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Everlasting Love – Jeremiah 31:3

Everlasting Love Jeremiah 31:3

God loves us with an everlasting love! In this Jeremiah 31:3 devotion, we’ll learn how He has loved us from the very beginning of time and continues to love us now.

Let’s face it, sometimes life can be lonely. We’re left to wonder why we feel so unloved and all alone?

But there is someone who loves us! In Jeremiah 31:3 we discover the identity of the One who loves us unconditionally.

What is the message of Jeremiah 31?

 The Lord has appeared of old to me, saying:
“Yes, I have loved you with an everlasting love;
Therefore with lovingkindness I have drawn you.

                                              Jeremiah 31:3 NKJV

This scripture is about God’s loyal love. It’s His nature to be faithful and loyal to His people.

The Israelites had experienced this everlasting love before. They knew what it was like to walk with the Lord during their time in captivity in Egypt and through the wilderness years.

That’s the meaning of the phrase “the Lord appeared of old”. The Lord is what we would call ancient because He has always existed. And this phrase also means far away because during the time Jeremiah was writing this verse God had hidden Himself from the Israelites, causing them to wonder where He was.

But that didn’t stop the Lord from loving them and watching over them during this time apart.

And we can rest assured God’s love for us is just as loyal and faithful. He will always be there for us because God loves us with an everlasting love.

 

What is the meaning of Everlasting Love?

As we just learned in Jeremiah 31, God’s love for us is everlasting.

That means, He loved us from the very beginning of time, and He continues to love us now.

The phases, “everlasting love” and “with loving kindness I have drawn you” are parallels that mean no matter what may happen in life, God will continue to love us and keep us close to Him in His loving embrace.

This is the assurance of faith we have in Him and His love for us.

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3 Ways God shows His Love

The love of God can be seen in so many ways if we just look for it.

So, let’s read some Bible Verses about God’s Everlasting Love and see three ways God shows His love for us every day.

#1 God loved us so He sent His Son.

But God demonstrates his own love for us in this: While we were still sinners, Christ died for us.

                                                Romans 5:8 NIV

 

Sin separates people from God.

But God’s love was demonstrated in an unimaginable way when He sent His Son to die for those who were unholy and unrighteous in every way.

This is proof positive of God’s unfailing kindness and love for humanity. That He would send His only Son into a sinful world to save all who would believe from an eternity of separation and torment.

But this love was not only for the people of Jeremiah’s day, it’s for us too!

God’s love and the sacrifice of Jesus continues to save us to this day!

I don’t know anyone else who would even consider sending their child into the world to die for someone else! But I’m so glad God was willing to send His only Son, Jesus to die in our place.

There is no doubt, God definitely loves us with everlasting love!

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#2 We are Children of God

 

See what kind of love the Father has given to us, that we should be called children of God; and so we are.

                                             1 John 3:1 ESV

 

When we believe Jesus died for our sins, and accept Him as our Savior, we are automatically adopted into the family of God.

As Children of God, we are no longer alone in this world. We have a family to call our own.

And in stark contrast to the very conditional love of the world, our Heavenly Father loves us no matter what we do.

Praise Jesus, God has made us a part of His family! And because of His love, we have the great honor of calling Him our Abba Father or Daddy. (Romans 8:15)

#3 The steadfast love of the Lord never ceases

Because we’re human we have a sinful nature. Throughout our lives, we will continue to sin even if we’re saved, and even if we don’t want to. It’s just a part of our nature.

But God doesn’t give up on us. Even when we mess up or walk away from Him, He continues to be faithful and completely loyal to us.

As we already learned the word “everlasting” from Jeremiah 31:3 literally means “loyal”.

And Jeremiah wrote about this loyal love again in this scripture from Lamentations.

 The steadfast love of the Lord never ceases;
his mercies never come to an end;
  they are new every morning;
great is your faithfulness.

                                             Lamentations 3:22-23 ESV

Because of our sinful nature, we don’t deserve God’s steadfast love and loyalty. But it is in God’s nature to give it to us anyway.

The Lord is full of compassion and mercy, and He gives us a new opportunity to experience His love each day.

And because of His great faithfulness, we can rest assured His love will never end. He will always show us, everlasting love.

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What can separate us from the love of God?

God wants us to know He loves us! He wants us to feel His love surrounding us every day. And He wants to have a close and personal relationship with us.

Whatever may happen in your life, He will love us. And no matter who may come and go from our lives, He will love us.

In fact, this love is so deep, nothing can separate us from the love of God.

Here’s what the Apostle Paul said about it…

For I am persuaded that neither death nor life, nor angels nor principalities nor powers, nor things present nor things to come, nor height not depth, nor any other created thing, shall be able to separate us from the love of God which is in Christ Jesus our Lord.

                                              Romans 8:38-39 NKJV

 

God’s love is everlasting. He has always loved us, and He always will. There is nothing that can change that truth or take it away from us.

In this Bible verse from Romans, Paul struggles to find the words to describe just how deep God’s love truly is. And sometimes, we struggle to find God’s love in our lives, especially when times are tough.

Sin once separated us from God. But He promises those of us who are believers, we will never be separated from Him or His love again.

Because of Jesus and His sacrifice, we will always have God’s unfailing, Everlasting Love!

If you’re feeling unloved or struggling to see God’s love in your life, give your life to Jesus and ask Him to save you from your sin. Immediately, God’s everlasting love will be yours forever!

And if you have questions about what it means to be saved, please read this easy-to-follow guide, How to be Saved.

