When I launched the Year of God’s love, it is to focus us on a relationship with God that can transform our lives. Someone said, if people really know God’s love, they’d act differently. God’s love is not just singing the Sunday school song, “Jesus loves me, this I know”. It is in knowing God’s love in truth that we receive true emotional healing and grow in personal security.
Around us today, people regularly get hurt and wounded emotionally. Jesus is the divine interruption to our messy world and heals us. God’s love is a perfect love such that trials and tribulations cannot shake you anymore.
Rom 8:35-39: Who shall separate us from the love of Christ? shall tribulation, or distress, or persecution, or famine, or nakedness, or peril, or sword?
Nay, in all these things we are more than conquerors through him that loved us.
For I am persuaded, that neither death, nor life, nor angels, nor principalities, nor powers, nor things present, nor things to come, nor height, nor depth, nor any other creature, shall be able to separate us from the love of God, which is in Christ Jesus our Lord.
Cycle of love begins with receiving from God
Knowing about God’s love intellectually is one thing, but actually receiving God’s love, even when we do not deserve it, is another thing. It appears that those who have been forgiven much seem to be able to appreciate God’s love more. For most of us, the generally ‘good’ people who have never committed any real visible crime, the idea of God’s love can be elusive at times. So it is easy to understand why in the Body of Christ, there are offences that break fellowship. The Thirteenth Chapter of 1 Corinthians measures how we progress in love.
1 Cor 13:4-8: Love is patient and kind; love does not envy or boast; it is not arrogant or rude. It does not insist on its own way; it is not irritable or resentful; it does not rejoice at wrongdoing, but rejoices with the truth. Love bears all things, believes all things, hopes all things, endures all things. Love never ends.
Patience, envy, irritable, endurance, resentful, selective joy in other’s celebration, and so on. Over the years, I would not have scored well especially in the area of patience with my son who requires special assistance. How do you fit in the drive for achievement in other aspects of life with learning how to raise a family with a need to bring up a special child? God’s love tampered me. In this year of God’s love, I realize that the real issue in helping people with special needs is love. It is not natural in a fast speed world to wait for slow people. I have not arrived but I have progressed, learning patience, and more patience. Jeremy is now better in responding to me. It has been a new season, the secret is love.
Many people do not like themselves, struggling with insecurity. There is a private war within them. Some hate themselves and cannot get along with oneself. It follows that they cannot get along with others. The Devil likes it. Strife, strife and strife! Why? It is simply because you cannot give what you don’t have. We are all wired for love. If we do not receive love, how do you give love? To expect love from another human being is a mistake. Putting pressure on others to give you worth and value, to make you feel good about yourself is at best temporary. At times it leads to relationship failure. We need to receive love from God. He has promised he would shed the love of God abroad in our hearts by the Holy Spirit. Reach out to the Lord in quietness and confident trust. God’s word is true. He says He loves you!
If you don’t know love, you really don’t know God because God is love (1 Jn 4:8). Let us be deeply rooted in the love of God and find security in Him alone. Performance does not earn the love of God. He loves you even when you don’t deserve it.
The Cycle of love
Settle within yourself: Jesus loves you. You are created unique. You need to love yourself in an appropriate way with a healed soul. Not being selfish, no need for false humility, but truthful to how God looks at you. You thought you were weird. God thinks you have something special. He formed you in your mother’s womb. He did not make a mistake. He wants you to be in faith so that you can receive from Him. You don’t need to be someone else. You don’t try to make others like you either. This is tormenting. Be at peace with God and receive His love and provision. God’s love for you is based on Him and not what you do. Giving love to you makes God happy like a mother nursing her baby.
Isaiah 49:15: Can a woman forget her nursing child, that she should have no compassion on the son of her womb? Even these may forget, yet I will not forget you.
You are able to love others as Christ has loved you.
Receive God’s love – love yourself – love others.
Be blessed by God’s love!
Group Senior Pastor
New Life Restoration Centre
罗 8：35-39 谁能使我们与基督的爱隔绝呢？难道是患难吗？是困苦吗？是逼迫吗？ 是饥饿吗？是赤身露体吗？是危险吗？是刀剑吗？如经上所记，我们为 你的缘故，终日被杀。人看我们如将宰的羊，然而靠着爱 我们的主 ， 在这一切的事上，已经得胜有余了。因为我深信无论是死，是生，是天使，是掌权的，是有能的，是现在的事，是将来的事，是高处的，是低处的，是别的受造之物，都不能叫我们与神的爱隔绝。这爱是在我们的 主基督耶稣里的。
林前13：4-8: 爱是恒久忍耐，又有恩慈。 爱是不嫉妒。 爱是不自夸 。不张狂。不作害 羞的事。 不求自己的益处。 不轻易发怒。 不计算人的恶。不喜欢不义。 只喜欢真理。凡事包容。凡事相信。凡事盼望。凡事忍耐。爱是永不止 息。
以赛亚书 49：15: 妇人焉能忘记她吃奶的婴孩，不怜恤她所生的儿 子。即或有忘记的，我却不忘记你。
领受上帝的爱 – 爱自己 – 爱别人