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.


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 13

“Give thanks to the LORD,
for he is good.
His love endures forever”
(Psalm 136:1)

God is a God of Love.

There is a passage in the Psalms that is often used at funerals to signify the brevity of human life.

“As for man, his days are like grass, he flourishes like a flower of the field; the wind blows over it and it is gone, and its place remembers it no more” (Psalm 103:15-16)

And as quickly as a flower of the field may be forgotten so does the world move on when we pass away – remembered by only a relative few. However the Psalm continues and reminds us of the Lord’s love which does not move on and forget.

“But from everlasting to everlasting the LORD’s love is with those who fear him” (Psalm 103:17)

God’s love is not short-lived and fickle. He loved us before we were born, He has loved us throughout our lives, He has loved us into His kingdom, and He will love us for all of eternity. And when the ‘wind blows over’ our place here and takes us with it God will be there for us with His arms open wide.

Our God is the Lord God Almighty. He is good. And His love endures forever. This needs to be at the forefront of our minds at all times. David recognised it when he prayed,

 “Remember not the sins of my youth and my rebellious ways; according to your love remember me, for you are good, O LORD” (Psalm 25:7)

I am loved  with an everlasting love by the God who is both holy and eternal.


Father my mind knows that You are good and that You love me. Please may this truth sink into the depths of my spirit as well and give new meaning to my life. Amen.


Love of God 12

“The earth is filled with Your love O LORD;
teach me Your decrees”
(Psalm 119:64)

God is a God of Love.

What do we see when we look at the world around us – a glass almost empty or one filled with wonderful things? I know when I look at my garden I tend to see the gaps – and when I look at somebody else’s garden I focus on the plants. Just so, it is easy to bemoan the problems and difficulties in my life and to overlook, or take for granted, the blessings and privileges.

Paul reminds us that,

“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, so that men are without excuse.(Romans 1:20)

The poet William Blake began his poem Auguries of Innocence with a ‘quatrain which captures how the beauty of nature and the universe is often in the small everyday details’:

“To see a world in a grain of sand,
And heaven in a wild flower,
Hold infinity in the palm of your hand,
and eternity in an hour.”

I have walked through the lashing rain, with the thunder crashing around me, the lightening flashing through the night, where the wind was a ‘torrent of darkness’ and the moon ‘a ghostly galleon tossed upon cloudy seas.’ I have watched the sun-kissed waves surging powerfully across a purple ocean; listened to the haunting cry of a fish-eagle piercing the morning mist; watched a daffodil shoot break through the wintry ground and felt the sunny beach warm between my toes. I have heard the contented murmurings of birds in the early morning light, marvelled at the soft and the passionate sun-sets, looked in wonder at a single flower in a vase, studied the intricate tracings on a leaf, and been struck with awe at the fragile medallions created by a spider as they glistened on the soft lake-side grass in the early morning light.

Their message is always the same. God is alive – and He is so good.

Turn from the clamour of the world for a while and look at God’s creation  –  let it speak.


Father help me to see, to marvel and to hear – for You reveal Yourself in what You have made. Amen.