Or if you’re already a member of the family of God and would like to share how God has shown His love toward you, please leave a comment below. I know it will inspire others, and I love hearing from you.

May God bless you! And show you His Everlasting Love today!

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Heartfelt Bible Verses About Love

Heartfelt Bible Verses About Love

Do you wonder… What does God say about showing love? Well, the Bible has a lot to say about love. In fact, there are over 500 verses about love in the Bible. In this short devotional, we’ll read many of them in these Heartfelt Bible Verses about Love and find out exactly what God says about His love for us and how we should love others.

So, let’s get started!

What is love?

Love makes us who we are, it defines us as people. We all want to be loved and to give love back.

We love our family, our friends, and even our pets. And they love us in return.

No matter what, we always return to the ones who love and accept us for who we are. In that sense, love brings us together when everything else tries to tear us apart.

This kind of love is a wonderful thing to have! But the kind of love I’d like to share with you today is Biblical love.

At the very core of Christianity is love. It is the foundation of our faith in Jesus. Love defines who we are in Christ and brings us together as believers.

Because without love there wouldn’t be a pathway to salvation or even a reason to believe.

But praise Jesus! We are loved by God and fully accepted by Him! And most importantly, no matter what may happen, we can always return to God because of love.

 

What is Biblical love?

Biblical love starts with God, Himself. He is the very definition of love! And His characteristics are a picture of what true love is.

In these scriptures, we’ll discover how God is our soulmate, and how the different kinds of Biblical love impact our lives every day.

And we have known and believed the love that God has for us. God is love, and he who abides in love abides in God, and God in him.

                                                        1 John 4:16 NKJV

 

He who does not love does not know God, for God is love.

                                                       1 John 4:8

 

Christian Love

These Bible verses show us the hallmarks of Christian love. And it’s true God is each of these things listed below. Because as we just learned, God is love.

But these scriptures also give us a way to recognize true love when we see it. They are the benchmarks we should measure love by.

So, as we read each verse, we can ask ourselves… Is this how I feel? Is this how I am treated, or how I treat others?

All good things to consider when we look at what Christian love is all about.

Love suffers long and is kind; love does not envy; love does not parade itself, is not puffed up; does not behave rudely, does not seek its own, is not provoked, thinks no evil; does not rejoice in iniquity, but rejoices in the truth; bears all things, believes all things, hopes all things, endures all things. Love never fails.

                                                     1 Corinthians 13:4-8

 

And now abide faith, hope, love, these three; but the greatest of these is love.

                                                     1 Corinthians 13:13 NKJV

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God’s Love

What is God’s love? These scriptures paint a beautiful picture of our Heavenly Father and the true love He has for each one of us.

So, let’s rejoice and be glad because God loves us! And He showed His love by sending His Son to this earth to save us. And by doing so, God made a way for us to spend eternity in heaven with Him.

In this the love of God was manifested toward us, that God has sent His only begotten Son into the world, that we might live through Him. In this is love, not that we loved God, but that He loved us and sent His Son to be the propitiation for our sins.

                                                        1 John 4:9-10

 

For God so loved the world that He gave His only begotten Son, that whoever believes in Him should not perish but have everlasting life.

                                                        John 3:16 NKJV

 

But God demonstrates his own love for us in this: While we were still sinners, Christ died for us.

                                               Romans 5:8 NIV

 

Behold what manner of love the Father has bestowed on us, that we should be called children of God!

                                                1 John 3:1

 

The steadfast love of the Lord never ceases;
his mercies never come to an end;
 they are new every morning;
great is your faithfulness.

                                             Lamentations 3:22-23 ESV

 

The Lord your God in your midst,
The Mighty One, will save;
He will rejoice over you with gladness,
He will quiet you with His love,
He will rejoice over you with singing.

                                              Zephaniah 3:17

 

But you are a forgiving God, gracious and compassionate, slow to anger and abounding in love. Therefore you did not desert them

                                            Nehemiah 9:17

 

The Lord has appeared of old to me, saying:
“Yes, I have loved you with an everlasting love;
Therefore with lovingkindness I have drawn you.

                                            Jeremiah 31:3

 

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Jesus Loves You

Just as God the Father loves us, so does the Son.

Jesus gave up His rightful place in heaven, willingly came to earth and freely died in our place. And because Jesus has risen from the grave, we can claim this sacrifice of His love as our own and have eternal salvation in Him.

 

Greater love has no one than this, that someone lay down his life for his friends.

                                                John 15:13 ESV

 

Who shall separate us from the love of Christ? Shall tribulation, or distress, or persecution, or famine, or nakedness, or peril, or sword? As it is written:

“For Your sake we are killed all day long;
We are accounted as sheep for the slaughter.”

Yet in all these things we are more than conquerors through Him who loved us. For I am persuaded that neither death nor life, nor angels nor principalities nor powers, nor things present nor things to come, nor height nor depth, nor any other created thing, shall be able to separate us from the love of God which is in Christ Jesus our Lord.

                                                Romans 8:35-39

 

As the Father loved Me, I also have loved you; abide in My love. If you keep My commandments, you will abide in My love, just as I have kept My Father’s commandments and abide in His love.

                                                John 15:9-10

 

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Love the Lord your God

God has commanded us to love Him.

I know, no one us likes to be commanded to do anything.

But this command is a little different. Because when we follow it, God’s blessing is on us and we receive so much more than we could ever imagine!

So, let’s read these scriptures on love and proclaim, I love you Lord!

 

You shall love the Lord your God with all your heart, with all your soul, and with all your strength.

