God Loves You and Me Daily Devotional
(A free women's daily devotional on God's love)
by Gini Crawford, MSW
Introduction and Directions
The free daily devotional, "God Loves You and Me," will consist of 60 daily devotions that are organized under nine lessons taken from the study on God's love. Each day covers a different theme about God's love. The Life Application part is the homework. I use numerous Bible verses related to each day's theme. Please take the time to look up Bible passages and do the homework. It will help you to grow in your knowledge of God. Remember, there is no short cut to Christian growth! If you want to grow as a Christian, you must take the time to study and learn God's word. Depending on the day, it should take from 4 to 12 minutes.
For those of you who are new to this site, here is some background to the devotional, "God Loves You and Me". I wrote a Bible study on God's love for a Christian organization many years ago. I rewrote it in a different format I call "theme related Bible study", which is posted on the Because of God website. Then I felt God wanted me to take this study and edit it into a devotional format. This way people who want to learn about God's love daily, or don't have the time for a long Bible study, can do a little each day. The Bible study has more information and homework than this devotional. However, the devotional does have some new insights about God's love in it.
The whole devotional will be free to download and copy for those not using it for commercial purposes (see our Copyright Policy linked on the left.) Why free? I feel God wants me to get Biblical materials into women's hands as inexpensively as possible, so more women can have the opportunity to get into God's word.
When I first decided to do this study on God's love some years back, I was going to look up every Bible verse on love and go from there. However the Holy Spirit made it very clear to me to write about God and what He has done for us. This is because God's actions scream of His love for us!
In reality true love, which is God's love, doesn't depend on what a person does or who she is but on the one loving. In this study I felt getting to know the One who loves us so very much and His actions of love towards us was a must. So the purpose of this study on God's love is to enable you to get to know Him and His acts of love. One of the ways we will do this is to study God's characteristics.
Why is it so important as a Christian, to truly know God and His love? It is because God asks you to have faith in Him and love Him. And how can you possibly trust in and love someone whom you don't know? God also asks you to believe that He loves you so very much! And how can you believe that He loves you if you don't know that He does? As Christians, the more we get to know God and comprehend His love through His Word and what He has done for us, the more passionately we will want to trust and love Him. In reality the more we trust and love God, the stronger and more mature Christians we will be.
As you will see in this study, the foundation of God's love is Jesus Christ! So you will study Jesus Christ and what He has done for you. You will hear about His love starting before eternity past, how He created you to love you, how His love stood unyielding even after the first sin, and how and why He was born, lived and died for you. You will understand why He pursued and loved you to be His. You will see that He died for you when you were His enemy. You will learn how His love gave you eternal life and made you His Bride. You will hear how and why He redeemed you from slavery to sin to make you His Father's beloved daughter. Rejoice ladies, you are truly His loved princesses!
Because of God's love, Gini
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