God’s answer to “Do You love me?”
I have loved you with an everlasting love, I have drawn you with lovingkindness.
The eyes of the Lord are on those who fear Him, on those whose hope is in His unfailing love.
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.
God’s love has been poured into our hearts through the Holy Spirit who has been given to us.
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 our transgressions.
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!
I John 3:1
This is love: not that we loved God but that He loved us and sent His son as an atoning sacrifice for our sins.
I John 4:9
Abiding in Jesus means reminding ourselves constantly that there is nothing we could ever do that would make God love us more, and nothing we have done that makes Him love us less. What about if you gave away all your money, wouldn’t He love you just a little bit more? Nope. What if you went to live on the foreign mission field? No again… What if you went one full-week without a single, lustful thought? No.
God’s acceptance of you is based on the fact that Christ went a lifetime without sinning against Him in even the slightest way. Now, you are in Him and He is in you. Thus, God could not love you more than He does right now, because He loves Christ perfectly.
As long as ‘being the Beloved’ is little more than a beautiful thought or a lofty idea that hangs above my life to keep me from becoming depressed, nothing really changes. What is required is to become the Beloved in the commonplaces of my daily existence and bit by bit, to close the gap that exists between what I know myself to be and the countless specific realities of everyday life.
Pleasure is the ray, God’s love is the sun. Pleasure is the shadow; God’s love is the substance. Pleasure is the stream, God’s love is the ocean.