2 Thessalonians 3:5, NASB
“May the Lord direct your hearts into the love of God and into the steadfastness of Christ.”
In all His works, and in all His dealings with mankind, God reveals His character of love. In the greatest act of love ever known Jesus came down to earth, died our death on the cross, and rose again three days later, in order to reconcile us with the Father.
But how can we truly know and experience the reality of God’s love in our lives?
So many of us know in our heads that God loves us, but we struggle to truly know this in our heart. We can talk about, think about, read about and hear about love all we like, but no amount of human effort can bring us to the place where we are able to truly know the love of God. We can’t make it happen ourselves!
We need God to give us a personal revelation of His love.
The Spirit of God directs us into His love (2 Thessalonians 3:5) and also pours out the love of God within our hearts (Romans 5:5). This pouring out of love can only be accomplished by the power of the Holy Spirit, and can’t be attained by human effort or through intellectual understanding.
One of the most amazing revelations I’ve had recently is that God loves each one of us with the same love that He has for Jesus. How amazing is that!
There’s no more pure and perfect example of love than that which exists within the Godhead. The Father loves the Son perfectly, and without restraint or measure – yet for some reason we seem to believe that God must love us a little bit less than He loves Jesus.
We always seem to feel as if God loves Jesus with His ‘number one’ love and then loves us with His ‘number two’ love. But not so!
Since the love of God is perfect and complete, there’s no measure. His love is boundless and immeasurable. He loves us with exactly the same love that He has for Jesus! As fully, completely, wholeheartedly and immeasurably as God loves Jesus – so He loves us.
This is the love that melts our hearts and minds, and draws us closer to the heart of the Father – the irresistible love of an indescribable God.
‘For God so loved the world, that He gave His only begotten Son, that whoever believes in Him shall not perish but have eternal life’ (John 3:16).
Prayer: Dear Heavenly Father, Thank You that You have loved me with an everlasting love, and that You have been directing me to You, and drawing me to Yourself throughout my life (even if I have not been aware of it). Today I would like to receive a true and complete revelation of Your love for me. Please pour Your love into my heart by the power of the Holy Spirit, in Jesus’ name, Amen.
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