We all long for true love – a love that is unconditional, with no strings attached. A love that will never fade or fail us. A love that truly satisfies and completes us. Someone who makes us feel accepted, secure, and valued. This kind of love can only be found in the arms of our Heavenly Father.
This Valentine’s Day, read God’s valentine to you: “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, NASB
He loved us so much that He sent His Son to give His life for us, that we might have eternal life. He loves us with a depth and a passion that surpasses all imagining. He has bestowed great affection upon us, in calling us His children (1 John 3:1). We are precious, honored in His sight, and loved by Him (Isaiah 43:4).
His love is the only love that can truly satisfy. All the other things we try to substitute to fill the void deep inside of us can never really fulfill. They are mere counterfeits, while His love for us is the genuine. It is unconditional. It will never fail or fade. It satisfies and completes. He is the One with whom we are accepted, secure, and valued.
This Valentine’s Day, may you gain a fresh revelation of the amazing love of your Heavenly Father. May it come alive to you more than ever before. May you recognize the true significance of the words contained in His valentine to you – that He loved you so much that He gave His one and only Son, the very best He had to offer, that you might be saved.Take a look at the video below. May it bless you, and may you have a wonderful and Happy Valentine’s Day!
Week 6 of Called and Created’s Bible Reading and Memorization Plan will soon be at its end. This week’s reading was Mark 5-10. These chapters speak mainly of some of Jesus’ miracles, conversations with His disciples, a couple of His encounters with the Pharisees, and the transfiguration.
In Mark 5, we read of a man who was possessed by demons, which Jesus cast out of him. The demons begged for permission to enter a nearby herd of pigs rather than leave the area. The herd then stampeded into a lake and drowned.
As the Son of God, Jesus possessed the authority to cast the demons out of the man. They simply had to obey Him. In Christ, we have been given authority to overcome all the power of the devil (Luke 10:19). This power and authority isn’t of ourselves. It is from Him. It is through Him that we can do all things (Philippians 4:13). Whatever we ask in His name, He will do (John 14:13-14). When we allow Him to work through us, great things are accomplished for His glory!
The devil has been disarmed (Colossians 2:15). He has been defeated! We have been given the victory over Him. Sickness has no right to remain on our bodies. Fear must flee. Anxiety and depression must leave. They are no match for our wonderful Savior, and the price He paid for us at the cross.
Today, remember that you have been given authority over all the power of the devil, who has already been defeated. Rest in the victory over him that was won for you at the cross!
In the book of John, Jesus’ disciple John refers to himself as the disciple whom Jesus loved. Jesus loved all of His disciples, but John was aware of it. He personalized the Savior’s love for him.
In the same way, it is vital for us to understand that God loves each one of us personally – not just everyone collectively, but us as individuals. His love for us is far greater than we could ever imagine. We are special to Him – loved and cared for in a way that surpasses our comprehension. Speak these verses out over yourself, and spend time meditating on God’s amazing love for YOU:
“I am one of God’s chosen people, dearly loved by Him.” (Colossians 3:12)
“God has loved me with an everlasting love.” (Jeremiah 31:3)
“His love for me will never be shaken.” (Isaiah 54:10)
“He delights in me, and rejoices over me with singing.” (Zephaniah 3:17).
“His love for me endures forever.” (Psalm 107:1).
God’s love for us truly is priceless (Psalm 36:7)! Its worth is simply beyond measure! What a wonderful blessing to be loved and cared for by our Heavenly Father!
We’ve all heard many times that God loves us, but how can we know for sure that this is true? What is our proof of His affection?
Romans 5:8 informs us that God’s love for us was demonstrated in this – that Christ died for us while we were still sinners. Think about that for a moment – God sent Jesus to give His life for us while we were as yet sinners. He loved us so much that He didn’t want us to have to pay the price merited by our wrongdoings, so He sent Jesus to take upon Himself the punishment that we deserved. He sought us before we ever sought after Him. What greater proof of God’s unsurpassed love for us could we possibly receive?
Here are some verses that further reveal the depth and intensity of God’s wonderful love for us, as demonstrated through Christ’s work at the cross:
He loved us so much that He gave His one and only Son, that if we believe in Him, we might have eternal life (John 3:16).
