The Soaring Eagle

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God of Love 8

 

“But you, O Lord,
are a compassionate and gracious God,
slow to anger,
abounding in love and faithfulness”
(Psalm 86:15)

Reflection:
God is a God of Love.

All of Scripture testifies to this great truth. However the Bible also makes it clear that God is not a God to be trifled with. He is holy, pure, righteous and just and one who does not write off sin as if it does not matter. Sin does matter. The Cross tells us just how much it matters whilst, at the same time, revealing the full extent and power of the love of God.

Whilst God is faithful to His holiness and righteousness and cannot disregard sin His love is so abundant that He seeks to save us from its consequences. He does this by taking the stain and guilt of sin upon Himself and accepting the judgement and penalty in our place. This reveals to us just how much He wants us to be saved and to enter into a new and free relationship with Him.

“For God so loved the world that he gave his one and only Son, that whoever believes in him shall not perish but have eternal life” (John 3:16)

Response:
God’s love flows out to me in glorious waves.

Prayer:

Lord God please help me to believe and trust in Your abounding love at all times. Amen.

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God of Love 7

“Because your love is better than life,
my lips will glorify you”
(Psalm 63:3)

Reflection:
God is a God of Love.

We spend a great deal of time focussed on our lives – on what to do, on what we need, on what we would like and on what we are feeling. We can become so preoccupied with ourselves that we miss out on what it is to truly love and on what it is to be loved.

Scripture dwells a lot on love – on loving God, on loving our neighbour, on loving one another and on loving our enemies. More significantly it focusses also on the love that God has for us. This love is far more than a four-letter word – it is something that we can know and receive and the depths of which are beyond reach.

David knew this love first-hand and described it as being ‘better than life.’ The awareness and experience of God’s love was such that nothing else in his life could compete with it.
Paul also knew this love and prayed that we too might begin to receive and experience it more and more.

“I pray that you, 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 you may be filled to the measure of all the fullness of God” (Ephesians 3:17-19)

This love has its source in God Himself and comes to us as a gift of the Holy Spirit.

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

Our response, as the reality of God’s love becomes a part of our experience, is to both laugh with the utter joy of it and to turn to Him with expressions of wonder-filled praise on our lips – “my lips will glorify You.”

Response:
Ask the Lord to open your heart and spirit to the wonder of His love – and thank and praise Him for the little awareness that you have at the moment

Prayer:

Father please enlarge my heart and my spirit with the wonder of Your love – and may Your Spirit keep pouring it into me in never-ending streams. Bless me Lord so that Your love will also pour from me, into the lives and hearts of those around me. Amen.

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God of Love 6

“Your love, O LORD, reaches to the heavens,
your faithfulness to the skies”
(Psalm 36:5)

Reflection:
God is a God of Love.

Because we are of this fallen world, which represents the limits of our normal experience, we tend to assess everything accordingly. However the Psalmist is encouraging us to break free from such limitations as we turn our attention toward God.

He reminds us that just as God is not of this world so His attributes are beyond the limitations of the world. Instead he envisions the love of God as being so great that it  embraces both the world and the heavens. And because faithfulness is such an integral part of love it too reaches from the earth to the skies. In other words the love and faithfulness of God are so limitless that we cannot go anywhere and find that we are beyond them.

Wherever and however we are right now the God of love and the love of God is with us. That does not mean that He has to or will change our situations to suit us. He may do so or for reasons of His own He may not. However He will be with us at all times, loving and sustaining us. As we trust and believe in His love change will begin to take place within us – and that itself will begin to alter our attitude towards our situations and then our situations themselves.

Response:
The love of God is as present to us as the air that we breathe. Take some deep breaths of it now – savour and receive it.

Prayer:

Father Your love for me is ever-present, unlimited and unconditional. Please help me to trust it and live within it every moment of every day. Amen.

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God of Love 5

 

“Give thanks to the LORD, for he is good;
his love endures forever”
(1 Chronicles 16:34)

Reflection:
God is a God of Love – and a blessing in our lives at all times not only when are feeling good about life and about ourselves.

When we have sinned we can turn to Him for forgiveness. When we have failed we can turn to Him for encouragement. When we have been rejected we can turn to Him for love. When we are sick we can turn to Him for strength and healing. When we are bereaved we can turn to Him for consolation. When we are afraid we can turn to Him for peace. When we are lonely we can turn to Him for companionship. When we are confused we can turn to Him for clarity. When we are puzzled we can turn to Him for direction.  In all our situations He is with us and is the answer that we need.

