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 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 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 3

“The LORD God made garments of skin for Adam and his wife
and clothed them”
(Genesis 3:21)

God is a God of Love.

One of the most remarkable acts of love by God is contained here right at the beginning of the Biblical account of His relationship with humans.

Adam and Eve had rejected His authority, love and wisdom in a way that made it impossible for them to remain in His presence. The death that God had warned them about was now a reality.  They had to leave and find their own way in the comparatively inhospitable outside world.

A similar scenario would be enacted much later at Sinai. Effectively God would say to the Hebrews, “Commit yourselves to Me and My Ways and I will take you to a land flowing with milk and honey. Reject Me and the lonely desert awaits you.”

But now, as the physically and spiritually naked couple were about to leave Eden, God did a wonderful thing. He made clothes for them – and He clothed them Himself. There is a concern and intimacy here which is wonderful. The Father had not stopped loving them or caring for them.

Again the scene is played out in the then distant future. It was in all probability a lamb that died and surrendered its skin so that they could be clothed.  In time to come the Lamb of God would surrender His clothes and die naked – so that we could be clothed with His life and righteousness and return to the presence of God.

“Clothe yourselves with the Lord Jesus Christ” 
(Romans 13:14)

Such Love.

God has clothes for us to wear – have I fully accepted them?


Father please help me to shed the clothes of this world and to enter into the covering of the Lord Jesus in every area of my life. 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.


What an Artist!

“What may be known about God is plain to them,
because God has made it plain to them.
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 1:19-20)

We can become so focussed on what we would like God to do that we may easily forget what He has done.
If we will open our eyes and look around us we will see that we are surrounded by the wonder and beauty of His creation. All of it bears a mainly silent witness not only to His power and authority but to the breath-taking beauty and abundance that is a part of His nature.

The Psalmist picked it up and exclaimed in awe,

“The heavens declare the glory of God;
the skies proclaim the work of his hands.
Day after day they pour forth speech;
night after night they display knowledge.
There is no speech or language
where their voice is not heard.
Their voice goes out into all the earth,
their words to the ends of the world.
(Psalm 19:1-4)

As I was preparing to write this I looked out of my window straight into the glorious blue head of an Hydrangea – a mass of soft, small petals joined together in an eye-catching display. And it felt as if the Lord was saying to me, “How about this one?” – with all the joy of an artist over a beautiful creation. He does it to me regularly with His endless variety of sunsets – and in the early hours when a small bird sits outside of my bedroom window and greets the dawn with the loveliest liquid song of praise. I wonder at times that he does not burst with the joy pourings out of such a small throat. And I say to God in wonder, ‘You did this, and You showed it to me so that I too might enjoy it and say, “O, it is indeed good!”

Then there are the majestic trees, the stately clouds riding on the invisible winds, the dancing shadows on a wall, the surging and laughing surf, and the chuckle of a child. And the wonder of it all is that He made me so that I can see them, hear them, smell them and fell them – and be touched by them in the silent depths of my spirit. And it is there that I can turn to Him in wonder and find that He is watching me and smiling joyfully at my delight.

This is what our Father longs for – to delight us with the truth of His love and beauty, even in the midst of a world that has looked the other way.

Stop – look – and listen. And allow Him to show you what He has for you today.


Lord open my eyes that I may see, my heart that I may love, and my spirit that I may rejoice and praise You. Amen.


Almighty Father

“What may be known about God is plain to them,
because God has made it plain to them.
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 1:19-20)

God is omnipotent – His power is unlimited and eternal. We see something of it in the glory and extent of His creation and in the power that has sustained and developed it over the ages. He is able to do whatever He wishes in order to achieve His will and purpose, no matter what the circumstances at the time – as Scripture records. And as the Angel Gabriel said to Mary,

“Nothing is impossible with God” 
(Luke 1:37)

God is omnipresent – He is fully present everywhere.  He is not spread out over His creation so that parts of Him are in different places. All of Him is present everywhere all the time – with all of His supreme glory, authority and power.

God is omniscient – He is all-wise and all-knowing. He has a perfect awareness of everything that has happened, is happening and will happen everywhere, in heaven, upon earth and throughout His vast creation. He knows the full details of every person’s life – who they are, why they are, how they are, what they are, what they have done, are doing and will do – as well as every thought of yesterday, today and tomorrow and what has given rise to such thoughts. He knows and understands each and every one of us fully and completely.

“O LORD, you have searched me and you know me. You know when I sit and when I rise; you perceive my thoughts from afar. You discern my going out and my lying down; you are familiar with all my ways. Before a word is on my tongue you know it completely, O LORD”
(Psalm 139:1-4)

God has a plan and a purpose for His creation and His people. He has been and is at work in history, in ways we may not see or understand, to accomplish His purposes. Because He has allowed us, and respects our, free will we are not His slaves or puppets – rather He invites us to be a part of the journey with Him. The fact that history is filled with tragedy and trauma is an indication of how that free-will has often been exercised. However He is still supremely God and will ensure that indeed His will will be done on earth as it is in heaven.

This is the God who has invited us to call Him Father as we become His daughters and sons – and the One who has promised us 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)
  • “nothing .. in all creation, will be able to separate us from the love of God that is in Christ Jesus our Lord” (Romans 8:39)

Receive and lay your third foundation stone for the year – God is able to look after me


Father Almighty, forgive me for the times when I doubt Your love and commitment to me. Please help me to entrust myself into the fullness of Your loving care and protection. Amen.