Freedom from/Freedom to: Freed to Love V.mp3
Stir it up! – PDF
Why I don’t love – PDF
- Deut. 30:6
- II Thess. 3:5
- I Jn. 4
Other Scriptures concerning God’s love:
- Jer. 31:1-14
- Isa. 43:1-13
- Rom. 8:31-39
God’s all pervading love is at once comforting & unsettling!
King David, arguably the most love-struck patriarch (other than perhaps John the beloved) in all of scripture, waxes poetic about the love of God and its necessity for a fulfilled and satisfied existence. He valued hearing God speaking of His unfailing love for David to the point that he said it was better than life itself.
Knowing God’s love is a reason for:
- Trust – Ps. 36:7; Ps. 143:8
- Confidence – Ps. 42:8; Ps. 103:4
- Forgiveness – Ps. 51:1
- Praise Ps. 63:3
- Contemplation for revelation – Ps. 107:43
One would think that someone so taken by his encounters with the God Who IS Love, would never seek to hide himself from it, but run to it – arms flung wide every moment of every day. Love within those “being redeemed” however, is never quite that straight forward! Even though we know we cannot hide from His gaze, we still try. Like the proverbial ostrich, we stick our heads in the sand as though our inability to see God, somehow blinds Him to the 95% of our awkward body protruding out of the ground. We ARE Adam…we ARE Eve with out fig leaves covering our nakeness as though God would be startled or somehow offended by what is behind. Our brother David, becomes transparent for us in the 139th Psalm revealing this inward struggle of the heart before the eyes of a God Who sees and knows all.
Again, this week we have explored our self-imposed need to protect ourselves from the God Who IS Love. We have discovered afresh that the only way to be the people of I Jn. 4:19 is to know and believe the love He has given. I encourage you to use Ps. 139 and the handout sheet (provided above) to aid you in your wrestling match with God concerning His love for you. Remember, it is God Who is pursuing you – the only right and feminine response if to allow yourself to be caught by the Lover of your soul.
A great video from Jason Gray about why we have no reason to hide…
~ P. Mark