Love of God 20

“But because of his great love for us,
God, who is rich in mercy,
 made us alive with Christ
even when we were dead in transgressions–
it is by grace you have been saved”
(Ephesians 2:4-5)

God is a God of Love.


Love bade me welcome: yet my soul drew back,
Guilty of dust and sin.
But quick-eyed Love, observing me grow slack
From my first entrance in,
Drew nearer to me, sweetly questioning
If I lacked anything.

“A guest,” I answered, “worthy to be here”:
Love said, “You shall be he.”
“I, the unkind, ungrateful? Ah, my dear,
I cannot look on thee.”
Love took my hand, and smiling did reply,
“Who made the eyes but I?”

“Truth, Lord; but I have marred them; let my shame
Go where it doth deserve.”
“And know you not,” says Love, “who bore the blame?”
“My dear, then I will serve.”
“You must sit down,” says Love, “and taste my meat.”
So I did sit and eat.

(George Herbert  1593 – 1633)


His love is a gift – not to be earned but to be received. We cannot serve God unless we allow Him to first serve us.


Lord I come to You because You have come to me. Amen.



Love of God 19

“God demonstrates his own love for us in this:
While we were still sinners,
Christ died for us”
(Romans 5:8)

God is a God of Love.

However as we know for ourselves love is not just a matter of words. It has to be revealed and lived out in our daily lives. Just as James would say of faith – “I will show you my faith by what I do” (James 2:18) – so Jesus would refer to an action to demonstrate the reality and depth of love,

“Greater love has no one than this,
that he lay down his life for his friends”
(John 15:13)

God does not ask of us that we put our trust in His love merely because of words written on a page. He asks of us that we entrust ourselves instead to the ‘Word made flesh’ – this the expression of God who came amongst us as a living reality in Jesus Christ.

Such is this love that God did not wait in hopeless expectation of our proving ourselves willing and deserving of His love. He came to us when we did not deserve it – in fact whilst we were caught up in our own sin. And He still does. Like the Good Shepherd in Jesus story He comes looking for us to call us back to Himself and to where we belong. And to make it possible for us to return freely He took our sin upon Himself and died in our place and on our behalf. Such was His longing for us that He would allow nothing to stand in the way of our being able to come home again – like the prodigal son.

And now the only thing standing between God and us is … us.

Take time to think about the reality of God’s love – and the Good Friday Cross that is around the corner.


Father forgive me where I have taken Your love for granted and failed to recognise its depth and true significance. Thank You for loving me in Christ and now in the Holy Spirit who is always with me. Amen.


God of Love 18

“As the Father has loved Me
so have I loved you”
(John 15:9)

God is a God of Love.

And because God is Love the love that flows from the Father to the Son is beyond anything that we can imagine or experience – primarily because our fallen natures are incapable of receiving, accepting and responding to such love. If we could we would be likely to implode or explode because it would be too powerful for our ‘receptors and wiring.”

And yet Jesus tells us that this love – this perfect love of the Father for the Son – is the same love in depth and power that He has for us. It is no wonder then that Paul, having met a Love beyond his experience and expectations, could pray that we should know it as well.

“I pray that out of his glorious riches he may strengthen you with power through his Spirit in your inner being, so that Christ may dwell in your hearts through faith. And I pray that you, being rooted and established in love, may have power, together with all the saints, to grasp how wide and long and high and deep is the love of Christ, and to know this love that surpasses knowledge–that you may be filled to the measure of all the fullness of God” (Ephesians 3:16-19)

We glimpse something of the boundless extent of that Love on the Cross – but even so the full meaning and appreciation of it is wrapped in a mystery that is beyond us. We can only acknowledge it in awe and wonder and pray that the Holy Spirit will enable us to enter more fully into the appreciation and experience of it.

 “because God has poured out His love into our hearts by the Holy Spirit, whom he has given us” (Romans 5:5)

This love needs to sink from our minds into our spirits and hearts. Pray it there.


Holy Spirit please touch my heart and spirit with the far deeper knowledge and appreciation of this great and boundless love – and help me to respond in love as well. Amen.


Love of God 17

“A new command I give you: Love one another.
As I have loved you,
so you must love one another”
(John 13:34)

God is a God of Love.

If the way that we love everyone else is the standard by which we measure God’s love for us then generally speaking it is neither great not dependable.

However God’s love is rather assessed by the beauty of His creation and the awesome sacrifice of Christ on the Cross. He has given the entire created order into our hands, He has sacrificed Himself for our benefit and has given us an equal share of His only Son’s eternal inheritance.

  • “For since the creation of the world God’s invisible qualities–his eternal power and divine nature–have been clearly seen, being understood from what has been made” (Romans 1:20)
  • “You made him ruler over the works of your hands; you put everything under his feet” (Psalm 8:6)
  • “In him we have redemption through his blood, the forgiveness of sins, in accordance with the riches of God’s grace” (Ephesians 1:7)
  • “Now if we are children, then we are heirs–heirs of God and co-heirs with Christ” (Romans 8:17)

And if that were not enough He has given us also the gift of Himself in the Holy Spirit. It is the Spirit who pours the love of God into our hearts.

