1 Corinthians 13:4-8:
(4) Love is Patient, Love is Kind; Love does envy, Love does not boast; Love is not arrogant
(5) Love is not rude. Love does not insist on its own way; Love is not irritable or resentful
(6) Love does not rejoice at wrongdoing but rejoices with the truth
(7) Love bears all things, Love believes all things, Love hopes all things, Love endures all things
(8) Love NEVER ends
What is love to you? Do you live your life in doubt? Thinking that God may have second thoughts about you? Or is pride getting in the way? Your past sins keep telling you what you did was wrong…Maybe you are struggling with it at this present moment. It can be hard to accept God’s forgiveness, so you isolate yourself from others and wallow in self-pity. But did you know that before you think of doing something that is totally against God, His love is still available to you and is ever ready to lift you up and wrap you in His arms?
I know you may not feel the greatest right now. You may have tried to cover up your tracks; trying to search for love in the wrong places. Remember, Gods beauty soothes our busy and anxious hearts. It is very easy to get trapped into these types of situations and temptations, only ending up feeling more isolated that you initially were. In today’s society, women are trying to find love online, through negative influences, and other social events, but that is not where you will find love, I’m afraid. Finding true authentic love is in God.
In John 3:16 it says “For God so loved the World that He gave His only begotten Son, that whosoever believes in Him shall not perish but have everlasting life”.
What does this powerful scripture mean to you? Is it something that you learn a few Sundays and forget about it for the rest of the week? It speaks volumes to me in the sense that His love is revealed through His Son Jesus Christ. Because of God, Christ humbled Himself to come down from Heaven and take our place on the Cross. The humiliation, the whippings, the mocking; God did not allow you to endure through any of that and this is why God is the true definition of LOVE.
Let me tell you something. The love that a man may try to offer you; whether its money, pleasure, or materialistic things cannot be compared to the depth of love God has for you. Because a man can judge you in a minute, but God will forgive you in a second! There is a difference. Man = Unfulfilled promises, God = Fulfilled promises. Do not get yourself caught up in the word’s definition of love that you miss the opportunity of experiencing the beauty of God’s true love towards you. Your flaws, your past mistakes, your embarrassing moments, your painful situations all have a purpose. There is a purpose in your pain. God can step in and show you His mercy because of the love He has for you. A man looks at the outward appearance, but the Lord looks at the heart. Isn’t it a good feeling knowing that no matter what has happened, there is someone who is bigger than all your problems, constantly looking over you day and night, ensuring that you are safe, through His love. There is no better love than this!
The beauty of God’s love is UNCONDITIONAL! It is not based on performance; it is not based on how well you pray or how intimate you are with Him. He loves us all, and that is something to be happy about. Yeah, sure you may not have been loved enough by your mother; your father may have mistreated you, your siblings may have hurt you, even your friends or lover may have left you, but it does not mean that you should give up on loving God and loving others. God’s love is shown through other people too, so have that in mind!
To my knowledge, waking up every morning is evidence of the beauty of God’s love. It’s the fact that I can wake up, brush my own teeth, take my own bath, put on my own clothes, do my make-up and hair, leave my house every day and come home safely. That is enough proof that my God loves me. Some of us may not have the strength to wake up strong, but for those that do; you have every right to thank Him. Nobody had to come into your room to wake you up, it was only by His Grace, His undeserved favour, His unconditional love.
Some of us may not even realise the love that God gives us every blessed day. LIFE itself is a gift that no man can give. It is something that should not be taken for granted. The beauty of God’s love is expressed all around the world. Yes, we hear so many sad stories of people losing their lives, Christians being killed because of their belief, people losing jobs due to redundancies, not being able to have children. Yes, these are all painful situations which only last for a season, but Gods love still exists despite these problems. It can be tempting to blame God and question why He did not show up when all hell is breaking loose. The pain of crying to a God who you ‘assume’ is not listening to you can be dangerous because your feelings can push you to question the Almighty, which is not respectful towards Him. Notwithstanding that God isn’t listening, but your Faith might be weak which therefore delays your prayers being answered. Remember, without Faith, it is impossible to please God (Hebrews 11:6).
We must realize that God constantly lavishes His love on us, not because we have achieved any great status or are the most efficient or effective in the world. He loves us because we are His children, adopted into His family through Faith in Christ. The Bible says He is Faithful to keep His covenant of non-stop love toward us. This is the true beauty of God’s love. The love that God wants to have with you is through having personal intimacy (a relationship). God desires to hear from you.
He wants you to openly express your heart out to Him. Although He knows the beginning to the end, He still wants you to tell Him your problems. It does not surprise Him what you may be facing right now. He just wants you to be at rest and assured of His love towards you. For He knows the plans that He has for you, plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you a hope and a future; (Jeremiah 29:11).
If you are struggling to understand the depth of Gods love, see 1 John 4:8 which states that “Whoever does not love does not know God because GOD IS LOVE”. He never gives up on us, so choose to live with the same attitude. Believe in the power of Love to change and transform you into a better person. God’s love will never give up on you. Even when you are trying your best to change, His love is always available because He is patient and His Faithfulness is exactly what you need to make a complete turnaround.
Power Thought:’ Gods love for others is unfailing; He will never give up on the people He loves’
Let this be a reminder to you every day that God’s love is long-lasting; it will never fade away, it will never run dry, it will never give up. This is indeed the beauty of God’s Love. So today, let God into your heart and experience the love He has for you. It will not disappoint!