Date: 10th December 2020
Trust in His Love
“We know how much God loves us, and we have put our trust in his love. God is love, and all who live in love live in God, and God lives in them.”
1 John 4:16 NLT
Love has always been a major theme in the Christian faith for without love there can be no hope for salvation. The Apostle John who wrote this epistle was perhaps the most credible witness of God’s love since he was the disciple that was at the very foot of the Cross when Jesus was crucified, and who was said to be the one loved (of Christ) (John 19:26-27).
In his assertion “we know”, John was insisting that God’s love is knowable and tangible. Not only is His love experienced, but His love was manifested in Jesus Christ and is now within us by the Holy Spirit. But why must the apostle remind us of God’s love and put our trust in His love?
Well, we need reminding because we are fickle creatures who are often seeking for other experiences and expressions of love. We pursue them in people and try to earn it from them? Yet, one thing is certain in all human experiences - our love is finite and often very conditional. Human love is not trustworthy for it is not eternal nor consistent. God is eternal and He is love! Thus, His love is trustworthy as He is. Sadly, we “forget” His love for us, and once again we need to know this love.
When it comes to love, we are like little children that need regular affirmations of love. No matter how long we have been as a believer of Jesus Christ, we continue to desire and need these affirmations. God who is love ensures that we get these affirmations regularly firstly by His Spirit that witnesses to us that we are His children and calls Him “Abba, Father” (Ro. 8:14-16). Secondly, we are affirmed of His love when we abide in His word (John 15:7, 9-10). And thirdly, God affirms His love to each of us through our fellow believers (1John 4:7-8, 11-13). God is constantly affirming His love to us.
Brothers and sisters, you will have days when you will feel unloved and unwanted. Often these are projections of our spiritual emptiness caused by the fallen human state, a life burdened by sin. The effects of sin is death - a separation from God, His presence and His love. And since we are still living in a sinful world awaiting for our redemption when Jesus Christ comes in glory, our struggle to know God’s love is going to be a constant challenge. But, you have the Holy Spirit living in you. He will continue to keep you in His love and remind you that you are His beloved in Jesus Christ.
Trust in His love.