How do we know God Loves us? How do we sense or experience His Love for us? This is a critical issue and it can effect any close relationship we have. We are all different, some of us need special or regular expressions of love, others have their own needs only love satisfies. What do you expect from God? Scripture affirms that nothing can separate us from the love of God that is in Christ Jesus our Lord.” (Romans 8:35-39) I’m not going to suggest knowledge and mental ascent is adequate for love’s operation. Love is transcendent and eternal, it is powerful, effectual and life giving, to consign it to contractual terms is blindness. (1 Cor. 13:1-8; 1 John 4:7-12) “This is love: not that we loved God, but that he loved us and sent his Son as an atoning sacrifice for our sins.” (1 John 4:10) It should be enough, God has done so much by giving His only Son to die for our sins and redemption, but He does more. “This is how we know that we live in him and he in us: He has given us of his Spirit.” (1 John 4:13)
We find the love we need in and through the Holy Spirit, which reveals His presence in our temporal being. It was God’s plan to reunite Himself to Mankind, much has been accomplished, but the final and ultimate fulfillment will happen in heaven. Now we live in temporal bodies that cannot be joined completely to perfection, but we are in transition via the Spirit as God pours His love into our heart. (Rom. 5:5) Love is not unilateral in operation or effect. God’s love flows in and out to others. We find love is just like most things of God, opposite to the world’s counterfeit. In sacrifice and contrition we draw near to Yeshua, being conformed into His likeness. (Rom. 8:29) There is no believer that cannot describe one or many events of God’s particular and specific grace, mercy and love given to His Children. Every day God’s mercies are new though we often take them for granted.
We have a one year old granddaughter who is aptly named, “Joy”. She is often content to be held in loves embrace and we are pleased to hold her. Seek a place in the everlasting arms of God who is Love, and you will find the rest and satisfaction only He can give. “Therefore if you have any encouragement from being united with Christ, if any comfort from his love, if any common sharing in the Spirit, if any tenderness and compassion, then make my joy complete by being like-minded, having the same love, being one in spirit and of one mind.” (Philippians 2:1-2)