Just how much does God LOVE you?
These are just feeble words to give you an idea about just how much God loves you.
It is something that God showed me while I was out walking one day. It is real deep so don’t just try to understand the surface of it. Consider just one of the ways that God shows us that he truly loves us.
“Consider the lilies how they grow: they toil not, they spin not; and yet I say unto you, that Solomon in all his glory was not arrayed like one of these.” Luke 12:27
Jesus said “Consider the Lilies.” Well, let’s just do that…
ACTS OF SERVICE
“Then cometh he to a city of Samaria, which is called Sychar, near to the parcel of ground that Jacob gave to his son Joseph. Now Jacob’s well was there. Jesus therefore, being wearied with his journey, sat thus on the well: and it was about the sixth hour. There cometh a woman of Samaria to draw water: Jesus saith unto her, Give me to drink. (For his disciples were gone away unto the city to buy meat.) Then saith the woman of Samaria unto him, How is it that thou, being a Jew, askest drink of me, which am a woman of Samaria? for the Jews have no dealings with the Samaritans.Jesus answered and said unto her, If thou knewest the gift of God, and who it is that saith to thee, Give me to drink; thou wouldest have asked of him, and he would have given thee living water.” John 4:5-10
When we read about Jesus and his apostles and how they dealt with people, we can see Acts of Service. Christ passing through Samaria is an example of his Acts of Service. Jesus stopped at the well and asked the woman for something to drink. As the story goes on, he is having a ‘Quality Time’ conversation with this woman. Throughout the whole conversation, she is perceiving that this man has done something for her.
Acts of Service is how we treat people, so that they know, they have been attended to.
GIVING OR RECEIVING OF GIFTS
“Give, and it shall be GIVEN unto you; good measure, pressed down, and shaken together, and running over, shall men give into your bosom. For with the same measure that ye mete withal it shall be measured to you again.” Luke 6:38
Giving or receiving gifts is a Bible love language. The bible teaches us that it is more blessed to give than to receive. The way of giving gifts as a demonstration of love, has been practiced ever since there have been people. It is how people show love, from time to time. People who love to receive gifts often love giving gifts also. People, who love gifts, want to know that during your daily circumstance, you thought of them. There’s a memory and a deep felt appreciation when someone who loves gifts receives a gift.
Sometimes a loved one will send little messages to tell you what love language they speak, hoping that you will get the hint. Guys sometimes need to be hit on the head to get a clue.
My routine when I get home, is to get myself a triple mocha and grab the sports page of the newspaper. My wife will come and sit next to me. As I read the sports page, she tells me about her day. After a while, as I become more engaged in the sports page, she will give up and go start dinner or do something else. After reading the ‘The 5 Love Languages’ book, it dawned on me that I have been being a dummy. I see now that she wants to talk when I get home. I have discovered that Quality Time is probably her primary love language.
Words of Affirmation
“The words of a wise man’s mouth are gracious; but the lips of a fool will swallow up himself.” Eccl. 10:12
We all want to be wise. The Ecclesiastical writer talks about the wisdom that can only come from God. With God’s wisdom in our hearts, the concepts in these languages might come easier. We want to fill people’s tanks. Our loved ones may have tanks that are getting empty.
What a beautiful thing it is to be able to be in fellowship with people who trully love and have the love of God in their hearts- not by appearance but on the inside.
God has in his heart, for his faithful child, a holy love that is strong and passionate and he is jealous over us.
We have heard the commandment:
And thou shalt love the Lord thy God with all thy heart, and all thy soul and with all thy mind, and with all thy strength… Mark 12:30
But as we endeavor to keep this commandment, as with any love affair, when we see the same passionate love being exercised toward us from the heart, it makes it easy to love back.