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                    Do I truly know that God Loves Me

 

When God created us, He created us out of love. God created us in His image: to love and to be loved. He sent His Son, Jesus Christ, into the world to show us how to love and to make it possible for us to love as He loves us. We are precious to God. He will never forsake or leave us. We are important to His plan for the world. God wants us to be His representatives on earth now and to love each other as He loves us, wherever we are. He wants to work His miracle of transformation in us. To see:

an earthly man become heavenly,

a carnal man become spiritual,

a proud man become humble,

a covetous man become generous,

a harsh man become genial,

a selfish man become self-giving

a hot temper man become patient

a misery man become a cheerful giver

a depressed man become joyous

a fearful man become brave

a stony-hearted man become kind

an unforgiving man become forgiving, etc.

But for us to be willing and to desire this change and to be able to love one another as Jesus loves us, we have to truly know that God loves us.

 

 

The passages below are taken from Brian Kolodiejchuk’s book “Mother Teresa---Where there is Love, There is God” published in 2010.

 

FATHER AND CHILD

     "The Father loves me, He wants me, He needs me." That kind of attitude is our trust, our joy, our conviction. Anything may come: impatience, failures, joy, but say to yourself, "The Father loves me." God has created the whole world, but He is our Father. In prayer, create that conviction from the inside: Father and child.[9]

 

ALONE WITH JESUS

     I want you to spend your time being alone with Jesus. What does it mean to be alone with Jesus? It doesn't mean to sit alone with your own thoughts. No, but even in the midst of the work and of people, you know His presence. It means that you know that He is close to you, that He loves you, that you are precious to Him, that He is in love with you. He has called you and you belong to Him. If you know that, you will be all right anywhere; you will be able to face any failure, any humiliation, any suffering, if you realize Jesus' personal love for you and yours for Him. Nothing and nobody! Otherwise you will be so preoccupied with unimportant things that slowly you will be a broken sister.... It is not worth it to leave father and mother and house if we are not all for Jesus. [12-13]

 

Love Is A Giving

     For God so loved the world, so much, that He gave his Son. Love is a one-way street. It always moves away from self in the direction of the other. Love is the ultimate gift of our selves to others. When we stop giving we stop loving, when we stop loving we stop growing, and unless we grow we will never attain personal fulfillment; we will never open out to receive the life of God. It is through love that we encounter God. [26]

 

Since "love is of God" [1 Jn 4:7], human love is to be a reflection of and a sharing in divine love, which is entirely selfless and seeks only the good of the other. True love is self-giving, self-sacrificing, a "dying to self" in order to love and serve others, and this was the love that Mother Teresa exemplified. In a culture where "love" is overly identified with feelings rather than an act of the will, with pleasure rather than sacrifice, Mother Teresa's life and teaching, modeled on that of Christ's, exemplifies the Christian ideal of love.

In an interview Mother Teresa was once asked, "Can you sum up what love really is?" She promptly replied: "Love is giving. God loved the world so much that He gave His Son. Jesus loved the world so much, loved you, loved me so much that He gave His life. And He wants us to love as He loved. And so now we have also to give until it hurts. True love is a giving and giving until it hurts." [4]

 

TO REACH THAT PERFECT LOVE OF GOD

     . . . God knows us best of all. He knows our capacities---His knowledge of each one is complete. Something of His beauty is in each person. We are made to the image of God. His lovableness is in each one, so let us see what there is of God in each person. For this we need pure eyes and a pure heart to be able to see that beauty. [302-303]

 

Loving Trust in the Good God, Who Loves Us

One thing Jesus asks of me: that I lean upon Him; that in Him and in Him alone I put complete trust; that I surrender myself to Him unreservedly. I need to give up my own desires in the work of my perfection. Even when all goes wrong, and I feel as if I was a ship without a compass, I must give myself completely to Him. I must not attempt to control God's action, I must not count the stages in the journey He would have me make. I must not desire a clear perception of my advance upon the road, not know precisely where I am upon the way of holiness. I ask Him to make a Saint of me, yet I must leave to Him the choice of that saintliness itself, and still more the choice of the means which lead to it.[303]

 

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God Never Ceases to Love You

from Spurgeon’s sermon,

“THE PERFUMING OF THE HEART

 

God, the thrice holy One, cannot love that which is unholy and defiled. He cannot take delight in that which is contrary to Himself. Yet, as He views us in Jesus, He sees neither sin nor iniquity in His people, and therefore can love us with delight.

