May 8, 2020
Love is one of the most misused and misunderstood words in the English language. For some it means some kind of warm fuzzy feeling toward someone and for others it just means a physical relationship.
But the love of God, that which he is and has toward us, is shown in both words and action. It is that which seeks the good of another, always looking for the best interest of others.
But love is only a part of the nature of God. He is also faithful and cannot lie. His righteousness cannot be changed or broken – regardless of the situation. His justice is demanding and must be fulfilled. All of these make up the true nature of God, the essence of who he is. His nature determines his actions.
His righteousness does not allow him to be in fellowship with those who do not submit to his will. The justice of God demands that sin be punished. Sin demands death.
But in his love he gave Jesus, his Son to live as one of us and then die for our sin! Thus, God is true to himself. Since we belong to God and are to be like him, we love each other with the same love that Jesus has loved us!
How Precious Is Your Steadfast Love
To the choirmaster. Of David, the servant of the Lord.
1 Transgression speaks to the wicked
deep in his heart;
there is no fear of God
before his eyes.
2 For he flatters himself in his own eyes
that his iniquity cannot be found out and hated.
3 The words of his mouth are trouble and deceit;
he has ceased to act wisely and do good.
4 He plots trouble while on his bed;
he sets himself in a way that is not good;
he does not reject evil.
5 Your steadfast love, O Lord, extends to the heavens,
your faithfulness to the clouds.
6 Your righteousness is like the mountains of God;
your judgments are like the great deep;
man and beast you save, O Lord.
7 How precious is your steadfast love, O God!
The children of mankind take refuge in the shadow of your wings.
8 They feast on the abundance of your house,
and you give them drink from the river of your delights.
9 For with you is the fountain of life;
in your light do we see light.
10 Oh, continue your steadfast love to those who know you,
and your righteousness to the upright of heart!
11 Let not the foot of arrogance come upon me,
nor the hand of the wicked drive me away.
12 There the evildoers lie fallen;
they are thrust down, unable to rise.
The Holy Bible, English Standard Version® (ESV®), copyright © 2001 by Crossway, a publishing ministry of Good News Publishers.
Thank you God for your love that is beyond my ability to really understand. Thank you for giving me the opportunity to be yours and to have the promise of eternal life with you when I go to heaven.
Make your love so real in my heart that I will love others just as you have loved me. Help me open my heart to your Spirit so he can mold and shape me to be more like you every day.
Please use me to help others be strong as they seek to overcome sin and live for you. Empower all of us to win each battle against the evil one every day as we put you first in all things.
I pray this in the name of Jesus! Amen.