Thoughts from daily Bible reading for today – February 18, 2020
God is love. 1 John 4:8
There may have been times in your life when you have wondered if God loves you or if He wants to guide you. Perhaps your circumstances have made you wonder if God even cares about you or if He is intentionally hurting you without reason.
1 John 4:8 provides encouragement for these times. It says, “God is love” (1 John 4:8). The Bible also says that “God is light, and there is no darkness in him at all” (1 John 1:5). Such great news! Everything He creates, and everything He does comes from who He is: pure love and pure light.
Because God is pure love and pure light, whatever He creates and whatever He does cannot be in competition with Himself. It’s impossible for Him to be even a bit unkind, cruel, uncaring, or passive toward you. He never acts in wrath or anger to break your spirit. He is always guiding you and loving you. Every decision He makes in your life, and every action He takes on your behalf is rooted in pure love and pure light.
Certainly, He will discipline you like a loving parent disciplines a child, because He always wants you to walk in His way for your benefit; He wants you to know more of His love and light. But He never wants to crush you. He is always at work in your life to lift you, and encourage you to change, grow, and live life with more joy, hope, and internal freedom.
When I think about God being pure love and light, I am forced to evaluate my life and everything that happens to me through this lens.
His love guarantees that He always has my best interest in mind. He is patient, kind, and wants my good. His light guarantees that He will always teach me the truth and guide me in the right way. He wants me to know and experience the love and light that He is.
I have to admit these truths can be difficult to believe, especially when life doesn’t turn out how I plan. In these moments, when life feels crushing, I must remember that I am the clay and He is the potter. I can’t always explain His purposes for directing my life down particular paths. But I must remember that everything He does is done in love and light and He wants everything that happens to me to be a reason I experience His goodness more fully.
“This is the message we heard from Jesus and now declare to you: God is light, and there is no darkness in him at all” (1 John 1:5).
Lord, thank you that you love me with pure love, and thank you that you will always direct me in your light. You never want to crush me or destroy my spirit. Oh, how I praise you! Amen.
How do you feel when you compare your life to the truth that God is love and light? Is it difficult for you to believe that all He does is done in pure love and pure light? Talk with Him about how you feel today and thank Him being so good to you.
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