Thoughts from daily Bible reading for today – January 5, 2021
In this the love of God was made manifest among us, that God sent his only Son into the world, so that we might live through him. 1 John 4:9
Have you noticed that people talk a lot about love? “I love my dog.” “I love ice cream.” “I love my job.” With all this talk about love, it’s no wonder that we are sometimes confused about the true meaning of love. In reality, love isn’t an arbitrary emotion that flits here and there. It’s not a fluffy affection; it’s definitely not fickle. Instead, “God is love” (1 John 4:8).
Think about that for a second because it should blow your mind.
It’s not just that God feels love (even though He does). It’s not just that He gives love (even though He does.) And it’s not just that God wants us to love (even though He does). Instead, God is love. It’s the very essence of His person. And because it’s who He is, He cannot help but act in loving ways. Makes sense, right? If the essence of who you are is rooted in kindness, you will behave kindly. If the essence of who you are is tender, you will act tenderly. And if the essence of who you are is love, you will act lovingly. We cannot help but do what we are.
God acts lovingly because He is love. He is compelled to love because He is love. In fact, love must act. It cannot sit idly by and do nothing because real love does. With this truth in mind, it makes sense that Jesus would come as a baby to earth to save His creation and later die on a cross for our sins. . . because He is love. It makes sense that He will always rescue you because He is love. It makes sense that He will always redeem what happens in your life, because He is love. And, it makes sense that He will always remain with you, because He is love. Love does.
Love Will Always Rescue You
There are times in all our lives when we wonder if things will get better. We wonder if we will be forever stuck in disappointment, struggle, pain, or loss. Because God is love, He will not abandon us to life’s hardships. No matter what trouble we experience, we must remember that we are always going through something to ultimate healing and restoration. He will always rescue us. Healing may not come right away, and it may not even come in our lifetimes, but it will come. Why? Because God is love—and because Love does.
Love Will Always Redeem
Sometimes it may seem as if some life experiences are a waste. We may wonder why we went through a particular trial. Because God is love, it’s impossible for Him not to bring good out of bad. It’s what any loving parent would want to do for their children. Because He is always interested in taking us to new heights in Him, He will always work things for our good and His glory. Love does.
Love Will Always Remain with You
During those times when you feel alone, remember that Love is compelled to stay close to the beloved. You are God’s beloved. He cannot leave you. It’s impossible for Him to abandon you because He is love. Love does.
What a wonderful God we serve! He is love and in this love there is no darkness (1 John 1:5).
Lord, how marvelous that you are Love! How magnificent that you always demonstrate the love that you are in the lives of those you love, including me! I am so grateful that you will always rescue me, always redeem what has happened in my life, and that you will always remain with me. I love you, Lord. Amen.
Do you think about love as an emotion? Shift your focus today to think of Love as a person, God. How does this make you change your perspective about how Jesus relates to you?
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