Remember the Love

…Take, eat: this is my body, which is broken for you: this do in remembrance of me… This cup is the new testament in my blood: this do ye, as oft as ye drink it, in remembrance of me. (1 Corinthians 11:24,25; KJV)

The Body that was broken so that you would be healed. The Blood that was shed so that you would have new life in right standing with God. All because He loves you. For God so loved the world that He sent His only begotten Son. For God so loved you. Selah.

…Each morning I will sing with joy about your unfailing love… O my Strength, to you I sing praises, for you, O God, are my refuge, the God who shows me unfailing love. (Psalm 59:16,17; NLT)

What is foremost in your mind every morning? What do you sing about? Human love that can fail? Or the unfailing love that purchased your freedom at the price of His life?

David spoke of God’s unfailing love. It was ever before Him. David’s very name means beloved. Each time he spoke or heard his own name, he was reminded that he was loved.

Let me remind you that you are loved. You are loved with an unfailing love. Not based on you, but based on an unchanging God.

Just before Jesus was led into the wilderness, He heard these words.

…This is my beloved Son, in whom I am well pleased. (Matthew 3:17, KJV)

When the enemy came to tempt Jesus, He said repeatedly, “If thou be the Son of God…” He didn’t dare remind Jesus that God had not only called Him His Son, but His beloved Son.

Jesus knew He was loved. Do you?

Remember His love every moment of every day. In every circumstance that you face, you have a heavenly Father Who loves you. Nothing is impossible with the One Who loves you today and forever.

For I am persuaded, that neither death, nor life, nor angels, nor principalities, nor powers, nor things present, nor things to come, nor height, nor depth, nor any other creature, shall be able to separate us from the love of God, which is in Christ Jesus our Lord. (Romans 8:38-39, KJV)

His Love For Me

Yet amid all these things we are more than conquerors and gain a surpassing victory through Him Who loved us. For I am persuaded beyond doubt (am sure) that neither death nor life, nor angels nor principalities, nor things impending and threatening nor things to come, nor powers, Nor height nor depth, nor anything else in all creation will be able to separate us from the love of God which is in Christ Jesus our Lord. (Romans 8:37-39, Amplified)

Faced with many very trying circumstances in the last few weeks. More than enough to warrant feeling very discouraged. But only if I had my eyes on the wrong thing. Only if I was thinking on and meditating on the wrong thoughts. But by the grace of God I’ve turned my eyes on Jesus and turned my thoughts to the Father’s love for me.

Nothing can ever separate me from His love…  the love of the Creator of the Universe. Neither death nor life. I am more than a conqueror no matter what I face. Why? Because of Him Who loved me.

David faced a giant with no fear. David faced discouragement, but encouraged himself in the Lord. David whose name means beloved.

My beloved is mine and I am his… (Song of Solomon 2:16, Amplified)

His love drives out all fear (1 John 4:18). No matter what loss or separation we may face in this earth, one thing we can never be separated from is His love.

When things are going right I have His love. When things are going wrong… I have His love. Whether things are up or things are down, I have one guaranteed constant in my life, His love for me. How awesome is that?

Think on these things 🙂

How Do I Love Thee?

How do I love thee? Let me count the ways. ~ Elizabeth Barrett Browning

I spend a lot of time meditating on the fact that God loves me. One of my favorite things to say is, “My Father loves me.” And it’s true! He loved me so much He sent His Son to die for my sins and He raised me up with His Son and gave me His righteousness. Oh, how He loves me!

This morning, the words from Elizabeth Barrett Browning’s famous poem drifted through my mind. “How do I love thee? Let me count the ways.” And I decided to spend the day meditating on how much I love Him.

