We Love Because He First Loved Us

I recently started writing for Breath on Paper blog with some truly amazing and talented women and writers. Their influence has already challenged me to more wisely steward the gifts God has given me. So this morning as I was showering (where I do a lot of praying and thinking) and praying about our topic for this week, which is love, I thought that since it is February and the month many people think more about Love, I would write a daily post about love during the month of February. I will focus each post on a scripture that speaks to me about God’s love for us and how we are to love one another. I will be writing straight from the heart, no editing or planned posts…just writing as God puts it on my heart to write. Grace for mistakes along the learning curve of Blogging is much appreciated 😉 Thank you for taking the time to read my very first entry.

The scripture that immediately  comes to heart is John 3:16 which tells us that God loved us so much that He gave his only son as a human sacrifice for us, for our atonement if we only believe in him. We have life because Jesus gave his life for us. Pause here for a moment and let this truth settle into your heart….really feel what it means. I remember hearing this verse all my life growing up. It may even be most memorized and quoted scripture of all time. But do we really appreciate the full depth and spiritual significance of this promise? I think maybe  because this verse is so well known, memorized and quoted that its message has become dilute or treated in a casual common manner. This makes me sad. I must be honest and confess that I have taken this gift for granted and not lived every day in full awareness and appreciation for such a grand gesture of love that God has so generously given to each one of us.

There are times (mostly during certain worship songs) where this reality hits me in a wave of emotion so great I can not help but to weep at the thought of Jesus suffering on the cross for me. I am no longer able to sing; I can only sob and think that even as unworthy as I am God gave his son to die for me and Jesus, knowing his purpose on earth was his ultimate death on the cross still chose to die for me. God’s love for us is unfathomable by our human brains. I think of my own children and how much I love them and while I would die for them without reservation, I can not even imagine sacrificing one of them to save another. This I could not do, but is exactly what God did for us.

Today I am going to meditate on this scripture and thank God for His love for me. I praise God that that He shows His love for me every day in so many ways that I don’t even recognize. Today, I choose to bask in the unconditional, ever present, all consuming love that God has for me. I pray that you will  do the same. God loves you so much that He gave His only son for you. Today I choose to think only of His love for me….that is more than enough and all that I need. Today and every day I will choose to be a better steward of the gifts God has given me because He loves me that much and has great plans for me to honor Him with the gifts He has given me. I will close today’s post with this thought (not my own, but something I read that has stuck with me). I aspire to live my life in a such a way to gain for the Lamb the reward of His sacrifice. 

God loves you so very much! You are His precious daughter. I pray that you will have greater revelation of the love God has for you and that your heart will be receptive to all that God has for you.

Much love and blessings to you,

Tracey —

 

 

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