Your love, O Lord, reaches to the heavens,
your faithfulness to the skies. Your righteousness is like the mighty mountains,
your justice like the great deep. O Lord, you preserve both man and beast. How priceless is your unfailing love!
February is the month of love so it seems only right and fitting to focus on love.
The goal of every Christian should be to become more spiritually mature. Spiritual maturity is what allows us to face the storms in our life in a way that honors God.
I believe the first step in becoming spiritually mature is to know, understand, and accept God’s unfailing perfect love for us. Sounds easy enough until your life starts to crumble, then the doubts slip in. God must be mad at me. God must be punishing me. God must not love me anymore. Once the doubt slips in, more worry and anxiety are sure to follow.
That’s why believing in God’s unconditional love for you must begin before the storms.
God doesn’t just love us as an idea or a concept. He knows each of us as individuals. He knows our names, our struggles and our joys, our problems and our accomplishments, our good traits and our not so good traits. He knows the good, the bad, and the ugly about each of us and still He loves us.
God demonstrates this great love for us in so many remarkable ways but by far His greatest demonstration was by sending his son, Jesus, to earth to die for us. When Jesus died on the cross and then rose again, He forever gave each and everyone of us a way to reconcile our broken relationship with Him, God, the creator of the universe. What amazing love! Here’s a few more verses you can check out to learn more about God’s love.
God’s love is unconditional.
But God demonstrates his own love for us in this: While we were still sinners, Christ died for us.
God’s love is boundless.
3But there’s one other thing I remember, and remembering, I keep a grip on hope: God’s loyal love couldn’t have run out, his merciful love couldn’t have dried up. They’re created new every morning. How great your faithfulness!
God’s love is everlasting.
His love has taken over our lives; God’s faithful ways are eternal. Hallelujah!
1 Chronicles 16:34
Give thanks to the Lord, for he is good; his love endures forever
God’s love is personal.
God’s love is meteoric, his loyalty astronomic, His purpose titanic, his verdicts oceanic. Yet in his largeness nothing gets lost; Not a man, not a mouse, slips through the cracks.
Life has been difficult for me this past year and yet through the storms, God has shown His goodness and His love to me. And in fact, some of the events I wasn’t happy about have been the right thing for me. God knew that even if I didn’t want to know that. That’s where trusting God and His perfect love comes in.
HIs ways are indeed better than our ways.
I’ll share my story and then you can share yours.. As this school year started, I didn’t have a job for the first time in 35 years. I’ve been retired for several years but worked part-time as a speech pathologist for my local school district. I loved it! Close to home and a great place to work. But budget cuts are budget cuts.
But I wasn’t ready to give up the job! I looked for other alternatives and ended up with a substitute position as an SLP. There was no reason it shouldn’t have worked out for me, but I had no peace about it. I eventually told them I couldn’t continue. And about that same time, I started developing complications to a treatment I’d had months earlier.
I’m still struggling with the complications and the treatment for the complications.
There si no way I could work anywhere right now.
In God’s great love, He arranged for me to have a stress-free time to focus on my health.
SHARING TIME: WHAT’S YOUR STORY OF GOD SHOWING HIS LOVE EVEN WHEN IT DIDN’T FEEL THAT WAY AT FIRST?