as shared at Hope City Church Frankfurt, 14 February, 2016
- Scripture: “See what great love the Father has lavished on us, that we should be called children of God!And that is what we are! I John 3:1a, NIV
- Purpose: God wants us to know his love, and His love gives us strength and purpose. Han & Leia- He was secure in the knowledge of her love, and it gave him the strength to face what was next.
In the same way, God wants us to really KNOW his love, and it will give us true strength.
- Application: Each and every one of us has a deep need to be loved. The problem is that no person on earth is ever going to be able to completely fill that need. That empty spot is there because it is what drives us to God. How would your life change if that emptiness was really and truly filled with KNOWING that you are loved by God?
We all have questions about whether we are loveable. God has a long history of showing his love to every kind of person.
“I’m too old….” but God loved Simeon and had him announce Christ’s birth.
“I’m too young…” but God loved Josiah and used him to rule a nation.
“I can’t speak well…” but God loved Moses and used him to lead his people to freedom.
“I thought I’d be able to have more children…” but God loved Abraham and made him a parent of nations.
“I am ashamed of my past…” but God loved Rahab and used her to save his leaders.
“I’m a stranger in this country…” but God loved Daniel and spoke through him.
“I’m a woman…” but God loved Esther and used her to save her people.
“I’m single…” but Jesus came to earth as a single man and changed the world.
- Exchange: Today God will show you the depth of his love, and it will be your strength. He will speak to you as you are here with his people. He will whisper his love as you walk in nature. He will fill you as you make time to be in the Spirit. He will show you his love with each Bible passage you read through the week. You will not start this week in emptiness, you will start it in the strength of God’s love, because you will KNOW that he loves you.
- Prayer: Heavenly Father, thank you for the love you have lavished upon us. Let us know your love, fill us with your Spirit, and let your love power us as we begin our week. In Jesus’ name we pray, Amen.