The more I learn about Christ and who he is, the deeper my love for him grows. I have been reading for a couple days, wondering what Holy Spirit was going to tell me to write about for this next post. This verse particularly stuck out to me. My thought process was something like this…”Wow, God is so cool. He just doesn’t stop caring at us. He uses his love for us to love others. He gives us the privilege to show his character everyday. Oh man, do I really know who he is? *continues reading* Uh oh, I have some stuff to work on…*Holy Spirit reassures me of how much he loves me* Well, what else do you have to reveal to me God?”
This is going to be a new series of posts of who God is. During these posts, I will be reminding myself that I am called to reflect the character of God (Ephesians 5:1)
This will be a learning process. I am excited!
First and foremost, I want to say that God is love (1 John 4:8).
Love is patient and kind. Love is not jealous or boastful or proud or rude. It does not demand its own way. It is not irritable, and it keepsno record of being wronged. It does not rejoice about injustice but rejoices whenever he truth wins out. Love never gives up, never loses faith, is always hopeful and endures through every circumstance. (1 Corinthians 13:4-7)
So if you replace the word Love with God it comes out to be…
God is patient and kind. God is not jealous of boastful or proud or rude. God does not demand his own way. He is not irritable, he keeps no record of being wronged. God does not rejoice about injustice but rejoices whenever the truth wins out. God never gives up, God never loses faith, god is always hopeful and endures through every circumstance.
When I was reading this, I was caught by “Love does not demand its own way”.
First I was like, well this is definitely something I need to work on! (HA!)
But, after Holy Spirit revealed something to me. I was like, But God, I thought you wanted us to follow your word and example? (Ephesians 5:1~Psalm 119:133).
& then it hit me…
God gave us free will. He loves us so much that he gave us the option to choose him.
That is selfless. To create everything in the whole entire universe and give your creation the option to follow you. WOW!!!!!!
One of my favorite things about God is that he is so selfless. He is constantly doing things to not only help us, but help others.
When he gives us an answer or tells us to do something, even though the answer may be no or what he’s asking us to do may make us super uncomfortable and may make us change something about ourself, we know that it is for the good of everyone. (Romans 8:28)
We only see a portion of what and who our decisions effect. God sees the BIG picture.
I am so thankful I have a part of God (Holy Spirit) to help guide me and make decisions. Even down to what I should write this post about. It’s an honor to know that if I talk to God about a decision I may have to make, he will have an answer that will make everything turn out the best for everyone.
When you look at God are you viewing him as the definition of Love? Is Love what you thought it was?
God’s love is the love that keeps on giving.
And I pray that Christ will make his home in your hearts through faith. I pray that you may have your roots and foundation in love, so that you, together with all God’s people, may have the power to understand how high and deep, is Christ’s love-although it can never be fully known-and so be completely filled with the very nature of God. (Ephesians 3:17-19)