God’s Great Love For Us

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It is sad how our world has skewed the meaning of true love but God’s Word remains a steadfast, true source of knowledge on how to love.  I thought in honor of Valentine’s day, I would share some scriptures on God’s great love for us!

By looking over these Bible verses you can see that no matter what our circumstance may be or how much we may sin, God’s love is always powerful and never wavers.

Don’t ever think for a second that you can love anyone more than God loves you. God is the creator of love and it is because He first loved us that we love others.
Although, I cannot boast about my love for the Lord because I am so unworthy and I fall so short of His glory. One thing that I can boast about is that God loves me greatly and He is working in me daily to help me understand it more and more. If you are a believer write it down, highlight it in your Bible, put it in your mind, put it in your heart, and don’t forget that God loves you.
“God loves you more in a moment than anyone could in a lifetime.”
“Though our feelings come and go, God’s love for us does not.” C.S. Lewis

 

Zephaniah 3:17 The LORD your God is in your midst, a mighty one who will save; he will rejoice over you with gladness; he will quiet you by his love; he will exult over you with loud singing.

Psalm 136:26 Give thanks to the God of heaven, for his steadfast love endures forever.

Romans 8:37-39 – No, in all these things we are more than conquerors through him who loved us. For I am sure that neither death nor life, nor angels nor rulers, nor things present nor things to come, nor powers, nor height nor depth, nor anything else in all creation, will be able to separate us from the love of God in Christ Jesus our Lord.
1 Peter 5:6-7 – Humble yourselves, therefore, under the mighty hand of God so that at the proper time he may exalt you, casting all your anxieties on him, because he cares for you.
Psalm 86:15 – But you, O Lord, are a God merciful and gracious, slow to anger and abounding in steadfast love and faithfulness.
Ephesians 2:4-5But God, being rich in mercy, because of the great love with which he loved us, even when we were dead in our trespasses, made us alive together with Christ— by grace you have been saved—

1 John 4:9-11In this the love of God was made manifest among us, that God sent his only Son into the world, so that we might live through him. In this is love, not that we have loved God but that he loved us and sent his Son to be the propitiation for our sins. Beloved, if God so loved us, we also ought to love one another.

Romans 5:5 And hope does not put us to shame, becauseGod’s love has been poured out into our hearts through the Holy Spirit, who has been given to us.

1 Corinthians 13:8 Love will never end. But all those gifts will come to an end—even the gift of prophecy, the gift of speaking in different kinds of languages, and the gift of knowledge.
Psalm 109:26 Help me, LORD my God; save me according to your unfailing love.
Deuteronomy 7:9 Know therefore that the LORD your God is God, the faithful God who keeps covenant and steadfast love with those who love him and keep his commandments, to a thousand generations.
John 15:9-17 As the Father has loved me, so have I loved you.Abide in my love.  If you keep my commandments, you will abide in my love, just as I have kept my Father’s commandments and abide in his love. These things I have spoken to you, that my joy may be in you, and that your joy may be full. This is my commandment, that you love one another as I have loved you. Greater love has no one than this, that someone lay down his life for his friends. You are my friends if you do what I command you. No longer do I call you servants, for the servant does not know what his master is doing; but I have called you friends, for all that I have heard from my Father I have made known to you. You did not choose me, but I chose you and appointed you that you should go and bear fruit and that your fruit should abide, so that whatever you ask the Father in my name, he may give it to you. These things I command you, so that you will love one another.
Isaiah 43:1 But now, this is what the Lord says—he who created you, O Jacob, he who formed you, O Israel: “Fear not, for I have redeemed you; I have summoned you by name, you are mine.”
Jeremiah 31:3 The Lord appeared to him from afar, saying, ‘I have loved you with an everlasting love; Therefore I have drawn you with lovingkindness.

 

Love The Lord With All Your Heart

 

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Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your strength and with all your mind.”  Luke 10:27

Many of us who love God believe we are doing so with all our heart, soul, mind and strength.  But when we are really honest with ourselves, we find that we fall short in at least one area.

To love God with all your heart, soul, mind and strength is to live for God above everything else. It is to use all that God has given you—your heart, your thoughts and even your physical energy for Him and His purposes.

God created us for the sake of love. He has so much love to share and He wants to have an intimate relationship with us.   God truly wants our heart. He wants us to love Him back, to reciprocate that love in a totally committed way.

