God IS Love

The Bible has so much to say about love.  The previous post to this one, 25 Things I Love, took a lighthearted look at things that I  love.  But there is so much more to Love.  We throw the word around loosely, I love this, I love that….but there is so much more.

I used to hear that phrase “God is Love’ all the time.  But I remember the first time I actually truly felt it and understood the depths of that statement.  It was about 4 years ago.  I was on my first Ladies Retreat with our church.  It was a hard weekend for me.  It was the very first time I had been away from Grace and Luke overnight.  I had John with me, who was 7 months old at the time.  I was going through horrible anxiety about not being with Grace and Luke, and John wasn’t helping the situation.  He was crying alot, wouldn’t sleep, and was just making things difficult.  I wanted to go home.  

After the first night, I went down to breakfast in the morning and told the ladies I was so tired and would probably be going home instead of leaving the next day.  The ladies from my church were amazing.  They rallied around me and offered to help with John, so I could nap, etc.  They put notes under my door while I was resting, offering encouragement.  They did not judge my feelings (even if they it seem ridiculous at the time!), they even offered to take John so I could listen to the speakers at the retreat.  

God worked wonders that weekend.  I saw God and Love personified in those ladies.  I ended up staying until the next day and when I drove home that day, the sun was shining so bright, and I could do nothing but smile.  I felt for the first time I understood that God is LOVE!

I have seen time and again how God is love through my dear friends in Christ.  The are forever unselfishly putting others first and serving each other.  And not out of the hopes of receiving accolades, but for the single purpose of serving God.  These ladies are prayer warriors and continually to lift each other up daily.  There is nothing one wouldn’t do for another.

That’s what love is all about.  Serving others, because we are serving God.  We are so in love with our Lord, that we can’t help but let that love spill over into our lives.  I am so grateful to have this truth in my life.

And with our families it is the same.  We are to serve each other, putting others needs before our own.  God loves us so much, and yet here we only get to experience just a glimpse of that eternal love we will one day share with Him in heaven.  So this Valentine’s Day I encourage you to reflect on the ultimate Love.  God’s Love for you.

Proverbs 17:17 A friend loves at all times

John 15:13 Greater love has no one than this, that he lay down his life for his friends.

Love is patient, love is kind. It does not envy, it does not boast, it is not proud. It is not rude, it is not self-seeking, it is not easily angered, it keeps no record of wrongs. Love does not delight in evil but rejoices with the truth. It always protects, always trusts, always hopes, always perseveres.

Love never fails….And now these three remain: faith, hope and love. But the greatest of these is love. (NIV)1 John 3:18 
Dear children, let us not love with words or tongue but with actions and in truth. (NIV)
1 John 4:8 Whoever does not love does not know God, because God is love. (NIV)
1 John 4:18 There is no fear in love. But perfect love drives out fear, because fear has to do with punishment. The one who fears is not made perfect in love.

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