Do you know that He loves you? In His Word 11-4-13

Do you know that He loves you? In His Word 11-04-13

Jesus loves me this I know for the Bible tells me so... we have all heard the song but do we really understand it? Do we understand, grasp the whole of the fact that Jesus loves us?
Probably not, but we can know that His love is what makes us love one another. If it were not for His love we would not know love at all, if we do not know Him we do not know love at all. We go through life thinking we know what love is but do we really even know what it, who it is that is love?

I in them, and You in Me; tat they may be made perfect in one, and that the world may know that you have send Me, and have loved them as You have loved Me. John 17:22-24

Love is-
Life- through God we receive life. Not just physical but spiritual life. Without Him we do not exist for it is He who breathed that first breath into our lungs, that caused our inter parts to form and hearts to beat.

Outstretched – God stretched out His arms, even His heart, to us, in the form of Jesus; He gave us hope for tomorrow, encouragement for today and faith to trust Him all through the birth of Jesus the Christ.

Victorious- He has made us victorious over sin, pain, sickness and even depression when He died on the Cross. Knowing that Jesus Christ is with us in our pain, can heal us or direct us through it helps us to grow stronger in our faith and trust in Him. As we continue to read the Word we can be fed by the Holy Spirit to build up that knowledge of this glorious victory that we have in Jesus!
Instead, we will speak the truth in love, growing in every way more and more like Christ, who is the head of his body, the church. He makes the whole body fit together perfectly. As each part does its own special work, it helps the other parts grow, so that the whole body is healthy and growing and full of love. Ephesians 4:16-17

Eternal- God does not have an end. His love does not have an end, from the moment time began; He loved us. From the day that we were conceived as a thought; He loved us. Even until the day that we die, or are present with Him in paradise; He will love us.

”As the Father loved Me, I also have loved you; abide in My love. If you keep my commandments. You will abide in my love, just as I have kept my Father's commandments and abide in His love.” John 15:9-10

God's love is amazing. If we really think about it there are few people we truly love, who love us back, in life. They may or may not include; family, friends, God Himself, pets.
Family loves us from the start but sometimes life throws a curve and even when they mean well some family members can become disillusioned and distraught and no longer know how to love. Unless they know Jesus this can end a relationship even blood related relationships such as parents, children, brothers and sisters can be broken if true Love is not in the midst of it.
Friends? Sure we love our friends, some of them anyway; but unless true Love is in the midst of our friendships we can dump one friend and harbor unforgiveness in our hearts toward another and truly forget they were ever our friends. It is true, with out love, true Love in the midst of our friendships they will not last the test of time.
 Make allowance for each other’s faults, and forgive anyone who offends you. Remember, the Lord forgave you, so you must forgive others. Above all, clothe yourselves with love, which binds us all together in perfect harmony. And let the peace that comes from Christ rule in your hearts. For as members of one body you are called to live in peace. And always be thankful. Colossians 3:13-15

All of the above loves, including the love of our pets whom some consider family, will not stand the test of time and problems if we do not know God, Jesus Christ, the Almighty, or true Love first.
We cannot decide to love Him on a whim, it comes with knowing Him first by the Holy Spirit revealing to our hearts and mind who Christ is. Our friendship with Him builds the love of God in us, this helps us to choose our friends wisely and to follow His footsteps in obedience to Him.
Once we know Him, we have accepted that He died for us and made Him our Lord and all that we have Love in our lives.

Then we have no fear because; perfect love casts our all fear.

And God has given us his Spirit as proof that we live in him and he in us. Furthermore, we have seen with our own eyes and now testify that the Father sent his Son to be the Savior of the world. All who confess that Jesus is the Son of God have God living in them, and they live in God. We know how much God loves us, and we have put our trust in his love.
God is love, and all who live in love live in God, and God lives in them. And as we live in God, our love grows more perfect. So we will not be afraid on the day of judgment, but we can face him with confidence because we live like Jesus here in this world.

Such love has no fear, because perfect love expels all fear. If we are afraid, it is for fear of punishment, and this shows that we have not fully experienced his perfect love. We love each other because he loved us first.

If someone says, “I love God,” but hates a Christian brother or sister, that person is a liar; for if we don’t love people we can see, how can we love God, whom we cannot see? And he has given us this command: Those who love God must also love their Christian brothers and sisters. 1 John 4:15-21

It is all there in print, in His Word we find His love magnified. Each day when we read it we read the Word of God that was written just for each of us to read. I believe that each day, each time you pick up the Word of God you will be fed. Each day that you wake up in His presence, knowing He is Lord you are walking In His Love, and In His Word. In Jesus name!

Dear Heavenly Father, thank you for Your Love. Thank you for Loving us that we may in turn love you back! Help us to tell you today of our love toward you and thank you by loving others obedient to Your Word in Jesus name, amen.

Suggested reading: 1 John 4:1-21, John 14:1-31, John 15:1-27 and Ephesians 4:1-32.