Loving God with all your heart is spending time with Him in His presence. It’s shutting out all the noise around you and making it to that quiet place. Whether it’s in your bedroom, prayer closet, bathroom, car, back patio, office, just spend that precious time with Him.He wants you to talk to Him, cry out to Him, laugh with Him, and worship Him. It’s having a hunger for His Word and a desire to know all about Him.

For where your treasure is, there will your heart be also. — Matt. 6:21
The more that I think about what God has commanded us, the more I see that there is a priority in love that sets the course for all of life. If I love God with all my heart, then every decision and step of my life will be made to honor and protect my love for my Lord.

When we love God with all our heart, mind, souls, and strength, our focus is on Him.We’re not consumed with ourselves. We’re consumed with our great God.

May He increase in each of our lives as we love Him more and ourselves less!

 

 

Hope For The Broken

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Have you ever been so broken, your heart shattered into a million little pieces, that you were sure there was no hope for you? Or are you heart-broken right now?

Everybody has had their heart broken in some way — maybe by disappointment, fear, shame, rejection, or ridicule. I want to share some verses of Scripture that have been especially soothing to my soul.

I’m praying that God’s Word can be a light unto your path as you may be facing your own trials, grief, and burdens.

You aren’t alone, and there is One who can carry you when you can’t face these long days on your own…

Bible Verses for lifting a broken spirit:

Romans 8:28-31 “And we know that in all things God works for the good of those who love him, who have been called according to his purpose. For those God foreknew he also predestined to be conformed to the image of his Son, that he might be the firstborn among many brothers and sisters. And those he predestined, he also called; those he called, he also justified; those he justified, he also glorified. What, then, shall we say in response to these things? If God is for us, who can be against us?”

Psalms 46:1-3 “God is our refuge and strength,  a very present help in trouble. Therefore we will not fear though the earth gives way, though the mountains be moved into the heart of the sea, though its waters roar and foam, though the mountains tremble at its swelling.”

2 Corinthians 12:9,10 “But he said to me, “My grace is sufficient for you, for my power is made perfect in weakness.” Therefore I will boast all the more gladly of my weaknesses, so that the power of Christ may rest upon me. For the sake of Christ, then, I am content with weaknesses, insults, hardships, persecutions, and calamities. For when I am weak, then I am strong.”

Psalm 16:7-9 “I bless the Lord who gives me counsel; in the night also my heart instructs me. I have set the Lord always before me; because he is at my right hand, I shall not be shaken. Therefore my heart is glad, and my whole being rejoices; my flesh also dwells secure.”

2 Corinthians 1:3,4 “Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, the Father of mercies and God of all comfort, who comforts us in all our affliction, so that we may be able to comfort those who are in any affliction, with the comfort with which we ourselves are comforted by God.”

Psalm 34:7 “The Lord is near to the brokenhearted and saves the crushed in spirit.” 

Psalm 27:13,14 “I believe that I shall look upon the goodness of the Lord in the land of the living! Wait for the Lord; be strong, and let your heart take courage; wait for the Lord!

Romans 15:13 “Now the God of hope fill you with all joy and peace in believing that you may abound in hope, through the power of the Holy Spirit.” 

Mark 9:24 “Immediately the father of the child cried out and said, “I believe; help my unbelief!”

Psalm 34:1-4 “I will bless the Lord at all times; his praise shall continually be in my mouth. My soul makes its boast in the Lord; let the humble hear and be glad. Oh, magnify the Lord with me, and let us exalt his name together! I sought the Lord, and he answered me and delivered me from all my fears.”

Hebrews 4:15,16 “For we do not have a high priest who is unable to sympathize with our weaknesses, but one who in every respect has been tempted as we are, yet without sin. Let us then with confidence draw near to the throne of grace, that we may receive mercy and find grace to help in time of need.”

Isaiah 43:2,3.“Fear not, for I have redeemed you; I have summoned you by name; you are mine. When you pass through the waters, I will be with you; and when you pass through the rivers, they will not sweep over you. When you walk through the fire, you will not be burned; the flames will not set you ablaze. For I am the Lord your God, the Holy One of Israel, your Savior.” 

Heavenly Father, we are reaching out to you. Hear our cries. Lord Jesus, You have stated that where two or three have gathered together in your name, You are there in their midst. And so, with you in our midst, we declare that every broken spirit is healed and restored. Father God,  thank you for healing the broken-hearted, the down-spirited, the weak, the down-trodden.