I will love thee, O LORD, my strength. (Psalms 18:1, KJV)

I love the Lord, because He has heard [and now hears] my voice and my supplications. Because He has inclined His ear to me, therefore will I call upon Him as long as I live. (Psalms 116:1-2, KJV)

My beloved is mine and I am his! (Song of Solomon 2:16, Amplified)

If ye love me, keep my commandments. (John 14:15, KJV)

My soul hath kept thy testimonies; and I love them exceedingly. (Psalm 119:167)

Greater love hath no man than this, that a man lay down his life for his friends. Ye are my friends, if ye do whatsoever I command you. (John 15:13-14, KJV)

By this we come to know… the [essential] love: that He laid down His [own] life for us; and we ought to lay [our] lives down for [those who are our] brothers [in Him]. (1 John 3:16, Amplified)

If a man say, I love God, and hateth his brother, he is a liar… (1 John 4:20, KJV)

Jesus saith to Simon Peter, Simon, son of Jonas, lovest thou me more than these? He saith unto him, Yea, Lord: thou knowest that I love thee. He saith unto him, Feed my lambs… Feed my sheep. (John 21:15, 16; KJV)

For I was an hungered, and ye gave me meat: I was thirsty, and ye gave me drink: I was a stranger, and ye took me in: naked, and ye clothed me: I was sick, and ye visited me: I was in prison, and ye came unto me… Verily I say unto you, Inasmuch as ye have done it unto one of the least of these my brethren, ye have done it unto me. (Matthew 25:35-36, 40; KJV)

I love You LORD with all my heart, all my mind, all my soul and all my strength. And I love my neighbor as I do myself. Oh, how I love Thee! Let me count the ways.

My Beloved

My beloved is mine and I am his! (Song of Solomon 2:16, Amplified)

I am my beloved’s, and my beloved is mine… (Song of Solomon 6:3, KJV)

In Webster’s 1828 Dictionary the word my is defined as “belonging to me”. I belong to Him and He belongs to me. 

…because ye belong to Christ… (Mark 9:41, KJV)

Belong is “usually best rendered… by the verb ‘to be'” (Vine’s Complete Expository Dictionary).

For in him we live, and move, and have our being; as certain also of your own poets have said, For we are also his offspring. (Acts 17:28, KJV)

You were bought with a  price [purchased with a preciousness and paid for, made His own]. (1 Corinthians 6:20, Amplified)

He chose us to be His own.

Even as [in His love] He chose us [actually picked us out for Himself as His own] in Christ before the foundation of the world… (Ephesians 1:4, Amplified)

And He chose to be mine.

For God so loved the world, that he gave his only begotten Son… (John 3:16, KJV)

I am crucified with Christ: nevertheless I live; yet not I, but Christ liveth in me: and the life which I now live in the flesh I live by faith of the Son of God, who loved me, and gave himself for me. (Galatians 2:20, KJV)

…He made us alive together in fellowship and in union with Christ; [He gave us the very life of Christ Himself, the same new life with which He quickened  Him, for] it is by grace… that you are saved… (Ephesians 2:5, KJV)

Know ye not that ye are the temple of God, and that the Spirit of God dwelleth in you? (1 Corinthians 3:16, KJV)

…Christ in you, the hope of glory… (Colossians 1:27, KJV)

He is mine and I am His. The King of the Universe is mine and I am His. I live in Him and He lives in me.

It’s A Love Story

There’s a song I listen to occasionally that has the line, “It’s a love story.” Every time I hear those words I think of my Bible and the beautiful story that it tells.

A Divine, Supernatural Being that is Love that longed to have a family to pour that love out on. The creation and fall of man and the unfathomable lengths He goes to in order to win back the lives of the ones He loves.

For God so loved the world, that he gave his only begotten Son… (John 3:16, KJV)

…You have loved back my life from the pit of corruption and nothingness, for you have cast all my sins behind Your back. (Isaiah 38:17, Amplified)

In our earthly love stories we place rings on one anothers’ fingers to remind us of the love and commitment we have to one another. He has a reminder too.

