God is love!!

God is love. Although one of the truest statements of the Christian faith, it also had a trite ring to it. God is love is all that needs to be known but is so hard to understand.

God is the ultimate, all encompassing, compassionate, forgiving, understanding, disciplining, accepting, kindly correcting, gently guiding, seeing, feeling, truly knowing, patiently waiting love.

God does all things out of love. He loves us enough to let us choose for ourselves whether to be in a relationship with Him or not. He allowed us to have working minds that would be able to make choices about what we do.

When I was married, my husband was so afraid of loosing me, he didn’t allow me to make any choices. He dictated what I would do each day, who I would talk to, what I ate, how I did my hair. My husband tried to ensure my love for him by taking away all other options. I grew to hate him, hate my life, hate myself. I truly believed the only choice I had was to live or die. And I chose to die rather than to live with no choices.

God chose to keep me alive and a brilliant hospital staff fought for my life. I spent a week in ICU. Another week in the hospital and another two weeks in a facility. Apparently the last thing I said to the police before I started passed out and started convulsing with seizures, was death was better than being with my then husband.

I’m not advocating death but instead I’m praising God. A God who loves no matter what. A God who loves us to always give us choices and room to make mistakes. A God who accepts us and loves us no matter our past choises.

Even after you enter into a relationship with God, you are still allowed to mess up. You do not have to be perfect God will continue to love you and welcome you back into His loving embrace time after time.

God is the ultimate, best relationship you can decide to take part in. Like any relationship, you will get out of it what you put in. If you spend time with God, read His word pray with Him then you will grow close.

Loving God, accepting Jesus Christ as your Lord and Savior does not mean you know have to be perfect. God is love, slow to anger and forgiving.

Being a Christian isn’t about doing things or saying things. It’s about believing Jesus loves you enough to die for you, then deciding you desire that relationship for yourself and choosing to be in a relationship with Jesus. Allowing Him to be your leader.

Just as human relationships change your and open you up to different insights about what is right and wrong so will the relationship with God, the Fathet and the Holy Spirit. True, legitamit, unfailing love that gives you unlimited choice is a catalyst for change.

God loves you more than you can fathom. He knows you personally, more than any human can and longs to be in a relationship with you. Once you enter that relationship you have His love forever, no matter what mistakes you might make.

So although saying God is love might sound trite; it’s the truest most powerful, most honest statement one can ever make.

God is love and He loved you.

 

Deuteronomy 7:9 NASB
[9] Know therefore that the LORD your God, He is God, the faithful God, who keeps His covenant and His lovingkindness to a thousandth generation with those who love Him and keep His commandments

Deuteronomy 7:9 NASB
[9] Know therefore that the LORD your God, He is God, the faithful God, who keeps His covenant and His lovingkindness to a thousandth generation with those who love Him and keep His commandments;

 

Exodus 34:6-7 NASB
[6] Then the LORD passed by in front of him and proclaimed, “The LORD, the LORD God, compassionate and gracious, slow to anger, and abounding in lovingkindness and truth; [7] who keeps lovingkindness for thousands, who forgives iniquity, transgression and sin; yet He will by no means leave the guilty unpunished, visiting the iniquity of fathers on the children and on the grandchildren to the third and fourth generations.”

Numbers 14:18-19 NASB
[18] ‘The LORD is slow to anger and abundant in lovingkindness, forgiving iniquity and transgression; but He will by no means clear the guilty, visiting the iniquity of the fathers on the children to the third and the fourth generations.’ [19] Pardon, I pray, the iniquity of this people according to the greatness of Your lovingkindness, just as You also have forgiven this people, from Egypt even until now.”

 

1 Corinthians 13:1-9,11-13 NASB
[1] If I speak with the tongues of men and of angels, but do not have love, I have become a noisy gong or a clanging cymbal. [2] If I have the gift of prophecy, and know all mysteries and all knowledge; and if I have all faith, so as to remove mountains, but do not have love, I am nothing. [3] And if I give all my possessions to feed the poor, and if I surrender my body to be burned, but do not have love, it profits me nothing. [4] Love is patient, love is kind and is not jealous; love does not brag and is not arrogant, [5] does not act unbecomingly; it does not seek its own, is not provoked, does not take into account a wrong suffered, [6] does not rejoice in unrighteousness, but rejoices with the truth; [7] bears all things, believes all things, hopes all things, endures all things. [8] Love never fails; but if there are gifts of prophecy, they will be done away; if there are tongues, they will cease; if there is knowledge, it will be done away. [9] For we know in part and we prophesy in part; [11] When I was a child, I used to speak like a child, think like a child, reason like a child; when I became a man, I did away with childish things. [12] For now we see in a mirror dimly, but then face to face; now I know in part, but then I will know fully just as I also have been fully known. [13] But now faith, hope, love, abide these three; but the greatest of these is love.

