The reason humanity finds love so peculiar and powerful is because God is love!
Love is not the side-effect of hormones in youth, nor is it just the devoted decision of duty-bound spouses. God is love, 1John 4:8-16. His love is spread today throughout the world by the Holy Spirit in our hearts, Romans 5:5. The love of our heavenly Father God is expressed by David the Psalmist in Psa. 103:13, as compassion for little children. Most earthly fathers show affectionate compassion to their little children, but refrain when they grow older. However, mothers often continue showing this kind of love on into old age. However, God says through John, that all the Christians he wrote to, were “little children”, 1st John 5:21. No matter how much we mature spiritually, is it possible to be looked upon by God as little children? King David felt a compassionate love towards God and sang about it, Psa. 18:1.
If we wonder why the love of God is so illusive or confusing, consider what God says loving Him is keeping His commandments, Jesus said, “If you love Me, you will keep my commandments” (John 14:15). C.S. Lewis in “Mere Christianity”, wrote about love, “do not sit trying to manufacture feelings. Ask yourself this, if I were sure that I love God, what would I do about that certainty? When you have found the answer, go do it. Christian love is an affair of the will. If we are trying to do His will we are obeying the commandment, “Thou shalt love the Lord thy God’, He will give us feelings of love if He pleases. We cannot create them for ourselves and we should not demand them as a right. The greatest thing to remember is that, though our feelings come and go, His love for us does not waver. His love endures and pursues us constantly, at whatever cost to us and whatever cost to Him”.
What exactly does God love? Humanity, Jn. 3:16, Romans 5:8. But at the same time, he also hates whatever the world exalts, Luke 16:15.
God loves the Christ immeasurably, John 15:9 & 17:26, but He also forsook Him on the cross, Matthew 27:46.
God loves the church, Ephesians 2:4 & 5:29, but He truly hates the false ideas and sin in the church, Rev. 2:6 & 15.
God loves a cheerful giver, 2nd Corinthians 9:7, but he also killed Ananias & Sapphira for lying about how much they gave!
God’s love endures forever, as both the Psalmist sings (Psalm 100:5), and Jesus explains in the story of the prodigal son, Luke 15:20.
Do we pray that the Father’s love is with us, and actively present in our daily lives? They that are perverse in heart are an abomination to God, but such as live right are God’s delight. Proverbs 11:20. Where do we get the power to live right with hearts that are true? The good news of Jesus Christ, Romans 1:16. Wherein we find faith is the victory!
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