Had a big focus recently on God’s love, and love in general. Here are some I’m reflecting on because of that:
1 [name_m]Cor[/name_m] 13:13 And now these three remain: faith, hope and love. But the greatest of these is love.
1 [name_m]John[/name_m] 4:8 Whoever does not love does not know God, because God is love.
1 [name_m]John[/name_m] 4:16 And so we know and rely on the love God has for us. God is love. Whoever lives in love lives in God, and God in them.
(Ok basically all of 1 [name_m]John[/name_m] 4…)
Romans 8:37-9 No, in all these things we are more than conquerors through him who loved us. For I am convinced that neither death nor life, neither angels nor demons, neither the present nor the future, nor any powers, neither height nor depth, nor anything else in all creation, will be able to separate us from the love of God that is in [name_m]Christ[/name_m] [name_m]Jesus[/name_m] our [name_m]Lord[/name_m].
Ephesians 2:4-5 But because of his great love for us, God, who is rich in mercy, 5 made us alive with [name_m]Christ[/name_m] even when we were dead in transgressions—it is by grace you have been saved.
There’s a lot more but really importantly I want to address…
Romans 5:8 But God demonstrates his own love for us in this: While we were still sinners, [name_m]Christ[/name_m] died for us.
I want to address this because I personally struggle really badly with guilt, I always feel like I’m sinning too much, that ill never be good enough. But that’s just it- we don’t have to be good enough, because God is good enough for all of us- His goodness completely overpowers our badness. [name_m]Christ[/name_m] loved us so much that while we turned away from Him, He saw us in our sin and our resistance to Him and He still saved us… He saw us despise Him, yet still saved us. God has an unconditional, all forgiving love that we should look to find ourselves consumed in. Make ourselves better not by religious guilt but instead by living our lives with the love that God has given us. When it’s about wanting to love like God, and not about making sure every single action is perfect, the guilt for me washes away.
I still struggle with it all the time, but it’s something through understanding God’s love, I’m finally starting to see myself be able to let go of.
I hope you are all ok, staying safe, staying strong in faith