UNDERSTANDING THE HINDRANCES FROM RECEIVING GOD’S LOVE – PART 1
1 Corinthians 13:4-8
4 Love is patient, love is kind. It does not envy, it does not boast, it is not proud. 5 It is not rude, it is not self-seeking, it is not easily angered, it keeps no record of wrongs. 6 Love does not delight in evil but rejoices with the truth. 7 It always protects, always trusts, always hopes, always perseveres. 8 Love never fails.
Love is the greatest manifestation of God’s power. 1 Corinthians 13 lists several characteristics of God’s love.
It was because of love that Jesus walked in total obedience.
It was because of love that the power of sin and satan were defeated.
Love is what motivates our faith.
The concept of the love of God is deeply rooted in the Bible. The Hebrew term ‘chesed’ refers to covenant love. God remembers and keeps His covenants in spite of the treachery of people. His faithfulness in keeping His promises proves His love for all humanity. The ultimate example of God’s love is our Lord Jesus Christ.
In 1John 4:7-8, we are made to understand that God’s love is unconditional: that is, God doesn’t love us because of some virtue we possess. God loves us because God is love not because we are lovely. God’s love for us is a deep revelation of the most important thing we can receive.
The following can hinder us from receiving God’s Love:
Lack of knowledge
In Ephesians 3:14-19, you will observe that God’s love isn’t just one dimensional: there is the height, depth, length and breadth to it. Many of us only see God’s love as we would see a painting in one dimension, we never see the multi-dimensional reality of God’s love.
Magnifying our challenges
Most of us think that we really understand the love of God but our experiences prove otherwise. We feel lonely, depressed, discouraged and defeated when things don’t work out the way we expected but every negative emotion can be turned positive by a proper revelation of God’s love for us. Romans 8:32-36
For further study:
Ephesians 3:14-19, Romans 8:32-36
Personal declaration for the day:
I will not magnify my challenges above God.
Questions for you to reflect on:
Can you name the hindrances to receiving God’s love?
How well do you protect your life from them?