God's Love

The Greatest Love

There are many facets of love, but the greatest love ever known to man is the love of Christ.  Christ’s love is so great, yet many of us continue to question whether or not God truly cares for us.  God has provided ample evidence of His love.  However, we do not always rely on such evidence to assure us of how God feels. 

In The Great Controversy, Ellen G. White writes, “God has given us sufficient evidence of His love, and we are not to doubt His goodness because we cannot understand the workings of His providence.” With these words, White reminds us that we should not question God’s love simply because we do not understand His divine direction for our lives. 

Unfortunately, most of us question God’s love when we cannot understand our circumstances or why God has allowed them.  We ask ourselves, “If God loves me, why would He allow me to be jobless, homeless, heartbroken, violated, lonely, or in despair?”  We use our temporary circumstances as a means to measure God’s infinite love.  Measuring God’s love this way can be easy to do, but God desires that we KNOW that His love is not dependant upon our circumstances, whether good or bad.  He does not love us more when things are well or less when things are not so well. 

The depth of God’s love is consistent and continuous.  Even when we do not have the ability to understand, His love remains.  The depth of God’s love is shown to us, not according to what we have done, but based upon what He did on Calvary.  God exhibited His great love when He sent Christ Jesus to die for our sins (See John 3:16).  In the gospel of John, Jesus declares, “As the Father loved Me, I also have loved you…[for] Greater love has no one than this, than to lay down one’s life for his friends.” (John 15:9,13 NKJV)  “This is how we know what love is: Jesus Christ laid down his life for us.” (1 John 3:16 NIV)  “You see, at just the right time, when we were still powerless, Christ died for the ungodly.  Very rarely will anyone die for a righteous man, though for a good man someone might possibly dare to die.  But God demonstrates his own love for us in this: While we were still sinners, Christ died for us.” (Romans 5:6-7 NIV)

Dear Daddy,

Thank you for Your gift of love.  Help us not to measure Your love based upon how we feel or according to the things we have.  But, teach us to know Your love and recognize that the greatest love was demonstrated when You died on Calvary.  If we have not accepted You into our lives, help us to open our hearts that we may receive You as our Savior.  In our moments of doubt, direct us back to the cross that we may remember the depth of Your great love.  With sincerity we ask all things.  In Jesus’ Name, Amen!

Ladies, I EMPOWER you to accept the great love that God has shown to you through His son Jesus Christ.  Rather than question God’s love, operate out of your knowledge of who God is and what He did for you on Calvary.  Recognize that God’s love is great. Regardless of what you are going through, God wants you to know that He truly loves you!

Enjoy this special selection, “No Greater Love”:

Ms. Latasha McCrary is an active member of St. Luke Christian Church in Huntsville, AL where she serves as a Young Adult Facilitator and is training as a Life Skills Coach. She is passionate about the practice of law and views her profession as an extension of her calling to serve. Latasha firmly believes that “Service is the price we pay for the space we occupy” and is grateful for God’s continuing favor evidenced in her life. “By this I know that you favor me, because you have not let my enemies triumph over me.” (Psalms 41:11)

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Generic Is Not An Option!

I am a huge fan of Jimmy Dean’s pancake and sausage on a stick. When those are in the freezer, I look forward to rising early so I can get my hands on my microwavable gourmet breakfast. It’s a delight to walk down the aisle of the grocery store knowing my destination is the freezer with the red and blue box that packages my morning glory.  One day I was at my sister’s house and she removed something that resembled a corn dog. I asked what it was and she replied, “Pancake and sausage on a stick and they are oh so good!” Of course, my heart began to race because I get excited about what the morning brings! The next day I woke up excited! I microwaved two. It was time for morning glory! I smiled, took a bite, and immediately got angry with my sister! I instantly had questions traveling through my mind while trying not to be disappointed. What was she thinking? Why would she encourage someone to eat this? Why is the pancake so doughy? Why does the sausage taste wild? UGHHH….Then I looked in the freezer to see the brand of the unsatisfying product. It was Great Value, not Jimmy Dean! At first I was angry, but then it hit me, “How can I be angry with her? Yes, she would think the generic brand is good if she’s never had the REAL thing!”

Is that some of us? Because we have not experienced REAL love, we settle for generic! REAL love is AGAPE love, which is unconditional. Generic love is based on feelings, brings up your past, is disgusted with your faults, leaves when it can’t have its way, takes advantage of you, doesn’t forgive, is never satisfied, brags all the time, is driven by flesh, never gives, and always takes. However, AGAPE (real) love has no limits and it is the love of God. Unconditional love can be described in 1 Corinthians 13:4-7:

Love endures long and is patient and kind; love never is envious nor boils over with jealousy, is not boastful or vainglorious, does not display itself haughtily.It is not conceited (arrogant and inflated with pride); it is not rude (unmannerly) and does not act unbecomingly. Love (God’s love in us) does not insist on its own rights or its own way, for it is not self-seeking; it is not touchy or fretful or resentful; it takes no account of the evil done to it [it pays no attention to a suffered wrong].  It does not rejoice at injustice and unrighteousness, but rejoices when right and truth prevail. Love bears up under anything and everything that comes, is ever ready to believe the best of every person, its hopes are fadeless under all circumstances, and it endures everything [without weakening]. (AMP)

This is the love we ALL need to fill the void in our lives. If we don’t experience this, we will continue to search and look for it in all the wrong places. We look for this void to be filled with generic options like money, power, sex, men, women, careers, alcohol, drugs, and the list continues. It’s AGAPE love that completes us and propels us into purpose. Unfortunately, due to life’s circumstances, many of us have not experienced REAL love. Love from family, relationships, and spouses can impact our perspective of what love truly is. If we experience generic love first, it’s possible not to recognize the love of God when He showers us with it. We must desire His AGAPE love and receive it!

Just like the pancake and sausage on a stick, when it comes to love, the brand Great Value may appear to be of “great value” however it’s nothing like the REAL thing!

Dear Daddy,

I thank You for Your unconditional love! I thank You for Your Son that looked past my faults and said I was worth dying for (THAT’S LOVE!) I thank You that I am able to recognize the difference between real and generic love and I don’t settle for the generic brand. Father, I appreciate You for setting the standard that I can measure the love that I give and receive. Father, because Your Spirit is on the inside of me, I thank you that I am able to love like You so others can be drawn to You. In Jesus’ Name, Amen!

Ladies, I EMPOWER you to experience REAL love from the Creator; then you will be able to recognize generic love when it’s offered from the creation! Make an effort to fall in love with God by spending time (reading the word and prayer) and getting to know Him so you will be able to receive His AGAPE love. When you know Him, you can trust and love Him. Remember, God’s love is unconditional!

Enjoy Whitney Houston’s rendition of “Jesus Loves Me”:

Ms. Rodnisha L. Anderson resides in Chicago, IL and serves as an elder at Life Redeeming Ministries. She works diligently with the Singles and Intercessory ministries. She is married to the Lord and becomes whatever she needs to become to reach the people for the building of God’s kingdom. Rodnisha truly desires to witness successful single women thriving in the kingdom of God.  Her favorite scripture is 1 Timothy 4:12: “Don’t let anyone think less of you because you are young. Be an example to all believers in what you say, in the way you live, in your love, your faith, and your purity.”