For I know the thoughts that I think toward you, says the Lord, thoughts of peace and not of evil, to give you a future and a hope. Then you will call upon Me and go and pray to Me, and I will listen to you. And you will seek Me and find Me, when you search for Me with all your heart.
Jeremiah 29:11-13 NKJV
The plans and purposes that God has for us are far greater than we know. Often times when we find ourselves in a difficult season in life it can feel as if God has forgotten us or given up on us. But He is always working in our lives to accomplish His plans and His purposes. But the key is in seeking the Lord daily. Because as we seek Him we shall find Him. He will bring all things to pass by His mighty power and His grace. One of the things we learn as we grow in Christ is to rest in the Lord and in His timing. When we do things according to God’s timing things always run very smoothly because it is the Lord alone accomplishing His plans and purposes. May we seek Him daily and keep our eyes fixed upon Him.
38 And I am convinced that nothing can ever separate us from God’s love. Neither death nor life, neither angels nor demons, neither our fears for today nor our worries about tomorrow—not even the powers of hell can separate us from God’s love. 39 No power in the sky above or in the earth below—indeed, nothing in all creation will ever be able to separate us from the love of God that is revealed in Christ Jesus our Lord. Romans 8:38-39
There is nothing that can separate us from the love of God. The apostle Paul as he writes these words truly communicates that nothing can separate us from God’s love. Many today have a false perception of the love of God because for most of their lives they have been hurt by people they thought were suppose to love and support them.
Many believe that God’s love is based upon our performance or our behavior. But God’s love is eternal and unconditional. He desires to lavish His love upon us and when we rightly understand God’s love we will grow in intimacy with Jesus. The reason many struggle in their relationship with God is because they have a wrong understanding of God’s love.
Some because of legalism believe that God’s love has to be earned and that somehow God’s love changes based upon our obedience. But if God’s love changed based upon our behavior it wouldn’t be love. If our love was based upon our behavior then we would constantly live in fear of God believing that somehow He would take His love from us.
But the truth is that He has chosen to love us. He understands our every weakness and He still chooses to love us. He loves us because He is love. Love is His very nature and when we have a right understanding of His love we will draw near daily, growing in His love.
As we grow in His love, we are filled with His love. As we are filled with His love we will naturally desire to lavish His love upon others. The world is filled with broken and lost people and the Lord is simply looking for those who will be vessels of His love. The only way to be filled with His love is to draw near to Him and spend time alone with Him in His presence. Day by day we are transformed into His nature and character by the power of the Holy Spirit.
Dear friends, since God so loved us, we also ought to love one another. No one has ever seen God; but if we love one another, God lives in us and his love is made complete in us.
1 John 4:11-12 NIV
John writes that since God first loved us we should love one another. The true mark of a disciple of Jesus Christ is someone who is filled with His love, grace, and mercy. Simply carrying the title Christian means nothing. Christianity requires action and everything we do should be from a place of God’s love.
When the love of God is manifested in our lives one for another the character and nature of God is on display. Many will reject the existence of God and the truth of the bible, but what they can’t deny is a life that is transformed by the power of the Holy Spirit. God simply desires to use our lives to glorify His name so that others will be drawn to Him for salvation.
His desire is that none should perish, but all come to everlasting life. In this hour in which we find ourselves upon the earth we know that our time is very short and His soon return is very soon. There is coming a day when the judgement and wrath of Almighty God is poured out upon the earth. Until that time may we be diligent students of God’s word and faithful disciples of Jesus Christ.
May our hearts be consumed with His love and His grace. Every opportunity we have may we lavish the love that God has lavished upon us on others. There are so many who are broken and lost that surround us daily. May we see the fields are ripe for harvest and be the generation of sons and daughters that God has called us to be.
And I am convinced that nothing can ever separate us from God’s love. Neither death nor life, neither angels nor demons, neither our fears for today nor our worries about tomorrow—not even the powers of hell can separate us from God’s love. No power in the sky above or in the earth below—indeed, nothing in all creation will ever be able to separate us from the love of God that is revealed in Christ Jesus our Lord.
