The heart of God contains a never ending flow of love. No matter how much he pours out, the stream continues forever for –
“…God is love.”
In this week’s posts we have seen through scripture the love of God poured out for all. Those who receive it know his inexhaustible love in abundance. Those who do not have yet to experience the fullness of love. The apostle Paul tells us apart from the love of God our works satisfy our longing to know love for a moment in time, then fade away into nothing. He describes God’s love we need in order to know and give true love.
God’s love is –
- *Longsuffering, covering our sins with the blood of Christ;
- Kind, forgiving our sins for Christ’s sake;
- Not Envious, but showers his blessings upon us;
- Not pushing itself forward but does lift us up to heavenly places;
- Not Proud, but humbled to the point of death on the cross;
- Courteous, thinking of our need above his own life;
- Self-controlled, extending mercy and grace through the years instead of wrath;
- Thinks good toward us;
- Saddened by our sin;
- Rejoices when we walk in truth;
- Bears all things by not withdrawing his love;
- Gives us faith to believe, hope for strength, and patience to persist.
- Never failing- it is eternal for God is love and he is eternal.
- *God’s love is perfect for he is perfect.
Unlike God, our love falls short being guided by emotions and limited knowledge. God’s heart of love is guided by his wisdom.
“He is wise in heart,
and mighty in strength:
who hath hardened himself against him,
and hath prospered?”
And God’s wisdom comes from above. It is –
“… first pure,
gentle and easy to be intreated,
full of mercy and good fruits,
and without hypocrisy.”
- Pure-holy not contaminated by any ulterior motive but expressed in his perfect love.
“…Be ye holy: for I am holy.” 1 Peter 1:16
- Peaceable- removes the division between him and people;
“But now in Christ Jesus
ye who sometimes were far off
are made nigh by the blood of Christ…
And came and preached peace to you
which were afar off,
and to them that were nigh.
For through him
we both have access by one Spirit unto the Father.”
- Gentle – fully aware of our need and carries us as the Good Shepherd;
“He shall feed his flock like a shepherd:
he shall gather the lambs with his arm,
and carry them in his bosom,
and shall gently lead those that are with young.”
- Easy to be intreated- Jesus has made the way for us to come to the Father;
“Let us therefore come boldly unto the throne of grace,
that we may obtain mercy,
and find grace to help in time of need.”
- Full of mercy- his mercy towards us is from everlasting to everlasting extending to us his favor instead of judgment;
“O give thanks unto the LORD;
for he is good;
for his mercy endureth for ever…
And of his fulness have all we received,
and grace for grace.
For the law was given by Moses,
but grace and truth came by Jesus Christ.”
(Psalm 136:1; John 1:16,17)
- Filled with good fruits- these express who God is and are given to every believer by the indwelling Holy Spirit;
“But the fruit of the Spirit is
love, joy, peace, longsuffering,
gentleness, goodness, faith,
- Without partiality – for it is available to all who come to him, no matter color or status;
“There is neither Jew nor Greek,
there is neither bond nor free,
there is neither male nor female:
for ye are all one in Christ Jesus…
For God so loved the world…”
Galatians 3:28; John 3:16a
- Without hypocrisy – There is no deceit in him.
“And ye shall know the truth,
and the truth shall make you free…
Jesus saith unto him,
I am the way,
and the life;
no man cometh unto the Father,
but by me.”
John 8:32; 14:6
The Lord’s wisdom knows the end from the beginning. His heart of love carries his own into eternity with him.
“How excellent is thy lovingkindness, O God!
Therefore the children of men put their trust
under the shadow of thy wings.
They shall be abundantly satisfied
with the fatness of thy house;
and thou shalt make them drink
of the river of thy pleasures.
For with thee is the fountain of life:
in thy light shall we see light.”
Psalm 36: 7-9.
He holds us under the shadow of his wings – next to his heart.
*Author’s interpretation of 1 Corinthians 13:4-8 and 1 John 4:18