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 23

“For I am convinced that neither death nor life,
neither angels nor demons,
neither the present nor the future, nor any powers,
neither height nor depth, nor anything else in all creation,
will be able to separate us from the love of God
that is in Christ Jesus our Lord”
(Romans 8:38-39)

When I was in hospital nearly three years ago there was a time when I was close to death and comatose for some days. The first thing that I remember when I regained consciousness was of my wife sitting next to the bed and stroking my arm. During all the time that I was unconscious her love was with me, reaching out to me and embracing me. At that time in my life I couldn’t try to earn it or deserve it or even respond to it. It was just there flowing out from her to my spirit and waiting patiently for the time when I would become aware and consciously receive it again.

So it is with the love of God for each one of us. It flows from Him to us because He loves us. It does not stop, it will not stop and it cannot stop. It is so powerful that no one and nothing can divert it or bring it to an end. Whether we respond fully, partially or barely does not affect it – it just keeps coming. And it always will.

God’s love for us is unconditional, unlimited and unrestricted. It is a love that went to the cross for us and then walked out of the tomb again. Not even death itself could overcome it – instead it laughed at death and walked on to eternity.

I am loved by God – right now and forever


Thank You Father for Your wonderful and inextinguishable love. Please help me to know it, respond to it and live it at all times. Amen.


Love of God 22

“The fruit of the Spirit is love,
joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness,
faithfulness, gentleness and self-control”
(Galatians 5:22-23)

God is a God of Love.

This being the case we would expect that the main characteristic of Jesus Christ would be love. We become united to Him in our new birth as Christians and so, using His illustration of being the Vine and we the branches, we would understand that it would also be love that flowed into us from Him.

“By this all men will know that you are my disciples, if you love one another”  (John 13:35)

This is confirmed in the gift of the Holy Spirit where the first segment of the fruit that He produces in us is also that important one of love. It is also the gift of God that He pours into our hearts.

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

The first step is to believe in God’s love.  The second is to receive God’s love.  The third is to conceive God’s love for others.  The final step is to deliver His love around us. All of this is the work of the Holy Spirit as we allow Him to move and work within us.


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


“I pray that out of His glorious riches (God) 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 .., being rooted and established in love, (I) 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” (Ephesians 3:16-19)


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.


Sweet Waters

“Therefore, rid yourselves of all malice and all deceit,
hypocrisy, envy, and slander of every kind.”
(1 Peter 2:1)

When we enter into the salvation that Christ has gained for us there should be no room in our lives for those things that are the very opposite of the love, grace and forgiveness that we have received. They will certainly not be the fruit of the Spirit whom He has given to us.

Peter mentions some of them here – malice, deceit, hypocrisy, envy and slander. It is impossible to imagine any of them as being a part of Jesus own life – which has become a model for us. We also know how very offensive such things are in others. They are there however to some degree in all of us and need to be recognised. There are two ways of dealing with them.

The first is to pray that the Holy Spirit will continue to pour the love of God into us (Romans 5:5). As He does so that great love will fill us more and more, heal us of the inadequacies that give rise to unloving and unlovely thoughts and actions, and increase in us the fruit of love that comes from the Spirit Himself.

The second response is to pause when we find ourselves indulging in such things. Take a moment to ask for God’s forgiveness and help, and pray love and blessing into the situation, person or people concerned.

The more that we are filled with God’s love the less the lack of love in others will influence us.

Bad habits can be replaced by good habits. Ugliness can give way to love. Darkness can be expelled by light. For,

“the one who is in you is greater than the one who is in the world.”
(1 John 4:4)

Respond to the Spirit as He guides you.


Fill me with Your love, light and life Lord that these may be the qualities that I will share with those around me. Amen.


When words aren’t enough

“In the same way, the Spirit helps us in our weakness.
We do not know what we ought to pray for,
but the Spirit himself intercedes for us
with groans that words cannot express”
(Romans 8:26)

There are times in life where the pain, the anxiety, the fear and the frustration are so great that we cannot begin to find the words that express the intensity of our emotion – the height, depth, and breadth of it all. And because we cannot find the proper words we can find it difficult to even begin to formulate a pray that encompasses all of the need. The only thing that brings any relief is a cry for help – or even just a cry or a scream.

It is a huge relief to know that God fully understands the depth of this pain even more fully than we do. In fact the Spirit Himself does not express it to the Father with the fluency of Shakespeare but ‘with groans that words cannot express.’  And the Father understands.

Tennyson with great insight puts it this way – describing himself as

An infant crying in the night
An infant crying for the light
And with no language but a cry

A baby has no language but a cry with which to express its need. But that cry is very effective and the parents very often know and understand the reason for it. So too does God know and understand, including those things that Wordsworth describes as ‘thoughts that do often lie too deep for tears.’

Don’t let a lack of words prevent you from coming to the Lord with a need for yourself or for another person or situation. Lift your heart to Him – and weep, cry out, remain beseechingly silent or just say over and over again “O God, O God, O God.” It is enough.


Father God You read my heart before You read my mind or listen to my lips. Hear the cry of my heart as well as its song even before I turn to You. Amen.


Have you a light?

“What else will distinguish me and your people
from all the other people on the face of the earth?”
(Exodus 33:16)

Moses had asked this question of God after He had threatened that He would no longer travel with the Israelites. It was a very valid query for without God they would have been nothing more than one of the numerous peoples of the earth with no special identity, significance or advantage.

We might well ask ourselves the same question today. What is it that sets us apart from the rest of humanity? What identity and significance do we have that others might not share? And does this shine through in an attractive and positive way?

There are a few answers against which we can examine ourselves individually and collectively as Christians.

Jesus said that we were to be the light of the world – something visible, attractive and helpful

  • “You are the light of the world” (Matthew 5:14)
  • “Let your light shine before men, that they may see your good deeds and praise your Father in heaven” (Matthew 5:16)

Paul taught that the fruit of the Spirit – God’s gift to all believers – was to be characteristic of us all.

  • “But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness and self-control” (Galatians 5:22-23)

Jesus was clear that our greatest and life-enhancing quality was to be love.

  •  “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)
  • “This is my command: Love each other” (John 15:17)
  • “But I tell you: Love your enemies and pray for those who persecute you” (Matthew 5:44)

And Paul made it clear that without love nothing was achieved or gained in terms of the Kingdom 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)

To be identifiable as God’s people is not to claim it with our mouths but to reveal it with the quality of our lives. As we submit to the Lord Jesus and to the Holy Spirit whom He has given us His Light becomes our light, His love our love and His fruit our fruit. Then He tells us,

“By this all men will know that you are my disciples, if you love one another”  John 13:35)

What is my light?


Lord please pour Your love into my heart that I may also release it to others. Amen.