Sometimes I think I know God’s love … and then I start really pondering it; trying to define it. And it becomes a magnificent thing that I can’t sum up into a bite-sized quote. The whole Bible is His love, the whole world is His love, Jesus is His love. He is love, and we are defined as the objects of His love.
This week, as we continue studying the attributes of God, we’ll focus on the Father’s love.
A Devotional Meditation on 1 John 3:1
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!1 John 3:1
Our Series on the Attributes of God
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Today’s meditation is part of a series focused on the attributes of God. I’m using Chip Ingram’s The Real God: As He Longs for You to See Him and A.W. Tozer’s The Knowledge of the Holy as references for definitions and some insight. If you would like to learn more about each of these attributes, I recommend starting with Ingram’s book (he quotes Tozer often).
A working definition of God’s Love
God’s love is his holy disposition toward all that he has created that compels him to express unconditional affection and selective correction to provide the highest quality of existence, both now and forever; for the object of his love.Chip Ingram
Earthly love is a glimpse of the Father’s love. And if earthly love has transformed every part of me –as a wife, a daughter, a mother, a friend–then how much more so should the love of God define and transform me?
Beyond any other love, we are loved as children of the Most High. Because we are loved by God, we know who we are.
Only the love of our Father can fulfill our constant human struggle toward love. And only when we stay connected to that love do we truly know who we are: His.
It can’t be taken away; it can’t be demolished; you can’t become unworthy. God is love, and we are the object of that love.
I am convinced that neither death nor life, neither angels nor demons, neither the present nor the future, nor any powers, neither height nor depth, nor anything else in all creation, will be able to separate us from the love of God that is in Christ Jesus our Lord.Romans 8:38-39
In light of His unfailing love, we should ask ourselves a few key questions:
- Are we letting that head knowledge seep into our spirit?
- Do we allow it to define us?
- Do we struggle against it?
- Do we question His love?
- Do we question our worth?
- And, if we are lavishly loved by God, are we pouring that same love out onto others?
Below is a look at my dialogue with the Holy Spirit while meditating on this passage. I meditate on the same verse every day for at least a week, and this is just a model to get you started. Meditating on scripture is a very personal journey and relationship with God, but you may find my Meditation Guide helpful. Subscribe now to my Newsletter and get immediate access to a Free Printable Library that includes meditation guidelines, a Meditation Journal Page, Scripture Writing pages, and bookmarks for this verse.
How great is the love: I close my eyes and allow your great love to spread before me, extending beyond what I can see, what I can conceive. I ask the Spirit to examine my life and bring to mind areas that I’m resisting the love of God. Where am I trying to find love on my own? How am I not allowing your love to pour out of me on others?
the Father: I quiet my heart to imagine a perfect Father’s love. You made me; you chose me; you love me. I should have no insecurities because I know who my father is.
has lavished on us,: I picture love pouring down like rain, covering me generously, extravagantly, lavishly. Every part of me is filled with your love that I’m unworthy of. Thank you for your love. Thank you for Jesus.
that we should be called children of God!: I am yours. You are mine. Oh, how you love me!
And that is what we are!: I am because you love me. Who I am, for all eternity, above all else, is yours. I praise you, and thank you, and worship you for your love. And because I’m your child, I will show love to others just as I see you do.
Suggested Breath Prayers
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How great is the Father’s love
Love lavished on me
I am a child of God
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