God is Love.
1 John 4:8,16
Love believes all things.
1 Cor. 13:7
The Cross is the ultimate proof that God is love. If you have had the experience of being born again and filled with the Holy Spirit, one of the first things He does is convince us that the reason Jesus went to the cross was because he loved you personally. The rooting, piercing revelation of that fact pins down our motives, desires and all our will and gives the old man no wriggle room. As John points out, we really cannot continue to go our own way once that seed is planted (1 John 3:6).
But it is the daily ongoing revelation of the overwhelming love of God that still grips my heart and soul 42 years after I was born again. I can still regularly feel as though I never really knew that love such can be the ongoing revelation of the sweetness, consistency and exceeding great power of it.
He never gives up on me or, rather, there is no sense in which that thought ever even crosses His mind. He is utterly convinced that I will love Him forever.
Somehow I cannot express this. He gazes at me in love, wondering at His own masterpiece, while all the time attributing to me a love that never fails.
He gives me the credit for doing things that He has wanted, enabled and empowered. He says “Well done” without regard for all the obvious times I….
But “No,” He says gently, “I’ve already forgotten all that. I am too delighted in you and Us together to be bothered thinking about anything you may have done wrong in the past. And, anyway, I suffered enough for us all.”
When it comes to the things of love, I am still very much a child.
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