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 1st John 4:7-8, we are made to understand that God’s love is unconditional and that is, God doesn’t love us because of some virtues we possess. God loves us because He 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 expect, but every negative emotion can be turned positive by a proper revelation of God’s love for us – Romans 8:32-36.
Loving the unlovable Jesus taught that believers are to love even their enemies’ (Matthew 5:44, Luke 6:27). And also, in John 13:34, Jesus commanded that we should love one another and we must not love in words or speech only, but indeed and in truth. As regards loving others, there are some people who are difficult to love due to one reason or the other. Although, believers are permitted to hate evil, we are not to hate anybody but with full understanding and revelation of God’s love for us, we should love anyone irrespective of what he/she has done or would do. We can’t give away what we don’t have.
Unbelief In Hebrews 11:6, it is written that without faith, you can’t please God and also, without love, you can’t know Him at all. The root of unbelief is the lack of love because faith works by love, meaning love is the driving force behind our faith. Remove or diminish love and faith ceases to be what it should be. Many of us try hard to believe when we should be seeking a greater revelation of God’s love for us. In conclusion, if we have a genuine relationship with God, that relationship should be made manifest by walking in the truth of God’s love. The revelation and understanding of God’s love is the ultimate spiritual weapon against sin, temptation, unbelief, offense, sickness, oppression and spiritual corruption and death. Beloved, love conquers all.
For Further Study:
1 Corinthians 13, Romans 8:32-36
Questions for you to reflect:
- What can hinder you from receiving God’s love?
- Are you ready to receive God’s love?
I will not be hindered from manifesting God’s love. I have a rich understanding of this love.