Thursday, October 29, 2009
Current Study: 1 Peter
Today’s Topic: God’s Love
Scripture Reading: Deuteronomy 7:7-8 The LORD did not set his affection on you and choose you because you were more numerous than other peoples, for you were the fewest of all peoples. But it was because the LORD loved you and kept the oath he swore to your forefathers that he brought you out with a mighty hand and redeemed you from the land of slavery, from the power of Pharaoh king of Egypt.
God does not love us because of who we are; He loves us because of who He is!
What a mountain of truth. What a stumbling block to the natural mind of man. We think we must earn love. We think love must be reciprocated. We think love is an emotional response. The truth is that love is a Person, and all that emanates from Him is motivated by His eternal nature of love.
Let the words of love God spoke in the Bible touch your heart today, and let all your cares be cast upon the One who loves you with an everlasting love. Please don’t just skim over these verses. They are the Word of God spoken to the longing heart of man. Let them sink in and transform you. They will meet the most fundamental and essential need you have – to be loved.
Psalm 36:5 Your love, O LORD, reaches to the heavens, your faithfulness to the skies.
Psalm 36:7 How priceless is your unfailing love!
Psalm 59:16-17 But I will sing of your strength, in the morning I will sing of your love; for you are my fortress, my refuge in times of trouble. O my Strength, I sing praise to you; you, O God, are my fortress, my loving God.
Psalm 63:3 Because your love is better than life, my lips will glorify you.
Jeremiah 31:3 “I have loved you with an everlasting love; I have drawn you with loving-kindness.”
John 3:16 “For God so loved the world that he gave his one and only Son, that whoever believes in him shall not perish but have eternal life.”
John 15:13 Greater love has no one than this, that he lay down his life for his friends.
Romans 5:8 But God demonstrates his own love for us in this: While we were still sinners, Christ died for us.
Ephesians 2:4-5 But because of his great love for us, God, who is rich in mercy, made us alive with Christ even when we were dead in transgressions—it is by grace you have been saved.
Ephesians 3:17-19 I pray that you, being rooted and established in love, may have power, together with all the saints, to grasp how wide and long and high and deep is the love of Christ, and to know this love that surpasses knowledge—that you may be filled to the measure of all the fullness of God.
Ephesians 5:2 …Christ loved us and gave himself up for us as a fragrant offering and sacrifice to God.
2 Thessalonians 2:16-17 May our Lord Jesus Christ himself and God our Father, who loved us and by his grace gave us eternal encouragement and good hope, encourage your hearts and strengthen you in every good deed and word.
Titus 3:4-5 But when the kindness and love of God our Savior appeared, he saved us, not because of righteous things we had done, but because of his mercy.
1 John 3:1 How great is the love the Father has lavished on us, that we should be called children of God! And that is what we are!
1 John 3:16 This is how we know what love is: Jesus Christ laid down his life for us. And we ought to lay down our lives for our brothers.
1 John 4:7-11 Whoever does not love does not know God, because God is love. 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. This is love: not that we loved God, but that he loved us and sent his Son as an atoning sacrifice for our sins. Dear friends, since God so loved us, we also ought to love one another.
1 John 4:19 We love because he first loved us.