Can a woman forget her suckling child, that she should not have compassion on the son of her womb? Yea, they may forget, yet will I not forget thee. Behold, I have graven thee upon the palms of my hands… (Isaiah 49:15-16, KJV) …Unless I see in His hands the marks made by the nails and put my finger into the nail prints… I will never believe… Then He said to Thomas, Reach out your finger here, and see My hand… (John 20:25, 27, Amplified).

He thinks of you when He looks at the nail prints in His hands.

What is man that You are mindful of him, or the son of man that You graciously and helpfully care for and visit and look after him? (Hebrews 2:6, Amplified).

Casting the whole of your care [all your anxieties, all your worries, all your concerns, once and for all] on Him, for He cares for you affectionately and cares about you watchfully. (1 Peter 5:7)

He thinks about us and cares for us affectionately.

My beloved is mine, and I am his…

Just some things to think about today.

Beloved

Yesterday I wrote about King David. I spoke of his confidence as he faced the giant Goliath. The entire army of Israel feared this giant, but David faced him without an ounce of fear. What was it about David that made him so fearless? The name David means ‘beloved’. David was not only named ‘beloved’, but he knew he was loved – loved by God.

He was a man who understood the covenant he had with God. He understood that covenant was based on Hesed, God’s unfailing, passionate love for His people. David himself was possessed by this love in his covenant with Jonathan. And this love made him fearless.

First John 4:18 says, “There is no fear in love; but perfect love casteth out fear: because fear hath torment. He that feareth is not made perfect in love” (KJV). David said in Psalm 23:6, “Surely or only goodness, mercy, and unfailing love shall follow me all the days of my life…” (Amplified). The word ‘mercy’ is the Hebrew word ‘hesed’ – passionate, unfailing love. He knew of the Father’s love for him.

Let’s take a look at another man who knew the love of God. “And behold, a voice from heaven said, This is My Son, My Beloved, in Whom I delight” (Matthew 3:17). Could you imagine hearing those words? Oh, how they must have blessed Jesus. (Blessed = empowered to prosper). The Bible says that man shall not live by bread alone but by every word that proceeds from the mouth of God. After hearing these words Jesus was led by the Spirit into the wilderness and fasted for forty days. He lived off those words. I am His Son. He loves Me. He delights in Me.

I heard a pastor make an important point about the time that Jesus spent in the wilderness being tempted by the devil. He pointed out that each time the devil addressed Jesus, he said, “If You are the Son of God…” He was tempting Jesus to doubt that He was God’s Son, but he didn’t dare mention the word ‘beloved’. God had called Jesus, “my beloved Son” (KJV). But the devil knew that he couldn’t defeat Him if He knew He was loved. The enemy operates by fear and there is no fear in love.

He does the same with us. How many times has the enemy brought up thoughts that caused you to lose confidence in the Father’s love for you? His love is unfailing. He always has and always will love you. He may not love the things you do, because He wants the best for you, but He never stops loving you.

In the book of John, believed to be written by the disciple John, he refers to himself as “the disciple whom Jesus loved” (KJV). Nowhere else in the Bible does anyone else refer to John as the disciple whom Jesus loved. But in his own account John is the disciple whom Jesus loved. 🙂 And that’s what mattered most, that he knew he was loved. When the other disciples deserted Jesus, presumably due to fear, John was right there at the foot of the cross.

In 3 John 2 we hear the heart of the Father through the inspired words of the writer, “Beloved, I wish above all things that thou prosper and be in health, even as thy soul prospereth” (KJV). God sending Jesus to take our sins and our sicknesses, weaknesses and distresses through His death is all the proof we need that He loves us (see Isaiah 53; 1 Peter 2:24; Psalm 103:3).

In this the love of God was made manifest (displayed) where we are concerned: in that God sent His Son, the only begotten or unique [Son], into the world so that we might live through Him. In this is love: not that we loved God, but that He loved us and sent His Son to be the propitiation (the atoning sacrifice) for our sins. Beloved, if God loved us so [very much], we also ought to love one another. (1 John 4:9-10, Amplified)

Beloved… you are His beloved. Take some time to think about that today. Take some time to thank Your Father for His love.