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The Love of God: Believe It and Receive It

Jesus Love

Our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ loves us a lot more than we think He does. Yes, this is true for all of us. In our natural mind we will often struggle to believe this fact. Even so, He will always love us more than we think He does…even after we receive our supernatural minds in the resurrection! Even the four living creatures and the 24 elders constantly get new revelation at the Throne of God! Similarly, we will always experience new and higher revelations of God’s love for us. But first, we must start with a willingness to receive it…and even before that…we must believe it. We must believe it in order to receive it. This takes faith.

“And without faith it is impossible to please God, because anyone who comes to him must believe that he exists and that he rewards those who earnestly seek him. By faith Noah, when warned about things not yet seen, in holy fear built an ark to save his family. By his faith he condemned the world and became heir of the righteousness that is in keeping with faith.” ~Hebrews 11:6 (NIV)

So, let us remember the truth. The truth is that God is love. Love is who He is. Love is what He does. He is building a Kingdom of Love on the earth (Isaiah 16:5). He will ultimately remove anything and anyone that opposes His love. He wants us to participate with Him in setting up His Kingdom of Love. How do we do this?

Only if we receive His love, can we then return it back to Him and give it to others. Jesus said that all the law and prophets hang on these two things: loving God and loving others. Yet, we are tempted to believe that if we first keep the law and the prophets-if we clean ourselves up-then He will receive us and then He will love us. But none of us deserve His love. “But God demonstrates his own love for us in this: While we were still sinners, Christ died for us.” (Romans 5:8, NIV). So, we must first realize that even though we have never deserved it, God loves us. In faith, we must humble ourselves and receive it freely (without having earned it) and then give it back to Him…and then find others that also don’t deserve it (which is everyone on the planet) and give it them freely as well. “Freely you have received; freely give.” (Matthew 10:8). As His love flows into us and through us, we will also experience our hearts being purified.

In our natural mind, we will be tempted to look at circumstances and bad things that have happened and then blame God and blame others (the exact opposite of what He asked to do – to love God and love others). The truth of the matter is that God is perfect. He is merciful and kind. He has never done anything to receive a bad rap. He loves us much more than we understand. So, let us stop wasting our lives believing the lies of the enemy of our souls. Let us go on to believe the truth of His love for us! Let us die to ourselves and to our worldly, natural thinking. Let us run to and be hidden in Christ. (Colossians 3:3). Let us then receive His love, and remain in His love (John 15:9). Let us give it back to Him and to others. In so doing, let us become who He has called us to be…sons and daughters of God. Let us go on to be transformed into the image of our Father. He will bring you forth in His love.

“As the Father has loved me, so have I loved you. Now remain in my love.” ~John 15:9 (NIV)

“We love because he first loved us.” ~I John 4:19 (NIV)

“…love your enemies, do good to them, and lend to them without expecting to get anything back. Then your reward will be great, and you will be children of the Most High, because he is kind to the ungrateful and wicked. Be merciful, just as your Father is merciful." ~Luke 6:34-36 (NIV)

“Be perfect, therefore, as your heavenly Father is perfect.” ~Matthew 5:48 (NIV)

“…I know whom I have believed, and am convinced that he is able to guard what I have entrusted to him until that day. What you heard from me, keep as the pattern of sound teaching, with faith and love in Christ Jesus. Guard the good deposit that was entrusted to you—guard it with the help of the Holy Spirit who lives in us.” ~2 Timothy 1:12-14 (NIV)
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