A Daily Word from the Word for Tuesday, June 17, 2014
“We love Him because He first loved us.” – 1 John 4:19
The Prophet Jeremiah testifies that God loves us with an everlasting love (Jeremiah 31:3), and the Apostle John comes in agreement with a heartfelt “And we have known and believed the love that God has for us. God is love, and he who abides in love abides in God, and God in him” (1John 4:16). The Bible is a love story. It is a story about a God Who “so loved the world that He gave His only begotten Son, that whoever believes in Him should not perish but have everlasting life. For God did not send His Son into the world to condemn the world, but that the world through Him might be saved” (John 3:16-17).
The kind of love that God consists of, and poured into His children is agape (pr. ag-ah-apy), which is “affection or benevolence, love-feast, dear” (Strong’s Exhaustive Concordance). It is important to note that this word is in the plural form. Whenever agape is used in reference to God’s love for us, it is plural because it denotes the three persons of God: God the Father, God the Son, and God the Holy Spirit. Genesis 1:26 points to this truth as it declares “And God said, Let US make mankind in our image, after OUR likeness.” God wants us to feast on His love, to “taste and see that the Lord is good” (Psalm 34:8).
We are dear to God. We are God’s dearly beloved children. Merriam-Webster’s Dictionary defines “affection” as “tender attachment.” We are tenderly attached to God. What an amazing moment of revelation and realization! Webster further defines “benevolence” as “an act of kindness, a generous gift.” We, the Father’s sons and daughters, are the manifestation of God’s act of kindness, we are His generous gift! Does that cause you to view yourself differently, my brother? Does it make you think and act differently, my sister? It better! We were made to be walking, loving, breathing acts of kindness from the Father—a gift from the Creator Himself.
The “love” that we love God with, is agapeo (pr. ag-ap-ah-o), meaning “to love in a social or moral sense, of the heart, personal attachment.” Webster defines “attachment” as “affectionate regard, the physical connection by which one thing is attached to another.”
Are you low on love, my brother? Finding your love-life with yourself lacking, my sister? Not feeling so loving, family? Then it’s time to go back and cultivate that tender attachment with your First Love—the One Who first loved you.
Father, thank You for loving us so immeasurably. Thank you, Most Holy God, for loving us with an everlasting love. Help us to get back to You, our First Love. Pour into us to overflowing your Agape Love. Take us on a new date with You, and give us a fresh encounter. Tenderize our hearts with your Divine seasoning of love. In Jesus Name, we thank You that we love You because You first loved us. Amen and Amen.
Take action! Challenge your thinking! Choose to focus on the love of Your Father. Spend time meditating on God’s great and amazing love for you. Walk in the Father’s love each and every day. Allow God’s perfect love to cast out all fear in you and in your life (1 John 4:18). And continue to fight the good fight of letting the Father’s love lead your heart; for God, your Love Language, has already given you the victory!
If you have never received Jesus Christ as your personal Lord and Savior, I encourage you to do it today, right now, by saying this prayer out loud: “Jesus, forgive me for my sins. I am sorry. I truly desire to be saved and reconciled back to God, my Father, through You. I receive Your sinless Blood as payment in full for my sins—past, present, and future. I now call You my Lord and Savior, and invite You to live within my heart, and to permanently live within me. I make You Lord over me and over my life from this moment on. Amen.” Congratulations! You are now a child of God, made whole and made new, by the Blood of Jesus Christ!
God tells us that we are blessed to be a blessing (Genesis 12:2). Be a blessing to someone by sending them this word of encouragement. If God did not already put someone in your spirit and on your heart that needs to read this uplifting message from above, simply ask your Heavenly Father who to bless on today. Forward this message right now by email, facebook, or twitter.
Jesus is coming soon!
May God Bless you and keep you always.
With warmest regards,
And, in service of The Most High King,
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All references to Hebrew and Greek words and meanings, unless otherwise noted, are taken from the New Strong’s Exhaustive Concordance © 1990 by Thomas Nelson Publishing. All dictionary references are taken from the Merriam-Webster online dictionary © 2014, unless otherwise noted.