                                                Deuteronomy 6:5

 

But take careful heed to do the commandment and the law which Moses the servant of the Lord commanded you, to love the Lord your God, to walk in all His ways, to keep His commandments, to hold fast to Him, and to serve Him with all your heart and with all your soul.”

                                               Joshua 22:5

 

Jesus said to him, “‘You shall love the Lord your God with all your heart, with all your soul, and with all your mind.’  This is the first and great commandment. And the second is like it: ‘You shall love your neighbor as yourself.’

                                              Matthew 22:37-39

 

 

Bible Verses about Loving Others

We all need the love of Jesus. So, if we are truly His followers, then it makes perfect sense that we should show the love of Jesus to everyone around us.

And as these next Bible verses about love attest to, Jesus has given us a new commandment to do just that.

And if we love Jesus, we will obey Him and show an unsaved world His unconditional love.

 

A new commandment I give to you, that you love one another; as I have loved you, that you also love one another. By this all will know that you are My disciples, if you have love for one another.

                                                John 13:34-35

 

If you love Me, keep My commandments.

                                                John 14:15

 

Beloved let us love one another, for love is of God.

                                               1 John 4:7

 

Beloved, if God so loved us, we also ought to love one another.

                                               1 John 4:11

 

And above all things have fervent love for one another, for “love will cover a multitude of sins.”

                                              1 Peter 4:8

 

And walk in love, as Christ also has loved us and given Himself for us, an offering and a sacrifice to God for a sweet-smelling aroma.

                                              Ephesians 5:2

 

A friend loves at all times,
And a brother is born for adversity.

                                             Proverbs 17:17

 

with all lowliness and gentleness, with longsuffering, bearing with one another in love, endeavoring to keep the unity of the Spirit in the bond of peace.

                                              Ephesians 4:2-3

 

But love your enemies, do good, and lend, hoping for nothing in return; and your reward will be great, and you will be sons of the Most High. For He is kind to the unthankful and evil.

                                             Luke 6:35

 

Owe no one anything except to love one another, for he who loves another has fulfilled the law.

                                             Romans 13:8

We love Him because He first loved us.

                                             1 John 4:19

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Love in the Psalms

The Psalms are full of beautiful words of love and encouragement. Each of the following Bible Verses from Psalms offer us strength for the hard times. And celebrate the happiness we find in knowing God personally. I pray they will inspire and encourage your relationship with the Lord.

Because he has set his love upon Me, therefore I will deliver him;
I will set him on high, because he has known My name.

                                             Psalm 91:14

 

I love you, Lord, my strength.

                                            Psalm 18:1 NIV

 

The earth is filled with your love, Lord;
teach me your decrees.

                                           Psalm 119:64

 

I will declare that your love stands firm forever,
that you have established your faithfulness in heaven itself.

                                          Psalm 89:2

 

Because Your lovingkindness is better than life,
My lips shall praise You.

                                         Psalm 63:3

 

Cause me to hear Your lovingkindness in the morning,
For in You do I trust;
Cause me to know the way in which I should walk,
For I lift up my soul to You.

                                        Psalm 143:8

 

 

We have barely scratched the surface of the many scriptures on love in the Bible.

But I pray these Heartfelt Bible Verses about Love have helped you see the love of Jesus in your life. And help you show His love to everyone you meet.

God’s love is the greatest gift we could ever receive. And the greatest gift we could give to so many around us.

May your faith be strengthened by His love today and always!

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3 Promises for Tough Times – Jeremiah 31:3-4

3 Promises for Tough Times Jeremiah 31:3-4

What is the meaning of Jeremiah 31:3-4?

 

Tough times will surely come our way. But in this devotion, we’ll read Jeremiah 31:3-4 and find 3 Promises for Tough Times from our loving Heavenly Father to see us through them.

Let’s read this inspirational Bible verse about God’s unfailing kindness together…

Yes, I have loved you with an everlasting love;

Therefore with lovingkindness I have drawn you.

Again I will build you, and you shall be rebuilt.

                                          Jeremiah 31:3-4 NKJV

I have loved you with an everlasting love meaning

In this scripture, we find Jeremiah in a pickle. God had given him the unenviable task of telling the people of Israel they had failed God and He was about to unleash His wrath upon them. Ouch!

Judah was in a covenant relationship with God. They were His chosen people, yet they chose to worship the pagan god Baal. The king of Judah had been defeated in battle and now the people were the subject of Egypt.

Soon, God would allow brutal Babylon to rule over them for seventy years.

Yes, tough times were on the horizon for the people of Judah. But instead of turning to God for help, they chose to continue worshiping their false gods and idols.

So, God sent Jeremiah to call Judah out on their wicked ways and tell them to turn back to Him before it was too late.

But they ignored Jeremiah’s warning of God’s coming judgment.

Faced with the people’s indifference to his message, Jeremiah had his own choice to make. He could go with the flow and follow the people’s lead, or he could remain faithful to God and His will.

In the face of adversity and growing defiance from the people, Jeremiah chose faith over popularity.

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God’s Promise to Jeremiah

God remained faithful to Judah, in spite of their disobedience. He remembered His promise to restore His blessing. And because of His everlasting love, God showed His mercy on a faithless people and gave them a new covenant.

This story from Jeremiah isn’t just a piece of history from long ago. It is meant for us right here, right now! Just like Judah, sometimes we find ourselves facing tough times. And just like Jeremiah, we might be in a pickle.

