Thursday, January 12, 2017

The Love of God

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Art4TheGlryOfGod by Sharon

Scripture: 2 Corinthians 13:14b
and the love of God

Insights: In 1 John 4:8 and 16 we are informed that God is love.  Love is who He is.  Love is His character.  Love defines Him along with a myriad of other attributes.  Because God is love, it is the character trait that drives all of His activities in this world.  In other words, He created out of love.  In John 3:16 we are informed love is what moved the heart of God to save humanity.  The verse reads, “God created and loved us.  He loved us even while we were His enemies and demonstrated that love by sending Jesus.”  Love also stirs the Lords pleasure.  In Luke 3:21-22 we see the picture of Jesus baptism.  After the baptism has occurred there is a commentary in verse 22 which states, “Now when all the people were baptized, Jesus was also baptized, and while He was praying, heaven was opened, and the Holy Spirit descended upon Him in bodily form like a dove, and a voice came out of heaven, ‘You are My beloved Son, in You I am well-pleased.’”  God is pleased in His Son’s obedience to the call of righteousness.  Beloved, I just want you to understand that this Triune God with whom we are discussing this week is a loving God.  His love moves Him and sustains Him.  This attribute is the very core of His being.  It is my hope that those of us who have experienced His love will display that love back to a world in desperate need of love.  Humble yourselves before the Lord and let Him use you as His instrument by which He extends His love to humanity.  I promise you, the more you love, the greater joy and pleasure you will experience here on this side of eternity.  To God be the glory as He manifests His love on us and the world.

 1. Have you grasped how much of God’s activity is driven by His characteristic of love?
 2. In what ways have you personally experienced God’s love?

Prayer: Father, thank You for loving me.  I am not always lovable, but You love me anyway.  How can I ever show You my gratitude for Your love.  May I spend all of eternity expressing gratitude for Your amazing love.. Amen.

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