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God's love for you
Day 1

by Gini Crawford, MSW

     In this daily devotional we are going to get to know God and what He has done for us. This is because God's love doesn't depend on what a person does or who she is, but on Him. Therefore it is important we get to know the One Who loves us so very much, God. God's actions also shout of His love for us.

     In many instances in our society, love has become a buzz word that we use to sound loving. However, we fail to put that "love" into action. God's love, in contrast, is filled with action. In numerous scriptures we are told that the foundation of God's love is shown through the action of sending His Son, Jesus Christ, to die on the cross for us (1 John 4:9-10).

     However, His love for us is also seen through His creation. His creation is His work of love for us (Psalm 119:64). In actuality, God created you to love you!

     How is God's love described? Agape is the Greek word that best describes God's love. Agape means, unselfish love that is driven by what is best for the person loved, not by the person loving. In other words, it is an unselfish, unconditional, and sacrificial love. I think we think God loves us out of duty, not out of desire. However, agape love suggests that the lover finds joy in that something or someone. In other words, God's love is bursting with emotion for us.

     The Hebrew word that best describes God's love is defined by the word hesed. This word is translated love, unfailing love, lovingkindness, mercy, and loyalty. It is used about 250 times in the Old Testament. It means loyal, steadfast or faithful love. It also stresses the idea of belonging together for those involved in the love relationship. Both words make me think of the joy and the total commitment a bride and groom have for each other on their wedding day. God has been waiting eagerly to love you!

The LORD your God is in your midst, A victorious warrior. He will exult over you with joy, He will be quiet in His love, He will rejoice over you with shouts of joy. Zephaniah 3:17 NASB®

Life Application

Read about God's love in Jeremiah 31:3, Hosea 2:19-20, Ephesians 1:4, 2:4-5, 3:17-19, 5:2, 23-32 and Revelation 19:7-9. Write down any insights. Since God created you to love you, how do you feel?

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