When tragedy strikes us close to home, it can be hard to see the light at the end of the tunnel. The pain is too close and the struggle is too difficult. It’s almost impossible to see how anything in our lives can ever be right again. We’re at the crossroads and we have a choice to make. We can decide to turn our backs on God like the people of Judah. Or we can turn to God for help and rely on His promises during the tough times to come.

The Bible is filled with so many blessings and promises from God! Each one of them is meant to give us hope for a better tomorrow.

Within Jeremiah 31:3-4, there are three promises of God to help us in our time of need. Once we understand them, we can face any hardship with a new perspective and resolve.

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3 Promises of God

 

#1 An everlasting love

God loved us before the beginning of time. And He still loves us now in the midst of the storm we’re facing.

God’s love for us is an everlasting love. It has no beginning and it has no end.

 But because of his great love for us, God, who is rich in mercy, made us alive with Christ even when we were dead in transgressions

                                                   Ephesians 2:4-5 NIV

 

God showed His mercy and demonstrated His great love for us by sending His Son to save us and give us everlasting life.

Through the sacrifice of Jesus, we have the ability to experience the unfailing kindness and unending love of God.

 

#2 I have drawn you

Because of God’s loving kindness, He stretches out His hand to us and draws us to Himself.

Even when trouble surrounds us and everything seems lost, God has not forgotten us. And He draws close to us in our need.

Draw near to God, and he will draw near to you.

                                                      James 4:8 ESV

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#3 Again I will build you

Whatever hardship we’ve endured or tough times we’ve faced, whatever sin we have committed in the past, God has promised to rebuild our relationship with Him.

You also, as living stones, are being built up a spiritual house, a holy priesthood, to offer up spiritual sacrifices, acceptable to God through Christ Jesus. Therefore it is also contained in the Scripture,

Behold, I lay in Zion

A chief cornerstone, elect, precious,

And he who believes on Him will by no

means be put to shame.

                                         1 Peter 2:5-6 NKJV

 

As Christians, we are the building project of God.

He is the contractor, building a spiritual house for us to dwell in. Jesus is the chief cornerstone of the building, keeping our spiritual house from crumbling and falling to pieces.

God has formed us into living stones to be set upon the cornerstone of Christ. Each stone is carefully and deliberately placed, making us the walls of the house firmly set on the foundation of our faith.

But our sin tears down the house God is building for us. So, He forgives our sins and builds the house back up again.

We are imperfect so, the building goes on and on. It is a continually building and rebuilding of our lives. And it will only be completed once we are in heaven with Him.

Reflection on Jeremiah 31

Jeremiah’s story is a testament to a faithful servant who endured many hardships yet followed God anyway. Today, his story stands as a reminder to us that tough times will come, but we have a loving Father who is always faithful to the end.

We may make bad choices or get knocked down, but when we make Jesus the cornerstone and focus of our lives, we will never fail.

God will honor His promises to us. He will show us everlasting love, draw us with loving kindness, and pick us up and build us again.

If you are facing tough times, I pray that you will turn to God and be encouraged by these 3 Promises for Tough Times.

God loves you, He will draw you to Himself, and He will build you again.

God bless!

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Abide in the Love of Christ John 15:9-11

Abide in the Love of Christ John 15:9-11

In this devotional, we’ll read John 15:9-11 and learn how to abide in the love of Christ. And how this Bible Verse is a reflection of God’s unconditional love for all Christians.

What does it mean to abide in the love of Christ?

The word abide isn’t used very often in our modern vocabulary. But it’s a word that sparks my imagination. When I hear it, I think of cozy family dinners or intimate conversations with close friends.

And I would like to think my relationship with Jesus is just as cozy and intimate. I want to feel a real connection between us instead of living out a ritual I was taught as a young child.

So, how can we develop the close relationship we desire and abide in the love of Christ?

The words of Jesus in John chapter 15 tell us how…

As the Father loved Me, I also have loved you; abide in My love. If you keep My commandments, you will abide in My love, just as I have kept My Father’s commandments and abide in His love. These things I have spoken to you, that My joy may remain in you, and that your joy may be full.

                                                        John 15:9-11 NKJV

 

Abide in My love meaning

The word abide means to continue, remain in, or dwell.

So, if we abide in Christ’s love, we make His love our dwelling place and remain with Him always. He is with us, and we are with Him.

And in the message of this scripture, we find three key points that teach us how to abide in Christ’s love and make Him our permanent dwelling place. Let’s look at each one together.

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Abiding Love

First, Jesus tells us He loves us just as the Father loves Him.

What an amazing gift to receive! Because the love the Father has for the Son is a perfect abiding love. It is faithful and true.

This perfect love abides with us too! It is an expression of who Jesus is to us, our Savior, Redeemer, and Friend.

The salvation we have through faith in Jesus is only possible because of His great abiding love for us!

And once we have the gift of salvation, Jesus sends the Holy Spirit to abide in us.

And I will pray the Father, and He will give you another Helper, that He may abide with you forever— the Spirit of truth, whom the world cannot receive, because it neither sees Him nor knows Him; but you know Him, for He dwells with you and will be in you.

                                                       John 14:16-17 NKJV

 

This is where abiding love comes full circle. The Father loved the Son and sent Him to save us. The Son loved us, so He came and died in our place. Then He asked the Father to send the Holy Spirit to dwell within us and become our Helper.

As we can clearly see, each part of the Trinity plays a part in the abiding love of Christ.

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Keep My Commandments

Second, Jesus explains, when we keep His commandments that’s when we abide or remain in His love.

If we are obedient to Christ and His teaching, then we can have the intimate relationship with Him we’re looking for.

