- Psalm 17:7 Show me the wonders of your great love, you who save by your right hand those who take refuge in you from their foes.
It has taken many a year to truly accept God’s unconditional love for me. I knew a lot in my head, lots and lots of Scripture But there seemed to be a clog somewhere inside of me, like a stopped up drain. My Mom always told me that the longest distance in the world is the 18 inches between our head and our heart. We can have a lot of head knowledge, but until we embrace those truths within our hearts, our growth and transformation are stunted. I remember seeing a sign in front of a church that read, “Love your enemies as yourself.” I mumbled under my breath, “I am my worst enemy, God.” And He whispered, “Exactly, Carole; Love your enemy!”
And that was the beginning of the realization that I hated myself; which led to the arduous and, quite painful journey, out of self-loathing, and into the Love Of God. I know that 1Corinthians 13 is referred to as the Love chapter, but I have learned Just as much, if not more about love from: 1 John 4:7-21. I will be spending the next few blog posts, sharing what God has taught me from this passage of Scripture. It transformed my view of God, myself and others completely and has led to a much more contented n peaceful journey wit the Lord. I am no longer trying to prove myself to others, or to gain the love of God (which I now know I possess in fullest measure, just by believing on Christ. For now, let’s just slowly read it together.
God Is Love
7 Beloved, let us love one another, for love is from God; and everyone who loves is born of God and knows God. 8 The one who does not love does not know God, for God is love. 9 By this the love of God was manifested in us, that God has sent His only begotten Son into the world so that we might live through Him. 10 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. 11 Beloved, if God so loved us, we also ought to love one another. 12 No one has seen God at any time; if we love one another, God abides in us, and His love is perfected in us. 13 By this we know that we abide in Him and He in us, because He has given us of His Spirit. 14 We have seen and testify that the Father has sent the Son to be the Savior of the world.
15 Whoever confesses that Jesus is the Son of God, God abides in him, and he in God. 16 We have come to know and have believed the love which God has for us. God is love, and the one who abides in love abides in God, and God abides in him. 17 By this, love is perfected with us, so that we may have confidence in the day of judgment; because as He is, so also are we in this world. 18 There is no fear in love; but perfect love casts out fear, because fear involves punishment, and the one who fears is not perfected in love. 19 We love, because He first loved us. 20 If someone says, “I love God,” and hates his brother, he is a liar; for the one who does not love his brother whom he has seen, cannot love God whom he has not seen. 21 And this commandment we have from Him, that the one who loves God should love his brother also.
More to come in late days. His love is all encompassing and saturates us to the core of our being wen we truly believe Him.