Romans 8:38-39 NLT
There is nothing that can separate us from the love of God. The love of God is relentless, it chases us down. The Lord desires to lavish His love upon us. He desires for us to walk in deep intimacy with Him and encounter His love in every area of our lives. He desires that we would become aware of His presence where ever we find ourselves.
The Lord lavishes His love upon us so that we will in turn lavish His love upon others. Jesus said that we would be known as His disciples because of the love that is at work within us. The love of God cannot be counterfeited. The love of God is unconditional and eternal. The love of God is unchanging. It is not based upon performance nor behavior. But as we come to know Christ in greater ways we come to know the depths of His love. As we come to know and encounter the love of Christ we will be changed for eternity.
This is the message you have heard from the beginning: We should love one another.
1 John 3:11 NLT
Time and time again as we read through God’s word we see love talked about over and over again. The word of God simply states that God is love. God’s love is eternal and unconditional. He desires to lavish His love upon us. His love is not earned and is not based upon our performance or behavior. He simply loves us because that is who He is. Because of this we should love one another.
There are people in this world who are more difficult to love than others. But that should not change our love for them. If God’s love for us is not based upon performance or behavior, our love for others should not be based upon behavior or performance either. We should simply love one another because Christ first loved us. Jesus came and gave us a living example of how we are to live our lives. In everything Jesus did He relied fully upon the leading of the Holy Spirit. His life was built in the place of prayer. May we simply follow His model and may our lives bring Him glory. May our lives be flooded with His love, grace, and mercy. May we lavish His love upon those who surround us daily who are broken and lost.
“And I am certain that God, who began the good work within you, will continue his work until it is finally finished on the day when Christ Jesus returns.”
Philippians 1:6 NLT
The work that God begins in our lives is finished by His power and His grace. Often times when we are following the Lord and waiting on His timing we can feel forgotten. But God is always faithful. As we seek Him each day He will establish every step. He has chosen us before the foundations of the earth and our lives are divinely designed. May we fix our eyes and our hearts upon Jesus each day. May we seek Him with our whole heart.
This is real love—not that we loved God, but that he loved us and sent his Son as a sacrifice to take away our sins.
1 John 4:10 NLT
God first loved us. Every single one of us who have come to Christ have done so by the grace and mercy of God. It is the Holy Spirit who has drawn us and convicted our hearts. We have done nothing to earn salvation. God has saved us because of His love for us. Our lives should reflect His love for us as we in turn love those around us. So many in the world today are broken and hurting. What will truly draw people to a relationship with Jesus Christ in this hour is the love of God at work in us.
So many today don’t believe in God. The concept of a creator is rejected by many. But what people can’t deny is the love of God. When we choose to love the most unlovable person we are displaying the glory of God in us. What truly brings glory to the name of Jesus is the love of God at work in us. The love of God will drive us to take action. It won’t allow us to simply sit on the sideline and watch people suffer and die in their sin. It will drive us to reach out. In everything Jesus did He was driven by love and compassion. His heart broke for every person that He ministered too. May we be His hands and feet in this generation. May we speak the truth in love and do all things in love. He is coming soon and may we take advantage of every moment we have around those who are lost and broken.
13 Three things will last forever—faith, hope, and love—and the greatest of these is love. 1 Corinthians 13:13
These three remain: faith, hope, and love, but the greatest of these is love. This is an incredible and power scripture and statement. There is nothing that compares to the love of God. It is God’s love that led Him to create humanity and it is God’s love that led him to put in place the plan of salvation because He knew that Adam and Eve would choose to eat of the tree of knowledge of good and evil.
It was His love that led Him to come to this earth and it was His love that held Him to the cross. As we grow in Him we come to know His love and it transforms our lives. So many in the world today desire to know what true love is. They seek after the emptiness of this world and the entire time they are placing themselves in greater bondage as they partake of the wickedness and deception of the enemy.
But in Christ we find true love. In Christ we find who we truly are. In Christ we find the destiny and plan that God has for our lives and it changes everything. We learn to rest in His love for us. We learn to let go of this world and its desires. Every desire of the world is simply a road to destruction. But as we set aside the things of sin and wickedness for the glory of God we come to find true love that is only found in Jesus Christ.