February… the month of “LOVE” – when chocolates, red roses abound and platitudes of undying faithfulness to ‘the relationship’ fall from adoring lips!!
In all that celebration, LOVE is at the core.
John 3:16: FOR GOD SO LOVED THE WORLD THAT HE GAVE HIS ONLY BEGOTTEN SON, THAT WHOSOEVER BELIEVES IN HIM SHOULD NOT PERISH BUT HAVE EVERLASTING LIFE.
God’s LOVE is NOT the world’s love. The world’s love is temperamental, based on feelings and emotions. It is conditional. It is swayed by mood, words, actions (or non-actions) and can be destroyed or tossed out on a whim. Marriage vows: till death do us part… have no meaning. One partner has become disillusioned and love takes a walk. Teenagers, so in love, see their ‘steady’ even looking at another person… fights ensue and ‘forever’ no longer has any meaning. On and on and on in the worlds definition of ‘love.
But the main topic of LOVE is GOD’S LOVE… from the Greek word: AGAPAO (verb) AGAPE (noun). Vines Expository defines it thus: Agape and agapao are used in the New Testament (a) to describe the attitude of God toward His Son; the human race, generally; and to such as believe on the Lord Jesus Christ; (b) to convey His Will to His children concerning their attitude one toward another and to all men; (c) to express the essential nature of God.
Obviously, this is NOT the love of complacency or affection. In other words, it is not dependent upon the actions of humans!
Vines further defines God’s LOVE: “It is an exercise of the Divine will in deliberate choice, made without assignable cause save that which lies in the nature of God Himself…. In respect of agapao as used of God, it expresses the deep and constant love and interest of a perfect Being towards entirely unworthy objects, producing and fostering a reverential love in them towards the Giver, and a practical love towards those who are partakers of the same, and a desire to help others to seek the Giver.”
“…as used of God, it expresses the deep and constant love and interest of a perfect Being towards entirely unworthy objects….” Think about that. first of all, we are entirely unworthy objects of God’s LOVE, yet HIS Divine Will is to love us unconditionally…not based on anything we do, have done, or could do.
Romans 5:8: BUT GOD COMMENDS HIS LOVE TOWARD US, IN THAT WHILE WE WERE YET SINNERS, CHRIST DIED FOR US!
God’s LOVE is about relationship. It is about a FOREVER HEART RELATIONSHIP. It is NOT dependent upon our actions. It is NOT ‘rewards’ for doing good. It is about relationship – the Creator with the created. God doesn’t throw us out when we fail Him (hallelujah!). God doesn’t hold our faults against us (Praise the LORD!). God’s LOVE never fails.
We may fail Him multiple times in every day, yet His LOVE remains. We may feel so unworthy, but He says, “Come to Me….”(Matthew 11:28) He says, “…if you confess your sin, I am faithful and just to forgive you of that sin and to cleanse you from ALL unrighteousness! (1 John 1:9)
He doesn’t turn us away to punish us. He LOVES us and His relationship with us is as permanent as the sun rising in the east and setting in the west. His RELATIONSHIP with us is permanent.
Won’t you give Him the opportunity to show you how He loves you?
In the famous Love poem, Elizabeth Barrett Browning penned these words:
How do I love thee? Let me count the ways.
I love thee to the depth and breadth and height
My soul can reach, when feeling out of sight
For the ends of Being and ideal Grace.
I love thee to the level of everyday’s
Most quiet need, by sun and candle-light.
I love thee freely, as men strive for Right;
I love thee purely, as they turn from Praise.
I love thee with a passion put to use
In my old griefs, and with my childhood’s faith.
I love thee with a love I seemed to lose
With my lost saints, — I love thee with the breath,
Smiles, tears, of all my life! — and, if God choose,
I shall but love thee better after death.
God’s LOVE is far greater, oceans deeper and galaxies further than any human can fathom. His ways are past finding out. We try to wrap our finite mind around the Great God who is INFINITE. Our relationship with Him can only be penned by human frailty. But His relationship with US is penned on the scroll of the heavens… it is eternal and will never fail.
Here is one of my most favorite hymns. If you can imagine the view of the Atlantic Ocean off the coast of Maine, or Florida; if you can imagine the Pacific Ocean off the coast of California… or the Indian Ocean off the coast of Africa… imagine… filled with ink… and it still wouldn’t be able to write the words to describe THE LOVE OF GOD By Frederick Lehman
The love of God is greater far
Than tongue or pen can ever tell;
It goes beyond the highest star,
And reaches to the lowest hell;
The guilty pair, bowed down with care,
God gave His Son to win;
His erring child He reconciled,
And pardoned from his sin.
O love of God, how rich and pure!
How measureless and strong!
It shall forevermore endure
The saints’ and angels’ song.
When years of time shall pass away,
And earthly thrones and kingdoms fall,
When men, who here refuse to pray,
On rocks and hills and mountains call,
God’s love so sure, shall still endure,
All measureless and strong;
Redeeming grace to Adam’s race-
The saints’ and angels’ song.
Could we with ink the ocean fill,
And were the skies of parchment made,
Were every stalk on earth a quill,
And every man a scribe by trade,
To write the love of God above,
Would drain the ocean dry.
Nor could the scroll contain the whole,
Though stretched from sky to sky
A relationship with God is the greatest, most important decision you will ever make. If you haven’t taken that step yet, I encourage you to not let another second pass without asking Jesus, Yeshua… the Messiah of God, into your heart. It’s easy (God didn’t make it so difficult that we have to work our way to Heaven – He is standing at the door of your heart now… knocking. Will you open that door and invite Him to take control of your life today? Just pray this prayer:
Oh God, without Jesus I am lost. I don’t want to be lost. I want to be saved. Jesus, as the Son of God, who died for me on the Cross for my sins, I ask you to come into my heart and save me now. Thank You, Jesus, for saving me. My name is now written in Your Book of Life and I have been transferred out of the kingdom of darkness in the Kingdom of Heaven. I am saved! I AM SAVED!
Now: you need to tell someone that you have accepted Jesus. You can respond to this website and let us know that you have been born again… born out of darkness into God’s Kingdom.
The next thing you need to do is find a good, Bible-teaching Church to attend so you can grow in the grace and knowledge of the Lord Jesus Christ!
May God richly bless you this day and every day as your relationship with the Almighty God grows!
JESUS IS LORD!