I know, the idea of obedience is not a popular one these days. But to obey Jesus is to love Him. Let’s read this scripture about keeping His commandments.

Whoever keeps his commandments abides in God, and God in him. And by this we know that he abides in us, by the Spirit whom he has given us.

                                                    1 John 3:24 ESV

 

Again, the Holy Trinity is represented in full. We have God, Jesus, and the Holy Spirit abiding all with us.

It’s a mutual relationship between the Trinity and the believer that starts with us being obedient to the teaching of our Savior. And it ends with the next part of the verse.

My joy may remain in you

Lastly, Jesus tells us, when we are obedient to Him, His joy will remain in us.

And Jesus doesn’t want to give us a little bit of joy. He wants to give us a full measure of it. His joy is a complete joy, overflowing with love and full of acceptance.

But to receive His joy, Jesus asks us to obey Him just as He obeyed the Father. Then we will have His joy just like in this Bible Verse…

I am coming to you now, but I say these things while I am still in the world, so that they may have the full measure of my joy within them.

John 17:13 NIV

This is the prayer Jesus prayed over His disciples. But He prayed it for us too. That we would have the full measure of His joy within us. And know the deep and abiding love He has for us every day.

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What is the importance of abiding in Christ?

A loving relationship with Jesus Christ is the most important thing we will ever have.

Yet, in the fast-paced modern world we live in, we can get caught up in chasing the things of this world and forget to be still and abide in the love of Christ.

But when we set aside worldly things and dwell in Him, we can truly experience what it means to abide in the love of Christ and have the fullness of joy through Him.

What is the meaning of abide in love?

Simply put, to abide in the love of Christ means to love Jesus and to be loved by Him. Just as the Father loved the Son, Jesus loves us. It sounds so easy yet seems so complicated.

Whatever you may be going through in life, Jesus wants you to continue to experience the joy of your salvation. And He wants to have a close and personal relationship with you.

So, I pray you will learn to obey the commandments of Jesus and understand what it means to follow Him in everything you do.

Then, through your obedience and love for Him, you will abide in the love of Christ and have the fullness of joy today!

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Why Should We Love One Another? – 1 John 4:7

Why Should We Love One Another? 1 John 4:7

In 1 John 4:7 we’re told to love one another. So, in this devotional, we’ll learn why we should love one another and how this is the foundation of our Christian faith.

What does 1 John 4:7 mean?

 

Beloved let us love one another, for love is of God.

                                                1 John 4:7 NKJV

 

The “L” word, LOVE.

So many people are afraid of it. They’re afraid if they feel love, they will get hurt. And they’re afraid if they show love, they will appear weak.

But the meaning of this scripture is simple. Love is from God, and we should show His love to others. Because love is the foundation of our Christian faith. Without love, we would be lost.

What does it mean to love one another?

The book of First John talks at length about love and what it means to us as Christians.

So, let’s look at three fundamental parts of love that represent our faith in Jesus and what it means to truly love one another.

God Loves Us

In this the love of God was manifested toward us, that God has sent His only begotten Son into the world, that we might live through Him. In this is love, not that we loved God, but that He loved us and sent His Son to be the propitiation for our sins.

                                                              1 John 4:9-10 NKJV

The first and most important component of our Christian love is that God loved us first.

God loves us. But our sins are a barrier that separates us from Him. No matter how hard we try we can’t get past it on our own.

So, God sent Jesus to be the sacrifice we needed for our sins. When Jesus died on the cross the barrier of sin was torn down and the relationship between God and man was restored.

Jesus Loves Us

The second component is that Jesus also loves us. Here’s how the Savior described His love for us.

Greater love has no one than this: to lay down one’s life for one’s friends.

                                                             John 15:13 NIV

Jesus knew He would face betrayal, pain, and death on a cross. But He willingly came to earth anyway and laid down His life for us. He did it so we could have eternal life with Him. Without the great love of Jesus, we wouldn’t have salvation or the assurance of heaven.

It is only because of the love of God the Father, and Jesus the Son, that we can return love to Him.

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Our Love for Others

The third part of our Christian love is to show love to the people in our lives.

Beloved, if God so loved us, we also ought to love one another.

                                                           1 John 4:11 NKJV

 

This verse, from 1 John, talks about the love we have for our Christian brothers and sisters. If God loved us, then we should love other believers.

How can we show love to an unbelieving world if we can’t even love other Christians? We show this love by being kind to each other, showing respect when we disagree, and meeting the physical and spiritual needs of our fellow believers.

Why is it Important to Love One Another?

A new commandment I give to you, that you love one another; as I have loved you, that you also love one another. By this all will know that you are My disciples, if you have love for one another.

                                                             John 13:34-35 NKJV

 

Love in a Christian’s life isn’t an option. It’s a commandment straight from the mouth of our Savior. And our love should reflect the love Jesus has for us.

If we truly love one another, then we will give the very best of ourselves just as Jesus did for us.

And when we show our love for other Christians it will be evident to the rest of the world.

They will see how we treat each other and know we follow Jesus because of it.

The question is, what will they see? Will we be a good witness by our actions and turn them to Christ? Or will they take one look and decide Christianity isn’t for them?

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When Loving One Another is Hard

Sometimes, loving one another is hard.

I know I’m not perfect. I mess up. There are times when I get angry or frustrated. I say things I don’t mean or overreact to a situation. And I don’t always live up to the expectations of what Christian love should look like.

Like everyone else, I have my good days and bad days. I’ll always be a work in progress, but I choose to follow God and let Him mold me into what He wants me to be.

