Tag Archive | God is love

Psalm 34:8 ” Taste and see that the Lord is good.”

There are certain things that someone can attempt to describe to us, but until we can experience it for ourselves, we just don’t get it.  Take instance,  the first time you saw the ocean and that vast expanse of churning water…no amount of prior description someone gave you could even come close to you seeing it with your own eyes.  The same thing happens with Jesus.  We may hear about Him all our lives…but it’s not until we take that personal step of faith and experience Him, that we can then know true joy, peace and hope in our lives.

I Corinthians 13:7 ” Love always protects, always trusts, always hopes, always perseveres.”

The word that stands out in this Scripture to me is the word always…repeated four times in this short sentence.  So, what does always really mean?  Well, according to Webster, it means,  at all times.  Thus, this verse shows us what true unselfish love should look like.  It’s the type of love that is constantly looking for the good in people…believing in and expecting for the very best.  It’s a love that will bear up under a load of misery, adversity, persecution, and provocation with faith, hope, and a smile…thinking of others first.   And just like the love of Christ, unselfish love never fails, and never gives up on others.

I Corinthians 13:4 ” Love is patient, love is kind. It does not envy, it does not boast, it is not proud.”

For the next few days I’m going to writing on the familiar verses in the 13th Chapter of I Corinthians, also known as the Love Chapter.  These verses tell us what Christian love should look like.  But even more importantly, they tell us what selfish self-centered love looks like.  The love Jesus taught of was an unconditional agape love…love that is compassionate, and understanding…refusing to retaliate or repay evil with evil.   But the love the world teaches of is egotistical, self-absorbed, and arrogant….refusing to put others first.  These verses will look at both types of love…selfish and unselfish, and their impact on the world.

II Kings 20:5 ” Go back and tell Hezekiah, the leader of My people, This is what the Lord, the God of your father David, says: I have heard your prayer and seen your tears; I will heal you. On the third day from now you will go up to the Temple of the Lord.”

King Hezekiah became ill to the point of death when Isaiah went and said to him, “Put your house in order, you’re going to die.”  But it then says that Hezekiah prayed and wept before the Lord and the Lord relented.  The human mind would look at this as God yielding, changing His mind, or just being fickle.  But to God, relenting is grounded in compassion not whimsy.  Psalm 106:45 says, “…and out of His great love He relented.”  Though it may appear to us that God was changing His plan… according to His divine perspective…nothing changed.

Psalm 89:2 ” I will declare that Your love stands firm forever, that You established Your faithfulness in heaven itself.”

It goes on to tell us in Psalm 36:5-6, “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.”  I have the opportunity today to be “out in the middle of no where” in North Dakota.  Sitting here looking at the massive expanse of horizon, it seems like you can see forever.  But this vastness around me can in no way compare to the width and breadth of our Heavenly Father’s love for us.  For His mercy for us is indefinite, brought into existence before the very beginning of time by the God of eternity…a ever-lasting and forever God.

I John 2:10-11 ” Whoever loves his brother lives in the light, and there is nothing in him to make him stumble. But whoever hates his brother is in the darkness and walks around in the darkness; he does not know where he is going, because the darkness has blinded him.”

I love nightlights!  I’ll admit I have at least 8 spread throughout the house, casting their subtle radiance so I won’t trip and fall in the dark.  God’s truth is like a nightlight into our darkness…showing us His way so we won’t stumble.  But when we choose to not live by the light of His truth, we are easily deceived and blinded by lies that only foster hatred and distrust against our fellow-man.  When we love one another, the light of God’s truth illuminates situations, obstacles, and personalities for what they really are…exposing hurting hearts and revealing with honesty how we’re more alike than different.

II Chronicles 6:14 “O Lord, God of Israel, there is no God like You in heaven or on earth – You who keep Your covenant of love with Your servants who continue wholeheartedly in Your way.”

It’s all about the relationship.  In any kind of relationship hopefully there’s give and take… communication and mutual respect…connection and co-operation.   But our relationship with the Lord is totally unique from any we have here on earth.  God’s covenant relationship with us is binding and unbreakable…bought by the blood of Jesus Christ…while we were yet sinners.  And His loving kindness and mercy towards us has nothing to do with how good we are…for it is a free gift.  So think about it…the relationship we have with our Lord is really rather lopsided, with Him giving so much more to us than we could ever give back.  This covenant of love that flows between God and us  gives us a purpose in life… and as we commit our heart, soul, and strength to Him, we are ever being  changed from the inside out.