12 Days To Perfect Love - Basic Love 101


And we have come to know and believe the love that God has for us. God is love; whoever abides in love abides in God, and God in him.
— 1 John 4:16

 

If you haven't experienced God’s perfect love, you haven't experienced love. John 4:7 says, “Beloved, let us love one another, because love comes from God. Everyone who loves has been born of God and knows God.” This is why there are so many problems in our world today. There are millions of people who are living a life of strife and hatred because they've never experienced love. 

Love from God isn't conditional. John 3:16 says, “For God so loved the world that he gave his one and only Son, that whoever believes in him shall not perish but have eternal life.” God loved the WORLD; that’s YOU. Before you were even a twinkle in your mother’s eye, God loved you. Before your very existence, God had a plan for you. He had loved you before you sinned. He loved you so much that He gave the only thing He could give, His Son. He did it so that nothing would be able to separate you from His love (Romans 8:31-39). 

Our finite minds couldn’t understand the depth of His love because there’s no end to it! Ephesians 3:16-19 says, “ I pray that out of his glorious riches he may strengthen you with power through his Spirit in your inner being,  so that Christ may dwell in your hearts through faith. And I pray that you, being rooted and established in love,  may have power, together with all the Lord’s holy people, to grasp how wide and long and high and deep is the love of Christ, and to know this love that surpasses knowledge—that you may be filled to the measure of all the fullness of God.

The love of God can establish you. When you understand the fullness of His love, you’ll be empowered to fulfill His destiny for your life. Lacking NOTHING! Can you imagine living a life where you lack nothing?! It’s POSSIBLE. That’s why we need to understand this love, for us to perfect it.

1 John 4:18 says “Perfect love casts out all fear.” When you tap into God’s perfect love, nothing can compete. There’s no opposing force that can come against you. When you work in this fullness, no harm can be done or sickness that can dwell around you. When you’re filled with love, every thought of sadness, sorrow, and defeat has to go. Let’s make this year the year you experience TRUE love. When you do, it will overflow into every aspect of your life.

Prayer & Confession:

“Father, thank you for your love for me. I’ve done nothing to deserve it, but I receive it. Thank you for all you’ve offered me in the form of your Son, Jesus. It’s through Him that I’m able to experience life eternal. It’s through Jesus that you showed how much you love me. I pray that I would be strengthened with power through you Spirit in my inner being. I ask you, Father, to give me the ability to grasp how wide and long and high and deep your love truly is. As you reveal this truth to me, Lord, let me walk in the fullness of who you are! Fill me a new and a fresh with love! Make me an example of a person that has the fullness of your Spirit working within them. Thank you for your faithfulness. I adore you! In Jesus’ name.”

Do Something:

Read the book of Ephesians today. The way to experience God’s love is by getting to know who He is.