Love of God 27

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


God’s great desire is that we should all be a people of love. And because God Himself ‘is love’ the main commandments point us in that direction.

  • “Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind” (Matthew 22:37)
  • “Love your neighbour as yourself” (Matthew 22:39)
  • “A new command I give you: Love one another. As I have loved you, so you must love one another” (John 13:34)
  • “Love your enemies” (Luke 6:35)

Paul goes on and teaches that without love nothing is achieved or of any value in the sight of God.

“If I speak in the tongues of men and of angels, but have not love, I am only a resounding gong or a clanging cymbal. If I have the gift of prophecy and can fathom all mysteries and all knowledge, and if I have a faith that can move mountains, but have not love, I am nothing. If I give all I possess to the poor and surrender my body to the flames, but have not love, I gain nothing” (1 Corinthians 13:1-3)

The only source of this love is God Himself. He is prepared to share the love that is in Him with us –those whom He has in Christ adopted as His daughters and sons. It comes with and through the Holy Spirit whom He has given us. Note how Paul uses the word ‘poured’ to describe the process – not dribbled or dripped or rationed in any way, but POURED. The sense is of the recipient’s heart being absolutely soaked in the love of God – so much so that it leaks out into every part of their life and being.

John sums it up for us as He again says simply,

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

It is because we have been and are loved by God with this great, free, unmerited, unrestricted and unconditional love that we can begin to love Him and others in a similar way.

Ask for love and give love in faith – for the Holy Spirit is the Spirit of Love


Father please pour Your love into my heart by Your Holy Spirit. Help me to open myself to recognise and receive it and to begin to share it with others even now. Thank You Lord. Amen.



Love of God 26


“And so we know and rely on
the love God has for us.

God is love.”
(1 John 4:16)


John says of God’s children that we both “know and rely on the love God has for us.” This means that it has become more than just news. It is now real and personal, recognised and believed, received and trusted. God’s intention that we know it for ourselves is beautifully underlined in Paul’s great and glorious prayer:

“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)

It may seem to us that love that can be switched on and off by others to indicate approval and displeasure. This is very manipulative and many children and adults live extremely insecure lives as a result. God’s love is not like this, because He is not like that. It is vital that, as the children of God, we know that we can always rely on God’s love for us. That means that when we flounder, fail or sin He does not stalk off in a frozen huff. Instead He holds out His hand to us – to raise us up, receive our admission, convey His forgiveness and lead us forward again.

How do we get to know and rely upon this love? We cannot manufacture it for it comes only from God Himself.

  • “God has poured out his love into our hearts by the Holy Spirit, whom he has given us.” (Romans 5:5)
  • “But the fruit of the Spirit is love…” (Galatians 5:22)

We will only know the love of God if the presence of God is within us. Jesus promised the Holy Spirit would come and be in us. Paul prays that “Christ may dwell in your hearts.” They are both referring to an intimate and complete relationship with God – not one in which we remain in control of our lives and treat God as a consultant or a ‘medic on call’. The less of our lives we give to God the less of His life and love we will enjoy. The more that God is allowed full access within us, and to our lives, the more He will be allowed and enabled to pour His love into us in all its fullness.

At this very moment Jesus will be knocking (Rev 3:20) on the rooms in your life into which He has not had full access before. Kneel before Him, invite Him into every single part and aspect of your life, ask Him to be your Saviour and Lord in the fullest sense, and to lead you in His Way, His Truth and His Life. Then personalise Paul’s prayer above to yourself and pray it regularly. God bless you.

Do it now!


Father help me always to remember that You are love and that You love me totally and unconditionally. Please come into every part of my life, pouring Your love into my heart, and helping me to believe, receive and live in it. Amen.





Love of God 25

“This is how we know what love is:
Jesus Christ laid down his life for us”
(1 John 3:16)

God is a God of Love.

Jesus spelt it out for us. Firstly He said that,

“For God so loved the world
that he gave his one and only Son,
that whoever believes in him shall not perish
but have eternal life”
(John 3:16)

Note the important little word ‘so.’ He later taught His disciples that,

“My command is this:
 Love each other as I have loved you.
Greater love has no one than this,
that he lay down his life for his friends”
(John 15:12-13)

Finally the Apostle John re-affirms it.

“This is how we know what love is:
Jesus Christ laid down his life for us”
(1 John 3:16)

We don’t begin to get it by merely reading the words as if they were written in a text book. They need to be contemplated, prayed over, and absorbed until their truth springs into life within us. At the heart of them is the stunning revelation –

“You are far more important to Me then Me.”

Of whom could I truly say it – and of Whom?


Holy Spirit you are the One who guides us into all truth. Please guide me deeper into the truth of the love of God for me – and guide my spirit into true love for the Father, the Saviour and you the Comforter, as well as those who are a part of my life and living. Amen.


Love of God 24


“How great is the love the Father has lavished on us,
that we should be called children of God!
And that is what we are!”
(1 John 3:1)

God is a God of Love.

He has made a covenant with us. No one made Him do it – He committed Himself because He wished to. He reached out because He wanted us – you, and me and them. This was not the craving of acquisition and hoarding – it was and is His great desire founded upon His deep and everlasting love. So powerful is this love that He does two amazing things.

  • He removes the barrier between Him and us in the great sacrifice for sin of Jesus Christ.
  • He offers us the freedom to become His sons and daughters – not just second-rate children but ‘co-heirs with Christ’ of all that He has.

It is small wonder then that John, the beloved apostle, should marvel as he does,

“How great is the love the Father has lavished on us,
that we should be called children of God!
And that is what we are!”

There can be no possible doubt about this for at the beginning of his gospel John proclaims,

“Yet to all who received him, to those who believed in his name,
he gave the right to become children of God–
children born not of natural descent,
nor of human decision or a husband’s will,
but born of God.”

(John 1:12-13)

To be a child of God – His son, His daughter – what an amazing privilege, what an unsought and unimaginable blessing, what an enormous and incalculable sacrifice – what love!


Take time today and through the weekend to contemplate, unpack and savour these great truths for yourself. Begin to own them.


Lord open my spirit and my heart to the wonders of Your great love – for me and for all humankind. Help me “ 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.” (Ephesians 3:18-19)


Love of God 21


“I have been crucified with Christ and I no longer live,
but Christ lives in me.
The life I live in the body, I live by faith in the Son of God,
who loved me and gave himself for me”
(Galatians 2:20)

God is a God of Love.

And this verse is the most beautiful and clear description of what it is to be a Christian.

  • I have been crucified with Christ – the old me, in bondage under the burden of the law, has gone
  • Christ lives in me – He has entered into and taken possession of His precious property
  • Now I live by faith in the Son of God – He who loved me and gave Himself for me

All this is a continuation of Paul’s opening statements where he says that

“The Lord Jesus Christ gave Himself for our sins
to rescue us from the present evil age,
according to the will of our God and Father”

(Galatians 1:4)

It was always God’s will that we be rescued. It was always God’s will and decision that He would rescue us Himself.  And it was God’s all-surpassing love that made it possible and turned it into a reality in Jesus Christ.

There was no merit in us that drove Him to it. There is no merit in us that keeps our place secure. It is all bound up in the love of God revealed and expressed in Jesus Christ. We are called to put our trust in Him and to keep it there.

“Then they asked him, “What must we do to do the works God requires?”
Jesus answered, “The work of God is this: to believe in the one he has sent.”
(John 6:28-29)

I live by faith in the Son of God, who loved me and gave himself for me


Lord I do believe! Help my unbelief.  (Mark 9:24)


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.