“You are loved by an everlasting love and underneath are the everlasting arms. That’s what the Bible tells us.” This is one of my favorite Elizabeth Elliott quotes.
She opened many of her recorded radio programs with these words. What an immense and wonderful concept! One that is not always comprehensible, particularly, when compared to human earthly love. The Everlasting Love of God never fails unlike love in our earthly relationships. Believing those words from God through his Word can be challenging if our human relationships haven’t been filled with love. Perhaps, in his wisdom, that is why he gives so many commandments, definitions and demonstrations of Love in his Word.
“Love the Lord, Your God with all your heart, soul, and mind.”
Deuteronomy 6:5, Matthew 22:37, Luke 10:27
“Love your neighbor as yourself...”
John 13:34, Mark 12:31, Leviticus 19:9-18, Galatians 5:14, Hebrews 13:1-2
“Husbands love your wife...”, “Wives submit to your own husbands...”
Colossians 3:19, Ephesians 5:25, Ephesians 5:22
God knew there would be many wrong expressions of love in our lives. He gave us many examples so if we have a wrong experience in one relationship in our life we can look to other types of relationships to get a picture of His true meaning of love by reading his word. His love is meant for everyone. (John 3:16-17). The gifts of his love for those who choose to return his love by faith in Jesus Christ are marvelous! We are called a child of God. Our love and faith make us true sons and daughters with an inheritance with Christ.
His forgiveness of all of our mistakes and failures are erased.
Romans 8:17, 1 Peter 1:4
We receive God’s peace and protection.
Psalm 86:5, Mathew 6:14, Luke 6:37, Matthew 18:21-22
We receive the gift of a personal relationship that gives us first hand access to our Holy Father and the indwelling of the Holy Spirit.
1 Corinthians 10:13, 2 Thessalonians 3:3, Isaiah 41:10, 2 Corinthians 13:11, Philippians 4:6-7
Romans 5:5-6, Romans 5:1-3, Romans 5:8, Ephesians 2:8
This is only a short list of the ways we are loved by God as his children.
“The word "love" appears 310 times in the King James Bible, 348 times in the New American Standard Bible, 551 times in the New International Version and 538 times in the New Revised Standard Version.” (Quota)
I challenge you to search for more ways that the Bible tells us we are beloved children of God through faith in Jesus Christ. Let’s increase our knowledge of the ways God teaches his love so that we can build one another up in times of difficulties when we lose sight of true love.