He did not spare His own Son, but freely gave Him up for us all (Romans 8:32).
None has greater love than the one who lays down his life for his friends
(John 15:13), and God sent Jesus to lay down His life for us.
Though we had gone our own way, God laid upon Christ all of our iniquity
He made us alive with Christ because of His great love for us, even when we were dead in transgressions (Ephesians 2:4-5).
The fact that God sent Jesus to give His life for us, while we were still sinners, proves beyond a shadow of a doubt God’s unalterable love for us. He loved us at our worst, giving the best He had, that we might be redeemed. Let’s give thanks to God for His unrivaled affection!
No matter what we do, or what goes on around us, our Heavenly Father’s affection will always be ours. Nothing can take His love away from us. Nothing can put an end to it. We can’t be separated from it, for we are His (Isaiah 43:1), and none can snatch us from His hand (John 10:29).
In our relationships with people, things like time and distance can get in the way, causing us to grow apart. Our Heavenly Father, however, is always with us, and His love for us is unchanging. It will never be shaken (Isaiah 54:10). Whatever happens, we can rest fully assured of the continuous affection of our Heavenly Father.
Whatever point you may be at in life, place your trust in God’s unfailing love (Psalm 13:5). Know that it is yours in Christ, and nothing can ever take it away from you. It is freely given to you, simply because He is love (1 John 4:16). You are, and always will be, His beloved son or daughter!
Week 5 of Called and Created’s Bible Reading and Memorization Plan is almost over. This week’s reading was Matthew 27-28 and Mark 1-4. Matthew 27-28 speaks of Jesus’ death, resurrection, and some of His final words to His disciples. Mark 1-4 speaks mainly of Jesus’ baptism, the beginning of His ministry, miracles He performed, some of His encounters with the Pharisees, and parables He told.
Matthew 27 speaks further of all that Jesus endured on our behalf. He was whipped (Matthew 27:26), made fun of (Matthew 27:27-31), crucified between two rebels (Matthew 27:38), and mocked as He hung there (Matthew 27:39-44).
This was all part of the price Christ paid to redeem us. He was forsaken that we might be accepted (Matthew 27:46). He became poor that we might be made rich (2 Corinthians 8:9). He was wounded for our wrongdoings. The punishment that we might have peace was upon Him. It is by His stripes that we are healed (Isaiah 53:5). Christ took our sins upon Himself, that we might be made righteous Because of what He has done for us, the price for our sins has been paid in full.
Jesus rose again, having dealt with our sins once and for all at the cross (Hebrews 7:27). The victory has been won. We have been reconciled to God (2 Corinthians 5:18-19). His resurrection is our assurance that all of our sins have been completely removed.In this world, we are as He is – completely loved and accepted by our Heavenly Father (1 John 4:17)!
This is the good news of the gospel – the power of God for the saving of all who believe (Romans 1:16). These are the glad tidings we are to spread. This is what changes lives – the wonderful grace of God, shown in Christ’s finished work at the cross. Let’s give thanks for all that He has done for us!
1 John 4:19 tells us that we love because God first loved us. It is out of our understanding of His love for us that our love for Him springs. It is His love flowing through us that enables us to show love to those around us.
The first and greatest commandment is to love God with all our heart, soul, and mind, and the second is like it – to love our neighbor as ourselves (Matthew 22:36-40). However, there are times when our love for God may fall short of this standard, and people whom we may have a hard time loving. If we are trying in our own strength to truly love God and others, we will never be able to do so perfectly.
The good news is that it isn’t about our love, but rather God’s love for us! When we begin to truly understand the width and length, and height and depth of the love of Christ (Ephesians 3:18), we will begin to fall in love with Him. We won’t have to struggle or strive to love Him more. Our love for Him will be a natural response to His love for us.
As we are filled with the knowledge of the love of God, that love will overflow from us to those around us. We’ll find ourselves freely giving out the love that we have freely received (Matthew 10:8). It won’t be about us endeavoring to show love in our own strength, but rather about God’s love flowing through us.
