It has been said that one of our greatest needs is to know that we are loved. Each of us has to feel, deep in our hearts, someone loves us and cares for us. That is how God designed us. And God wants us to know that He loves us. God’s love for us is intense, unsatisfied with only pieces of our hearts. God wants all of us and he will not give up until He has all of our hearts, minds, bodies, and lives.
The God of the universe — the Creator of everything — loves us with a radical, unconditional, and self-sacrificing love. And what is our typical response? We go to church, sing some songs, listen to the sermon, and try not to do wrong things. Doesn't something in the very deep inside of our heart long for more? In the very deep of our soul isn't there a longing for an authentic and loving relationship? Since the beginning of time, human beings have felt this need to reach out for someone greater than ourselves. The answer is not working harder at a list of Do’s and Don’ts. The answer is falling in love with God. God is calling us to a passionate love relationship with Him. He wants to connect with us. He isn’t hiding. He’s close and eager to show us how much he loves us. John 3:16 "God loved the people of this world so much that he gave his only Son, so that everyone who has faith in him will have eternal life and never really die."
GOD IS LOVE: Love is the very essence of who He is. God doesn't just love – He is love. 1 John 4:8 “Whoever does not love does not know God, because God is love.”
GOD’S LOVE IS CRAZY: The very nature of it seems shocking, scandalous, crazy. What kind of God would send His own Son to die for the redemption of a rebellious, wicked, and ungrateful people (Romans 5:8)? The answer: The God of the Bible, the God and Father of our Lord and Savior Jesus. The One who has the right to turn away from us, but has chosen to love us and give us everything forever. That is crazy good, that is crazy love.
GOD’S LOVE NEVER ENDS: A love that wouldn’t quit or give up. A love that keeps pursuing us. Jeremiah 31: 3 "The Lord came to us from far away, saying, 'I have loved you with a love that lasts forever. So I have helped you come to Me with loving-kindness.'"
GOD’S LOVE IS EVERLASTING: He loves us today, He will love us tomorrow, and He will love us still after many, many years; for all eternity. This love is, “To infinity, and beyond!”.
GOD’S LOVE ENDURES FOREVER: Psalm 136:1-3 "Give thanks to the Lord, for he is good. His love endures forever. Give thanks to the God of gods. His love endures forever. Give thanks to the Lord of lords. His love endures forever.” When you feel yourself tempted to despair, remember: His love endures forever. When you want to give up, write this thought down on your dashboard: His love endures forever. When the devil himself starts whispering in your ear about what a loser you are, cry out louder: “His love endures forever”. When the world around you seems to collapse, stand up and shout to the skies: “His love endures forever”.
God is saying: no matter your beauty, money, family, studies, work, nor sins…I just love you. He loves you unconditionally! He loves you in spite of your situation or circumstances. He loves in spite of your sins and iniquities. He loves you no matter what anybody may have said to you or done to you. God loves you! He has not forgotten about you and he will never forsake you.
Stop to try to understand or explain the love of God. Instead, accept it, celebrate it, and share it!