Thankfully, His love is greater than our sins and greater than my frustration.

So, let’s remember, every day is a new day and a new opportunity to show God’s love. Even when it’s hard to do.

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Why Should We Love Others?

 

We may not automatically feel love for every person we meet. Sometimes we click with people and sometimes we don’t.

But that doesn’t mean that we shouldn’t show the love of Jesus to each, and every person God puts in our path.

We never know what is going on in someone’s life. They could be going through a very hard time and our love and kindness could be the beacon of hope that leads them to Jesus. If we are willing to let God lead us and show His love to those around us, we will be blessed for it.

 

Benefits of Loving One Another

 

When we show Christian love, we are reaping the benefits of a life lived for Jesus. He will bless and honor us as we love Him and those around us.

My prayer for you is, you will show the love of Jesus to someone today and be blessed for it!

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God’s Unconditional Love

God's Unconditional Love

In this short devotional, we’ll read some Bible Verses About God’s Unconditional Love and discover the meaning of each one in our lives today.

God Loves Us Unconditionally

LOVE. Most of us are searching for it in some aspect of our lives. And it seems to hold so much power over us.

Without love, we feel empty, like there’s a gaping hole in our chest. With it, we feel happy, fulfilled, even giddy, like we’re dancing on air.

In our quest for love, what we’re really after is unconditional love.

A love that doesn’t care if we’re having a bad hair day or our jeans are a little too tight. And a love that stays with us through all the ups and downs.

This is the love God meant for us to have all along, not just with each other but with Him.

God’s Love Never Fails

Not long ago, I was sitting in the Sunday morning service. Our Worship Pastor and his lovely daughter were singing a duet.

You’ve probably heard the song before, it goes… Your love never fails, it never gives up, it never runs out on me.

As I listened to them sing these beautiful words, God whispered in my ear, “You know My love is for you too.” Honestly, it was so heart-touching to hear this from God at that moment!

I spend a lot of time thinking about how I can share the love of Jesus with the people in my life. Because, whether they’re family, close friends, or someone I met five minutes ago, I want them to know how much Jesus loves them. It’s kind of an obsession of mine.

But somewhere along the way, I forgot that God’s love is for me too.

Well, of course, I knew God loved me, I just set it aside temporarily and forged ahead.

But God didn’t forget me or set me aside. Instead, He pursued me and reminded me of His great love. The love I was always destined to have.

How do I know that God loves me unconditionally?

God’s love is unconditional. It’s the love we’ve been looking for all our lives.

His love meets us exactly where we are. It reaches down to scoop us up when we’re low. And when we’re soaring high, His love sails right along with us.

Because that’s who God is, a loving, caring Heavenly Father we can always depend on, in good times and in bad.

Maybe you’re looking for this kind of love and wondering, how can I have God’s unconditional love in my life?

Today, God wants to give you the love you were always meant to have and whisper in your ear, “My love is for you too! You are mine and I love you with an unconditional love!”

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What the Bible says about God’s Unconditional Love

So, in honor of the Author of Love, I’ve put together some inspirational Bible Verses About God’s Unconditional Love.

I pray these scriptures will encourage your heart the same way they have mine.

 

God’s Love is Unconditional

 

The Lord has appeared of old to me, saying:
Yes, I have loved you with an everlasting love;
Therefore with lovingkindness I have drawn you.

                                                Jeremiah 31:3 NKJV

 

I will betroth you to Me forever;
Yes, I will betroth you to Me
In righteousness and justice,
In lovingkindness and mercy;
I will betroth you to Me in faithfulness,
And you shall know the Lord.

                                              Hosea 2:19-20

 

God, your God, is God indeed, a God you can depend upon. He keeps his covenant of loyal love with those who love him and observe his commandments for a thousand generations.

                                           Deuteronomy 7:9 MSG

 

Your love, Lord, reaches to the heavens,
your faithfulness to the skies.
Your righteousness is like the highest mountains,
your justice like the great deep.

You, Lord, preserve both people and animals.
How priceless is your unfailing love, O God!
People take refuge in the shadow of your wings.

                                           Psalm 36:5-7

 

Give thanks to the Lord, for he is good;
his love endures forever.

                                          1 Chronicles 16:34 NIV

 

He brought me to the banqueting house,
And his banner over me was love.

                                          Song of Solomon 2:4

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Jesus’ Unconditional Love

 

As the Father loved Me, I also have loved you; abide in My love. If you keep My commandments, you will abide in My love, just as I have kept My Father’s commandments and abide in His love.

                                            John 15:9-10 NKJV

 

I have been crucified with Christ and I no longer live, but Christ lives in me. The life I now live in the body, I live by faith in the Son of God, who loved me and gave himself for me.  

                                          Galatians 2:20 NIV

 

Husbands, love your wives, as Christ loved the church and gave himself up for her,

                                         Ephesians 5:25 ESV

 

Who shall separate us from the love of Christ?…

For I am persuaded that neither death nor life, nor angels nor principalities nor powers, nor things present nor things to come, nor height nor depth, nor any other created thing, shall be able to separate us from the love of God which is in Christ Jesus our Lord.

                                           Romans 8:35;38-39

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God Loves Us Unconditionally

As these verses attest to, God’s love is faithful, steadfast, loyal, and most of all unconditional.

Accepting God’s Unconditional Love

I hope these unconditional love Bible Verses have shown you that God loves you with an unwavering and everlasting love! Nothing will ever separate you from His love! And He wants to have a loving relationship with you today.

