A few weeks ago I asked a friend of mine to write a blog post for me. She kindly obliged, being excited to write about one of her favorite topics: the Love of God.
Here is the link to her blog! Check out some of her other writings as well: Gianna Beata
I especially find helpful the words she uses: compels, controls, and powerful. God’s love is not out of a need for us “accept Him,” but a living force that causes things to happen, and cannot be stopped nor can it be controlled. It has power, it has control. It’s unstoppable.
I point these out because I have issue with the way people throw around the Love of God. I’ve seen the Love of God spoken about as if it was a loose, cheap, and needy. As if God were weak and needed you to love Him and accept Him for Him to be happy.
However, such words, like ‘unconditional,’ that Gianna used, indicate and point to the fact that God is infinitely happy and joyful in Himself and He doesn’t need anyone. His love is poured out and powerful because it comes from Himself and not from outside of Him. As God said in Job, “Who has first given to me, that I should repay him? Whatever is under the whole heaven is mine.” God needs nothing because all things are His. And before anything was, He was. Perfectly joyful, perfectly Himself.
We have defined love differently today and it’s not a reflection of God’s love in the least bit. I pray, with Gianna, that you may experience the love of God. That is seen, as she pointed to, by Christ and Him crucified.
What is the Love of God?
The first thing that came to mind when asked, “What is the Love of God?” is purity. His love is pure. Through the pure blood of His Son, Jesus.
But, ultimately I believe that the Love of God is what keeps us alive. Because of His love, we have love in our lives. We are living and breathing because of His love. He created us – He chose to create us. We were created by Him and for Him. And, He loves us dearly.
“For by him all things were created, in heaven and on earth, visible and invisible, whether thrones or dominions or rulers or authorities—all things were created through him and for him.”
Because He has this great love for us, we can live eternally. Because He chose to send His Son to die on the cross for our sins, we may have life. Because of His love for us.
Time and time again Scripture breathes God’s truth of His boundless love for us.
This love never ends, never weakens, never stops. It is overflowing, it is unconditional, and it is real.
The Love of God is powerful. As Scripture says in 2 Corinthians 5:14 :
“For Christ’s love compels us, because we are convinced that one died for all, and therefore all died.”
Christ’s love compels us.
Another version of this verse says:
“Either way, Christ’s love controls us. Since we believe that Christ died for all, we also believe that we have all died to our old life.”
This says His love controls us.
When His love is at work within us – we are not of ourselves. When His love is controlling and compelling us we do things we cannot or would not do on our own without His love.
It is amazing to experience this Love.
How do we experience this Love?
By opening the Word of God and receiving what He has revealed to us. Some people can say they definitely have experienced His love, others say they have not. When we choose to accept Christ into our hearts, we become a new person and that love is living inside of us. It is unstoppable and it is much bigger than ourselves.
I can say that I have, and one of my most often prayers is that Christ’s love would control and compel me daily.
Another version of 2 Corinthians 5:14 says: “For the love of Christ constraineth us..”
So this love is saving lives, changing lives, compelling, controlling and constraining lives.
God is love.
He is the reason why we can have love and show love.
Without His love for us, we wouldn’t know what love is.
But we also can’t comprehend His love for us. It is too far above us to fully understand.
“When I think of all this, I fall to my knees and pray to the Father, 15 the Creator of everything in heaven and on earth. 16 I pray that from his glorious, unlimited resources he will empower you with inner strength through his Spirit. 17 Then Christ will make his home in your hearts as you trust in him. Your roots will grow down into God’s love and keep you strong. 18 And may you have the power to understand, as all God’s people should, how wide, how long, how high, and how deep his love is. 19 May you experience the love of Christ, though it is too great to understand fully. Then you will be made complete with all the fullness of life and power that comes from God.”
This has always been one of my favorite passages. It is beyond me, but I know it is for me. For all of us. It is beautiful to read this and see the depth of His love.
It is incredible.
I pray that every person would accept this beautiful gift of love in their hearts so they may fully experience it, live in it, and share it.