This is my second post on what true love is all about. Yesterday’s post showed that the only way to know love is to know God. That is the basis for our understanding.
God is love.
O my Strength, I sing praise to you; you, O God, are my fortress, my loving God.
The world talks about love, but it’s not the real thing that they refer to. If you look at the statistics on marriage and divorce it becomes very clear. Couples go into marriage saying that they are deeply and truly in love. It is a love that will last forever. Then, years later, when times of trouble come they are suddenly incompatible.
The fact is that we throw the word love around very loosely in our society. We say that we love so many people and things, from boyfriends to French fries. Yet our love is as changeable as the wind. Some people or things that we loved last week have now been replaced with “better or newer” versions.
Love is actually a very serious matter. Before we say that we love God…we better know what love is. The Lord is our supreme example.
People talk about the various names given to God in the Bible. Names like Jehovah-Jireh, God my Provider. I have heard many sermons on the names of God. But somewhere down the road we missed one. I have never heard a sermon on the verse above.
The phrase translated “my loving God” is actually the name Elohiym-Checed, God who loves me. God and His love cannot be separated. Love is who He is. He doesn’t have to think about whether He will love me or not. God simply loves me because that is who He is and what He does.
Let God minister His love to you today. Maybe you have doubted His love for you. Let the knowledge of His character change your perception. You are loved. Let that thought override all others.