Day 10

God Is Loving

from the Attributes of God reading plan


Psalm 103:11-14, Hosea 11:1-9, John 3:16-17, Romans 5:8, Ephesians 3:14-19, 1 John 4:7-21

BY She Reads Truth

God is self-giving, showing mercy and grace toward all creation, especially toward His people.

“God is love” (1 John 4:16). He is always loving—even when He disciplines, even when He judges. It’s who He is. And this divine love is infinite, meaning it is bigger than we could ever imagine, even if we had a thousand lifetimes with which to ponder it. If we were to taste a full dose of God’s love, it would knock us, quite literally, out of our socks. We would be unable to stand in the presence of such passion.

We were made for God’s love, so it shouldn’t surprise us that the enemy of God’s people chooses to sow doubt at this critical place in our souls. Concerning the forbidden fruit in the garden, the serpent told Eve, “God knows that when you eat it your eyes will be opened and you will be like God, knowing good and evil” (Genesis 3:5). In other words, we believe the lie that God is somehow holding out on us, that He does not really love us. It worked with Adam and Eve, and the devil has been using this same tactic ever since.

We tend to filter what the Bible tells us about the love of God through our experience of love with people who, like us, love imperfectly. The Bible gives us a definition of love in 1 John, imploring us to not define love on our own terms, through our own broken experiences, but instead to see love from heaven’s perspective: “Love consists in this: not that we loved God, but that he loved us and sent his Son to be the atoning sacrifice for our sins” (1 John 4:10).

Everything God does is loving. But His love is most clearly seen on the cross, because God’s love is sacrificial. He gives Himself for the good of those whom He loves. His love for us is true. There are holes in the hands of our Savior to prove it (John 20:27). Those holes are evidence of God’s love, declaring loudly that He does not withhold a single good thing from us, no matter what the enemy may try to tell us.

 

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32 thoughts on "God Is Loving"

  1. Katie Morrison says:

    He does not withhold a single good thing from us. Likewise, what we think is a good thing may be a temptation and God has told us not to even touch it because it is not good for us, but death.

  2. Lori Wat says:

    Sisters- My loving Father God is allowing refining me with sudden bouts of deep anxiety. A ‘let’s take it moment by moment’ anxiety/panic because I can’t conceive of a time I can get to the same level of function I took for granted less than 2 weeks ago. What I do know from the marrow of my bones is that God is for ME! – he knows I am dust – he doesn’t allow his daughter this kind of fear with out an amazing good. Not for me only, but for His Kingdom!

    So thankful for the timing of this study on His attributes, each brings comfort and hope.
    ♥️♥️

  3. Steph C says:

    “For as high as the heavens are above the earth, so great is his steadfast love toward those who fear him; as far as the east is from the west, so far does he remove our transgressions from us” (Ps 103:11-12). ❤️

  4. Valerie says:

    praying for you, dorothy and mari! <3

  5. Karen says:

    Praying for you Mari, that you would experience the strength and presence of our God as you go forward.
    Praying for you Dorothy, that God would direct your path and that you would place your trust in Him. He will not give you more than you can handle without providing for you.
    God’s love is immeasurable, it surrounds us and fills us and overwhelms us. Thank you oh Father for being true love that casts out all fear and worry. Amen.

  6. Anne says:

    Praying for you dorothy…your health would improve without subterranean. That your insurance would come through and you will be able to afford the card you need.

  7. Ashley Thomas says:

    I’m not sure I’ve ever thought about how my love is imperfect, as is the love of others around me. I’ve always been aware that God’s love is superior, unfathomable… something I can never fully understand. But I’ve never thought about how the love I have for others can never compare to His love for me.

  8. Ashley Thomas says:

    I’m not sure that I’ve ever thought about

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