Just like the song says… His love never fails, it never gives up, it never runs out on you.

Are you ready to accept the priceless gift of God’s unconditional love?

If you are, all you need to do is accept Jesus as your Lord and Savior. It’s as simple as that.

And if you’re not sure how to accept Jesus, this easy-to-follow guide, How to Be Saved will walk you through it.

This is my sincere prayer for you… Mercy, peace, and love be multiplied to you. Jude 2 In the name of our Lord, Jesus Christ.

 

May you feel God’s unconditional love in your life right now!

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A Love Poem – 1 Corinthians 13:4-8

A Love Poem 1 Corinthians 13:4-8

Today, I would like to share with you a poem my mother wrote many years ago. It’s a take on the Bible Verse from 1 Corinthians 13:4-8. This passage of scripture is something we are all familiar with. It is often read at weddings and so when we hear it our thoughts naturally turn to a romantic kind of love.

But this love poem refers to the love that Jesus has for each one of us. His love is perfect love, full of hope and forgiveness. And He freely gives His love to those of us who love Him and are called by His name.

Valentine’s Day is almost here. Some of us are looking forward to spending time with the love of our life and some of us are still looking for that special someone. No matter which camp you fall into, I pray that you will know the love of Jesus and join me in celebrating a life lived for and with Him.

God bless you and your love this Valentine’s Day!

Love
Love is patient
But is not slow
Love is kind
Much more than we know
Love is not jealous
But is God’s plan
Love is not boastful
And on it we stand
Love is not rude
But covers our sin
Love isn’t vengeful
It cleanses within
Love endures all
And Christ’s blood set us free
Love never fails
So free we will be.

written by: Charlotte Rowland

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Touching Bible Verses for Valentine’s Day

Touching Bible Verses for Valentine's Day

What’s a good Bible Verse for Valentine’s Day?

Are you looking for an inspirational Valentine’s Day scripture? In this devotional, we’ll find the perfect verse to share with a loved one this year.

True Love Meaning

Valentine’s Day will be here soon. And the promise of love it brings with it is undeniable.

Pictures of red roses, heart-shaped boxes of candy, and candle lit dinners dance in our heads as we dream of spending this special day with our special someone.

But instead of our heads, it’s really our hearts that long to feel love this February 14th. We want it to reach down deep inside, touch our hearts and make us feel special.

This kind of love is a wonderful thing to have. And one we should celebrate when we find it.

But for Christians, Valentine’s Day is even bigger than a once-a-year romance.

Because we know the true meaning of love.

A love that is everlasting when nothing else is. A love that will never leave us even if we have a bad hair day. And a love that sacrificed everything just to spend eternity with us.

This kind of love is the reason God the Father, sent Jesus the Son to die on a cross in our place. And it’s the reason Jesus willingly gave up His throne and died a sinner’s death.

Without their love, we wouldn’t have the hope of salvation. But because of it, we can have confidence in our faith and know our future in heaven is secure.

This is the unfailing love that lasts through the ages. The one we’ve been searching our whole lives for. When everything else fades away, it will still endure.

 

God’s Love Letter

So, how do we find this love?

It’s in the touching love letter God penned just for us!… the Bible!

And today we’re going to read these Touching Bible Verses for Valentine’s Day in honor of our One True Love!

No matter what your relationship status is, there’s a little something for everyone here in God’s love note to you.

So, I hope you find the love you’re searching for in these Valentine’s Day Bible Verses.

Let’s start with this simple question…

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What is Love?

This is the age-old question people ponder this time of year.

For most, it’s a quest that is never fulfilled. But for Christians, love is a gift of perfect unity in Christ Jesus.

Through our faith and knowledge of Him, we have an intimate relationship with the One True God.

Faith is where love begins. Not that it starts with us, because as we’ll learn in a minute, it doesn’t. But it’s the love we receive from Jesus that extends outward to everyone around us.

All because we believe.

Here are some of the most popular Bible verses that tell us what love is.

Love is patient, love is kind. It does not envy, it does not boast, it is not proud.  It does not dishonor others, it is not self-seeking, it is not easily angered, it keeps no record of wrongs. Love does not delight in evil but rejoices with the truth. It always protects, always trusts, always hopes, always perseveres.

 Love never fails. But where there are prophecies, they will cease; where there are tongues, they will be stilled; where there is knowledge, it will pass away.

                                                         1 Corinthians 13:4-8 NIV                                                          

 

And now abide faith, hope, love, these three; but the greatest of these is love.

                                                         1 Corinthians 13:13

 

And we have known and believed the love that God has for us. God is love, and he who abides in love abides in God, and God in him.

                                                         1 John 4:16 NKJV

 

There is no fear in love, but perfect love casts out fear. For fear has to do with punishment, and whoever fears has not been perfected in love.

                                                        1 John 4:18 ESV

 

But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, forbearance, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness and self-control. Against such things there is no law.

                                                       Galatians 5:22-23 NIV

 

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God’s Love for us

 

It may not be the romantic love you were hoping for this Valentine’s Day, but God’s great love is even better than we ever imagined.

In God’s Word we find His everlasting love waiting for us with open arms. Let’s read about God’s love for us in these scriptures.

We love because he first loved us.

                                                         1 John 4:19 NIV

 

The Lord has appeared of old to me, saying: “Yes, I have loved you with an everlasting love; Therefore with lovingkindness I have drawn you.

                                                        Jeremiah 31:3

 

For God so loved the world that He gave His only begotten Son, that whoever believes in Him should not perish but have everlasting life.

