• Becky Cope

Understanding Love

We have so much to learn about God's perfect love. Although countless books have been written, and there are experts in abundance, I really think the depth of God's love remains inconceivable to our human brainpower. It is unfathomable to understand love without any conditions. An unchanging love that is not influenced by any other force. It never changes; whether it's appreciated, reciprocated, or accepted as reality, God is Love.

That is who He is. God was speaking through Jeremiah, the prophet and said, "I have loved you with an everlasting love; Therefore, with lovingkindness I have drawn you and continued My faithfulness to you." Jeremiah 31:3 AMP Without a revelation of who God is, and a functioning trust in how much he loves us, it is so easy for the storms, trials, and persecutions of our lives to beat us down. The enemy of our soul thrives on keeping us ignorant of God's perfect, unconditional love. Satan lies, and his condemnation tries to derail us from resting in God's love. It is a lie that we must earn, perform, or somehow qualify ourselves before love is really manifested or truly felt by God. There is also the lie that because we displease God with our failings, He is usually angry and disappointed with us. And finally, because he has to love us, he does, but he doesn't love me as much as He loves so and so. Lies, lies, lies. God's word says, "He loves You! He delights in us/you. He cherishes us like adored and precious treasures or possessions." Here on earth, love is so misunderstood and misused. Love has lost its value and significance to many and is greatly overused for personal gain.

God's love is different and pure. We can know God's love. By receiving it, we learn to rely upon and live in that love. Isn't that so amazing! And here is the clincher for me, God's love is not just generic for everybody. The same because that is what He is; Like He can't help Himself, or something like that. God's love is so incredibly and deeply personal. It is directed specifically towards each of us. We are the target of God's love! Each one of us individually! He has created us all totally and completely unique, as is His love for us special and unique. Remaining in God's love positions us to receive all God has for us. It helps us to love ourselves as he does. God's love is a love that can be fully trusted and experienced. When we surrender completely to God's love, it will impact every area of our life. We can walk in the wonder of being fully and perfectly loved by God. "We know how much God loves us, and we have put our trust in his love. God is love, and all who live in love live in God, and God lives in them." 1 John 4:16 NLT

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