Devotional December 14, 2018

When Jesus came to Earth, He brought all of the love of Heaven with him. That’s what so amazing about our Father in Heaven. Our God is not a distant, aloof creator, but a close and personal father. When Immanuel (God with us) comes into our world, He intends to overwhelm us with His love. One of my favorite verses on this is 1 John 3:1. 

“See what kind of love the Father has given to us, that we should be called children of God; and so we are. The reason why the world does not know us is that it did not know him.”

Here’s the reality we all have to face each and everyday we’re blessed to open our eyes: the world that we live in is inundated with rip off and hollow versions of love.

Everywhere we look, people are chasing love and acceptance at work, in relationships, and with achievement. There’s a desperation to be loved—truly, it is one of the absolute drivers of our lives and existence. The challenge is that most of us attempt to find this deeply fulfilling love from the wrong source. I for one can attest to this. It’s the struggle I have daily and I’m willing to bet that you do to. While we find companionship, friendship, and enjoyment with people, the only love that can satisfy and fill the longing of our hearts can only come from God. 

The most well known verse in the Bible is John 3:16 (in my opinion) showcases how the love of God towards us compelled him to act and to respond to us. Really, for us to be able to love ourselves or others correctly, we must first know and received the love that God has for us. 

The whole Bible is a billboard and megaphone communicating and showing God’s love towards us. You and I don’t have to earn it—we just have to open to receiving it. If you don’t know that love, ask for it. It’s yours if you truly want it. 

Please pray with me; Lord Jesus, thank you that you loved us so much that you died on the cross for us. Help us to never forget that reality! Help us Lord to never forget that there is no substitute for your love and that the counterfeits will only leave us lower than we started. And with that in mind Lord, help us to love others who are in the same struggle as us. We weren’t designed to be isolated in this journey! Help us to extend to others that same love that you gave us. Amen! 

I hope and pray you have an amazing weekend!

Blessings, 

Gene 

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