God is love. God so loved the world. God so loved you. God gave Himself. God loves on purpose. John 3:16, 1 John 4
God’s love for you:
- Is patient and long suffering.
- Is kind and abounds with acts of goodness that are useful.
- Does what is best for you.
- Isn’t conceited and boastful.
- Doesn’t keep score, especially of your offenses.
- Rejoices with the truth.
- Bears all things.
- Believes all things.
- Hopes all things.
- Endures all things.
- Never fails.
There is one way and only one way to love as God loves. And that is to allow God to love you as only He can. As you genuinely experience His love, you will find yourself responding in love. You will come to believe you are worthy of His love – not because you have earned it but because He has chosen you. His love will fill the gaping holes in your heart.
As you become rooted and grounded in His love for you, you will start to see others as worthy of His love, too – not because they have earned it but because He has loved them, too. And this changes everything. Loving for the sake of loving. Loving on purpose.
I want you to love on purpose. The first thing you must do if you want to love on purpose is to be honest with yourself about your current love life.
A few years ago, I got brutally honest with myself. I said I loved God, yet I wasn’t even spending time with Him in His Word every day. I wasn’t passionate about doing life with Him. Yes, I was going to church and doing what Christians do. My goodness, I was the pastor’s wife. Yet my heart was not hot for God.
I prayed, “Father, I know you love me. Your love for me has never changed. I love you, too. But I want to love you more. I want to need you like a plant needs water.”
All I can say is be careful what you pray. LOL The Lord brought a series of circumstances my way that caused me to rely on Him for love more than I ever had before. Although the pain was deep, I wouldn’t go back and unpray my prayer. Today, I spend time with Him in His Word just about every day – not because I should but because I need to. I like the me doing life with Him much more than the me doing life on my own.
I choose to be loved on purpose so that I can love on purpose. I dare you to pray the same prayer.