Do You Want to Love God More, or Explore the Life-Changing Depth of His Love for You?

MEME - Psalm 31 v 23a

There have been times in my life when I acknowledged God, but didn’t really devote myself to Him or live like I believed what He said in the Bible.

There have also been times when I didn’t think I needed God, when I didn’t care about God, when I withheld from God.

I’ve been angry at, disappointed in, and afraid of God.

I’ve ignored Him and tried running from Him.

I’ve begged God to see me, hear me, help me, forgive me, change me, to prove Himself to me.

Though I believed God existed, He couldn’t possibly love about me, especially after I’d repeatedly blown it, messed up, and hurt myself and others. I doubted God’s love when others hurt me, too.

But even when my faith faltered, God stayed lovingly, constantly present−pursuing and protecting me, preparing my heart to accept all of Him and all He freely offered me.

After I accepted Jesus as my Lord and Savior, I still struggled with praying and believing God’s promises applied to me.

The Lord surrounded me with people who knew Him, loved Him, and taught me how to nurture my own love-relationship with God through the prayerful study of the Bible.

The more I read, the more questions popped up.

Why I should love God when I had plenty, when I lacked much, when I bubbled with happiness, and when I suffocated with sorrow?

Why should I love God when I could handle life’s trials without anyone’s help, especially when God wasn’t fixing what I told Him needed fixing?

Yes, I went there.

How could God possibly love me, when there were times I didn’t even like myself?

I went there, too.

Why did I keep expecting others to meet my needs, when God provided everything for me?

Oh, yes, I went there too many times.

Now, I can’t stop thanking God and telling others about His unending grace, limitless love, and infallible truth.

As I enter year five of one of the hardest seasons I’ve experienced since accepting Christ as my Savior, I’ve never felt so loved by God and I’ve never loved God more.

Hallelujah!

O Lord, thank You for loving me through the mountaintop moments of abundance, the deep valleys of affliction, and the flatlands of my ordinary, mundane, average-Josefina days.

As I share my next blog series, “Why Should I Love God When . . .,” I look forward to praying with you and being blessed by your input in the comment section. You can find all of the posts in this series under the “Loving Our Loving God” tag.

I hope you’ll join me in celebrating God’s love and exploring the depth and life-changing impact of His relentless, endless, priceless love for us−His beloved children.

Lord, thank You for revealing Yourself through Your Word. May Your name be glorified and our need for You magnified, as we seek You daily, grow in our love for You, and be transformed by Your perfect, unconditional, and eternal love for us. In Jesus’s name, Amen

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Photo taken by and meme created by Xochitl E. Dixon.

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8 thoughts on “Do You Want to Love God More, or Explore the Life-Changing Depth of His Love for You?

    • Absolutely, Sister! I thank God for your tender heart. I’m praying you will enjoy the upcoming series. Your love for God and people inspires me, Janet.

  1. All I Can say is to repeat our Lord Jesus words, ” Yea though I walk through the vally,and the shadows of death ,I will fear no evil,for thou arth with me.

    • Amen! I hope you’ll enjoy my upcoming series, Ms. Jean. I’m looking forward to celebrating God’s love and exploring how receiving His love changes our lives. His eternal love is enough, all the time! Hallelujah!

      • Looking forward to receiving the message our Lord has given to you to call. Bless, answer,give hope, guide us, and lead us to a deeper, loving of our Lord.

        • Amen! Thank you for praying this beautiful blessing over me as I seek the Lord’s guidance during this series, Ms. Jean.

          Lord, thank You for Ms. Jean. Thanks for allowing us the privilege of seeking You in Your Word. Please reveal Yourself to us, preparing our hearts to fall head over heels in love with You more and more each day, as You empower us to receive the fullness of the limitless love You have for us. We need You, Lord. And we are looking forward to praising You through this exciting journey. Hallelujah! In Jesus’s name, Amen

          I love you, Ms. Jean! You truly make a difference in my life. To God be the glory!

  2. I am so looking forward to this series. At so many levels we doubt His love for us at certain points in our lives and then when something happens that makes us wonder why we should love Him….? Eek! Good thing He isn’t like us. Wowza. Praise God, He is immutable and doesn’t love or act in accord with His emotions. Like we tend to. I will be praying for you while you prepare and share this vital series.

    • Thanks for your enthusiasm and wisdom, Colleen. This series will actually go well with the series on Proverbs that you’re sharing on your blog. As we get to know God more, love Him more, and allow His love to penetrate our lives, we approach the wisdom in Proverbs, in all Scripture really, with a whole new perspective. We’re more open to receiving God’s truth when love is our motive for living for Him.

      I thank the Lord for blessing us with the privilege of prayerfully encouraging one another, as we continue to seek Him, fall head-over-heels in love with Him, and share His love and truth through the words He gives us to write.