  • “God has poured out his love into our hearts by the Holy Spirit, whom he has given us” (Romans 5:5)

It is as the abundant glory of God’s love impacts our hearts that we are enabled to begin loving others as God desires – not with the often shallowness and superficiality of human love but in the life-blessing and life-changing way that is His way.

  • “We love because he first loved us” (1 John 4:19)

Ask God to help you to be more aware of the reality and depth of His love


I pray that out of His glorious riches He may strengthen (me) with power through His Spirit in (my) inner being, so that Christ may dwell in (my) heart through faith. And I pray that (I), being rooted and established in love, may have power, together with all the saints, to grasp how wide and long and high and deep is the love of Christ, and to know this love that surpasses knowledge–that (I) may be filled to the measure of all the fullness of God. Amen. (Ephesians 3:16-19)



Love of God 16

“The LORD your God is with you,
he is mighty to save.
He will take great delight in you,
he will quiet you with his love,
he will rejoice over you with singing.”
(Zephaniah 3:17)

God is a God of Love.

There is a lovely truth in this passage that we can so easily overlook.  Our God is a joyful God!

Take it a step at a time

Firstly He is a God who saves – not because He has to but because He wants to. We know this because His Son told us that the Father SO loved the world that He gave His Son to save us (John 3:16)

Secondly God takes delight in us – and not only delight but GREAT delight! These words are all so important. The picture that comes to mind is of a parent’s face lighting up as a child enters the room. Remember the return of the prodigal when the father threw dignity to the winds and ran to meet and embrace his bedraggled son – and then threw a lavish party to celebrate his return. (Luke 15:20-24)

Thirdly God quiets us with His love. When a child is distressed it takes time to calm them. Sometimes what they need and value is to be held and rocked until either relief or sleep comes and they feel better able to carry on. The knowledge that their loving Father is around and close can be a wonderful assurance.

Finally, and in a way most gloriously, God rejoices over us with singing. It has been my privilege as a father to hold small children in my arms and to sing to them until they went to sleep. The awesome wonder of it is still with me today – the love for them, their trust, and then their sleep in peaceful security. Sometimes I held them whilst they slept until, happening to look down, I found them lying there peacefully watching me. It gives me a hint of what God is saying through this verse.

Take time to be still with God and allow Him to just love you


Father I give You these few brief moments of quietness– imagining my head on Your chest and Your arms around me – just being with You.  Thanks You. Amen.


Love of God 15

“But you are a forgiving God,
gracious and compassionate,
slow to anger and abounding in love.
Therefore you did not desert them”
(Nehemiah 9:17)

God is a God of Love.

Nehemiah had been recounting the works of the Lord both in creation and in His commitment to the Israelites after He had brought them out of Egypt. Notwithstanding their faithlessness, idolatry, complaints and desire at times to go back, God remained faithful to them. He did not desert or forsake them but continued to guide, protect and provide for them. And in due course He brought them into the Promised Land. They could have entered into it a lot earlier if they had trusted Him – but even in His anger He did not abandon them. Now with God’s help Nehemiah was rebuilding the walls of Jerusalem which had been broken down when the people were taken into exile because of their disobedience. God was preparing to bring them back again.

These wonderful qualities of our God, expressed by Nehemiah, are so clearly revealed in His relationship with His people over the ages. In their faithfulness when He could bless them and in their faithlessness when He disciplined them He remained with them and true to them.

Wherever we are in our journey of life God is with us. Sometimes we keep Him at a distance, at others we forget all about to Him – and then there are moments when we cry out to Him with real urgency. However we treat Him, He is always ‘here’ – He will never desert us.

God does not force us to obey Him but gives us the choice all the time. However for those who put their faith and trust in Him His promise is sure,

“We know that in all things God works for the good of those who love him, who have been called according to his purpose” (Romans 8:28)

God is with me and will never desert me


Lord please help me to believe that You are with me, and to entrust You with my life and daily living. Amen.


Love of God 14

“Though the mountains be shaken
and the hills be removed,
yet my unfailing love for you
will not be shaken ..
says the Lord”
(Isaiah 54:10)

God is a God of Love. And He says two things here about His love for His people.

The first is that His love is unfailing. No matter what happens His love for us will never weaken or change. As He says through the prophet Jeremiah,

“I have loved you with an everlasting love”
(Jeremiah 31:3)

The second statement re-affirms the first. His love for us “will not be shaken.” It will not wobble, fall or fail at any time.

God compares His loves to the immovable mountains and hills. He states that even although they may be shaken or removed – and we could imagine that it would take a catastrophic earthquake or a nuclear blast – His love for us would not even tremble.

This love and commitment, which is totally unlike any human love or bond, is sealed and secured in the new covenant in the death and resurrection of our Lord Jesus Christ. As we become a part of His new life it becomes both impossible and unthinkable for God to walk away from Him and, accordingly, from those who are a part of His Body through faith.

If there is one thing that we should be able to trust above all others it is the love that God has for us at all times.

Keep reminding yourself of God’s steadfast love for you – the world won’t.


Heavenly Father, please continue to pour Your love into my heart through the Holy Spirit and help me to both know it and trust it at the level of my own spirit. Amen.