                                                        John 3:16

 

Now hope does not disappoint, because the love of God has been poured out in our hearts by the Holy Spirit who was given to us.

                                                       Romans 5:5

 

keep yourselves in God’s love as you wait for the mercy of our Lord Jesus Christ to bring you to eternal life.

                                                      Jude 1:21 NIV

 

Give thanks to the Lord, for he is good,
for his steadfast love endures forever.

                                                      Psalm 136:1 ESV

 

nor height nor depth, nor any other created thing, shall be able to separate us from the love of God which is in Christ Jesus our Lord.

                                                     Romans 8:39 NKJV

 

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Love of Jesus

The measure of someone’s love can be seen in the way they are willing to sacrifice themselves for their loved one.

And without doubt, the sacrifice of Jesus is the greatest gesture of love in history. His work on the cross made a way for us to have eternal life in heaven with Him.

So, let’s learn more about the love of Jesus and how it has saved us.

 

Greater love has no one than this, than to lay down one’s life for his friends.

                                                       John 15:13 NKJV

 

Follow God’s example, therefore, as dearly loved children and walk in the way of love, just as Christ loved us and gave himself up for us as a fragrant offering and sacrifice to God.

                                                      Ephesians 5:1-2

 

As the Father loved Me, I also have loved you; abide in My love. If you keep My commandments, you will abide in My love, just as I have kept My Father’s commandments and abide in His love.

                                                        John 15:9-10

 

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 NIV

 

 

Valentines Verses for Husband or Wife

 

These romantic Bible verses are perfect for including in Valentine’s Day cards for your husband or wife. Their words of love reflect the intimacy only a married couple shares.

 

My beloved is mine, and I am his.

                                                   Song of Solomon 2:16

 

Husbands, love your wives, just as Christ also loved the church and gave Himself for her,

                                                   Ephesians 5:25 NKJV

 

Who can find a virtuous wife?
For her worth is far above rubies.
The heart of her husband safely trusts her;
So he will have no lack of gain.
She does him good and not evil
All the days of her life.

                                                 Proverbs 31:10-12

 

and the two shall become one flesh’; so then they are no longer two, but one flesh. Therefore what God has joined together, let not man separate.

                                                 Mark 10:8-9

 

Let him kiss me with the kisses of his mouth
for your love is more delightful than wine.

                                                Song of Songs 1:2 NIV

 

“There are three things that are too amazing for me,
four that I do not understand:
 the way of an eagle in the sky,
the way of a snake on a rock,
the way of a ship on the high seas,
and the way of a man with a young woman.

                                                 Proverbs 30:18-20 NIV

 

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How to Love Like Jesus

 

Our Savior, Jesus Christ gave us the perfect example of how to love. And some of my favorite Bible Verses found in these scriptures about love.

They are a celebration of love that shows us how to love like Jesus. He gave His life to set us free from sin and made a way for us to have a loving relationship with God.

The following Bible Verses give us the perfect opportunity to share the love of Jesus Christ with the world.

 

 Beloved, let us love one another, for love is of God; and everyone who loves is born of God and knows God.

                                                    1 John 4:7

 

Jesus replied: “Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind.’ This is the first and greatest commandment.  And the second is like it: ‘Love your neighbor as yourself.”

                                                     Matthew 22:37-39

 

And above all these put on love, which binds everything together in perfect harmony.  

                                                   Colossians 3:14 ESV

 

A friend loves at all times, And a brother is born for adversity.

                                                   Proverbs 17:17

 

 Let all that you do be done with love.

                                                  1 Corinthians 16:14

 

Dear children, let us not love with words or speech but with actions and in truth.

                                                    1 John 3:18 NIV

 

Delight yourself in the Lord; And He will give you the desires of your heart.

                                                   Psalm 37:4 NASB

 

You shall love the Lord your God with all your heart, with all your soul, and with all your strength.

                                                       Deuteronomy 6:5 NKJV

 

Above all, love each other deeply, because love covers over a multitude of sins.

                                                  1 Peter 4:9 NIV

 

If I speak in the tongues of men or of angels, but do not have love, I am only a resounding gong or a clanging cymbal. 

If I have the gift of prophecy and can fathom all mysteries and all knowledge, and if I have a faith that can move mountains, but do not have love, I am nothing. 

 If I give all I possess to the poor and give over my body to hardship that I may boast, but do not have love, I gain nothing.

                                                   1 Corinthians 13:1-3 NIV

 

 

Love means so much to us. And during the month of February, it takes on a life of its own as we celebrate Valentine’s Day.

But true love is knowing God lives in your heart every day of the year. And that He loves you with indescribable love just the way you are!

After reading the Word of God for yourself, has God’s love letter touched your heart? Please leave a comment and let me know which of these Touching Bible Verses for Valentine’s Day blessed you today.

My favorite Valentine’s Bible Verse is 1 John 4:19. It reminds me that the beginning of love is God and His love for us.

This is my sincere prayer for you this Valentine’s Day…

Show me the wonders of your great love,
you who save by your right hand
those who take refuge in you from their foes.  

                                                  Psalm 17:7 NIV    

                                                  

May you feel the love of Jesus and the touch of the Master’s hand on you!

And have a very Happy Valentine’s Day!

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Monday Motivation- Proverbs 4:23

Cupid is on his way! And I was reminded of this Bible Verse for Valentine’s Day. I pray that as you are buying those wonderful heart-shaped boxes of candy, you will look inward and guard your heart wisely. Happy Valentine’s Day! May you feel the love of God surrounding you this week and always.

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