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Written by Charles Head
It’s an awesome thing to know how much we are loved by God, who is our Heavenly Father. His love is unconditional, yet, all we have to do is accept His love and walk in obedience to His word, which is the Bible.
There are many examples in the Bible where the Lord demonstrated His love to His chosen people “Israel.” Also, His love was continued in His New Covenant through Jesus Christ, for the Body of Christ today.
God’s love is demonstrated all around us in four parts: 1) going before us; 2) behind us (rearguard); 3) all sides of us; and 4) inside us.
Joshua was demonstrating God’s love through admonishing Israel to go forward without fear in the wilderness. This is a declaration of “God before his people!”
In Deuteronomy 31:8 we read “and the LORD, He is that doth go before you, He will be with you, He will not fail you, neither forsake you: fear not, neither be dismayed.” In reference to being Israel’s “rearguard”, Isaiah 52:12 reads, “For you shall not go out with haste, nor go by flight: for the LORD will go before you; and the God of Israel will be your rereward” (rearguard).
Psalm 34:7 encourages us of God’s protection from all sides by saying: “The angel of the LORD encampeth around about them that fear Him, and He delivereth them.”
The Lord loves us so much that He is part of our “inside spiritual man.” In the New Testament 1 John 4:4 reads, “Ye are of God, little children, and have overcome them: because greater is He that is in you, than he that is in the world.” We must be continuously reminded that we are “surrounded with God’s love,” and not fear all the cares of this world. God has it all under control and will not abandon us.
As a young man in my early years I didn’t understand God’s love because I hadn’t given Him a chance to manifest Himself to me, but through God’s mercy and love He kept reaching out to me. My Mother had told me about “the love of Jesus” as a young boy but it was my choice to accept or reject God’s love. Finally, when I realized that only “Jesus” could fulfill the void and emptiness I was experiencing in life, I became desperate enough to cry out to Him. He met me and surrounded me in His love and my life was transformed for His glory. I became born again on the “inside.” Until this present day I have no regrets for that decision. God’s love is real inside me.
Charles S. Head