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The greatest commandment in Scripture is for us to love GOD with everything we have. When Jesus said, “GOD’s love for Him equals His love for us (John 15:9), He was showing just how much value you can place on your relationship with GOD. This passage really speaks volumes when considering all that matters most: That love is at the center of all we do.
In this episode let's see if we can put this truth into action.
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Hope’s Harbor Gritty Bible Devotions
Title: The Love of GOD and Love for GOD
Date: November 29, 2021
Key verse(s): John 15:9- "As the Father loved Me, I also have loved you; abide in My love.”
Matthew 22:37 – ‘Jesus said to him, “YOU SHALL LOVE THE LORD YOUR GOD WITH ALL YOUR HEART, WITH ALL YOUR SOUL, AND WITH ALL YOUR MIND.”’
Intro: Jesus declared in John 15:9 GOD’s love for Him is equal to His love for us. Then He reveals in Matthew 22:37 the greatest commandment in Scripture is for us to love GOD with everything we have in us.
· GOD’s love for us is without measure – and our love for GOD must measure up
I was praying last week and the thought came to my mind that GOD wanted to declare His love to me. So I thought about the measure of His love and said, “I know LORD, your love is as deep as the ocean.” I was very pleased with my quick response.
Then the thought came, ‘Come out with me to the moon and look back at the earth.’ I envisioned the earth from pictures I’ve seen. The earth must be the size of a tennis ball held at arm’s length when viewed from the moon and I realized the ocean’s depths are too shallow to measure GOD’s love for us.
So I added, “Your love is as vast as the universe.” Too small. Why? Because the universe is limited. Only GOD is infinite and therefore His love is limitless.
What this reminded me of is the fact we cannot completely fathom the measure of GOD’s love for us. This is why in Ephesians 3:17 – 19 Paul wrote ‘…that Christ may dwell in your hearts through faith; that you, being rooted and grounded in love, may be able to comprehend with all the saints what is the width and length and depth and height, ‘to know the love of Christ which passes knowledge; that you may be filled with all the fullness of God.’
To know in vs 19 means to experience that which we cannot know intellectually. This means it is beyond theology, meaning even though theology may give us the definition, it cannot give us the experience.
I have found the only way to even begin to understand, or experience on an emotional level GOD’s love is by reading over and over verses that declare GOD’s love, like John 15:9.
I’ve mentioned this in an earlier podcast and it’s worth repeating here how it took me 18 months of reading John 15:9 first thing every morning and last thing every night before I came to believe it, to feel it deep down.
So this is GOD’s love for us and the best evidence is “…He gave His only begotten Son, that whoever believes in Him should not perish but have everlasting life.
“For God did not send His Son into the world to condemn the world, but that the world through Him might be saved.” John 3:16 & 17.
And now – our love for GOD: Why do you think Jesus said the greatest commandment is to “…LOVE THE LORD YOUR GOD WITH ALL YOUR HEART, WITH ALL YOUR SOUL, AND WITH ALL YOUR MIND?” Matthew 22:37
John 14:15 - "If you love Me, keep My commandments.
John 14:21 - “He who has My commandments and keeps them, it is he who loves Me. And he who loves Me will be loved by My Father, and I will lo