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Powerful Commandment

John 15:17  These things I command you, that ye love one another.

People throw around the Love-word quite frequently throughout the day. So frequently in fact that the true meaning of the word gets lost. For example, “I love this ice cream…I love chocolate…I love baseball” so on and forth. Of course, there is no harm in these comments, and just about everyone is guilty of such playful “descriptions” of their strong likes and desires.

Websters dictionary online describes love in various ways, including a profoundly tender, passionate affection for another person.

LOVE has many meanings.  Personally, the biggest one for me is God and His love. God’s benevolent attitude towards His Children. Likewise, the children’s reverent love and adoration of God because of who He is, and how He loves us.

1 John 4:7 Beloved, let us love one another: for love is of God; and every one that loveth is born of God, and knoweth God.

God without any doubt absolutely and completely loves us!  It may be difficult to wrap our minds around it, but nevertheless it is so true.  This is where our faith journey usually begins. Understanding the depth of love that God has for us. Consequently, if we don’t have a belief system and assurance of God’s love, our faith journey probably will not last for very long.

John16:27 For the Father Himself loveth you, because ye have loved Me, and have believed that I came out from God.

Fortunately, reading the Bible will allow our relationship with God to grow. In turn, it will bring about a deeper and closer relationship with Him. When we read His Word, we are brought to a amazing realization of how much God loves us. Getting to know Him on an intimate basis, His character, His mercy, His grace, and His love is the most enjoyable aspect and component of our faith. Because with that familiarity, we inherently fall in love with Him.

Romans 5:8But God commendeth his love toward us, in that, while we were yet sinners, Christ died for us.

There is no force more powerful than the love our Father has for His Children. His love knows no bounds. His love can sustain and provide.  His love is a sanctuary. His love heals our broken bones, and wounded hearts. But perhaps the most prolific of all, is that His love is so great that He sent His only Son to die that we might live through Him.

John 3:16For God so loved the world, that he gave his only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in him should not perish, but have everlasting life.

What do you feel when you read John 3:16Do you grasp the enormity of that verse?  Are you faithful and joyous in His love and mercy?  Do you demonstrate thanks to Him on a daily basis?

1 Corinthians 13:13– Faith Hope and love – Can you guess which of these three is the greatest of all?

“Father, words cannot express my love or thanks for the love You have for me, and for Your children overall, my heart and soul belong to You, now and always, in Jesus’ name, Amen!”


C D SWANSON is an Author and freelance writer, a contributor to various websites, a member of Faithwriters, and has a website. It is her greatest joy to write what’s in her heart, and thus her favorite form of expression is in her devotionals. She and her husband share a deep love of God and dote on their fur baby Mickey. Retired Director from Long Term Healthcare, she continues to be an advocate for many. To check out other writings of this author you can go here:

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  1. Jennifer Woodley

    I have heard it said that God’s love for us held Jesus to the cross. Only when we reach Heaven will we be able to grasp the enormity of this love. Thanks for reminding us again of His love for us, Camille.

    • Wow! That’s a moving statement Jennifer! “God’s love for us held Jesus to the cross.”
      Beautiful and poignant at once.
      Thank you, for your insight and comments.
      God Bless~

  2. I have heard that powerful remark also. Yet, Christ’s love and willingness to be obedient to the Father’s plan of redemption to buy back our souls makes me embrace the depths of His heart knowing that He created us in His image for Himself forever.! I see Christ agonizing with His Father forsaking Him in those dark hours on that cross but He is trusting the Father and choosing to please Him for He knows the depth of the love of the Father towards Him.
    It is said that Christ could have come off that cross for the nails could not hold Him to that tree. Love for mankind kept Him there. He had a work to do in the saving of a thief and a Roman soldier while hanging there. He was aware of the spiritual needs in the present moments and in the future for our souls.
    He wouldn’t yield to the testings of the devil’s demands and deceptions in the desert nor men taunting Him to prove that He was the One who came from on high to be their redeemer. It was instead a test to every individual to chose to believe or not to believe on Him.
    He demonstrated His love indeed beyond our comprehension.
    Thank you for sharing these truths regarding what Love is to be about through the eyes of God.

    • Thank you, so much for you insightful and powerful words concerning our Father’s love.
      Your description of His love, and it being a test for everyone to believe or not to believe resonates and is so true.
      His love is truly beyond our human comprehension. It’s a love that transcends all else! And how I embrace it and Him!
      God Bless you Cora~

  3. CD

    What a beautiful message on GOD’S Divine Love Yes His attributes on love and joy of the Holy Spirit. A real Heart to Heart ❤️ message in GOD.

    Thank you

    Love in Christ
    Dee Mills

    • I’m so glad you enjoyed the message, Dee.
      Thank you for your kind words and for being a sister in Christ!
      Miss you!
      God Bless you~

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