Relationship with God is the most significant key to finding and remaining in freedom from any bondage. The reason He created us was for close, personal relationship with Him.
We cannot have true relationship with someone we do not know. How do you get to know someone? Relationship comes from frequent and honest communication. The deeper we communicate what is in our hearts and lives, the deeper our relationship can be. If we simply talk about surface issues of life, we have a surface relationship. True relationship involves heart-to-heart sharing. This is also true in our relationship with God.
So who is this God who desires to be so deeply connected to us? What is He like? Why would we want this deeply personal relationship with Him? We find out by first looking at His communication with us, through His Word. Through the Word of God, He reveals His character to us.
1 John 4:8 tells us God is love. He does not only love, as a verb, but He is love! His very essence is love. Not the wishy-washy fleeting sort of love (or lust) that we often experience in our culture. Too often in our culture we use the word love but truly it is not love at all. True love is not a temporary feeling, but a commitment. It is a deep abiding, unconditional love with committment. We can experience God’s love, even though it is beyond anything we can understand with our finite human minds. His love heals, endures, and forgives. This love caused Him to send His Son into this world and allowed Him to die for us, so that we would have true life in Him (1John 4:8-10). Everything about God, who He is and what He does, is love!
Sadly, most people are more familiar with lust than love. Lust is extended out of a person’s wants, and involves what they can take or get from someone else. How many times have you been told “I love you” yet what that person really means is “I love what you do for me.” People often use the words “I love you” to get what they want at the moment, yet they are soon gone from your life.
True, authentic love, is based on giving. Its focus is on what is best for the other person, not on what simply feels good. God’s supernatural love goes even further beyond this! God’s love is the most powerful force that exists. He desires to give to us, to pour His life, His blessings, and His love into our own lives.
God’s love is steadfast; it does not change. He does not love you more one day than the next. He does not love you more on the day you are walking in self-control than he does the on day you slip and fall into addiction. His love is strong and consistent and nothing can separate those who believe in Him from His love (Romans 8:39).
I am impacted by how Jesus showed His love to a woman who was caught in adultery. You can read about this in John chapter 8. The religious people of that day came to Jesus bringing a woman who was caught in the act of adultery. The tradition of the time was that she would be stoned to death. Jesus’ response to those people was “If any one of you is without sin, let him be the first to throw a stone at her.” The people, one by one, walked away. Jesus asked the woman if anyone was left to condemn her. She answered, “No one, sir.” “Then neither do I condemn you,” Jesus declared. “Go now and leave your life of sin” (John 8:11).
What a loving God! He did not condemn her for her sin, yet He did not ignore it either. He lovingly told her to go and leave her lifestyle of sin. Because of love, Jesus could not ignore her sin. Sin has consequences. God wants to deal with our sin and remove it from our lives. Fortunately, when we come to Him, out of His great love for us, He does not condemn us, but directs us to the better way – a life of freedom, forgiveness, and restoration. Thankfully, when He asks something of us, He also gives us the strength to accomplish it.
This is one of the many, many times the Bible records how Jesus showed His great love. God still loves His creation and His children deeply today. His love has not grown old or grown cold; it is as strong as it ever was! The Bible tells us He is the same yesterday, today and forever (Hebrews 13:8).
I am humbled and honored to be pursued by God for a deep, personal relationship with Him. He pursues each one of us. Yes, He is pursuing you too! We are of great value and importance to Him. He has a plan and a destiny for our lives. He created each one of us, uniquely and individually (Psalm 139), and loves each one of us perfectly and passionately.
It is out of His great love that He desires a deep personal relationship with us.
Action Steps: Take a few minutes to consider His love today. Sit and soak it in…I encourage you to open your heart to receive His love for you. Developing a personal relationship takes honest and frequent communication. Will you honor Him by sharing your heart with Him, and then receive the love He has for you? This may take time, however God is not in a hurry. God is patient. He is calling to you today and He is pouring out His love upon you. Will you open the door of your heart, even just a bit, and begin to receive it?
I encourage you to take a little time and meditate on the scriptures listed below.
There is a song that I love that I hope encourages you. It is called “One Thing Remains”. If you have a few moments, would you click this link and watch the video?
Scripture: “…This is how God showed his love for us: God sent his only Son into the world so we might live through him. This is the kind of love we are talking about—not that we once upon a time loved God, but that he loved us and sent his Son as a sacrifice to clear away our sins and the damage they’ve done to our relationship with God.” (1 John 4:8b-10, The Message)
“For I am convinced that neither death nor life, neither angels nor demons, neither the present nor the future, nor any powers, neither height nor depth, nor anything else in all creation, will be able to separate us from the love of God that is in Christ Jesus our Lord.” (Romans 8:38-39, New International Version)
A Prayer: God, I ask you to show me Your love in a deeper way than I have ever known. Help me to understand that you love me personally, not just everyone else around me, but me. Help me open up my heart to receive your love. Thank you for what I believe you are going to show me, open my eyes to see. In the name of Jesus I pray, amen.
(I encourage you to talk to Him in your own words. He loves you and desires to hear what is in your heart.)
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