Do you long to hear the words, “I love you”?
Maybe you are blessed to hear them often. Do you hear them as often when you mess up? I hope so. Do you doubt when you have hurt those you love, when you snap at them and say mean things… does it seem like you just might hear them a tiny bit less. What about if you lie, cheat, steal or whatever sin you deem as worse than another?
Well I have some very important news for you…God is abounding in love!
Abounding? Does that word seem a bit unused or odd? How about the words teeming, abundant or bountiful? God’s love is teeming, abundant and bountiful! But not only a characteristic of God it is God’s love to YOU and to ME!
Yes! When we are good (meaning when we “behave”) and when we are bad! When we hurt people, when we hurt God.
The scriptures below are in the NIV version and they ALL describe God’s love as ABOUNDING! Ah such good news! Remember that friends! God loves you in the good and the bad. God loves you not because of what you have done. God loves you because that is who is IS.
Because I want to be sure you read those verses about God’s love I will write them below. They are good, they will help you see God for who he is and for who you are NOT. You are not powerful enough to stop God’s love for you, no matter what you do.
Go today believing that God loves you.
Psalm 86:5. “You, Lord, are forgiving and good, abounding in love to all who call to you.”
Psalm 86:15 “But you, Lord, are a compassionate and gracious God, slow to anger, abounding in love and faithfulness.”
Numbers 14:18a “The Lord is slow to anger, abounding in love and forgiving sin and rebellion…”
Joel 2:13 “Rend your heart and not your garments. Return to the Lord your God, for he is gracious and compassionate, slow to anger and abounding in love, and he relents from sending calamity.”