Here is the devotional:
The love of God has no starting point. God is eternal, operates above space and time, and is love (1 John 4:8). Put all this together and there is only one reasonable conclusion you can come to: God has always loved you, even before you got here.
Sometimes songwriters and poets claim to have loved a romantic partner before time began or before they even met. That’s nice in theory, but when it comes to human relationships, it’s simply not true. We don’t love something before we meet the person. Feelings of love have a beginning and develop over time.
With God, however, He did indeed love you before you knew about Him. You weren’t even a twinkle in your parents’ eyes and God already loved you. God’s love for us existed before we got here, and it’s going to exist long after we exit. God’s love is eternal.
When it comes to God, there are no limits to His love. You can’t put any parameters around the love of God. The apostle Paul put it beautifully when he said, “I pray that you, being rooted and established in love, may have power, together with all the Lord’s holy people, to grasp how wide and long and high and deep is the love of Christ, and to know this love that surpasses knowledge—that you may be filled to the measure of all the fullness of God” (Eph. 3:17-19). The love of God simply cannot be measured.
But we sometimes think that because God loves all seven billion of us, He doesn’t love each of us individually and personally. Not only would my kids ask me how much I loved them, but they would also ask, “Dad, am I your favorite?” It was their way of seeing if I were the kind of dad who loved his kids as an amorphous group or loved each one of them as a unique individual. Now, I know I shouldn’t have done this, but I would always tell each kid (privately, of course) that he or she was my favorite but not to tell the others—that it was just between us. And, again, they would giggle and run off, happy as a bird with a french fry.
God’s love for you is personal. You are His favorite. He doesn’t love you because you are a member of the human race. He loves you as a unique individual whom no one else on the planet is exactly like.
Saint Augustine said, “God loves each of us as if there were only one of us.” God wants you to know that He loves you, that you are His favorite even though He has billions and billions of favorites, and that He is enamored with you. God’s love is for all humankind—and for each kind of human.
Here are the scriptures referenced:
Fear thou not; for I am with thee: be not dismayed; for I am thy God: I will strengthen thee; yea, I will help thee; yea, I will uphold thee with the right hand of my righteousness.
Isaiah 41:10 KJV
But God commendeth his love toward us, in that, while we were yet sinners, Christ died for us.
Romans 5:8 KJV
Who shall separate us from the love of Christ? shall tribulation, or distress, or persecution, or famine, or nakedness, or peril, or sword?
As it is written, For thy sake we are killed all the day long; we are accounted as sheep for the slaughter.
Nay, in all these things we are more than conquerors through him that loved us.
For I am persuaded, that neither death, nor life, nor angels, nor principalities, nor powers, nor things present, nor things to come,
Nor height, nor depth, nor any other creature, shall be able to separate us from the love of God, which is in Christ Jesus our Lord.
Romans 8:35-39 KJV
Here are Stu’s thoughts:
I find it interesting how so many people see God’s love differently.
God’s love is soooooo cool!
We did NOTHING to deserve His love!
There is NOTHING we can or could do to have Him love us more than He already does!
Let’s be real for a few…
God loves you so much that the moment your biological dad had an orgasm God was there to guide that one sperm (YOU) out of millions into your biological mother’s egg. He watched EVERY move from the release of semen forward!
God meticulously formed you in your biological mother’s womb to be the exact person you came out of the womb as…either male or female!
Parents, do you remember your child’s first time crawling, pulling themselves up and then their first steps? Remember the joy and excitement. Now multiply that to infinity and beyond. That’s how God felt! I’m sure.
God watched all the falls, the mistakes, lies and downright sinfulness and NOT once did His love change!
God’s love can’t change because He is love. Granted He is a just God too. We get “punished” for our sins but that doesn’t mean that God does not love us. On the contrary…it proves that He does!
And God loves you so much that even if you were the ONLY person on the planet He still would have sent Jesus to reconcile you into Him.
That is pretty amazing if you think about. I don’t mean nonchalantly. But really think about it!
There are billions of people on this planet right now. He loves each and every one of them the same and yet He is cares for each and every one them in an individual manner!
If you need something you call out to God for help, right?
What about that person on the other side of the planet that needs the same exact thing for their life? They can call upon for help as well. But He will answer said call different because each person is uniquely made. Yes, you both could get the same thing in the end but the how and when will be different.
That’s the uniqueness of God’s love for us.
God’s love is SUCH a hard topic to discuss because we honestly can not fathom it’s depth. But it is real and unwaivering!
Have a great rest of the week everyone!