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Written by: Georgetta Head
Many have heard the phrase “God is Love” so often that they have become too familiar with the phrase and “God is Love” has no meaning to them. But, to those who know and understand the meaning of the phrase “God is Love” it brings peace and comfort to their hearts and minds. God is love means God’s love is unconditional and He loves all of His creation. God knowing beforehand that mankind will fail and reject Him, created us anyway, now that is LOVE! Furthermore, God states in the Bible that we are His crowning glory, meaning we were created for His good pleasure.
What’s even more amazing is that God loves even those who reject Him! God’s love is patient and longsuffering! He takes no delight in anyone perishing (2 Peter 3:9), but desires that all will come to repentance and come into His Kingdom of Light (eternal life). Like the thief on the cross who asked Jesus to, “remember me, when you come into your kingdom.” Jesus replied to him, “Amen, I say to you today you will be with me in Paradise.” He will do the same for anyone no matter what their life situation looks like, no matter the sin, because there is no sin God will not forgive. God’s gift of love is free and available to all. We don’t have to errand God’s love through works or try to clean ourselves up, we already have it. God wants us to accept His Son Jesus Christ into our hearts as personal Savior of our lives. When we accept Jesus, He is the one who will cleanse us of bad habits, old mindsets, addictions, etc. Jesus is the one who will transport us from the kingdom of darkness (satan) to the Kingdom of Light (Jesus). We may fail others in the area of love, but God’s love and mercy never fails. God is faithful with His promises.
So how do we grow experientially in our love for God and for others? We mature through studying God’s Word (Bible). Friends, the Bible is alive and active and can transform anyone that trusts and believes in Jesus and His Word. Below I have listed some scriptures to help you in knowing the love of God:
Joshua 1:9 “Have I not commanded you? Be strong and courageous. Do not be afraid; do not be discouraged, for the LORD our God will be with you wherever you go.”
Psalm 36:7 “How priceless is your unfailing love, O God! People take refuge in the shadow of your wings.
Psalm 109:26 “Help me, LORD my God; save me according to your unfailing love.”
Romans 5:8 “But God demonstrates His own love for us in this: while we were still sinners, Christ died for us.”
1 John 4:9-10 “This is how God showed His love among us: He sent His one and only Son into the world that we might live through Him. This is love: not that we loved God, but that He loves us and sent His Son as an atoning sacrifice for our sins.”
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