Micah 7:7-20 NASB
[7] But as for me, I will watch expectantly for the LORD; I will wait for the God of my salvation. My God will hear me. [8] Do not rejoice over me, O my enemy. Though I fall I will rise; Though I dwell in darkness, the LORD is a light for me. [9] I will bear the indignation of the LORD Because I have sinned against Him, Until He pleads my case and executes justice for me. He will bring me out to the light, And I will see His righteousness. [10] Then my enemy will see, And shame will cover her who said to me, “Where is the LORD your God?” My eyes will look on her; At that time she will be trampled down Like mire of the streets. [11] It will be a day for building your walls. On that day will your boundary be extended. [12] It will be a day when they will come to you From Assyria and the cities of Egypt, From Egypt even to the Euphrates, Even from sea to sea and mountain to mountain. [13] And the earth will become desolate because of her inhabitants, On account of the fruit of their deeds. [14] Shepherd Your people with Your scepter, The flock of Your possession Which dwells by itself in the woodland, In the midst of a fruitful field. Let them feed in Bashan and Gilead As in the days of old. [15] “As in the days when you came out from the land of Egypt, I will show you miracles.” [16] Nations will see and be ashamed Of all their might. They will put their hand on their mouth, Their ears will be deaf. [17] They will lick the dust like a serpent, Like reptiles of the earth. They will come trembling out of their fortresses; To the LORD our God they will come in dread And they will be afraid before You. [18] Who is a God like You, who pardons iniquity And passes over the rebellious act of the remnant of His possession? He does not retain His anger forever, Because He delights in unchanging love. [19] He will again have compassion on us; He will tread our iniquities under foot. Yes, You will cast all their sins Into the depths of the sea. [20] You will give truth to Jacob And unchanging love to Abraham, Which You swore to our forefathers From the days of old.

Zephaniah 3:14-20 NASB
[14] Shout for joy, O daughter of Zion! Shout in triumph, O Israel! Rejoice and exult with all your heart, O daughter of Jerusalem! [15] The LORD has taken away His judgments against you, He has cleared away your enemies. The King of Israel, the LORD, is in your midst; You will fear disaster no more. [16] In that day it will be said to Jerusalem: “Do not be afraid, O Zion; Do not let your hands fall limp. [17] “The LORD your God is in your midst, A victorious warrior. He will exult over you with joy, He will be quiet in His love, He will rejoice over you with shouts of joy. [18] “I will gather those who grieve about the appointed feasts- They came from you, O Zion; The reproach of exile is a burden on them. [19] “Behold, I am going to deal at that time With all your oppressors, I will save the lame And gather the outcast, And I will turn their shame into praise and renown In all the earth. [20] “At that time I will bring you in, Even at the time when I gather you together; Indeed, I will give you renown and praise Among all the peoples of the earth, When I restore your fortunes before your eyes,” Says the LORD.

