It is never a question of if God loves you. The only question is if you are open to receive his love. If you’ve removed the blocks that will keep His love from flowing rapidly through your heart like a steady, unending stream.
My bible reading led me to a new definition of love! Can you believe it? As much as I study love you’d think I would know all there is to know, but this just proves that you can NEVER learn everything about a particular subject.
So I read Romans 5:5, and I can’t tell you how many times I’ve read this verse, chapter and book.
A lot. A whole lot.
I’ve read it so much that I wasn’t even interested in looking up the definition of love, but something inside of me said… ‘Go ahead. Look it up.’
I did. Of course the first thing listed was agape. God’s unconditional love. Along with that it listed – affectionate regard. Goodwill. Benevolence.
Insert blank stare.
That’s all you’re going to use to describe love?
I felt played!
I felt like… there had to be more to it than that!
So, I looked up each of those words… and that’s when my mind was blown!!
Affectionate (fondness, tenderness) regard – To consider or think of someone in a specified way. To pay attention to or show concern for someone. To care for someone. To offer best wishes to someone.
Goodwill – Friendly or helpful feelings or attitude. Kind.
Benevolence – The quality of being well meaning (having good intentions). Kindness. Compassion. Goodness.
So basically it was saying that God thinks of me. He pays attention to me and what’s going on in my life. He’s concerned for me, and he cares about me. He wants the best for me. He wants to help me and be my friend. Fill my heart with his kindness. He has the best intentions for me, and he will never withhold good from me. If he does, it’s because I’m simply not prepared to receive it yet, but when I am…
That verse was saying that all of that ^^^^^ all of God’s love for me has been poured into my heart by his Holy Spirit.
That verse left me with two promises – God’s Holy Spirit is within me, and he pours (flows rapidly in a steady stream) his love within my heart. The center of my being. The seat of my thoughts, feelings, desires and impulses.
People who love themselves have God at the center of everything they do.
How is this possible? They allow the love of God to flow rapidly within their hearts. If you’re like me, you may find yourself asking sometimes… does God really love me? Is he really here for me? Well, the most simple answer to this question is… yes.
He does. He is. It is never a question of if God loves you. The only question is if you are open to receive his love. If you’ve removed the barriers that will keep His love from flowing rapidly through your heart like a steady, unending stream.