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For God so loved the world, that he gave his only Son, that whoever believes in him should not perish but have eternal life.John 3:16 ESV
In his book, Hebrew Word Study: Revealing the Heart of God, author, and professor, Chaim Bentorah discusses the meaning of the word love. In the Peshitta, the Aramaic version of the Bible, the word used for love in John 3:16 is “chav”. Chaim defines “chav” as “a love that is not necessarily returned. It is a love that flows from just one person and is not always completed. For love to be completed, it must be returned.”
From the very beginning, God gave His love to the world, not expecting anything in return. His love has always been unconditional. He loved you long before you loved Him back. Long before you breathed one breath on this earth.
Love is not what He does; love is who He is (1 John 4:18 ).
Love endures forever (Ps 136) simply because God is love and God is eternal and God and Love are one and the same. There is nothing you could ever do to stop Him from loving you.
So, what does this have to do with your purpose?
When you know that there is nothing you can do to change the way God feels about you, it makes you brave. It gives you the courage to step out and do the things He’s calling you to do, without fear of “missing it” or messing up. Your worth to Him does not change based on whether you succeed or fail. Remember, your purpose was specifically crafted for you. He’s already factored in your faults and failures. If you make a mistake, He loves you enough to course correct you so you can get going again.
Do you understand God’s love for you? Are you afraid that you won’t be able to do what He’s called you to do?
Ask Father God to give you a new understanding of His unconditional love for you. Read 1 Corinthians 13:4-8 and replace the word love with God (because well, God is love). Meditate on these verses and ask Him to help you to understand the breadth, length, height, and depth of His love for you.
Father, I know in my head that you love me with an everlasting love, but it has not quite reached my heart. As I meditate on your love for me, help me to grasp how wide, long, high and deep is your love for me.
© Deborah Ruck @ As Bold As THE Lion blog