Nehemiah 9:6-38 NASB
[6] “You alone are the LORD. You have made the heavens, The heaven of heavens with all their host, The earth and all that is on it, The seas and all that is in them. You give life to all of them And the heavenly host bows down before You. [7] “You are the LORD God, Who chose Abram And brought him out from Ur of the Chaldees, And gave him the name Abraham. [8] “You found his heart faithful before You, And made a covenant with him To give him the land of the Canaanite, Of the Hittite and the Amorite, Of the Perizzite, the Jebusite and the Girgashite- To give it to his descendants. And You have fulfilled Your promise, For You are righteous. [9] “You saw the affliction of our fathers in Egypt, And heard their cry by the Red Sea. [10] “Then You performed signs and wonders against Pharaoh, Against all his servants and all the people of his land; For You knew that they acted arrogantly toward them, And made a name for Yourself as it is this day. [11] “You divided the sea before them, So they passed through the midst of the sea on dry ground; And their pursuers You hurled into the depths, Like a stone into raging waters. [12] “And with a pillar of cloud You led them by day, And with a pillar of fire by night To light for them the way In which they were to go. [13] “Then You came down on Mount Sinai, And spoke with them from heaven; You gave them just ordinances and true laws, Good statutes and commandments. [14] “So You made known to them Your holy sabbath, And laid down for them commandments, statutes and law, Through Your servant Moses. [15] “You provided bread from heaven for them for their hunger, You brought forth water from a rock for them for their thirst, And You told them to enter in order to possess The land which You swore to give them. [16] “But they, our fathers, acted arrogantly; They became stubborn and would not listen to Your commandments. [17] “They refused to listen, And did not remember Your wondrous deeds which You had performed among them; So they became stubborn and appointed a leader to return to their slavery in Egypt. But You are a God of forgiveness, Gracious and compassionate, Slow to anger and abounding in lovingkindness; And You did not forsake them. [18] “Even when they made for themselves A calf of molten metal And said, ‘This is your God Who brought you up from Egypt,’ And committed great blasphemies, [19] You, in Your great compassion, Did not forsake them in the wilderness; The pillar of cloud did not leave them by day, To guide them on their way, Nor the pillar of fire by night, to light for them the way in which they were to go. [20] “You gave Your good Spirit to instruct them, Your manna You did not withhold from their mouth, And You gave them water for their thirst. [21] “Indeed, forty years You provided for them in the wilderness and they were not in want; Their clothes did not wear out, nor did their feet swell. [22] “You also gave them kingdoms and peoples, And allotted them to them as a boundary. They took possession of the land of Sihon the king of Heshbon And the land of Og the king of Bashan. [23] “You made their sons numerous as the stars of heaven, And You brought them into the land Which You had told their fathers to enter and possess. [24] “So their sons entered and possessed the land. And You subdued before them the inhabitants of the land, the Canaanites, And You gave them into their hand, with their kings and the peoples of the land, To do with them as they desired. [25] “They captured fortified cities and a fertile land. They took possession of houses full of every good thing, Hewn cisterns, vineyards, olive groves, Fruit trees in abundance. So they ate, were filled and grew fat, And reveled in Your great goodness. [26] “But they became disobedient and rebelled against You, And cast Your law behind their backs And killed Your prophets who had admonished them So that they might return to You, And they committed great blasphemies. [27] “Therefore You delivered them into the hand of their oppressors who oppressed them, But when they cried to You in the time of their distress, You heard from heaven, and according to Your great compassion You gave them deliverers who delivered them from the hand of their oppressors. [28] “But as soon as they had rest, they did evil again before You; Therefore You abandoned them to the hand of their enemies, so that they ruled over them. When they cried again to You, You heard from heaven, And many times You rescued them according to Your compassion, [29] And admonished them in order to turn them back to Your law. Yet they acted arrogantly and did not listen to Your commandments but sinned against Your ordinances, By which if a man observes them he shall live. And they turned a stubborn shoulder and stiffened their neck, and would not listen. [30] “However, You bore with them for many years, And admonished them by Your Spirit through Your prophets, Yet they would not give ear. Therefore You gave them into the hand of the peoples of the lands. [31] “Nevertheless, in Your great compassion You did not make an end of them or forsake them, For You are a gracious and compassionate God. [32] “Now therefore, our God, the great, the mighty, and the awesome God, who keeps covenant and lovingkindness, Do not let all the hardship seem insignificant before You, Which has come upon us, our kings, our princes, our priests, our prophets, our fathers and on all Your people, From the days of the kings of Assyria to this day. [33] “However, You are just in all that has come upon us; For You have dealt faithfully, but we have acted wickedly. [34] “For our kings, our leaders, our priests and our fathers have not kept Your law Or paid attention to Your commandments and Your admonitions with which You have admonished them. [35] “But they, in their own kingdom, With Your great goodness which You gave them, With the broad and rich land which You set before them, Did not serve You or turn from their evil deeds. [36] “Behold, we are slaves today, And as to the land which You gave to our fathers to eat of its fruit and its bounty, Behold, we are slaves in it. [37] “Its abundant produce is for the kings Whom You have set over us because of our sins; They also rule over our bodies And over our cattle as they please, So we are in great distress. [38] “Now because of all this We are making an agreement in writing; And on the sealed document are the names of our leaders, our Levites and our priests.”

 

Sincerely with

Humility Grace Mercy

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