1 John 4:8
The Message (MSG)
God Is Love
7-10My beloved friends, let us continue to love each other since love comes from God. Everyone who loves is born of God and experiences a relationship with God. The person who refuses to love doesn’t know the first thing about God, because God is love—so you can’t know him if you don’t love. 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.
The voice of love is always calling out to us! It is whispering gently into your heart, reminding you, ” Im here for you! I love you just as you are!” Love offers you everything you need and desire. Love wants to give those things and more because love recognizes the jewel that they are. Love wants to hold you, comfort you and lift you. Love knows you! It knows what you have to offer life. More important, you don’t have to work to get love! The only work love requires of you is the work you must do on yourself. Work on your heart, your mind, your behavior, your false notions about love that have caused you pain, confusion and despair you believe have something to do with love. While you are working on yourself, love wants you to be aware. Keep your eyes open because there are many things masquerading as love that are not loving at all.
Love will not leave you, nor will it ever dishonor you. Love will not rush you. Love will not come to take anything from you. Love gives to you! Love protects you! Love is the voice of God whispering to you from within yourself. The voice of love tells you that God loves you right now!! No matter where you are or what you have done. God wants to heal all your hurts. Allow him into to that places of your heart. You may not have realized that the voice of love is Gods voice calling out to you. You may have been so busy trying to find love that you were not available to hear his call. Be still today and listen closely for the voice of love. Be diligent in remembering that love is always available to care for you and heal whatever is ailing you.
“I love those who love me; And those who diligently seek me will find me.
Psalm 86:15 But you, O Lord, are a God merciful and gracious, slow to anger and abounding in steadfast love and faithfulness.
Jeremiah 29:11 For I know the plans I have for you, declares the LORD, plans for welfare and not for evil, to give you a future and a hope.
John 13:34-35 A new commandment I give to you, that you love one another: just as I have loved you, you also are to love one another. By this all people will know that you are my disciples, if you have love for one another.”
And walk in love, [esteeming and delighting in one another] as Christ loved us and gave Himself up for us, a slain offering and sacrifice to God [for you, so that it became] a sweet fragrance. Ephesians 5: 2
[Let your] love be sincere (a real thing); hate what is evil [loathe all ungodliness, turn in horror from wickedness], but hold fast to that which is good. Romans 12: 9
Love one another with brotherly affection [as members of one family], giving precedence and showing honor to one another.
Romans 12: 10
Such hope never disappoints or deludes or shames us, for God’s love has been poured out in our hearts through the Holy Spirit Who has been given to us. Romans 5: 5
Let everything you do be done in love (true love to God and man as inspired by God’s love for us). 1 Corinthians 16: 14
Hatred stirs up contentions, but love covers all transgressions. Proverbs 10: 12