Spiritual Life: Experiencing God’s Love in the Bible

In our walk with God, learning to see His love through nature and in Scripture is essential.  We are loved, and as part of our spiritual growth we need to know that love intimately in order that our relationship with God be consistent.  After all, you do not want to come close to someone who doesn’t love you!

I’d like to share a couple of my favorite ways that God loves us, as seen in the Bible. These aren’t in order of importance – that would be too hard!

One of my favorite concepts is that we are God’s children.

“Behold, what manner of love the Father has bestowed on us, that we should be called children of God!” 1 John 3:1.

He formed each of us:

“For You formed my inward parts; You covered me in my mother’s womb” Psalms 139:9.

God is the one who made each of us. And just as we love our own children, He loves us and wants to give us good things. Contrary to the idea that God is “out to get us,” His thoughts toward us are loving thoughts:

“For I know the thoughts that I think toward you, says the Lord, thoughts of peace and not of evil, to give you a future and a hope” Jeremiah 29:11.

As his children we can also have access to Him any time, day or night.

Another favorite concept is that God knows us intimately, and loves us anyway!  There’s nothing we need to hide from Him; He can see it anyway.  But that doesn’t change how He feels about us.  Listen:

“O Lord, You have searched me and known me.  You know my sitting down and my rising up; You understand my thought afar off.  You comprehend my path and my lying down, and are acquainted with all my ways…” Psalms 139:1-3.

So many people are afraid to bare themselves to others, thinking that “if people really knew me they wouldn’t love me.”  This fear can carry over to God as well, and so we try to hide from Him.  But God knows us intimately and loves us anyway!  He sees all the negative things we think and feel, all our negative motives and intentions, and He sees the great potential for good that He’s placed within us, as well as the potential to love Him back.

The last concept I’ll share is that He doesn’t leave us on our own – EVER.  Several times in the Bible is the phrase:

“I will not leave you nor forsake you.”  (See Deuteronomy 31:6, for one of them)

Matthew 28:20 reiterates the theme –

“… I am with you always, even to the end of the age.”

Nothing can ever separate us from God’s love:

“For I am persuaded that neither death nor life, nor angels nor principalities nor powers, nor things present nor things to come, nor height nor depth, nor any other created things, shall be able to separate us from the love of God which is in Christ Jesus our Lord.”

These are a couple of my personal favorite Scriptural concepts about God’s love.  What concepts of God’s love are your favorite?

 

About Pastor Sherry

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12 Responses to Spiritual Life: Experiencing God’s Love in the Bible

  1. What a beautiful message in this post!

    “… I am with you always, even to the end of the age.” really resonates with me. From an early age I knew God is always there. I am Catholic and am very serious about my religion. I know that God sent his son down for the sinners and not the saints. This proves that God is compassionate and is always there like a parent for mercy and forgiveness. We are human and God gave us free will. And we will slip up, but always have God there to forgive us with his mercy.
    Sometimes when life gets overwhelming and things seem to be going against you, Trusting in God can get you through. When this happens to me I “Let Go and Let God” When putting things in God’s hands with total trust things work for me.
    Again, I love that phrase. But faith comes along with it. Faith means trust. Some people get frustrated because things they think they want won’t come when they ask God for it. But from the man people I counsel I see that their eyes are closed to the many wonderful gifts they received from God. The things they need. Focusing on Trust and being patient is the key. God NEVER lets you down.
    Blessings,
    Donna
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    • Oh Donna, how beautiful — I mean your post, and also the thought that even when we don’t receive exactly what we ask for, we do receive the things God knows we need. That’s a really hard concept to understand. I often use the illustration of a small child asking for a sharp knife. The child only sees it as desirable, but the parent knows that the child is not yet able to use it safely, and will hurt himself with it now. So they withhold it from him. The child may feel the parent is not loving them, but in reality, they are.

      And yes, the fact that Jesus gave His life for us is the ultimate demonstration of God’s love. God would not have let Jesus go if we didn’t matter to Him — to both of them.

  2. Pastor Sherry, the verse in Jeremiah 29:11, is one of the promises I keep in my mind and my tongue everyday. Understanding He never fails and He knows me before I was created in my mother’s womb is way beyond my comprehension. He wants to fulfill His plans in me, His plans of prosperity and hope. This is my prayer for my friends and anybody I came in contact with; that they believe in this promise.
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    • Alicia, that’s a wonderful promise, isn’t it! I too camp on that one. God has a plan for each of us, and it’s far more wonderful than we can imagine. A good thought to keep in mind for those days when everything is falling apart!

  3. That is so right. I couldn’t agree more with what you have said. There is nothing on this earth that will separate us from God and his everlasting love. God bless us all!
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  4. Nile says:

    I constantly say that I believe He is within us and all around us. It does not take attending a physical church to commune with Him. We can do it anytime. I think that for a lot of people it is hard because there are so many who are negative and it can block that love for self and even more so… forgetting that He still loves you no matter.
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    • Hi Nile, I love being with God outside, in woods, by water, on a walk, on a mountain . . . When I go on prayer retreats, it’s to a place where I can be out in nature where it’s natural and green.

      Yes, negativity can block God’s love. We can block it for ourselves, or we can buy into someone else’s negativity and disbelieve God. But that doesn’t stop God from loving us — not matter what!

  5. When I learned that God loves me no matter what and the blood was shed for each one of us so that we could be forgiven of our sins – my life changed forever! I was able to rid myself of the shame and guilt that had plagued me as a result of a very dysfunctional life!
    I am totally with Alicia – Jeremiah 29:11 is imprinted on my heart – “For I know the plans I have for you,” say the Lord. “they are plans for good and not for disaster, to give you a future and a hope”.

    Thank you so much for sharing! I can never be reminded too many times of God’s love for us!
    Clare
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    • Hi Clare, I accepted Jesus’ sacrifice for me as a young child. I’d grown up believing, so it was a natural progression. The human condition itself is dysfunctional, but spiritually, I’ve known nothing else except belonging to God. I can only imagine the joy it must have brought you when you first entered that experience!

  6. Jupiter Jim says:

    Great post and very important concept and lots of great quotes to back up your point which is that God loves us unconditionally! God doesn’t say if you’re perfect or really good then I’ll love you and show you my love. And if you’re bad, then you’re on your own! Just as any good parent doesn’t love their children only when they are good. There are men on death row and their Mother’s still love them to the end, no matter what they’ve done. That’s unconditional love. God’s love is at least that powerful! Thanks for this post!

    – Jupiter Jim
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    • Hi Jim, good point — even the worst murderers (and even the terrorists) have mothers who still love them. And God’s love goes so much beyond that, that it’s hard to even imagine! He totally accepts us where we are — and then helps us grow to where we want to be. Can’t get better than that, can it!




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