November 2013 - God loves you even though...


Led by the Spirit - God loves you even though...

Returning from speaking at a recent conference in Saskatchewan, I felt overwhelmed by the personal stories of women who are hurting within their marriages and the family unit, longing to hear and know that they are valued and loved.  

All of humanity desires to be loved and feel loved. We are all made in God’s image and that longing and searching for love will always be there because GOD IS LOVE. The longest journey humans will ever encounter is the path from the head to the heart, searching for the answer to the question “Does God love me?”

I believe the world is in a love crisis! People of all ages demonstrate their anger and rage through the taking of innocent lives – an act that cries out “Why wasn’t I loved the way I was supposed to be? Therefore, if I’m not happy, I will make sure you’re not happy either!” We see such a great need for the proclamation of the gospel message: God loves you even if no one else does.

There is such a difference between human love and God’s love. Human love determines a person is loveable as long as they are nice, good, and attractive physically, or have a nice personality. Human love operates on a self-centered basis outside of the economy of God’s grace.
God’s love, however, is unconditional. God does not love us because we are attractive or good. God loves us because God is good. God’s divine love does not distinguish between persons but is received by surrender instead of performance or perfection. 

Jesus commands us to love God with all your heart, soul and mind and to love your neighbour as yourself; to love your enemies and pray for those who persecute you. Through love, all will know that we are His disciples. Love is one of the highest gifts we can ever give to another. 

When we are rooted in the belief that God loves us, we can still love those who do not love us back. Jesus always remained in love through His trials and continued to love as he hung from the cross, forgiving all those who rejected him. Make a decision today to live a life in love - make it your purpose, even if there is nothing in it for you! 

November Scripture- 2 Timothy 3:1-4 (NIV)
“But mark this: There will be terrible times in the last days.
 People will be lovers of themselves, lovers of money, boastful, proud, abusive, disobedient to their parents, ungrateful, unholy,  without love, unforgiving, slanderous, without self-control, brutal, not lovers of the good,  treacherous, rash, conceited, lovers of pleasure rather than lovers of God.”