The love of our Father God has many qualities. It breathes life into us, comforts us, helps us to overcome all obstacles, and gives us courage to stand for truth.
Being loved is an integral part of childhood development. We know this from studies looking at the influence of the home environment, whether supportive or abusive, on future health outcomes. Being loved provides the confidence for a person to extend themselves knowing that someone is rooting for them and looking out for their best interests.
There is great security in being loved by God. As [1 John 4:19] says,
“We love Him (God) because He first loved us.”
When we understand that love, we understand that we really can do all things through God who strengthens us [Philippians 4:13]. We have a contentment in life, an unshakable identity, an unquenchable passion that sustains us day after day, all found in the experience of God’s amazing love.
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Secure in Love’s Consistency
“Who shall separate us from the love of Christ? Shall famine, or nakedness, or peril, or sword? As it is written: ‘For Your sake we are killed all day long; We are accounted as sheep for the slaughter.’ Yet in all these things we are more than conquerors through Him who loved us.” – [Romans 8:35-37]
God’s love is not affected by circumstances, opinions, or even the disobedience of mankind. It is consistent through time, people, places, celebration and tribulation. No one and nothing can separate us from the love of God. No one and nothing can get in the way of God showering His love upon us. It cannot be taken away from us, even if all our possessions, all our comfort, even our life is taken.
God’s love always remains, never weakened, but always freely and fully given, ready to be experienced by any who would receive it.
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Secure in Love’s Forgiveness
“But God demonstrates His own love toward us, in that while we were still sinners, Christ died for us.” – [Romans 5:8]
Just think about that for a moment. So great was the love of God for us that He came down to earth, became a man while yet being fully God, took upon Himself the weight of every sin, and died on the cross in our place.
In that moment, every sin was forgiven and washed clean by the blood of Jesus. Even when we fail, stumble and fall, God’s forgiving love is there to pick us up, teach us to stand once again, and build us in character. Sin has a penalty of death but because of the cross, we have unlimited access to forgiveness and sanctification, unlimited chances to turn back to God, unlimited grace.
We don’t have to live in fear, and we don’t have to live by rules. We need only turn our hearts always to God, to surrender into His grace, and know that He continually loves and forgives us.
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Secure in Love’s Design
“And we know that all things work together for good to those who love God, to those who are called according to His purpose.” – [Romans 8:28]
Love is not without purpose. [Psalm 139] tells us we are all “fearfully and wonderfully made”, that all our days were known by God even before we had lived them ourselves. God’s love gives us all we need to confidently live as He has called us to live.
His love gives us our identity – sons and daughters, co-heirs with Christ, beloved of the Lord. It gives us our purpose – we love as He loves us, worshipping God and building up one another. It gives us our confidence because if we are loved by God and He is for us, we do not need to fear anything or anyone. It gives us hope because we know that Jesus will return and restore all things as He has promised, that He will never forsake us, and that He always cares, always protects, always delights in us.
We are loved by God and His love paves the way for us to live life to the full.