Jesus Lover Of My Soul

One of our Inspirational Devotions

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jesus is love Jesus lover of my soul

Whenever I think of Valentine's Day, the images of cards, flowers and dinner out all come to mind. Peggy and I exchanged cards and had a wonderful meal at Biaggi's. Even though we have been each others' Valentines for over 40 years, Jesus’ love surpasses even this. No amount of human love can compare with the love that Jesus feels toward men and woman around the world. God's love is personal and intimate. Jesus loves individual people, not just all mankind. He came for you as well as for everyone.

We all look for love

Many people look for love in all the wrong places. Jesus lover of my soul, offers a depth of love that is impossible to exaggerate. Here is why:

Perfect motives

First, Jesus loves us with perfect motives. He always intends what is good and will never harm us. Jesus is approachable. Although he will never condone sin, he always accepts people as they are, not as they should be. He puts people at ease and allows them time to come to terms with the choices they have made. Just as a lost child is immediately comforted when reunited with his mother, so Jesus always protects us and makes us feel safe when our life is in his hands.

Jesus is our friend

Second, Jesus is our friend and wants us to be his friends. Three times in Scripture Abraham is called a friend of God (II Chronicles 20:7, Isaiah 41:8, James 2:23). This does not mean that God is our equal - but that He is on our side. The early disciples must have been thrilled when Jesus told them they were his friends. No longer do I call you servants, for the servant does not know what his master is doing; but I have called you friends, for all that I have heard from my Father I have made known to you (John 15:15). I think we should believe what Jesus says and confidently approach him with all of our needs. He is our friend.

Jesus wants our love

Third, Jesus feels an emotional connection with people. As self-sufficient as God is, he wants our love and will not be satisfied until he gets it. Free as God is, he has allowed his heart be emotionally bound to ours since the beginning of time. This is love: not that we loved God but that he loved us and sent his Son to be the atoning sacrifice for our sins (I John 4:10).

Jesus pursues us

Fourth, Jesus actively pursues us whatever the cost. God sent his Son. Jesus gave up his life. True love is always sacrificial. Love is always gives. Regardless of the price, Jesus did what it took to bring us back to God.

The personal experience of God's love is one thing that separates Christianity from all other religions and world philosophies. Open up your heart to the love of Jesus. Your joy will be restored and your hope renewed.

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Author: Paul Schlieker

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Discussion questions for your Sunday School class or small group:

1. How does Jesus' love make you feel safe?

2. In what ways is Jesus your friend? When have you seen that Jesus is on your side?

3. How can you better personally experience the love of Jesus? What could you do or not do?

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