  • “Come to me, all you who are weary and burdened, and I will give you rest” (Matthew 11:28)
  • “I am the way and the truth and the life” (John 14:6)

God does not only love us when we do not sin. On the contrary,

“God demonstrates his own love for us in this:
While we were still sinners, Christ died for us”
(Romans 5:8)

God’s love for us – for you and for me – endures forever.
And if you look up ‘forever’ in the Shorter Oxford Dictionary it means forever.

Response:
Right now as I read this God is with me and His love reaches out to enfold me.

Prayer:

Father God, please help me to believe in Your goodness and love at all times – and especially when I am feeling down about myself. Amen.

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God of Love 4

Know therefore that the LORD your God is God;
he is the faithful God, keeping his covenant of love
to a thousand generations of those who love him
and keep his commands”
(Deuteronomy 7:9)

Reflection:
God is a God of Love.

He had promised

  • Abraham that “all peoples on earth will be blessed through you” (Genesis 12:3)
  • and at Sinai “Now if you obey me fully and keep my covenant, then out of all nations you will be my treasured possession. Although the whole earth is mine, you will be for me a kingdom of priests and a holy nation” (Exodus 19:5-6)

These promises were being fulfilled as God led His people out of Egypt and to the Promised Land. They were still being fulfilled in the ministry, death and resurrection of the Lord Jesus. They are being fulfilled today and will find their complete and final fulfilment when the Lord comes again in all His glory.

God’s commitment and His actions come from His great love for us. It is a love that formulated His plans, set them in motion and will keep them operating until the end. We are a part of this process today. As believers we live within the context of His great commitment.

“For God so loved the world that he gave his one and only Son, that whoever believes in him shall not perish but have eternal life”
(John 3:16)

Response:
Today is not forever – it is part of a journey to the Lord.

Prayer:

Father I place my hand in Your hand. Lead me on until I am safely home with You. Amen.

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God of Love 3

“The LORD God made garments of skin for Adam and his wife
and clothed them”
(Genesis 3:21)

Reflection:
God is a God of Love.

One of the most remarkable acts of love by God is contained here right at the beginning of the Biblical account of His relationship with humans.

Adam and Eve had rejected His authority, love and wisdom in a way that made it impossible for them to remain in His presence. The death that God had warned them about was now a reality.  They had to leave and find their own way in the comparatively inhospitable outside world.

A similar scenario would be enacted much later at Sinai. Effectively God would say to the Hebrews, “Commit yourselves to Me and My Ways and I will take you to a land flowing with milk and honey. Reject Me and the lonely desert awaits you.”

But now, as the physically and spiritually naked couple were about to leave Eden, God did a wonderful thing. He made clothes for them – and He clothed them Himself. There is a concern and intimacy here which is wonderful. The Father had not stopped loving them or caring for them.

Again the scene is played out in the then distant future. It was in all probability a lamb that died and surrendered its skin so that they could be clothed.  In time to come the Lamb of God would surrender His clothes and die naked – so that we could be clothed with His life and righteousness and return to the presence of God.

“Clothe yourselves with the Lord Jesus Christ” 
(Romans 13:14)

Such Love.

Response:
God has clothes for us to wear – have I fully accepted them?

Prayer:

Father please help me to shed the clothes of this world and to enter into the covering of the Lord Jesus in every area of my life. Amen.

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God of Love 2

“Then the man and his wife heard the sound of the LORD God as he was walking in the garden in the cool of the day, and they hid from the LORD God among the trees of the garden. But the LORD God called to the man, “Where are you?”
(Genesis 3:8-9)

Reflection:
God is a God of Love.

We see this vividly portrayed in the account of the Fall. Having realised that they had sinned Adam and Eve hid from God amongst the trees. However God – obviously aware of their sin – did not go away but looked for them, calling out at the same time, “Where are you?”  And the story of salvation began.

We see this attitude of God’s described again by Jesus in the parable of the Lost Sheep – where the Shepherd goes looking for the one that is lost and does not return until He has found it. In fact Jesus described His ministry in these terms,

“The Son of Man came to seek and to save what was lost” 
(Luke 19:10)

Our Lord still searches for those who are lost – knocking at the doors of their lives and asking to be allowed in. And, when He has entered, He knocks on the inner doors that are closed to Him. His desire is to enter into every area of our lives with His Light, Love and Life – to bring healing and wholeness and to set us free from any bondage and crippling fear.

Response:
God’s is calling your name – to get your attention in a new way so that He can  enter into your life at a deeper level. If you can identify a closed or barren area in your life ask Him to enter into it.

Prayer:

Lord Jesus I long to be more fully found by You, and to rest in Your presence and love. Help me to open all of my doors to You so that I may begin to receive the fullness of Your love. Amen.

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