God is love I John 4:8
We know this. We heard it as children. It’s perhaps the most quoted verse in the Bible. We teach children the song, “Jesus loves me, this I know.” We see buttons and stickers, bookmarks and greeting cards which all say some version of “God loves you.” We have many reminders of God’s love. Years ago, I told myself many times a day, “God loves me.”
Still, do we really get it? Do we really understand how much He loves us? We cannot possibly comprehend the depths of God’s love for us. Yet, do we have some deep appreciation of His love? Have we apprehended it? Do we sing songs of joy knowing His love? Or do we sing out of obligation, knowing that we should praise Him, after all He has done for us? Does the love of God grip our hearts?
If not, then why not?
My idea on this is that we expect ourselves to earn God’s love, which only blocks us from receiving His love. Earned love really is not love. We cannot obligate God in any way, shape or form. We minimize how truly loving God is when we claim any merit for it. God loves us because His nature is to love. We deserve His wrath. He loves us despite of what we deserve, not because of it. We can do nothing to earn His love. He gives us His love.
Learning to receive God’s love is a process. We need time and help to receive His love. We need to give ourselves grace in the process. Expecting ourselves to have it all figured out now only blocks our healing process.
Your love, O Lord, reaches to the heavens, your faithfulness to the skies. Your righteousness is like the mighty mountains, your justice like the great deep. O Lord, you preserve both man and beast. How priceless is your unfailing love! Both high and low among men find refuge in the shadow of your wings. They feast on the abundance of your house; you give them drink from your river of delights. For with you is the fountain of life; in your light we see light. Psalm 36:5-9
We need light to see God’s love. We need a revelation of His love to awaken our hearts to it.
Very rarely will anyone die for a righteous man, though for a good man someone might possibly dare to die. But God demonstrates his own love for us in this: While we were still sinners Christ died for us. Romans 5:7-8
God has shown us His love in sending His own Son to die for us. What more could He do? God loved us even when we were dead in sin. We did nothing to earn it. God loves because He is love.
Praying for revelation of His love in our hearts,
Loving God and our spiritual family through grace received in faith,
imparting truth in presence and deed and word,
becoming like Messiah and leading others to walk alongside us.