasp how wide and long and high and deep is the love of Christ, and to know this love that surpasses knowledge–that (I) may be filled to the measure of all the fullness of God. Amen. (Ephesians 3:16-19)

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