So, when we lift our eyes and look to the Lover of our souls and live in and for and through Him – and we do this through engaging Him in His Word and in Prayer, in fellowship with believers and through obeying Him in our day to day, we discover truths about His love (and the neat thing is, this is one of the primary activities that we will participate in Heaven – discovering and responding to God and His nature).
We discover that God’s love creates us.
God is our Creator and He is our re-Creator. He is making us new; He’s made us alive in Him. By grace we have been saved. He uses all that He made us to be – our personality, our build when He recreates us, His, to do the good works He has prepared for us. (Genesis 1-2; Job 10:12; 2 Cor. 5:17; Ephesians 2:5-10; Revelation 21:5)
We discover that God’s love constrains us.
God’s love keeps us from sin; His love keeps us from following after our sinful flesh, after worldly patterns, after old habits that seem to die hard. When we are captured by His love, we are constrained in it… He binds our wandering heart to His and keeps us from. (Psalm 5:7)
We discover that God’s love convicts us.
It isn’t out of condemnation or in hate that the Lord points out our sin – it’s in His love that He convicts us of our sin and then leads us to righteousness through confession to Christ who forgives, cleanses, saves and makes us new. (John 3:17; John 16:8; 1 John 1:8-9)
We discover that God’s love compels us.
The love of the Lord compels us to remain steadfast under the trial – who doesn’t need His love in this way right now? We all do – we are all under trial, suffering, heart break, hardship right now. So receive the Lord’s compelling love to remain steadfast.
His love compels us to remain steadfast – AND to be loving and share His love with others, too. Let His love compel you to display love to others. (Matthew 22:37-40; James 1:12
We discover that God’s love controls us.
We delight to do His will and we are free to do it because His love controls us. We speak words and we act according to His love. I am not saying that we always do the right thing, but we are free to do the right thing and are able to respond in a loving way because His love controls us. Second Corinthians 5:14-15 reads, “For the love of Christ controls us, because we have concluded this: that one has died for all, therefore all have died; and he died for all, that those who live might no longer live for themselves but for him who for their sake died and was raised.”
We discover that God’s love casts out fear from us.
There is no fear in love, but perfect love casts out fear. For fear has to do with punishment, and whoever fears has not been perfected in love. – 1 John 4:18
I am not sure that I need to say anything more, but let it at least be said again – His perfect love casts out fear; we are perfected in Love.
We discover that God’s love comforts us.
To display His truth, two key verses that display the love and comfort of the Lord :
But let all who take refuge in you rejoice; let them ever sing for joy, and spread your protection over them, that those who love your name may exult in you. For you bless the righteous, O LORD; you cover him with favor as with a shield. – Psalm 5:11-12
How precious is your steadfast love, O God! The children of mankind take refuge in the shadow of your wings. – Psalm 36:7
We discover that God’s love completes us.
If you are out searching for soul satisfaction; if you are listless and lazy, sluggish and sleepy, His love completes you. No accomplishment, no identity other than “HIS” is to complete you, and it does not. So, let His love complete you. (Psalm 42:8)
And if all of that wasn’t enough, Psalm 63:3 says that His Love is Better than Life – no matter and in all – HIS LOVE.
God’s love creates, constrains, convicts, compels, controls, comforts, and completes us – O the depths and the riches of His vast, eternal love for us, that we should be called the children of God, and that is what we are! (Colossians 1:27;2:2 / 1 John 3:1)
My friend, Happy. Valentine’s. Day!