Our Bible verse for today: “I have loved you with an everlasting love; therefore, I have continued to extend faithful love to you.” Jeremiah 31:3 (CSB)
Our thought for today: “Experience life grounded in the love of God”
As we conclude our study of living a life that is grounded in the love of God, I want to finish where we started – with the understanding that God loves you fully and unconditionally, with an everlasting love which He never ceases to extend to you. I also want to remind you of several important truths we have learned through this study.
First, as John taught in 1 John 4:9b, “God is love”. Love is His very nature; it is the essence of His being. Love isn’t just an emotion that God feels, and it’s not just an action that He takes, although God does feel love for us and He does act on those feelings. Instead, love defines who God is and therefore everything He says or does comes out of and is based upon perfect love.
Second, as we learn in John 3:16, God loves us so much, and He has such an intense desire for us to be with Him for all eternity, that He sent Jesus to earth to rescue us from our sins so that we can one day be with Him in heaven, forever.
Third, as numerous devotionals in this series have taught us, as we progressively learn to more fully embrace the perfect, unconditional, never-ending love of God in our own lives, the practical reality of it enables us to face the storms and trials of life with a sense of peace and assurance.
And fourth, as we are taught in Galatians 5:22-23 and John 15:5-9, the love of God is one of the fruits that the Holy Spirit produces in our own lives as we learn and grow in Christ. Not only does that love become a personal experience for us in our own lives, but the love of God wells up in us and overflows out of us. Therefore, as we share it with other people, they then have a direct experience of the love of God as a result of their encounter with us.
Learning to live a life that is grounded in the love of God is a lifelong process of learning and transformation that takes place little-by-little on a daily basis. We have to want it and we have to apply ourselves to the discipline of daily discipleship. To help with that, this entire two-month series, consisting of fifty-one daily devotional messages, is available for you in book format. If you would like to have a copy of it for further study, I would be happy to send it to you free of charge. Just send me an email at pastorjimmohbc@gmail,com requesting a copy and I will send it to you as an email attachment.
I pray that through this study you have experienced God’s love in a deeper way and that more and more you are learning to live a life that is grounded in God’s love.