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A Love Affair With God

God's love for usAll scriptures are quoted from the King James Version unless otherwise noted. Explanatory insertions within a scripture are enclosed in brackets.

All of us need to be loved. Did you know that if newborn babies don’t receive a sufficient amount of love and physical, social, and emotional contact from their caregiver they experience intellectual, physical, and emotional deficits? In other words, they experience a “failure to thrive.” What about adults?  Adults are also searching for love, sometimes in all the wrong places. It is true that before we can love others, we must first be able to love ourselves. This is not a narcissistic or egotistical form of love but a genuine belief that you are lovable and are deserving of love. If you don’t believe you are deserving of love, it is difficult to reach out and love others.

Types of Love

There are different kinds of love. There is philia love which is brotherly love or friendship, storgē love which is affection such as parents love for their children, and erōs love which refers to sexual passion or erotic love. Perhaps the highest form of love is agapē which is the love of and for God in the renewed mind in manifestation. This higher form of love is our love for God and God’s unconditional love for His children.

God’s Love for Us

John 3:16 states, “For God so loved the world that he gave his only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in him should not perish, but have everlasting life.” God so loved humanity that He gave us His Son so that we could have eternal life. There are times when men or women may disappoint us when we fall in love. After the initial attraction wears off, reality sets in. Weaknesses that we didn’t see initially, rise to the surface. Human beings are not perfect as we all have weaknesses and vulnerabilities.

However, God as our heavenly Father, will never disappoint us when we love Him and put Him first in our lives. Mathew 6:33 states, “But seek ye first the kingdom of God, and his righteousness; and all these things shall be added unto you.” As you seek God first, God will always add blessings to your life. There is no downside to loving God. He is a giving Father who blesses us daily with benefits. “Blessed be the Lord, who daily loadeth us with benefits, even the God of our salvation. Selah” (Psalm 68:19).

Selected Characteristics of God

The Bible is filled with examples of God’s love for His children. Here are some characteristics of our heavenly Father and scriptures documenting why He is so lovable.

God is Trustworthy

Numbers 23:19

God is not a man, that he should lie; neither the son of man, that he should
repent; hath he said, and shall he not do it? or hath he spoken, and shall he not
make it good?

 Proverbs 3:5-6

Trust in the Lord with all thine heart; and lean not unto thine own understanding.
In all thy ways acknowledge him, and he shall direct thy paths.

 God is Our Sufficiency

 Philippians 4:6

  Be careful [anxious] for nothing; but in every thing by prayer and supplication
  with thanksgiving let your requests be made known unto God.

Philippians 4:1

But my God shall supply all your need according to his riches in glory by Christ Jesus. 

God is Our Protector

Joshua 1:9

Have not I commanded thee? Be strong and of a good courage; be not afraid,
neither be thou dismayed; for the Lord thy God is with thee withersoever
thou goest.

2 Timothy 1:7

 For God hath not given us the spirit of fear; but of power, and of love, and of
a sound mind.

 Our Love for God

What does God ask in return for loving us unconditionally? For one thing, He asks us to accept His only begotten Son, Jesus Christ as Lord in our lives as expressed in Romans 10:9-10. To confess Jesus as Lord and believe that God raised Him from the dead gives us direct spiritual access to our Heavenly Father when we are born again of the gift of holy spirit. In the Old Testament, the temple was a physical structure that was considered sacred and where sacrifices and offerings were made to God on behalf of His people. On the day of Pentecost in Acts 2: 1-11, also known as the beginning of the grace administration, it was available for people to be born again of God’s holy spirit. Colossians 1:27 states, “To whom God would make known what is the riches of the glory of this mystery among the Gentiles; which is Christ in you, the hope of glory.”

The Apostle Paul declared this truth on Mars hill.

 Acts 17:24-26

God that made the world and all things therein, seeing that he is Lord of
heaven and earth, dwelleth not in temples made with hands;
Neither is worshipped with men’s hands, as though he needed any thing,
seeing he giveth to all life, and breath, and all things;
And hath made of one blood all nations of men for to dwell on all the face
of the earth, and hath determined the times before appointed, and the bounds
of their habitation.

 In other words, once a person is born again, the gift of holy spirit from God now dwells within us and the temple of God is our physical bodies. 1 Corinthians 3:16-17 states, “Know ye not that ye are the temple of God, and that the Spirit of God dwelleth in you? If any man defile the temple of God, him shall God destroy; for the temple of God is holy, which temple ye are.”

Manifesting God’s Love to Others

The love that we manifest to others is the agapē or spiritual form of love. 1 John 4:7 states, “Beloved, let us love one another: for love is of God; and every one that loveth is born of God, and knoweth God. He that loveth not knoweth not God; for God is love.”

1 John 5:1-3

Whosoever believeth that Jesus is the Christ is born of God: and every one that
loveth him that begat loveth him also that is begotten of him.
By this we know that we love the children of God, when we love God, and keep
his commandments.
For this is the love of God, that we keep his commandments: and his commandments
are not grievous.

First Corinthians 13:1-13 describes what true spiritual love entails and how we manifest that love to others. “And so faith, hope, love abide [faith – conviction and belief respecting man’s relation to God and divine things; hope – joyful and confident expectation of eternal salvation; love – true affection for God and man, growing out of God’s love for and in us], these three; but the greatest of these is love” (The Amplified Bible, 1 Corinthians 13:13).

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