Romans 5:8 (NKJV)
But God demonstrates His own love toward us, in that while we were still sinners, Christ died for us.
You can’t wait until the next time you hear his or her voice.
You spend an hour saying goodbye on the phone.
You get excited and nervous when you see they’ve sent you a text message.
You don’t care where you go or what you do as long as you’re together. Just the thought of him or her makes you smile.
You’re honored to have them by your side…falling and being in love feels great!
However, most of the time love is proven through adversity… when it’s challenged!
God wants us to fall in love with Him through our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ (Yeshua), just as He’s fallen in love with us.
And, He wants us to prove our love when things aren’t ‘warm and fuzzy’.
He doesn’t want a one-sided relationship.
God wants you to look forward to and enjoy talking to Him. He wants you to get to know His heart in His word.
He wants intimate fellowship with you in worship and praise…
He wants you to long for His presence…
He wants you to gladly let the world know you belong to Him and He belongs to you.
He doesn’t want you to be ashamed of Him, but honored to have Him by your side.
And, He wants your love to endure when it faces resistance.
Jeremiah 9:24 says, “but let the one who boasts boast about this: that they have the understanding to know me, that I am the LORD, who exercises kindness, justice and righteousness on earth, for in these I delight,” declares the LORD.
However, Jesus also says in…
Mark 8:38, “8 For whoever is ashamed of Me and My words in this adulterous and sinful generation, of him the Son of Man also will be ashamed when He comes in the glory of His Father with the holy angels.”
Jesus didn’t just say He loves us, He proved it for dying for our sins…
REAL LOVE ISN’T JUST STATED, IT’S DEMONSTRATED!
LOVE IS STRONGEST AS A VERB!
PEOPLE DON’T KNOW YOU LOVE THEM, UNTIL YOU SHOW YOU LOVE THEM!
He put Himself to open shame for us on the cross in the face of His enemy…that’s love!
He died for people He knew would never acknowledge or accept Him.
He keeps on loving us when we ‘cheat’ on Him daily, when we willingly choose the enemy over Him!
We, however, throw people away for little or nothing…
The Lord longs to have us in His presence forever…
24 “Father, I desire that they also whom You gave Me may be with Me where I am…”
Do you love Him?
Are you in love with Him?
Do you look forward to seeing Him when he returns?
Sometimes, after a while, couples have to fall back in love with one another.
I encourage you today, if you already haven’t, to fall in love with Jesus….
If your love has been a little ‘cold’…fall back in love with Him.
Most Christians claim to love Him, but don’t just say it…demonstrate it.