 

I have loved you with an everlasting love, therefore with loving kindness have I drawn you.” Jer. 31:3

 

In the exercise of His sovereign will, God loves the people of His choice. Oh, this is astounding, this is marvelous!

 

Consider this, believer, and be astonished that love should come from God to such a one as yourself.

The Lord loves you!

You give Him pleasure.

He has a delight in you!

He watches for your good.

You are one of His children.

Your name is written on His heart!

Can you catch the thought?

 

If so there is no praise that can express your gratitude. Solemn silence will perhaps be the only vehicle that shall seem fitting for your soul’s adoration.

 

Revolve this thought again and again in your soul! He that made the heavens and the earth loves me! He whose angels fly as lightning to obey His behests, the tramp of whose marching shakes both heaven and earth, whose smile is heaven, and whose frown is hell—He loves me!

 

Infinite, almighty, omniscient, eternal, a mind inconceivable, a spirit that is not to be comprehended; but He, even He has set His love upon me!

 

Oh, this is astounding, this is marvelous!

 

God’s dearest love has been hoarded up for worms!

 

It is saved for the creatures of a day, reserved for us poor ephemera who are and are not—that we should be favored above all that live. It is not for tongues to tell out this wonder, but spiritual minds helped from on high may feel in solemn stillness what a mystery is here.

 

God loves His people with all His heart!

 

Consider carefully who it is that loves you, namely, the Most High God, the King of kings! If you estimate it rightly, not only all that you now need, but all that you ever can need, all that the flights of fancy or the conceptions of understanding can bring before you, are contained in that one fact, that the Lord loves you.

 

Let the worlds be given to whom God may please, as men give husks to swine. If we have His love it is enough, our soul is filled to the brim, and flows over with satisfaction. It is a matchless thing to be loved by Jehovah, the only living God!

 

God’s love to His people is unvarying--—He never loves them less, He cannot love them more. God loves each one of His people as much as if there were only that one created being in all heaven or earth, and as if there were no other object for Him to set His love upon!

 

As the Father loves Christ, even so does He love His people with a love without a parallel!

 

There is no love that can any more be compared with God’s, than the faint gleam of a candle can be likened to the blaze of the sun at noonday. He loves His people so much that He gives them all that He has! He gave His own Son, His choicest and greatest treasure, a treasure the like of which heaven and earth could not match! This divine love has no shore!

 

God will never cease to love the objects of His choice!

 

[Taken from pages 293-295 of  Grace Gems Collection 2000. It can be downloaded FREE from http://www.gracegems.org/bookstore.htm]

 

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How do I know that God is in love with me?

Only God can reveal God.

Only God can draw me to Him. 

Only God can communicate that He is in love with me. No one else can!

 

See how God shows us that He is in love with you, with me. Remember, throughout the book of Song of Songs, the Groom is our Lord Jesus and in chapter 4 verse 9, here is what the Groom said to the bride:

 

“You have made my heart beat faster my sister, my bride, you have made my heart beat faster with a single glance of your eye.” (NASB)

 

“The look in your eyes, my sweetheart and bride, and the necklace you are wearing have stolen my heart.”  (TEV)

 

“You ravish my heart, my sister, my promised bride, you ravish my heart with a single one of your glances, with a single link of your necklace.” (NJB)

 

  “You have ravished my heart, My sister, my spouse; You have ravished my heart with one look of your eyes,” (NKJV)

 

“You have stolen my heart, my sister, my bride; you have stolen my heart with one glance of your eyes,” (NIV)

 

       “You have captured my heart, my treasure, my bride. You hold it hostage with one glance of your eyes.” (NLT)

 

This clearly shows that the Groom is in love with the bride and only God can help you to answer; “Do you believe that you make God’s heart skip a beat when He looks at you? Have you ever wondered that you hold God’s heart hostage with one glance of your eyes?” See, this is what He is saying: “I love you so much that every time I look at you my heart skips a beat; my heart beats faster. You ravish and you stole my heart.”

[Adapted from Song of Songs by Ed Miller http://biblestudyministriesinc.net/SongofSolomon.pdf]

 

 

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