But God showed his great love for us by sending Christ to die for us while we were still sinners. ~Romans 5:8
This semester we will be digging deeper into the Fruit of the Spirit (Galatians 5:22-23). So let’s start with the first attribute: Love.
The first thing that pops into my mind is the image of a young lady picking the petals of a daisy and saying “He loves me, He loves me not.” You may have even done this yourself hoping the young man you liked, liked you back. Seems like a lot of trouble and heartache if he loves you not. But one thing I do know is my Heavenly Father loves me. No daisy needed.
Love is the intentional attitude of kindness and affection to others. I think of love as the glue that holds everything together. Without it things begin to fall apart. It is just that important because without love how can we love ourselves or others as God loves us?
Jesus commands that we “Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your strength and with all your mind” and, “Love your neighbor as yourself.” (Luke 10:27). “But how do I love myself?” You must learn to receive His love for you through the help of the Holy Spirit who lives in you.
As you read my opening words from Romans 5:8, your eyes are drawn to four words: “while we were sinners.” But my eyes are drawn to “to die for us.” This is a powerful illustration of God’s love for His people. This is the extent of the cross!
God put His love for us in action by sending His son to die on the cross for us. All our sins were laid upon Him to bear. That is how much He loves us. I can only imagine the loneliness He must have felt hanging on the cross shouting to God to help Him, ” My God, my God, why have you forsaken me?” (Matthew 27:46-47).
How incredible is that? I am a child of God despite my failures and my shortcomings. But that is what the cross is all about. It doesn’t matter to Him what I’ve done or what I will do. He knows all and He loves me regardless. It is by God’s grace that we learn from our past mistakes and do our best not to repeat them. ~ Tonya
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Your Turn: Joyce Meyer once said, “Until we’re treating people the way God treats us then we don’t know enough about love.” Do you love God? Or do you really love God? There is a difference and your actions are a reflection of your love. If you’re not walking in God’s love I encourage you to pray and ask God to help you with your love walk. ~ Breath on Paper