Abiding with God

What is Love?

And the greatest of these is love.

Are you confused about love? Maybe you’ve been hurt by someone who was supposed to love you. Maybe certain people do not accept you and you do not feel loved, or people said they loved you and then did unthinkable things – so love is confusing to you.

I mean, think about how we use the word love in our society today. I love chocolate. I love popcorn. I love my cat. I love this football team or this baseball team. And then there’s more false truth when it is said “love is love and is never wrong.”

This hurts my heart to hear people say this, because I know it’s being said out of a deep desire to be fully known and fully loved. If I could only help everyone realize you are fully known and fully loved by God. I understand, probably more than some the difficulty to see God as a loving father, and to know the only thing that will fill the deep desire to be known is God Himself.

Love is the greatest of all human qualities and it’s an attribute to God, but love involves unselfishness and hope and an attitude and action of unselfishness. So, it’s putting others above yourself.

And when you’re fighting for someone to accept the fact you love who you want to love, you are not putting God above you. You are putting your wants above Gods, and love is not selfish.

And I don’t say this out of judgment because I don’t know a single human who has not put themself above God at one point in their life.

I know some people will cancel me for saying this, I know some people will not agree, but I stand on the truth of God. And the most loving thing I can do is share you are loved as you are.

Now hear me in this. You are loved as you are, but when you truly come to God, when you accept Him and His love, and the fact Jesus died for you, God will not leave you the same. You will not want to be the same. So, when you come to Him honestly, and humbly, He will change you.

1 Corinthians 13:12 says, “For now we see in a mirror dimly, but then, face-to-face. Now I know in part, but then I shall know, just as I also am known. And now abide faith, hope, love, these three remain; but the greatest of these is love.”

The ultimate sacrifice of love was Jesus dying horrifically on the cross …

Just. For. You.

He knows everything you’ve done and will do, and still chose to love you so much He died. There is not one single human who will love you like that other than Jesus, who was fully man and fully God.

I’m going to challenge you to pray this prayer today no matter whether you agree with what you’ve read or not. Come before God humbly and ask Him to open your mind and your heart.

My guess is if you’ve read this far, you still have the deep desire to be fully loved, and fully known. I promise when you come to Him, you will begin to experience what true love actually is, and it is absolutely amazing.

Father God,

I come before you today. I see in the mirror and I see myself, and I judge myself. But I want to remind myself I am fully known by You and fully loved by You. Open my eyes to this and make it abundantly clear to me. There is not one thing I can do to cause You to love me any less or any more than You do right now.

But I know that doesn’t mean You agree with all my actions because I am human and I am sinful, and yet You chose to send Your Son to die so I can be with You.

I know true love from You endures forever, and I ask You help me see true love. That I may then unselfishly serve others and love on them. Help me be comfortable being fully known by You and may I abide in faith, hope, and love with You always.

In Jesus’ name


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