1 Corinthians 13:4-7 Love is patient and kind; love does not envy or boast; it is not arrogant or rude. It does not insist on its own way; it is not irritable or resentful; it does not rejoice at wrongdoing, but rejoices with the truth.Love bears all things, believes all things, hopes all things, endures all things. I wonder when reading this definition of love,whether is it humanly possible to have these characters in us but the God who created us can express all these characteristics in loving us.
And he arose and came to his father. But while he was still a long way off, his father saw him and felt compassion, and ran and embraced him and kissed him.And the son said to him, ‘Father, I have sinned against heaven and before you. I am no longer worthy to be called your son.’ But the father said to his servants, ‘Bring quickly the best robe, and put it on him, and put a ring on his hand, and shoes on his feet. And bring the fattened calf and kill it, and let us eat and celebrate. For this my son was dead, and is alive again; he was lost, and is found.’ And they began to celebrate. Looking at how our father love and accept us when we have messed up and are a mess ourselves. He does not look at what you have done but he feels compassion, washes you and dresses you with a gown that says you are mine you belong to me, and he puts a ring in your finger that says we are attached to one another for life and my love has not changed for you. God loves you with all your faults and when he looks at you, he only sees his dearest child who was lost but has come home to a loving and a kind palace. He is nothing like us because we will remind you of how messed up you are and even say , “I forgive you but cannot forget what you have done” or “you must work hard to earn our trust again”. God says I restore you to your initial place in my heart,you are mine and I love you deeply and I cannot lose you
And they heard the sound of the Lord God walking in the garden in the cool of the day, and the man and his wife hid themselves from the presence of the Lord God among the trees of the garden. In this verse we see God visiting his people during the cool of the day, and we know when our friends visit us in the cool of the day, the intention is to chill, have fun and relax. So the God who loves us, has a desire to relax and chill with us but we have created a wall that we will only go to him when we want to ask for things, or praise and worship him,or pray and he created us for more than that. He wants to spend time with us as friends and enjoy our company. He even extends an invite for us to come to his throne boldly, which means we should come as people who qualify, who are righteous and deserving. Hebrews 4:16 Let us therefore come boldly unto the throne of grace, that we may obtain mercy, and find grace to help in time of need. You might be looking at yourself and feeling guilty or underserving but God loves us so dearly that is why he gave his only son to die for our sins in the cross, He is madly in love with you .
I have observed as a Christian that we tend to love God for things that he can do for us, not to love him as a friend and a lover which I see it as being equal to making him our “blesser”.Our parents and family members have taught us that they love us more when we do things for them and we have projected this behaviour to God that he loves us more when we bring something to him like our offerings or our fasting and praying or spending time in praise and worship but God loves us unconditionally, we are perfect with or without anything to offer. He specially created us so that he can enjoy our company and to love and appreciate his creation, he longs to spend time with us as friends. He walked with David who made a mistakes like any human being one being to sleep with someone’s wife but he called him a friend and Abraham was also his Friend and he also created Ishmael due to impatience of the promise. He knows we will falter but that is not important to him, what is important is to come back to his love and trust him that he is not looking at us with entrapment eyes that we will make other mistakes. He loves you so much, it pains him to see you not trusting his love
How much he loves you and me
Zechariah 2:8b for he that toucheth you toucheth the apple of his eye. You are the apple of his eye
Psalms 139:14a I will praise thee; for I am fearfully and wonderfully made: You are wonderfully and fearfully made, you are not a duplicate of anyone.
Psalms 139:15 My frame was not hidden from you, when I was being made in secret, intricately woven in the depths of the earth. He was there when you were formed in your mother’s womb, when not even one person knew you were there but he was there.
Isaiah 43:1 Israel’s Only Savior, But now thus says the Lord, he who created you, O Jacob,he who formed you, O Israel:“Fear not, for I have redeemed you;I have called you by name, you are mine. God has called you by your name and he says you are mine.
Isaiah 49:16a Behold, I have engraved you on the palms of my hands; God has engraved you in the palm of his hands,when he looks a his hands he sees you.
Revelation 1:6 and made us a kingdom, priests to his God and Father, to him be glory and dominion forever and ever. Amen. Jesus restored us to our original form, which was God’s intention from the beginning.
The entire bible speaks about how much God loves you and how much he desires to be your lover and a friend. He is a genuine friend and a true lover that won’t disappoint you.
I always ask myself a question,what did I do to deserve so much love because at times I feel like I m the only friend of God and the only person he loves so much and I know he wants to love you as much just open your heart and let him be your lover. Do you trust him as a lover or a friend? How do you relate to God the Father, is he a father you can share a joke with or is he a father who is for serious business?
Lots of love see you in the next episode of a friend