Today, fix your eyes on the amazing affection of your Heavenly Father! As you focus on His great love for you, you will begin to love Him and others in return.
For encouragement in growing deeper in your understanding of God’s love, check out Called and Created’s God’s Love For You event on Facebook. Click on the Facebook icon located near top of the sidebar on the right hand side of the site’s homepage, which will lead you to our Facebook page. Then click on the event section, and chose the event entitled God’s Love For You. Or you can follow this link to go directly there – https://www.facebook.com/events/1388176364779449/.
What is love? How would you describe it? How can it be defined?
The true definition of love is found in God’s Word, in 1 John 4:10, which describes it not as our love for God, but as His love for us, and Him sending His Son as the sacrifice for our sins. This is real love – the affection of our Heavenly Father!
True love is not defined as our love for God, but rather as His love for us. As human beings, our love for Him can never be as perfect and complete as His wonderful love for us. Our love for Him may vary from time to time, but His love for us will never change. It is unshakable (Isaiah 45:10). It is unfailing (Psalm 13:5). It will endure forever (Psalm 118:1). We can rest in His love, secure that it is and always will be ours.
Our love can never measure up to the standards of God’s amazing love for us. His love reaches far beyond the bounds of anything we can imagine. His Son’s death at the cross proved it’s greatness and depth once and for all. Such a love as our Heavenly Father’s can never be equaled!
Today, enjoy the love that God has for you. Trust that no matter what happens, He is always with you, and that His affection for you is without end. Rejoice in the wonder of His amazing love!
This week’s memory verse for Called and Created’s Bible Reading and Memorization Plan is Zephaniah 3:17. It assures us that God is with us, mighty to save. It declares that He takes delight in us, and rejoices over us with singing.
We need not fear, for the Mighty One is always with us. We are never truly alone, for He will never leave nor forsake us (Deuteronomy 31:6), and He is mighty to save. He cares for us more deeply and truly than any other, and no one can snatch us from His hand
(John 10:29). He is more than able to handle any situation we may come up against in life – big or small – and He possesses an affection for us from which springs a care for all that concerns us. The One with whom the impossible is possible loves us, and is on our side. Considering this, what do we have to fear? Why do we need to be afraid?
The Most High rejoices over us with singing. He has bestowed lavish love upon us, in calling us His children (1 John 3:1). We are His beloved sons and daughters, and He is our Daddy in heaven. He sent His Son, who paid a high price to redeem us, even to the point of giving His life for us at the cross. The devil tries to whisper to us lies concerning our worth, such as that we aren’t good enough, and never will measure up, no matter how hard we try. Our Heavenly Father, however, tells us that we are His chosen people, whom He dearly loves (Colossians 3:12). The question we need to ask ourselves is whom we are going to listen to – the devil and his lies, or God’s song of rejoicing over us.
Our Heavenly Father is always with us, as a Mighty Warrior, to save us. He rejoices over each of us with singing. Let’s allow Him to use His saving power in our lives, and listen to His song of joy over us rather than the lies of the enemy!
God’s love for us is far greater than we could ever imagine. We are His children (1 John 3:1). He cares for us as a father would for their dearly loved son or daughter. Nothing can separate us from His love (Romans 8:38-39). We can never earn it. We can never be good enough to merit it. It is freely given to each one of us. It prompted Him to send His Son to give His life for us, that we might enter into relationship with Him. Such a love can never be equaled! It is our privilege to learn more about His unsurpassed love each and every day!
This Valentine’s Day, experience your Heavenly Father’s amazing love with Called and Created’s Facebook event, God’s Love For You. Each week day of the first two weeks of February, a simple, easy to implement call to action will be posted on the event page, encouraging you to grow deeper in your understanding of His affection. To join this event, click on the Facebook icon at the top of the sidebar on the right hand side of the site’s home page. Clicking on this icon will bring you to Called and Created’s Facebook page. From there, click on our event section, and then on the event entitled God’s Love For You. Or you can follow this link to go directly there:
It is my hope that this event will help you to increase your understanding of just how great the love that God has for you truly is. Join in on our God’s Love For You Facebook event, and rediscover the affection of your Heavenly Father!