“There is no fear in love [dread does not exist]. But perfect (complete, full-grown) love drives out fear, because fear involves [the expectation of divine] punishment, so the one who is afraid [of God’s judgment] is not perfected in love [has not grown into a sufficient understanding of God’s love].” 1 John 4:18
I love you is the most commonly used and abused phrase thrown around yet people don’t really understand what it means to say it. You meet a girl today and instantly you “love” her. Are you being for real? Let’s read 1 Corinthians 13 and hear what it says. “Love is patient, love is kind. It does not envy, it does not boast, it is not proud. It does not dishonour others, it is not self-seeking, it is not easily angered, it keeps no record of wrongs. Love does not delight in evil but rejoices with the truth. It always protects, always trusts, always hopes, always perseveres. Love never fails. But where there are prophecies, they will cease; where there are tongues, they will be stilled; where there is knowledge, it will pass away.” 1 Corinthians 13:4-8
To love means to deny and pledge yourself totally, to commit and never look back in any situation or circumstance, romantically or even in your family and the circle you directly influence. Are you there for the long run? If situations were bad financially, emotionally, even spiritually would you stay with your current partner? If they lost their beauty or gained weight, lost their job, can you honestly beat your chest and say yes I will stick with you? Would you support your family in trying times or leave them? Humans may fail but one thing I know is God’s love will never fail!
God loves you so much that He laid down His only son so that you, yes you, with all your iniquity would be free from the burden of sin! You are totally free from sin’s grasp which means persecution, addiction or anything chaining you down have absolutely no hold over you! “For God so loved the world, that he gave his only Son, that whoever believes in him should not perish but have eternal life.” John 3:16
God loves you so much that He made you in His image and a co-heir with Jesus so much so that everything you desire is just a prayer away. Learn to speak to your Dad. Personalize Him. You may not have experienced love from mortals your entire life, maybe you’ve been hurt and had your heart trodden upon, but there is a God who loves you more than you can begin to imagine. The Word of God tells us the very hairs on our head are numbered can you imagine the love it took to do this? This is a deeper revelation than He knows the number of hairs on your head! Note the difference between these two statements! “And the very hairs on your head are all numbered. So don’t be afraid; you are more valuable to God than a whole flock of sparrows.” Luke 12:7
Before you were even formed, God knew you would exist and He made you with all His love. Don’t let anyone tell you are not special, you are a king priest, royalty and you’re loved by Love Himself. You’re love personified.
Wipe those tears and pick yourself up, you’re worthy. God loves you and that will never change. Seasons come and they go, kingdoms will rise and fall but God’s love towards you will never change. When we are punished we think God has forsaken us, but what kind of father would He be if He didn’t correct you when you were going astray? Certain things that we are denied or we face are there to show us God’s love towards us, His perfect grace. You are here because God loves you and it breaks His heart every time you suffer by denying Him. He wants the best for you, why don’t you go back to your first love, God, He’s waiting so eagerly to embrace you. “But I have this [charge] against you, that you have left your first love [you have lost the depth of love that you first had for Me.” Revelation 2:4
Say this after me and let it sink in:
I am a child of God. My father loves me, that’s why He created me in perfect beauty. Everything that I am is beautiful in His sight and as such I shall walk in the consciousness that I am loved by the creator of love Himself. I am precious to God and I’m a co heir to His kingdom. God is teaching me how to love anew with the revelation that where He is, there is love! I pledge to love all those around me, even those that have hurt me because I am love. I am love personified and I will love totally and unconditionally.
I hope you have been blessed by this. Remember you are love.