“For his loyal love towers over us, and the LORD’s faithfulness endures. Praise the LORD!” (Psalm 117:2, New English Translation).
Everyone wants to be loved, but many feel unloved or unlovable. Perhaps they come from a family where love was never expressed. Or maybe the one they believed loved them betrayed that love. Or they may feel unworthy of love and think no one would ever choose to love them. If you are one of those feeling unloved, let me assure you: “You are loved. You are cherished. You are precious.”
What would the world be like if love did not exist?
It would not be a place any of us would wish to live. If love did not exist, neither would we. Our Creator is love (I John 4:8) and He fashioned us with love. Our problem is we only know how to understand love from a human perspective. I’m not sure any of us can fathom the depth of God’s pure, boundless love. He demonstrates this infinite love in so many ways, but it’s difficult for our finite minds to truly comprehend. Think about the many ways He expresses His love.
- God’s love is steadfast (Deuteronomy7:9; Psalm 136:26)
- God’s love is unconditional, not based on how “loveable” we are (Romans 5:8).
- God’s love is complete, immeasurable (Psalm 103:11).
- God’s love is endless (Jeremiah 31:3).
- God’s love is sacrificial (John 15:12-13; I John 3:16).
- God’s love is incomprehensible and passes all knowledge (Ephesians 3:17-19).
- God’s love brings life (Ephesians 2:4-5).
- God’s love casts out fear (I John 4:18).
- God’s love delights in us (Zephaniah 3:17; Psalm 147:11).
With a love this tremendous, how can we not love Him back? Romans 8:37-39 reminds us nothing can separate us from the love of God.
“Yet in all these things we are more than conquerors through Him who loved us. 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 thing, shall be able to separate us from the love of God which is in Christ Jesus our Lord” (NKJV).
Remember, God’s love surpasses any we have ever known or ever will know. He will not betray us, forsake us, ignore us, or ever stop loving us. God is love.
Suggestion: Since today is Valentine’s Day, a day that celebrates love, include I John 3 and 4 in your daily Bible reading.
Prayer: Dear Lord, thank You for loving me while I was still a sinner and so unlovable. You did not choose me because I was beautiful or talented or worthy. Your love is unconditional and isn’t based on anything I could ever do to earn it or deserve it. You demonstrated the depth of Your love when You gave Yourself on the cross to take away my sins. You’ve given me life and hope and joy—all because You have blessed me with Your unfathomable love.
“But now thus says the LORD, he who created you, O Jacob, he who formed you, O Israel: ‘Fear not, for I have redeemed you; I have called you by name, you are mine’” (Isaiah 43:1).
I suppose one of the most mind-boggling things to me is that of the 7.63 billion people alive on the earth today, God knows my name. Me. Personally. He knows where I live, what I think, and what abilities I possess. He even knows how many hairs are on my head (Matthew 10:30). My finite mind has trouble grasping this infinite knowledge of our great God, but it is reassuring not frightening.
Psalm 139:17-18 says, “How precious also are thy thoughts unto me, O God! How great is the sum of them! If I should count them, they are more in number than the sand: when I awake, I am still with thee.”
How can I have a bad day when I realize God is thinking precious thoughts about me—so many wonderful thoughts that they are as abundant as grains of sand. They are so numerous I would have trouble counting them all! But that is our loving God. He sees each of us as an individual. He knows our personality quirks. He understands our worries. He sees our heart’s desires. He created us and has known us since we were cradled in our mother’s womb (Psalm 139:13-14).
God knows your name. He thinks about you constantly. You have significance with Him, and He has a plan and purpose for your life as well.
“I have even called you by your name” (Isaiah 45:4). Hug that thought to yourself today.
Prayer: As I start my day, Lord, it is comforting and powerful that You know my name and You think precious thoughts about me. No matter the struggles I may face today, no matter the disappointments or hurts I may endure, You haven’t forgotten me. You know who I am, and You have good plans for me. You assure me I am Yours. Thank You for Your amazing, mind-boggling love. I love You too!
If anyone boasts, “I love God,” and goes right on hating his brother or sister, thinking nothing of it, he is a liar. If he won’t love the person he can see, how can he love the God he can’t see? (1 John 4:20, The Message)
What a reminder! How we love our neighbor is a representation of the love we have for God. It is easy to forget this simple commandment, especially when people are frustrating us to no end. Showing your love to others does not look the same for every person. You don’t have to constantly be hugging people or giving gifts to show you care. What is more important is keeping your thoughts about people positive. Choosing not to speak poorly of people is a great place to start! Be aware of how you are speaking about people. If you catch yourself being negative, change it! You alone have the ability to do this and it will change how you feel about yourself.
Prayer: Lord, help us to be kind and loving towards one another. I pray that you will show us when we are not treating people the way we should. Thank you for loving us even when we make bad choices. Help us to love you back by showing love to the people around us.
Devotion by Melinda Keays