62 God’s Love

He expresses it in at least five ways:

He Loves everyone even though He may not love what they do

He sustains everyone in existence - whether or not they worship Him - that is how precious life is to Him

He desires everyone to have a relationship with Him

He does all He can to help people find this relationship with Him

God is merciful and forgiving, not punishing us as we deserve but gives us every opportunity to do what is right and to stay in a correct relationship with Him.

He is our example to follow.

God’s Love (Author unknown)

Based on 1 Corinthians 13

Because God loves me, He is slow to lose patience with me.

Because God loves me, He takes the circumstances of my life and uses them in a constructive way for my growth.

Because God loves me, He is for me. He wants to see me mature and develop in His love.

Because God loves me, He does not send down His wrath on every little mistake I make, of which there are many.

Because God loves me, He does not keep score of all my sins and then beat me over the head with them whenever He gets the chance.

Because God loves me, He is deeply grieved when I do not walk in the ways that please Him because He sees this as evidence that I don’t trust Him and love Him as I should.

Because God loves me, He keeps on trusting me when at times I don’t even trust myself

Because God loves me, He never says there is no hope for me; rather He patiently’ works with me, loves me, and disciplines me in such a way that it is hard for me to understand the depth of His concern for me.

Because God loves me, He never forsakes me, even though many of my friends might.

Because God loves me, He stands with me when I have reached the rock bottom of despair, when I see the real me and compare that with His righteousness, holiness, beauty, and love.

God, our example of Love

God is our example in everything that is good and this is especially so in the way The Father, Son and Holy Spirit express Love to each other and to us.

The Father Loves Jesus.  So, when Jesus was asked to redeem all mankind He willingly went out of love for The Father and all mankind.  Because of His obedient Love The Father made Jesus Lord of all.

The Lord Jesus shows His Love in:

Giving up everything He had as God

Coming to earth as a human

Teaching us what God required of us

Demonstrating The Kingdom of God

Then dying to make all He had taught and promised possible.

The Holy Spirit shows His Love for us by coming to earth to place His presence in us

To mark us as belonging to God

To help us live as we should,

Teaching, guiding and empowering the adopted children of The Father (us) and

Helps them in their role as citizens of The Kingdom of God, ruled by Jesus,

Preparing us to spend eternity with God in heaven.

Each of The God head is an example for us showing us how to love (behave) in certain roles.

The Father is our example of what an earthly father should be like, meeting out every need.  Even though we do not know we need things He provides them without our asking Him for them.

The Son is an example of how a son should relate to His parents as well as of how a king should rule coming to earth, to tell us what we needed to do to satisfy God, then dying to make it possible and now ruling all for the benefit of the children of The Father, even though they may not appreciate it.

The Holy Spirit is an example of how a guardian and mentor should behave.  He shows His love for you through humbling Himself to have His presence in you and serving you, teaching you all you need to know or do to achieve your potential as a citizen of The Kingdom of God.

Only as we express in our life the quality of Love God has for us will we mature as a true citizen of The Kingdom of God and as an adopted son/daughter of the Father.

Remember, Love is an expression of faith and God’s faith in us is why He expresses His Love toward us in these ways.