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God is love: he loves you & shows it

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One of the most basic, but powerful truths you can and should tell yourself is, “God loves me.” God loves you personally because that is who he is. The very core essence of God is love. I John 4:8 says, “He who does not love does not know God, for God is love.” For this description to be God’s very essence implies that love is not something the Almighty is desperately looking for himself. He is love. It’s who he is. He owns love.

This idea is encouraging because it is a reminder that God is self-sufficient. He delights in having fellowship with the human beings whom he created.

Unlike our human nature, he does not “need” something from us. God is not “needy” and he has never been lonely as there has always been fellowship between the Father, Son and the Holy Spirit, Gen. 1:26; John 15:9.

What does this have to do with our everyday life and fellowship with God? Consider this: if we thought that God was lonely and love is not his very essence, then how could we expect God to love us unconditionally?

Furthermore, this is why we also have what we need spiritually to love everyone, including our enemies. Consider how this truth gives us a perspective of confidence and peace knowing that God’s love is always with us.

He showed his love to us by dying on the cross and we experience this love daily as his spirit lives within us. God’s spirit is love, so we have a special gift that forgives us, rejuvenates us and continues to grant us guidance for the path ahead.

May you be encouraged today with these few ideas that are only a small part of the treasure chest of the statement “God is love.”