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.
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.
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.
What do you feel when you read John 3:16? Do 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?
“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!”