This is for you today that may be struggling with God. You may even be angry with Him for something He has allowed to happen in your life. What is God doing? Who is God? Who is this being that I believe in? What exactly does He stand for?
Sometimes God will allow something in our lives that makes us step back and say, “Woah, as a human, I never would have allowed this. I don’t agree.” I want you to know that EVERYTHING THAT GOD ALLOWS IN YOUR LIFE AND EVERYTHING THAT HAPPENS IS MOTIVATED OUT OF LOVE!! Sometimes that’s hard to hear, and I understand that. Sometimes we need to step back and realize that Satan might also be saying lies about God, telling us things that the Lord is not. God is not mean; He is not angry; He is not trying to zap you with a lightning bolt from heaven anytime you make a mistake. Jesus gets a super bad rap. For those of you who are frustrated, even mad, at God because you feel like you believe that He is mean, I want to remind you of WHO HE IS TO YOU!!
The Bible is TRUTH in everything it says, including what it says about you and God! These passages are reminders to you of who God is.
1 John 4:8-10
8 Whoever does not love does not know God, because God is love. 9 This is how God showed his love among us: He sent his one and only Son into the world that we might live through him. 10 This is love: not that we loved God, but that he loved us and sent his Son as an atoning sacrifice for our sins.
1 John 4:16
16 And so we know and rely on the love God has for us.
God is love. Whoever lives in love lives in God, and God in them.
HE DEFINES HIMSELF AS LOVE in this passage. If God is love, then He cannot be hate. GOD IS LOVE!!!!! That particular Greek word for love is “agape,” which means TOTAL, COMPLETE, UNCONDITIONAL LOVE. This is the SUPREME FORM OF LOVE!!! It is not “eros” which is lusty love. This is AGAPE!!!! There is nothing you can do to get rid of His agape love, even when you don’t love Him.
1 Corinthians 13:4-9
4 Love is patient, love is kind. It does not envy, it does not boast, it is not proud. 5 It does not dishonor others, it is not self-seeking, it is not easily angered, it keeps no record of wrongs. 6 Love does not delight in evil but rejoices with the truth. 7 It always protects, always trusts, always hopes, always perseveres.
8 Love never fails. But where there are prophecies, they will cease; where there are tongues, they will be stilled; where there is knowledge, it will pass away. 9 For we know in part and we prophesy in part, 10 but when completeness comes, what is in part disappears.
This passage shows how Paul defines agape love. This is who our God is. This is what MOTIVATED HIM to send His Son to die for us. This is at His core. HE IS PATIENT with you even when you’re frustrated at Him. He’s not going to leave you just because you are mad; HE IS RIGHT THERE. He isn’t mean; HE IS KIND. He sees where He is pulling you; He sees where He is taking you. He is not being mean, although it may seem that way in the moment. He is kind and He wants what is ABSOLUTELY BEST FOR YOU. He’s not boastful. He doesn’t say, “You better obey me, or *ZAP* you are totally gone.” He does not brag. He is not arrogant. Thank God for His FORGIVENESS and GRACE!!! He REJOICES in the TRUTH!! Everything that you are, He will take. God believes IN YOU; He believes FOR YOU!!!! He hopes. He hopes your marriage is restored too. He is hoping with you and for you. Love hopes. HE IS RIGHT THERE WITH YOU!!!! Love NEVER fails. He is never going to fail you! That man or that woman may have failed you, but God doesn’t and He never will.
In 1 John, it tells us that God is AGAPE love. Maybe someone has told you something that differs with that Truth. Maybe someone has told you that God is mean, mad, hate, or judgmental. Whatever it is that you think God is, I want you to remind yourself of what I just told you from Scripture: GOD IS LOVE!!!! This is His definition. His motivation is love. He has something for you. He is working it out ON YOUR BEHALF. We CELEBRATE HIS SACRIFICIAL LOVE FOR US that is demonstrated in Him sending His Son to die on the cross for our behalf!!!!!! That’s who He is. HE IS LOVE. He is not going to fail you. HE IS THERE FOR YOU!! You can be mad at Him and He will still love you. HE IS FOR YOU!!!!!
Love you guys. Hope this encourages you.