With Valentines Day around the corner, I want to examine what love really is. Why does our Heavenly Father love us? What have we done that deserved a love from a Powerful God above? We haven’t done anything to earn his love. Most of the time, we don’t ever think about God. We often go on our day without praying or spending time with God above. Our thoughts are not of love but ourselves. But somehow in the midst of our own desires and our worries of life, we find an overwhelming love that was unearned, undeserved and unending.
See God loves us despite our failures, despite our short-comings, despite our indifference and disrespect for him. So why does he loves us? Because God is love. To truly examine love you need to examine God’s nature and character. God’s character shows me that he is a:
- Longsuffering God- patiently awaiting us to repent
- Graceful God- showing mercy upon us
- Sacrificial God- gave his life for the sins of mankind
- Protecting God- watches over us and delivers us from evil
- Compassionate God- he cares for our wellbeing and happiness
- Giving God- gives us blessings without measure
- Trustworthy God- we can count on his word
- Forgiving- forgives us many times of our sins
God is a Loving God- because he is charitable, caring, kind. He gives us comfort, peace, happiness, forgiveness and mercy. Everything we have in this life is because God gave it to us. God has blessed me with my family, job, home, food, clothing, peace, happiness, joy and a promise of eternal life in Heaven one day. He has promised in his word all these things and I trust in his promises.
1 John 4:7-19 says: Beloved, let us love one another: for love is of God; and every one that loveth is born of God, and knoweth God. He that loveth not knoweth not God; for God is love. In this was manifested the love of God toward us, because that God sent his only begotten Son into the world, that we might live through him. Herein is love, not that we loved God, but that he loved us, and sent his Son to be the propitiation for our sins. Beloved, if God so loved us, we ought also to love one another. No man hath seen God at any time. If we love one another, God dwelleth in us, and his love is perfected in us. Hereby know we that we dwell in him, and he in us, because he hath given us of his Spirit. And we have seen and do testify that the Father sent the Son to be the Saviour of the world. Whosoever shall confess that Jesus is the Son of God, God dwelleth in him, and he in God. And we have known and believed the love that God hath to us. God is love; and he that dwelleth in love dwelleth in God, and God in him. Herein is our love made perfect, that we may have boldness in the day of judgment: because as he is, so are we in this world. There is no fear in love; but perfect love casteth out fear: because fear hath torment. He that feareth is not made perfect in love. We love him, because he first loved us.