This is love: not that we loved God, but that He loved us and sent His Son as an atoning sacrifice for our sins. 1 John 4:10, NIV
Most of us have heard the sayings: “what’s love got to do with it” or “looking for love in all the wrong places.” 1 John 4:10 clearly defines and directs us to true love – the Father’s love for us. The Father has demonstrated His love for us by sending His Son to die for our sins so that we might have life and have it more abundantly. (1 John 4:9; John 10:10). I am convinced that if we truly comprehended the love that the Father has for us, we would avoid a lot of heartache. When you know you are completely loved, you don’t look for love because you are loved.
May your roots go down deep into the soil of God’s marvelous love; and may you be able to feel and understand, as all God’s children should, how long, how wide, how deep, and how high His love really is; and to experience this love for yourselves, though it is so great that you will never see the end of it or fully know or understand it. And so at last you will be filled up with God Himself. Ephesians 3:14-21, TLB
Usually, our search for love is to fill, what we consider to be, emptiness in our lives. We feel something is missing, and we want to share our lives with someone. However, in Paul’s Ephesians 3 prayer, it is clear that if we are grounded in the knowledge of God’s love for us, we would be filled with God so there would be nothing missing. When we are full of God, there is no room left for emptiness. When we are full, we are content. According to Ephesians 3, to be filled with God, we need to understand His great love for us.
How much time do we spend thinking about the love of God? If truth be told, we spend more time fantasizing about flowers and chocolates for Valentines’ Day, or the perfect mate than we spend meditating on true love – God’s love. “Within your temple, O God, we meditate on your unfailing love.” Psalm 48:9. Meditating on God’s love for us will help us to grow in understanding of His great love that is unconditional, unfailing, unending, unwavering, and everlasting. Although we may never fully grasp the vastness of God’s love for us, I do believe that if we spend time searching out His love, we would spend less time seeking men/women’s love.
The Father wants us to know the depth of His marvelous love for us. Seek to know and receive this love. Get rooted in this love, and you will find it much easier not only to love but to be loved.
“When you know you are really loved everything in your life can change,” by Joyce Meyers
“May the Lord direct your hearts into God’s love.” 2 Thessalonians 3:5
See what great love the Father has lavished on us, that we should be called children of God! 1 John 3:3
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