"Love each other.
Just as I have loved you, you should love one another"
Her PURPOSE embodies love.
"Beloved, let us love one another, for love is of God; and everyone who loves is born of God and knows God. He who does not love does not know God, for God is love. In this the love of God was manifested toward us, that God has sent His only begotten Son into the world, that we might live through Him. In this is love, not that we loved God, but that He loved us and sent His Son to be the propitiation for our sins. Beloved, if God so loved us, we also out to love one another."
*I John 4:7-11
Reflection & Application
Are my actions and words embodied with God's love?
Do you love me? The question and cry of every human heart.
Love. The attribute that doesn't just describe how God acts, but embodies who God is. Father God's sacrificial love that prepared His Son to be the perfect atonement for our sins. This Gospel pursuit that ensured victory over death and the tearing of the veil ... ultimately providing everyone the opportunity to come and live in the power of His Spirit and be in communion with Him. The perfect and eternal fellowship of the Triune God that casts out fear and promises for us to be conquerors through Him because He loved us (Romans 8:38)! This scandalous love that buys our souls back from sin and death and exchanges it for a crown (James 1:12).
How great is God's love? How patient is God's love! This unconceivable love that fashioned every part of us and calls us by name. Even if we tried to comprehend God's love toward us for the rest of our days, we would fall terribly short in understanding the enormity of His all-encompassing love.
"Then Christ will make his home in your hearts as you trust in him. Your roots will grow down into God’s love and keep you strong. And may you have the power to understand, as all God’s people should, how wide, how long, how high, and how deep his love is. May you experience the love of Christ, though it is too great to understand fully. Then you will be made complete with all the fullness of life and power that comes from God" (Ephesians 3:17-19).
We are created in love, embellished in the fullness of His love, wrapped in the exuberance of love, sanctified in perfect love, and instructed to love those around us. We are able to love, because He first loved us. Our purpose as women, who live between the cross and the crown, is to continue to live in the love that God has for us and extend that love to those all around us. Because God's love never fails.
"And this hope will not lead to disappointment. For we know how dearly God loves us, because he has given us the Holy Spirit to fill our hearts with his love."
"So the Word became human and made his home among us. He was full of unfailing love and faithfulness. And we have seen his glory, the glory of the Father’s one and only Son."
I Peter 1:22
"You were cleansed from your sins when you obeyed the truth, so now you must show sincere love to each other as brothers and sisters. Love each other deeply with all your heart."
"I will sing of the Lord’s unfailing love forever! Young and old will hear of your faithfulness. Your unfailing love will last forever.
Your faithfulness is as enduring as the heavens."
I Corinthians 13:4-5;7
"Love is patient and kind. Love is not jealous or boastful or proud or rude. It does not demand its own way. It is not irritable, and it keeps no record of being wronged. Love never gives up, never loses faith, is always hopeful, and endures through every circumstance."
I John 3:1
"See how very much our Father loves us, for he calls us his children, and that is what we are! But the people who belong to this world don’t recognize that we are God’s children because they don’t know him."
"May you experience the love of Christ, though it is too great to understand fully. Then you will be made complete with all the fullness of life and power that comes from God."
"And I am convinced that nothing can ever separate us from God’s love. Neither death nor life, neither angels nor demons, neither our fears for today nor our worries about tomorrow — not even the powers of hell can separate us from God’s love."