Loved by Love (365 Days of Daring Faith — DAY 267)
1 John 4:8 (NLT)
But anyone who does not love does not know God, for God is love.
When God created the world, he did so out of love. He couldn’t create it out of anything else because He is love. You were created as the outcome of God’s love. He made you so that he could love you and so you could love him. He wants all people to know what it feels like to be loved unconditionally and to love deeply. God is not a part of love or the embodiment of love. He is love completely and fully.
The great thing about being loved by God is that you don’t have to be perfect or special or do something unique in order for him to love you. Your heart is beating and air is being pumped to your lungs because God loves you. He loves you on your blue Mondays and your hump Wednesdays. He loves you when you can feel his presence and he loves you when you feel that he is distant. God’s love is an objective fact that does not need the validation of feelings to exist.
The love that you are surrounded with cannot compare to any human love you may experience. God’s love transcends understanding. It surpasses all knowledge. It surpasses the trivialities and frivolities of the world. It cannot be misjudged or misappropriated. It is not a concept that can be wholly defined. God loves us because that’s who God is. He IS love and it is not his nature to be anything less than that.
The trials and tribulations that we face in this life can often make us feel lonely. People too can disappoint us and make us feel unloved and under-appreciated. But God does not love us according to our performance; he loves us according to his perfection. When Jesus stretched out his arms on the cross, he was really telling all of us that his love is too wide and too deep for us not to receive it.
“The nature of God’s love is unchangeable. Ours alternates all too readily. If it is our habit to love God with our own affection we shall turn cold towards Him whenever we are unhappy.”
— Watchman Nee