Monday, April 28, 2014

Eternal And Complete Love

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We decided to do something different, today.  We're sharing another devotional from one of our Kindle books.  Each of our devotional books is 14 days long.  The daily devotionals can be read through once or twice, during the month they're written for. Or they can be read when the overall topic is needed for life's events.  They're intended to build up and fortify our souls.

Each day has a closing prayer section. Understanding each devotional is useless if it only creates intellectual knowledge.  It needs to build our communication and relationship with God.  So, the prayer isn't a formula, but a series of "take aways" to spur the reader to pray in his or her own words and thoughts.  We wanted the prayer to be personal to each reader.

Today's reading comes from "Love's Red Sardius: a Time to Experience God's Love".  That was our second devotional, intended for February.  On day 3, we looked at John 3:16, probably the most familiar Bible verse in the world.  And yet, there's more to consider.

John 3:16 (KJV) For God so loved the world, that he gave his only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in him should not perish, but have everlasting life.


As in our previous devotional, the word for love is agape.  It’s a complete, selfless love. Not subjective, but fully focused on the object of that love.  That’s where this verse gets interesting. “World” is kosmos, which speaks of the nature of the universe — its contents, its order, its nature. In other words, God loves His creation, both as it started and was intended to be and, now, as sin has changed it into.  Despite the disarray, God still loves all of it.

The nature of agape love is that it doesn’t rely on the one being loved. It is strictly dependent on the one doing the loving.  We know that God is omniscient (all knowing).  That total knowledge covers from eternity past to eternity future.  God knew we would deviate into sin, yet He loved and loves us, anyway.  Think of a good parent and their child.  Somewhere in the child’s growth and learning process, there will be some rebellion.  The child is testing limits.  The results of that testing may upset and anger the parent.  But it doesn’t change the love.  It’s the activity, not the child, that goes unloved.  

Bringing that back to God and us, it means God loves us no matter what spiritual detours we take. He’ll do what’s necessary to draw us back onto the right path, for as long as we’re in this life.  We can choose to accept that relationship or not.  But God makes it clear that the “not” has consequences.  Thinking of the depth of that love, we should be seeking the blessings, not trying to avoid the consequences of our thoughts and actions.


Prayer thoughts for day 3:  We want to fully understand the reality of who God is and how that can create such an immense love.  We need to ask Him to let us see the full reality of all that.  We need to ask that whether we’re in a relationship with God or still think that’s unnecessary.  And we need to ask Him to prepare us to fully receive that love, which will create a desire and appreciation in us for that relationship.


Love's Red Sardius can be purchased here: http://amzn.to/1lovevD.

4 comments:

  1. My 14 year old daughter explored this same subject with profound discernment for her age. As you say it is a full and complete love not dependent on us as the created being for God.

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    1. Sounds like you have a very Godly and intelligent daughter. And, it seems, she's gotten to realize God's love through her experience with her parents. Awesome!

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  2. One of my favorite Scripture prayers is from Ephesians 3, "that I may know the height, depth, width and breadth of God's love so that I may be filled to the fullness of His measure." Imagine to be filled, completely, totally with God's love. It sounds impossible but Paul prayed it so it must be possible!

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  3. Amen, Pam. God's love is limitless.

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