God created us with the need to love and be loved, and He alone can satisfy the deepest yearning of every human soul for total love and complete understanding. The things of this earth can satisfy the body, but only God and His eternal love can ever fill that aching spiritual void in our hearts that He created for Himself alone. The human spirit can never be completely satisfied with anything less than utter union with the great and loving Spirit that created it.
“God is love.”1 He is the very Spirit of love itself, true love, everlasting love, real love, genuine love that never ends from a lover who never leaves, the lover of all lovers, God Himself. He’s pictured in His Son, Jesus, who came for love and lived in love and died for love that we might live and love forever. “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.”2—D.B.B.
When we find Jesus and receive Him as our Savior, we make direct, personal contact with the Creator and Source of love—God Himself. New worlds of love open to us. Our perception of love in its many human forms deepens and gets better. But there’s even more than that in store for us: We can experience the supernatural love of God that far surpasses any earthly loves.
To receive God’s love in Jesus, all you have to do is open your heart and ask Him to come in. Jesus promised, “Behold, I stand at the door and knock. If anyone hears My voice and opens the door, I will come in to him and dine with him, and he with Me.”3 He waits lovingly and meekly at your heart’s door, not forcing Himself upon you, not pushing the door open, but waiting for you to simply ask Him in. If you haven’t yet done so, you can right now by praying a simple prayer like the following:
When you have done this, your life will be changed. Like a newborn baby, you’ll be born into a whole new world of love you have only dreamed of. He can give you a whole lifetime of love—all the love you’ll ever need to live your days to the full and come through any situation victoriously—but He can’t give it to you all at once. Jesus and His love are always there for you, but you need to keep coming back for more. You need to let Him fill you up daily—sometimes even hour by hour or moment by moment.
As you spend time praying to Jesus, reading His Word, and listening to His voice in your heart, He will impart His love to you, and it will become part of you. Little by little you will become more like Him. You’ll become more loving; His love will spill out of you on others. As you grow and mature in His love, His Spirit within you will enable you to love God with all your heart, and your neighbor as yourself.4—S.S.
His love for you is unconditional. No matter how weak or disheartened you may feel right now, or disappointed in yourself or others, He still loves you. His great, perfect, marvelous, unconditional love is not lessened, no matter what the circumstances or conditions. He keeps pouring it on and pouring it on without measure and without limit. His love is so beautiful!
His love is always there for us, pouring forth in full measure, gushing forth in such abundance! And we can experience that love; we can have it manifested in our lives as much as we desire, according to our obedience and yieldedness to Him. He’s always looking for ways to show His love, if we’ll just let Him. He’s just waiting for us to make a way, an avenue for His love to pour forth, and we do that by staying close to Him, by loving Him and doing the things that He wants us to do.—Maria Fontaine
If people could just understand the magnitude of the Lord’s love—how truly unconditional it is, how vast and deep and wide and unending it is—it would solve so many of their problems. They would find freedom from many of their fears and worries and condemnation. If they could just understand that, then they’d know that everything is going to work out, that He is going to cause everything to work together for good, because He is in control of every detail and His hand on their lives is so perfectly loving.—D.B.B.
Living in the Lord’s love
Love is like a stream. Some days it flows and rushes, for there is plenty. On other days it trickles and you can see it bouncing against the rocks. But even when love is dry and has lost its flow and lies nearly empty on the muddy bottom, there is more love to come.
We remember how Jesus loved, how He forgave, and how He reached out to show He cared. By using Jesus as the source of love, we can fill up the stream again. Life has the extra dimension found in Jesus Christ. He is the authority on love. Jesus loves when love is hard. He loves when love is rejected. He loves when love makes little sense. Jesus loves when others would quit. Jesus loves when others are ugly. Jesus loves when others are cold. Jesus loves when others are unworthy.
And when we feel that love has dried up, we reach out to Him and learn to love again.—Author unknown