Love is a huge subject and the Bible speaks a lot about it. We read in Song of Solomon 8:7, “Many waters cannot quench love, nor can the floods drown it. If a man would give for love, all the wealth of his house, It would be utterly despised.” Love is more valuable than all the wealth in the world. It is the greatest gift that we can receive from God and from others. Furthermore, love is stronger than anything we go through in life. It is the most powerful force in the world. It says in this verse, “Many waters cannot quench love…” If we have love, we can endure any trial that we go through. The Bible says in 1 Corinthians 13:7 that “Love endures all things.”
It was love that caused the Father to send His Son to die on the cross for us. For the Bible says in John 3:16, “ For God so loved the world that He gave His only begotten Son, that whoever believes in Him should not perish but have everlasting life.” It was the power of love that enabled Jesus to die on the cross for us. Jesus said in John 15:13, “No greater love has a man than to lay down his life for his friends.” Love is our strongest weapon against the enemy. Jesus often used this weapon when He healed the sick. We often read that how He was moved with compassion and healed the sick. Therefore as we use this weapon of love, we will often release the anointing and the power of the Holy Spirit. It is the greatest key to influence people for Jesus.
The Bible teaches us to love God and to love one another. It is a theme that occurs throughout the Bible. When we love, we are demonstrating the very nature of God. It is like heaven invading earth! However, our greatest need is not to love God and even to love one another! Our greatest need is to know that God loves us. If we are able to understand just how much God loves us, our lives will be radically changed forever. We read in 1 John 4:10, “ In this is love, not that we loved God, but that He loved us and sent His Son to be the propitiation for our sins.” Our love for God is a response to His love for us, so we love Him because we know that He loves us.
We have the example of Daniel when he fasted and prayed for 21 days for the deliverance of Israel. After his prayer, the angel Gabriel appeared to him and said to him in Daniel 9:23, “I have come to tell you, for you are greatly beloved.” The angel could have said to him, “Your prayers are answered, or you have won the victory, etc.” But the uppermost thought in God’s heart was, “I want Daniel to know that I really love him.” Therefore, this is the most important message that God has for us today is that He wants us to know that He loves us.
However, many of us only know this truth only in our minds and not in our hearts. We know that God loves us because we read about it in the Bible. Furthermore we know historically that God loves us because two thousand years ago, Jesus died on the cross for us. Although this is true, the knowledge of God’s love for us must become a reality in our hearts! Possibly the most powerful verse that confirms this truth is found in the Book of Ephesians, chapter 3.
We read in Ephesians 3:14, “For this reason I bow my knees to the Father of our Lord Jesus Christ” This is Paul’s prayer for the Ephesian church and for all of us today. This prayer continues in verse 18 where he writes, , “(That you)may be able to comprehend with all the saints what is the width and length and depth and height and to know the love of Christ which passes knowledge;” ” The love of God is so big, that it cannot be measured!It is so high, wide, long and deep! Furthermore it says that this love, “passes knowledge.” We cannot comprehend the love of God with our human minds, it is a supernatural love! The next phrase goes beyond anything that we can ever imagine! “…that you may be filled with all the fullness of God.” It does not say the fullness of the Holy Spirit, but the fullness of God, the fullness of Father, Son and Holy Spirit. Our only response to this verse should be ‘wow’.
Words cannot explain this, but one thing is certain, when we experience the fullness of God, then everything else in our lives will be in order! We will experience the fullness of everything that God wants to give us. We will have the fullness of joy, peace, of His presence, etc. We will experience His dynamic life living through us. If we have the fullness of His love, then there will be no place for anything else. There will be no place for sin, fear, the devil and anything that is not of God.
The following verse in Ephesians 3:20, goes on to say, “Now unto him that is able to do exceeding abundantly above all that we ask or think, according to the power that works in us...” This verse implies that there is no limit to what God can do through us or for us “according to the power that works in us.” What is this power? It is the power of His love as defined in the previous verse. If we know deep in our hearts that God really loves us, then we will have the ability to believe that God will do exceedingly, abundantly and above all we ask or think. We will know that there is no limit to what God can do through us and in us!
Let us look at another verse in Romans 5:5, “Now hope does not disappoint, because the love of God has been poured out in our hearts by the Holy Spirit who was given to us.” The word ‘hope’ in the Bible means, “a joyful anticipation for something good in the future.” Therefore, when we know that God really loves us, we will always have hope. We will always expect God to do something good for us and fulfill that which He has promised. We will always know that there is something good at the end of the road even if we do not understand what is happening along the way.
In John 15:9, Jesus makes this amazing statement, “As the Father loved Me, I also have loved you; abide in My love.” This is hard to comprehend, but it is true! Therefore, if we can become aware of how much God loves us, it will radically change our lives. The most important question we now need to ask is, “how can I experience this love, and how can I know deep in my heart that God really loves me?
First of all, it is something that the Holy Spirit must do for and in us. There are no formulas or steps to experience the love of God. Therefore, we can ask God to give us this revelation. This is how Paul prayed for the Ephesian chapter 3. It is so much on God’s heart to do so for us, that He would gladly respond to this request. Not only can we pray this prayer for ourselves, but we can also pray this prayer for others.
Secondly, to help us understand God’s love, we can meditate on His wonderful attributes. For example, Exodus 34:6, “The Lord, the Lord God, merciful and gracious, longsuffering, and abounding in goodness and truth…” Joel 2:13, “For He is gracious and merciful, Slow to anger, and of great kindness;..” Psalm 145:8, “The Lord is gracious and full of compassion, slow to anger and great in mercy… In James 5:11 we read that “the Lord is very pitiful, and of tender mercy.” (KJV) The Bible says, that “He cares for us, loves us and is always be there for us. There are many other scriptures that describe God’s wonderful attributes. Our Heavenly Father is kinder, more forgiving, more loving, more caring, more generous and more faithful than anyone else in the world. As we read these verses and meditate on them, the revelation of His love for us will become more and more real to us.
Thirdly, we can declare the wonderful things that God says about us in the Bible. For example, we can say, “I am valuable and precious because I have been redeemed by the precious blood of Jesus.” (1 Peter 1:19) The value of something is determined by the price that someone is willing to pay for it. It cost the Blood of Jesus to redeem us. The Bible says in Psalm 17:8, that “we are the apple of His eye.” We are all very special to God. In Zephaniah 3:17 we read “He will rejoice over you with gladness, He will quiet you with His love, He will rejoice over you with singing.” In Isaiah 49:16 it says that we are inscribed in the palms of His hands. “He sings songs about us! In Psalm 139:17 it says, “How precious are Your thoughts towards me, O God.” He is always thinking about us, we are God’s happy thought!
When we really know that God loves us, our lives will radically change. The love of God will heal our hearts and set us free from rejection. We will have a desire to follow and obey the Lord Jesus. Therefore, one of the main tactics of the devil is to tell us that God does not love us. However, when we know that God loves us, then the devil can have no more influence over us.
In the book of Romans 8:31 it says that “If God is for us, who can be against us!” God is for us, He is always for us. He is for us when we pray. He is for us when we do not pray. He is for us when we do things right. He is for us when we make mistakes. He is always for us and will never change His mind because he loves us with all His heart. His love for us does not depend on our performance, but on who He is!
Finally, Paul says in Romans 8:38-39 “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 created thing, shall be able to separate us from the love of God which is in Christ Jesus our Lord.” In response to His love for us, “We love Him, because He first loved us!” (1 John 4:19) For God is love! Amen.