Wednesday, February 4, 2009

Beelieve- Know God Intimately: God Is Love - & Word Filled Wednesday & Legacy Moments

To view Tuesday's and previous Know God Intimately posts please click here.



Conclusion:
The theme of the entire Bible is the self- revelation of the God of love. We see a beautiful picture of His love in the garden of Eden, God commanded that "you must not eat from the tree of the knowledge of good and evil, for when you eat of it you will surely die" (Ge 2:17). We are not prepared for what happens when God looks for Adam after his sin, calling out "Where are you?" God seeks Adam, not to put him to death, but to reestablish a relationship with him. God, the Creator, will not allow sin to stand between Him and His creation. God loves His creation so much that He personally bridges the gap.



That seeking and bridging reaches its greatest height when God sends his Son into the world to save sinners and to provide them with eternal life (John 3:16; Ro 5:7, 8; Eph 2:1, 2, 3, 4, 5). John declares, "This is how we know what love is: Jesus Christ laid down his life for us" (1 John 3:16). Because God is love, He is not willing that any person should perish, but wills that everyone repent and live! (Ezek 18:32; 2Pe 3:9). How amazing is that!

God loves us more than we can ever fathom! However, His love for us is to fill us so much that it overflows from us to others, so they can begin to know and experience God's love. “May the Lord make your love increase and overflow for each other and for everyone else, just as ours does for you.” 1 Thessalonians 3:12

Love, therefore, needs to be prevalent in our lives if we are to be called Christians. For how else can love be the greatest of Christian virtues if non-Christians cannot see love being demonstrated in our lives? 1 John 4:11-13

Application:
On Tuesday I asked everyone to look for evidences of God’s love for you all throughout the day, and remind yourself often that you are the object of His endless love. Tell several others during the day that God loves them. I asked that you share with us on Wednesday. Please feel to do so now.

I would like to borrow some questions from my sister’s Legacy Moments post this week. They work well with our lesson this week:

- How has God's love been made real to you personally? Have you shared that experience with your loved ones?

~ How are you an example of love to your children (or other family members)? Do they see it, not only in the way you treat them, but your husband, friends, strangers, even people you don't necessarily like? You've got the greatest role model to follow, Christ Himself. Look unto Jesus and follow Him. What footprints are you leaving for others to follow?

~ Are you praying for your children to love; to be selfless as Christ was selfless? What verses will you claim for them regarding prayer?

Ponder these questions and share with us if you wish.

Dear Heavenly Father, I desire to allow God’s love to fill my life so that I can love my brothers and sisters in Christ as well as non-Christians in an effort to bring them into a relationship where they can experience the greatest love of all – YOUR LOVE! May my life emulate YOU so that my children and others can see Your Love through me. May I continue to practice unconditional love to my children/grandchild along with other family and friends. Lord, may I continue to pray biblical vitues using YOUR Word for my family on a daily basis. Lord, I ask that I continue to show through example that prayer and YOUR Word is our life's blood as Christians. I pray that my life will be a Living Legacy of Your Love. In Jesus precious name, Amen.

To view other participants in Word Filled Wednesdays click here.


For other Legacy Moments posts see Marsha's blog click here.

15 comments:

Denise said...

This was fantastic my friend, love you.

Joyfulsister said...

Hi Michele,
(((Hugz))) Hope you are doing well. What a wonderful post, I was so blessed reading this today. The past weeks for me has been ones filled with projects, I have had no chances to visit, but I really needed to come by and see how you were!!!

Hugz Lorie

He And Me + 3 said...

I loved all of the verses that you chose about God's love. Perfect. I am also pondering all the questions you asked. Those were good and deserve some thought & a lot of action. Thanks for sharing today.

luvmy4sons said...

Great verses once again...Love...the greatest of these is love. He is ever telling me "more love"....Amen to your prayer!

Marsha said...

"Love, therefore, needs to be prevalent in our lives if we are to be called Christians. For how else can love be the greatest of Christian virtues if non-Christians cannot see love being demonstrated in our lives? 1 John 4:11-13"

I loved this statement especially. In the OT, God would sometimes appear to specific men, to reveal Himself and His plan for them. He did not indwell man to equip and empower him.

Today, He indwells man in the person of the Holy Spirit. We have God Himself inside us desiring to be seen and His love revealed to the world through us.

Hmmm, I think I feel a post coming on!

Excellent words on LOVE.

Kristi said...

This was absolutely wonderful! Thank you for this insightful post. Blessings to you!

Laurie Ann said...

This was great! I love your teaching here. Very encouraging and inspirational, and so much wisdom. Happy WFW!

Sit-N-Chat said...

I enjoyed reading. Love. A Holy God loves us - amazing. And He enables us.

Thank you.

Jennifer

Homesteader in Training said...

Hi Michele. Thank you so much for your kind words. I was so excited to see so many of my favorite blogs on that top 100 list, you being one of them! It's so exciting to see what God can do. I was totally surprised because I'm such a big goofball! LOL. Oh I love your bridge the gap picture. Have you seen my animated one on my blog? It's pretty neat. I can give you the code for it if you would like.
Blessings to you.
Kim

Sandy at God Speaks Today said...

Thanks so much for stopping by. Congrats right back at you!

Blessings,
Sandy

Patty Wysong said...

The greatest love of all. Wonderful!

Peggy said...

Blessings Michele...Amen! What a wonderful complete package! This is so aMazing! I love the Legacy of HIS LOVE! Loved your teaching ! And "Unfailing Love" is playing from my playlist! I love your verse & the picture of Christ both visually & verbally...in your words & even ?s...I'll have to really think on that today!!! Beautiful inspiration & prayer! I see why you are in the Top 100 CWO...Congrats, in case I missed telling you!!!

Tammy said...

God is love - difficult to wrap my human brain around His love for us...thankful He does no matter how I might feel or think about it.

Debra said...

Michele,

Oh to grasp the love of God!! Thank you for sharing this with us today! Blessings to you, my sister!

e-Mom said...

Tears... this is a beautiful post. I like your reminder that God sought Adam in the Garden not to condemn him, but to re-establish a relationship with him. Awesome!

Congratulations on being named one of the Top 100 Blogs at the Internet Cafe. :~D