What is this love thing?
12 Passages Of God's Love
There have been times in my life when the following questions have raged in my mind:
Does God Love me?
How do I know God Loves me?
Why can’t I feel God’s love? And so on and so forth.
The questions I had regarding God’s love for me were potentially endless. I needed a strategy, a fool proof way of silencing the circling doubts and insecurities. For me this was important, because I needed to know that not every challenge or disaster I faced was God punishing me.
And So, I followed the example of Jesus.
When Jesus was in the wilderness being tempted by the devil, he didn’t resort to his own arguments or stratagems. Instead he quoted the scriptures each response was prefaced with, “It Is Written”. Likewise this is where we will start.
The written word of God.
This is important because It’s all too easy to become distracted by our pain, disappointments and the subsequent emotions. Resulting in us building a false theology based on our experience and suffering. However we need to remind ourselves that God has already promised that his written word would stand for ever. Everything else may change or fall away but the word of God is a rock on which we can stand [Isaiah 40:8].
Furthermore God’s love for us has nothing to do with our feelings. Rather it has everything to do with the nature of God, revealed through His written word.
As you meditate on these passages, renewing your mind. Your feelings will change; catching up with God and his heart for you.
For God so loved the world that he gave his one and only Son, that whoever believes in him shall not perish but have eternal life. John 3:16
The Lord your God is with you, he is mighty to save. He will take great delight in you, he will quiet you with his love, he will rejoice over you with singing. Zephaniah 3:17
Give thanks to the Lord, for he is good; his love endures forever. 1 Chronicles 16:34
Beloved, let us love one another, for love is from God, and whoever loves has been born of God and knows God. Anyone who does not love does not know God, because God is love. 1 John 4:7-8
There is no fear in love. But perfect love drives out fear, because fear has to do with punishment. The one who fears is not made perfect in love. We love because He first loved us. 1 John 4:18-19
But God demonstrates his own love for us in this: While we were still sinners, Christ died for us. Romans 5:8
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 loved us and sent his Son as an atoning sacrifice for our sins. Dear friends, since God so loved us, we also ought to love one another. 1 John 4:9-11
Place me like a seal over your heart, like a seal on your arm; for love is as strong as death…Many waters cannot quench love; rivers cannot wash it away. Song of Solomon 8:6-7
In all these things, we are more than conquerors through him who loved us. For I am convinced that neither death or life, neither angels nor demons, neither the present nor the future, nor any powers, neither height nor depth, nor anything else in all creation, will be able to separate us from the love of God that is in Christ Jesus our Lord. Romans 8:37-39
‘Though the mountains be shaken and the hills be removed, yet my unfailing love for you will not be shaken nor my covenant of peace be removed,’ says the Lord, who has compassion on you. Isaiah 54:10
See what great love the Father has lavished on us, that we should be called children of God! And that is what we are! The reason the world does not know us is that it did not know him. 1 John 3:1
So now I am giving you a new commandment: Love each other. Just as I have loved you, you should love each other. Your love for one another will prove to the world that you are my disciples. John 13:34-35
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