Devotional for Monday August 31st

Good Morning Everyone,
Our theme for this month: “You are loved”
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 the love of God”
I once received an email from a young man with whom I have something of a mentoring relationship. He contacts me from time-to-time to discuss various issues. In this case, he was disturbed and feeling a little guilty by the realization that it seemed to him that he loved his girlfriend more than he loves God. He was certain it was wrong to feel that way and he didn’t know what to do about it. It’s not that he didn’t love God too, he did, it just seemed to him that his love for his girlfriend was so much more real.
I assured him that I understood. His girlfriend is pretty and warm and soft and cuddly – and God is none of those things. His girlfriend is physical, but God is spiritual. Therefore, it’s a lot easier to actually sense and experience the love of a girlfriend than it is the love of God. (As I was writing this our little eight-pound Maltipoo puppy came up, nuzzled my leg, and waited for me to pick her up. She too is soft and warm and cuddly, and she just wanted to be held. As she laid in my arms and rested her head on my chest, she looked up at me with goo-goo eyes and wagged her tail. I really felt the love).
Can you relate? Does the love of your mate, your children, or your pet seem more real to you than the love of God? Intellectually we know (we have the knowledge) that God loves us, and by faith we believe it to be true. But experientially – well, that’s something else again. Experiencing the love of God is much more subtle and nuanced than experiencing the love of a person or a pet. And yet, the love of God is real none-the-less – much more real than the love of a mate, a child, or a pet.
In my opinion, Jeremiah 31:3 is one of the great verses of the Old Testament. It is a powerful and profound promise that God loves us more than we can possibly understand. That’s also the message of the entire Bible.
All this month we’re going to consider the great truth of God’s love. Hopefully, by the time we’re done, we will all have not just a better understanding of His love for us, but also a greater experience of it. I look forward to exploring the reality of God’s love with you.
God Bless,
Pastor Jim
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