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God is All Loving and His Actions Prove It

Day Twenty-Six
by Gini Crawford, MSW

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God's love is defined by His actions. In many instances in our society, love has become a buzz word that we use to sound loving. However, we fail to put our love into action. God's love, in contrast, is filled with loving action. God's relentless actions of love have kept pursuing us, even when we were His enemy. (John 3:16)

"...I am the LORD who exercises lovingkindness, justice and righteousness on earth; for I delight in these things," declares the LORD. Jeremiah 9:24 NASB®

Let me ask you some questions so you will clearly understand what I am meaning about actions of love. Did you have a father that said he loved you, but he abused you? Do you have a mother that says she loves you, but belittles you? Do you have a spouse who gives you romantic gifts, but is never there for you? Have you had someone say she is doing something out of love for you, but what she is doing says she doesn't even like you? When words are said and gifts are given to show love, but they have no loving actions to back them up, we don't really feel or think we are loved, do we? Remember that old but true saying, actions speak louder than words.

God's greatest action of love is shown through the action of Jesus Christ, dying on the cross for us. (Ephesiand 5:2)

But God demonstrates His own love toward us, in that while we were yet sinners, Christ died for us. Romans 5:8 NASB®

God's power and love acted, and the promise of our resurrection was accomplished. (Romans 8:34-39) Yes, Jesus Christ died on the cross, but He did not remain dead. He rose from the dead three days later. If Jesus had not risen from the dead, His death would have been just like the many thousands of other people who were crucified on a cross. Without Jesus' resurrection there would have been no victory over sin and death. Jesus' resurrection proved that He is God, and that He had and has the power to pay for our sins and to give us the certainty of our resurrection. (John 10:17-18; 1 Corinthians 15:1-3, 50-57; Romans 1:4) In Texas, twenty-six innocent people were killed as they worshipped our God. Because of God's death and resurrection - evil had no victory that day. As those beloved people died they went immediately to Jesus. When the devastation of life hits, which is often, our resurrection gives me peace and hope. How about you? (John 11:25-26; 2 Corinthians 5:6-8)

God, in His great love for us, has been waiting to literally fill us with His love. He does this by causing His Spirit to indwell us when we become Christians. The Spirit guides, empowers, and teaches us. (John 14:26; Acts 1:8; Romans 5:5; Ephesians 3:16-20) What are your thoughts about the Spirit indwelling you?

God's autobiography (the Bible) is an act of love. God wanted the people He loved to know about Him and life, and the real history of the world from beginning to the end; so God through His Spirit inspire many different authors to write His Book. (2 Peter 1:20-21) The golden thread of God's love throughout the Bible is Jesus Christ, and what He did for us. (Romans 8:31-39) The promise of salvation through Jesus starts back in Genesis 3:15, and goes throughout the Bible. (Isaiah 53:4-6, Acts 2:22-36, Revelation 1:5)

By this the love of God was manifested in us, that God has sent His only begotten 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 for our sins. 1 John 4:9-10 NASB®

God's love for us is seen through His act of creation. His creation is His work of love for us. (Psalm 119:64, 136:1-9) In actuality, God created you to love you! (Jeremiah 31:3)

God's love for you is everlasting, extravagant and unconditional. (Micah 7:18-19) We can't say we love someone, until we have someone to love. You are God's someone to love! God's love is towards each one of us, as if we were God's only love. God loves you no matter what you have done or who you are. As you know, people's love has conditions. You do something wrong, and their love may stop. Yet God's love is different. He loved me before I was born, and has never stopped loving me even when I didn't know or care about Him. God's actions of love changed my life. How about your life?

The LORD appeared to him from afar, saying, I have loved you with an everlasting love; Therefore I have drawn you with lovingkindness. Jeremiah 31:3 NASB®


Life Application:

Summarize 1 Corinthians 13:4-7 in your own words. Keep in mind God never asks you to do what He hasn't done. So when you are asked to love others with these qualities, He has loved you that way. Just replace the word love with Jesus. Jesus is patient, kind and so on. These 15 qualities of love are attitudes you need to learn, so you can love God's way. (1 John 4:19-21) Write out 5 ways you can love others. Example: I can love my friend, by forgiving her, even though she is belittling to me at times.

Read Mark 12:29-31. Remember we are commanded to love God too! Don't you think God is worth loving? I do! How do you love God?

Extra info: If you want more information on God's actions of love, I wrote a Bible study on God's love based on His actions of love. The name is: God Loves You and Me


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