I was a single woman in my late twenties when I fell in love with Jesus. One glimpse of His grace, and I was His forever.
The truth? No one will ever love you like Jesus.
When we need forgiveness, He extends it.
When we long for a fresh start, He delivers it.
When we ache to be loved, He provides it.
His love, like His grace, is sufficient. Our online sister, Joanie, captures it perfectly: “Indescribable, immeasurable, intentional, and unconditional!”
“For the Lord is good and his love endures forever” (Psalm 100:5). Here, love is that splendid Hebrew word hesed, meaning “favor, covenant loyalty, loving-kindness,” which God showers on “the lowly, the needy, the miserable.”
If we’re honest, that would be every one of us.
Lynne admits, “I fail and doubt, yet He still loves me.” We understand, sister. We’re amazed by that reality in our own lives. As Alison puts it, “His grace-filled love says, ‘See this girl? She’s mine.’”
God says the very same about you, beloved. You are His.
His love is “loyal” (LEB), filled with “kindness” (NLV), and brimming with “mercy” (AMP). To be sure we understand how long His love will last, more than forty times in His Word we’re reminded, “His love endures forever.” Notice it doesn’t say, “…unless you mess up.” Forever means forever.
Sharon rightly says, “I know I can never do anything that will make Him stop loving me.”
Wow. Let that one sink in. And this.
Oh, yes. Vivian is a woman who has plumbed the depths of what it means to be loved by God: “He loved me when no one else did. He loved me before I even knew Him.”
And consider this: God speaks all five Love Languages:
- He offers His followers affirming words in His Word.
- He has performed, once for all, the ultimate act of service.
- He lavishes those He loves with spiritual gifts.
- He gives His children endless quality time.
- He wraps believers in His gentle embrace.
Do you ever (secretly) think that you and the Lord have something special going on? You do. Saint Augustine said, “God loves each one of us as if there was only one of us to love.”
So, how do we experience His love?
Open the door. Invite Him in.
“God’s love has been poured out into our hearts through the Holy Spirit, who has been given to us” (Romans 5:5). Here, the Greek word agapé means “love, benevolence, goodwill, esteem.” All good, all God, all ours to receive.
When He gave us the Holy Spirit, He “flooded our hearts with his love” (EXB). The emptier we were, the greater our awareness that something was happening inside our hearts and minds. His love never leaves us the same. It both humbles and strengthens. Tears down our pride and rebuilds us in His image.
Once we grasp the truth of God’s love, He asks us to give it away. “Dear friends, let us love one another, for love comes from God” (1 John 4:7). No need to fear running on empty: the more love we pour out, the more love He pours in. Restoring our souls. Replenishing our supply.
Astounding, isn’t it?
Heavenly Father, even when we’re not lovable, You love us. Even when our love for You waxes and wanes, Your love is steady, ever-present, eternal. Help us trust You enough not to hoard or hide Your love. Enlarge our hearts, Lord. Fill us and flow through us. The love is all Yours. May the glory be all Yours as well.
How do you experience God’s love? Please share your thoughts below. I know your words will bless us all.
Your grateful sister, Liz
P.S. Since I was late with this post (sorry!), look for another one later this week. Trust me, there’s nothing I’d rather do than encourage you!