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God is All Loving and His Actions Prove It

Day Twenty-Six
by Gini Crawford, MSW

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God's love is defined by His actions. In many instances in our society, love has become a buzz word that we use to sound loving. However, we fail to put our love into action. God's love, in contrast, is filled with loving action. God's relentless actions of love have kept pursuing us, even when we were His enemy. (John 3:16)

"...I am the LORD who exercises lovingkindness, justice and righteousness on earth; for I delight in these things," declares the LORD. Jeremiah 9:24 NASB®

Let me ask you some questions so you will clearly understand what I am meaning about actions of love. Did you have a father that said he loved you, but he abused you? Do you have a mother that says she loves you, but belittles you? Do you have a spouse who gives you romantic gifts, but is never there for you? Have you had someone say she is doing something out of love for you, but what she is doing says she doesn't even like you? When words are said and gifts are given to show love, but they have no loving actions to back them up, we don't really feel or think we are loved, do we? Remember that old but true saying, "actions speak louder than words."

Some of God's loving actions toward us:

The greatest act of God's love (1 John 4:10). The Passover was at hand in Jerusalem (Exodus 12:1-13). The One True God willingly allowed Himself to suffer and be sacrificed (as our Passover Lamb). He was betrayed and denied by close friends, and spit on, beaten and condemned by the chief religious leaders. Before the Roman soldiers drove nails through Jesus' hands and feet to hang Him on a cross like a common criminal - they stripped Him, mocked His claim to deity including placing a crown of thorns and a purple robe on Him, and whipped and struck Him brutally. (Matthew 26:1-2, 17-18, 47-75, 27:11-54)

But God demonstrates His own love toward us, in that while we were yet sinners, Christ died for us. Romans 5:8 NASB®

As Jesus hung on the cross, the world went dark as He was forsaken by God the Father, when He became our sin-offering.

...darkness fell upon all the land...Jesus cried out with a loud voice, saying,... "My God, My God, why have You forsaken Me?" Matthew 27:45-46 NASB®

God the Son felt a separation from God the Father that He had never known; as the God of perfect holiness allowed the Son of His Being to take the punishment for our sins upon Himself. (Psalm 22:1-2) What comes to my mind now is the song: Oh how He loves you and me... He gave His life what more could He give... What comes to your mind?

God's power and love acted, and the promise of our resurrection was accomplished. Yes, Jesus Christ died on the cross, but He did not remain dead. He rose from the dead three days later. (Mark 15:37-47, 16:1-14) If Jesus had not risen from the dead, His death would have been just like the many thousands of other people who were crucified on a cross. Without Jesus' resurrection there would have been no victory over sin and death. Jesus' resurrection proved that He is God, and that He had and has the power to pay for our sins and to give us the certainty of our resurrection. (John 10:17-18; Romans 1:4; 1 Corinthians 15:3-8, 50-57)

In Texas, twenty-six innocent people were killed as they worshipped our God. Because of God's death and resurrection - evil had no victory that day. As those beloved people died they went immediately to Jesus. (John 11:25-26; 2 Corinthians 5:6-8) When the devastation of life hits, which is often, our resurrection gives me peace and hope. How about you?

God's autobiography (the Bible) was an undertaking of love. God wanted the people He loved to know about Him and life, and the real history of the world from beginning to the end; so God through His Spirit inspire many different authors to write His Book. (2 Peter 1:20-21) The Bible was written over a fifteen hundred year span by more than forty authors. The golden thread of God's love throughout the Bible is Jesus Christ, and what He did for us.

May Your lovingkindnesses also come to me, O Lord, Your salvation according to Your word. Psalm 119:41 NASB®

After Jesus' resurrection, one of the many things He did was to walk with two of His disciples, as He explained to them the things pertaining to Him throughout the Bible (Luke 24:13-36). You can tell by the story it was a thrilling life-changing experience for them. It would have been for me too. You too?

God's love for us is seen through His work of creation. God spoke, and creation unfolded day by day into the beautiful world He wanted for us. We could say, His creation is His work of love for us. (Psalm 33:5, 119:64. 136:1-9) In actuality, God created you to love you! (Job 10:11-12; Psalm 23:6) Neat thought!

God's love for you is everlasting, extravagant and unconditional. (Micah 7:18-19) We can't say we love someone, until we have someone to love. You are God's someone to love! God's love is towards each one of us, as if we were God's only love. God loves you no matter what you have done or who you are. As you know, people's love has conditions. You do something wrong, and their love may stop. Yet God's love is different. He loved me before I was born, and has never stopped loving me even when I didn't know or care about Him. God's actions of love changed my life. What about your life?

The LORD appeared to him from afar, saying, I have loved you with an everlasting love; Therefore I have drawn you with lovingkindness. Jeremiah 31:3 NASB®


Life Application:

1 Corinthians 13 has been called the Love Chapter of the Bible. Below is the passage in 1 Corinthians 13 that specifically describes God's love.

Love is patient, love is kind and is not jealous; love does not brag and is not arrogant, does not act unbecomingly; it does not seek its own, is not provoked, does not take into account a wrong suffered, does not rejoice in unrighteousness, but rejoices with the truth; bears all things, believes all things, hopes all things, endures all things. 1 Corinthians 13:4-7NASB®

Keep in mind God never asks you to do what He hasn't done. So when you are asked to love others with these qualities, He has loved you that way. Just replace the word love with Jesus. Jesus is patient, kind and so on. Summarize 1 Corinthians 13:4-7 in your own words.

These 15 qualities of love are attitudes you need to learn, so you can love God's way. (1 John 4:19-21) Write out 5 ways you can love others. Here's one way that just came to my mind. I can love my grandmother by forgiving her, even though she was belittling to me at times.

Remember we are commanded to love God too! Don't you think God is worth loving? I do! Read Mark 12:29-31. What are some ways you can show your love to God? I memorize Bible passages, especially the Psalms, so His Word is deeply a part of my thoughts.


Extra info: If you want more information on God's actions of love, I wrote a Bible study on God's love based on His actions of love. The name is: God Loves You and Me


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