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GOD’s LOVE FOR US STIRS OUR LOVE FOR HIM

“Once again you will have compassion on us. You will trample our sins under your feet and throw them into the depths of the ocean!” – Micah 7:19.

All of us make mistakes. While we all work hard to do our best, the truth is that none of us are perfect. We have a God who understands and has made a way to help us overcome every failure. Whether our difficulties stem from error, willful sin, or unexpected hardship, the Lord wants to meet us with His compassion. He offers us correction, forgiveness, and healing.

There is strong imagery in Micah 7:19. Out of compassion, God tramples the very things that threaten to trample us. Our evil actions and vices are cleansed by His blood. He throws them into the sea, where they sink to its cold, shadowed depths, never to rise again.

This is just one more portion of scripture that should make us tremble in awe at God who knows all and yet loves us so well. His love is selfless. He is love. His love is independent of how we look, feel, or act. We might as well surrender to this love that is beyond our comprehension. Nothing we do or say can remove His seal of love from us. In Christ, His love is forever settled.

It is now time for us to settle it for ourselves. The Word makes it clear in Romans 5:5 that all believers have the love of God in their hearts. The question is whether it flows through us to others. We are good at loving those who love us back, but we often don’t have the time or inclination to love the difficult people in our lives.

The most loving thing we can do for others is to love God more than we love them. For if we love God the most, we will love others best. God is very good at designing things this way: our faith is revealed by our works (James 2:18), and our love for Him is revealed by our love for others (1 John 4:20).

The ability to love flows from the love we have for God. There’s a reason why Jesus said the second greatest commandment is like the first: if we love God with all our heart, we will love our neighbor as ourselves (Matthew 22:37–39). Our love for each other is an indicator of the place God is holding in our hearts.

Since the greatest and second greatest commandments are involved in these things, we know they are important to God. So perhaps the best thing we can do today is take an honest, lingering look at the way we love others and ask God where we could use some improvement.

Discussion Questions:

  1.  You can’t love people out of a vacuum. God is love. Love is who He is. Therefore, your love for people flows out of the overflow of God’s love for you. You have to know Him intimately and know His love for you before you can give love to others. Agree or disagree and why?   

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