There is no need to fight or strive or compete or worry to qualify for God’s love, His favor and His blessings! His favor is all over each one of you because He first loved you!
1 John 4: 19:
“We love Him because He first loved us!”
So often we focus on the fact that we are to love God with all our heart, with all our soul, with all our strength and with all of our mind!
We are! That is true. However, what we often neglect to think about is the command to love God with all our soul, strength and mind is actually the second step! We must never forget the first step.
Loving God the way we are told to comes much more naturally when we understand and accept the fact that He loved us first! Our love for Him is in response to His love for us! It is sort of like, “He Loves us, and therefore we love Him.
Deuteronomy 7: 6-9:
“For you are a holy people to the LORD your God; the LORD your God has chosen you to be a people for Himself, a special treasure above all the peoples on the face of the earth. The LORD did not set His love on you nor choose you because you were more in number than any other people, for you were the least of all peoples; but because the LORD loves you, and because He would keep the oath which He swore to your fathers, the LORD has brought you out with a mighty hand, and redeemed you from the house of bondage, from the hand of Pharaoh king of Egypt. Therefore know that the LORD your God, He IS God, the faithful God who keeps covenant and mercy for a thousand generations with those who love Him and keep His commandments.”
In verses 7 and 8 there are two different Hebrew words for love: one signifies God’s never-ending choice to be concerned with what is best for us, and the other portrays His passionate affection for us!
Matthew Henry’s Commentary says, “love is not a description of God; it is the essence of God!”
Can you see why this is good news? Can you see why this is not something we strive for, compete for, qualify for or need to worry about? We need to receive His love. We need to believe His love, and we need to conduct ourselves as the heirs of the living God!
This is important because we know from God’s Word that He is a jealous God!
Deuteronomy 4: 24:
“For the LORD your God is a consuming fire, a jealous God.”
Let’s hear how the Commentary describes this verse:
“The word “jealousy” often carries a negative connotation. Yet, when the Scriptures speak of God as a jealous God, it means that He desires us in the purest, most relentless way. His is a jealousy that humankind can never know; for God is the only one who has a right to be jealous, because He is the only one who is perfect in love. His jealousy is not controlling – it is releasing. Holy jealousy speaks of God’s passionate commitment to us. It underscores the truth that God does not just love us because He has to but because He wants to. He is not moved to love us merely to maintain His own moral excellence but because He desires us. His jealousy is an absolute intolerance of anything, that would divide our affection and thereby forfeit His best for us.”
When we take all that in, and then we add Romans 8: 38,39 where Paul reassures us that death, life, angels, principalities or powers, things present nor things to come, height, depth, or any other created thing, shall be able to separate us from His love, which is in Christ…well, do you see why this is great news!
God loves you! You can’t earn it, compete for it, qualify for it or worry about it! You just have to accept it and not allow any forces of darkness to make you think otherwise!
And if for some reason you need a nice reminder, write Deuteronomy 4: 32-40 on an index card or your bathroom mirror or better yet, just memorize it!
“Now search all of history, from the time God created people on the earth until now, and search from one end of the heavens to the other. Has anything as great as this ever been seen or heard before? Has any nation ever heard the voice of God speaking from fire—as you did—and survived? Has any other god dared to take a nation for himself out of another nation by means of trials, miraculous signs, wonders, war, a strong hand, a powerful arm, and terrifying acts? Yet that is what the Lord your God did for you in Egypt, right before your eyes.
“He showed you these things so you would know that the Lord is God and there is no other. He let you hear his voice from heaven so he could instruct you. He let you see his great fire here on earth so he could speak to you from it. Because he loved your ancestors, he chose to bless their descendants, and he personally brought you out of Egypt with a great display of power. He drove out nations far greater than you, so he could bring you in and give you their land as your special possession, as it is today.
“So remember this and keep it firmly in mind: The Lord is God both in heaven and on earth, and there is no other. If you obey all the decrees and commands I am giving you today, all will be well with you and your children. I am giving you these instructions so you will enjoy a long life in the land the Lord your God is giving you for all time.”
We need to find these promises in the Bible and feed on them. We need to feel confident about God’s love, His favor and His blessings. We cannot look at our circumstances, and we cannot look at things through our human eyes to make assessments of our situations…we have to look to Jesus and what He tells us in His word.
Satan does NOT want us to know who we are in Jesus Christ. Because if we truly understand who we are in Jesus Christ and as rightful heirs to the living God, extraordinary things can happen! That is how Satan tempted Jesus in the desert…he kept saying, “If you are the son of God…” He was trying to make Jesus doubt who He is! We cannot allow him to do that to us! He will try. I guarantee it. That is why we look at our circumstances sometimes and ask ourselves if God is mad at us or we question if God really loves us or we find it really hard to believe that God is like a Dad to us!
Let’s meditate on what God tells us in His word! Let’s believe that He loves us and is jealous for us and wants to bless us!
“For God so love the world that He gave us His only Son to die for us!” John 3:16. We all know that verse, but we need to look at the one right after too!
“For God did not send His Son into the world to condemn the world, but that the world through Him might be saved.” John 3:17
Jesus paid a huge price for us. He bought us with His own blood, and He told us that no one can snatch us out of His hands!
Friends! This is great news! God’s love, His favor and His blessings are all over you!