Jesus is Love - Experience It!
One of our Inspirational Devotions
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Jesus is love and you can experience His love today. A living and loving God is looking for you. The eyes of the Lord range throughout the earth to strengthen those whose hearts are fully committed to him (II Chronicles 16:9).
God is a personal God
The foundation of emotional maturity is to discover that the true God, the God of the Bible, is a personal God who loves us for who we are and not what we do. One important step toward spiritual and emotional maturity is to believe that God accepts you, wants to bless you, and desires to use you.
Wait a minute!
In his book Classic Christianity, Bob George tells the true story of a three-year-old boy who lived at the White House. He would confidently skip past armed servicemen, government officials and staff members. The youngster would run right into the Oval Office and climb onto the lap of the President of the United States, the most powerful man in the world. Influential cabinet members stopped their discussion. Why? The child's name was John-John and his daddy was President John F. Kennedy.
Can you imagine someone objecting? "Wait a minute. You can't just waltz in here anytime you want. Don't you know who that man is?" John-John would have looked up and said, "He's my Daddy!" What a difference it makes when a child knows who his father is.
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People are like icebergs
In Emotionally Healthy Spirituality, Peter Scazzero notes that people are like icebergs. Just as 90% of the iceberg is beneath the surface of the water, and only 10% is visible to the eye, we tend to clean up what's visible and ignore what people can't see. However, beneath the surface are the thoughts and attitudes of the heart. We naturally cover up whatever would hurt our public image.
Will you "father" me?
Jesus came to forgive sin and heal hearts. Affirmation is a word that imparts grace to hurting hearts. More Bible study, fellowship and service will not necessarily touch our deeply held feelings. The solution is to draw near to God and ask him to "father you" - to ask him to tell you who you are and what he thinks of you. His voice is affirming not condemning. Will you let him reach you? Jesus is love and wants to give it to you.
can renew human nature
This Jesus is love
and wants to transform you.
Spirit of God
is able to invade, reverse, and renew human nature. A. W. Tozer writes, "The way this works out in personal experience is something like this: The believing man is overwhelmed suddenly by a powerful feeling that only God matters. Soon this works itself out into his mental life and conditions all his judgments and all his values. Now he finds himself free from slavery to man's opinions. Soon he learns to love above all else the assurance that he is well-pleasing to the Father in heaven. It is this complete switch in their pleasure-source that makes believing men invincible."
We must experience it to express it.
We cannot give something we don't have. Healthy heart habits are developed and maintained through experiencing God's grace. And the child grew and became strong; he was filled with wisdom, and the grace of God was upon him (Luke 2:40).
Take time to be alone with God
We monitor our heart by building into our calendar regular times to be alone with God. When alone with God, listen for an affirming voice that will transform your view of Jesus and yourself.
1. Strengthen your grip on Jesus is love
Jeremiah 31:3 I have loved you with an everlasting love; I have drawn you with loving-kindness.
John 14:21 He who loves me will be loved by my Father, and I too will love him and show myself to him.
2. Recognize that Jesus wants to be your friend
Exodus 33:11 The Lord would speak to Moses face to face, as a man speaks with his friend.
John 15:13-17 Greater love has no one than this - that he lay down his life for his friends. You are my friends if you do what I command.
Jesus is love. Ask him to love you today.
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Discussion ideas for your small group or Sunday School class:
1. What is the difference between God loving us for what we do and loving us for who we are?
2. What feelings do you have when you think about the Creator of the universe being accessible to you?
3. What is your favorite verse in this short devotion? Why?
4. How would totally embracing the concept that Jesus is love transform you?
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