A women's free Bible study on God's love
with commentary, homework, and
When I first decided to do this study on God's love some years back, I was going to look up every Bible verse on love and go from there. However the Holy Spirit made it very clear to me to write about God and what He has done for us. This is because God’s actions scream of His love for us!
In reality true love, which is God’s love, doesn’t depend on what a person does or who she is but on the one loving. In this study I felt getting to know the One who loves us so very much and His actions of love towards us was a must. So the purpose of this study on God’s love is to enable you to get to know Him and His acts of love. One of the ways we will do this is to study God’s characteristics.
Why is it so important as a Christian, to truly know God and His love? It is because God asks you to have faith in Him and love Him. And how can you possibly trust in and love someone whom you don’t know? God also asks you to believe that He loves you so very much! And how can you believe that He loves you if you don’t know that He does? As Christians, the more we get to know God and comprehend His love through His Word and what He has done for us, the more passionately we will want to trust and love Him. In reality the more we trust and love God, the stronger and more mature Christians we will be.
As you will see in this study the foundation of God’s love is Jesus Christ! So you will study Jesus Christ and what He has done for you. You will hear about His love starting before eternity past, how He created you to love you, how His love stood unyielding even after the first sin, and how and why He was born, lived and died for you. You will understand why He pursued and loved you to be His. You will see that He died for you when you were His enemy. You will learn how His love gave you eternal life and made you His Bride. You will hear how and why He redeemed you from slavery to sin to make you His Father’s beloved daughter. Rejoice ladies, you are truly His loved princesses!
because of God's love - Gini
Bible devotions for women
My uncle Ott would say, “I am just going to a pine box in the ground when I die, so why be in a hurry.” He would say this quite often, and the looks he got were priceless, as you can imagine. Yet as reality is, he got old and developed Parkinson’s disease. Several months before he died, the certainty of death hit him hard, which made him very afraid. He was entirely serious when he started screaming for Jesus to forgive his sins, as he rode to the hospital in the ambulance.
What happens to us after death (as Ott realized) is something we do need to take very seriously. This is because the Bible says,
… man is destined to die once, and after that to face judgment Hebrews 9:27 (NIV)
We don’t get a second chance after we die to choose the eternity we want. You either live on in a state the Bible calls eternal life with God, or live away from God, in eternal punishment (destruction or ruin). The Apostle Paul explains eternal punishment in 2 Thessalonians 1:8-9,
… dealing out retribution to those who do not know God and to those who do not obey the gospel of our Lord Jesus. And these will pay the penalty of eternal destruction, away from the presence of the Lord and from the glory of His power… NASB®
Do you realize, God never wanted to punish you eternally, away from Him! He created you to have a relationship with Him (Jeremiah 31:3).
What did He do to stop the horror of eternal death for us? The God of the universe stepped out of eternity, so He could become one of us, and live, and die for us.
You must have the same attitude that Christ Jesus had. Though he was God, he did not think of equality with God as something to cling to. Instead, he gave up his divine privileges; he took the humble position of a slave and was born as a human being. When he appeared in human form, he humbled himself in obedience to God and died a criminal's death on a cross. Philippians 2:5-8 (NLT)
And if that wasn’t enough, God whose character is completely absent of sin, whose whole being instinctively abhors sin, took our sin, not His own, upon Himself, when He died on the cross. He was our substitute. This was so our sins could be fully forgiven.
He made Him who knew no sin to be sin on our behalf that we might become the righteousness of God in Him. 2 Corinthians 5:21 NASB®
to continue go to Easter
Rejoice! Since Jesus rose from the dead, you can too!
On March 13 my dear cousin Karen, closed her eyes to the reality of this world and opened them in eternity. In that moment she was looking at Jesus (whom she has loved for decades) face to face. The effects of cancer that had pervaded her body and caused her to suffer and die were gone. She felt a peace and joy I could never explain to you, because I am bound to the feelings and thoughts of this fallen world. Is she conscious of her life on this earth? You bet she is, because our spirit and soul live on. In other words, what made Karen, Karen, lives on. Does she see and understand what is happening on this earth? The Bible seems to teach this in Luke 16:19-31, Hebrews 11:1-12:2 and Revelations 6:9-11.
Her shell which was her earthly body stayed on this earth, because it was simply a temporary body. Yet someday in the future, Karen and all who have believed in Jesus Christ will experience what Jesus did when He was resurrected that Easter morn. Our old bodies, even if they are only dust at that point in the future, will be called from the grave (life after death) and resurrected instantaneously into an immortal and imperishable body. What type of body does she have now as she waits for hers to be resurrected or revitalized and redecorated (Karen loved to decorate things)? Scripture isn’t clear at all on this, but we do know she is with Jesus, and her family and friends who are already in eternity. She is also more aware and has clearer understanding than was ever possible on this earth. Read 1 Corinthians 13:9-12 & 15:20-57, and 2 Corinthians 5:1-10.
Because of Jesus’ death and resurrection…I have the absolute hope of seeing Karen again…Do you have that hope?
Love and blessings this Easter season,