Tuesday, February 14, 2012

Knowing Jesus' Love and Loving Him in Return

Happy Valentine's Day, Friends!

For a moment, stop and think about someone you know who loves you very, very much... Then multiply that by a zillion and you only begin to get a tiny picture of Jesus' love for you.

He loves YOU. He loves you more than you could ever put your mind around. Let that sink from your head to your heart. The Lord of the Universe loves and cares about YOU. He loves with a heart so pure, a love so deep, and a delight so great... nothing in the universe compares!

This love is what you were created for.
I can tell you from personal experience that it is when you truly understand and embrace His love, it satisfies your heart, transforms your life, and makes you love Him in return. "We love Him because He first loved us..." 1 John 4:19

Look at these amazing verses from the greatest love letter of all time - the Bible:
~ "Yes, I have loved you with an everlasting love; Therefore with lovingkindness I have drawn you." Jer. 31:3
~ "The Lord your God in your midst, The Mighty One, will save; He will rejoice over you with gladness, He will quiet you with His love, He will rejoice over you with singing."
Zeph. 3:17

~ "For God so loved the world that He gave His only begotten Son, that whoever believes in Him should not perish but have everlasting life."
John 3:16
~ "Greater love has no one than this, that someone lay down his life for his friends." John 15:13
~ "....nor height nor depth, nor anything else in all creation, will be able to separate us from the love of God in Christ Jesus our Lord." Romans 8:39
~ "His steadfast love endures forever..." Psalm 100:5

Living daily in the reality of Jesus' love
is so incredible and important! It will color all of your life in amazing ways. A heart that is growing in being satisfied and filled with Jesus' love will more naturally experience joy, desire to please Him, be less temptation by sin, love others, and love Him in return. Friends, this is where you were meant to live!

We need to be aware
that there are other things that will try to steal our love from Jesus and lie to us that they will satisfy more than Him. But we were created for Jesus and His love - and nothing less will ever satisfy! To live in Jesus' love and increase our love for Him, we must turn from things that lessen or steal our love for Jesus, and pursue things that help us know and love Him more.

These are things that are majorly helpful to me on a regular basis in living in Jesus' love and loving Him in return:
~ Keeping Him FIRST - in my heart, mind, choices, and activities
~ Daily spending time with Him
~ Reading His Words to me - the Bible
~ Talking to Him in prayer - all day
~ Reading books, listening to messages, and worshipping to music that are about HIM
~ Talking about, and praying to, Him with friends who love Him
~ Getting rid of things that take my heart from Him or distract me - limiting computer time, etc.
~ Thinking about and praising Him for Who He is.*

*I am inviting you to join me and others in taking the next month to focus on loving Jesus more by doing this - thinking about and praising Jesus for who He is. Each day, there will be a post on the blog about one aspect of who He is - and many other young women seeking to love Him will be joining us!

As you grow in understanding His love,
living in the reality of it, and loving Him in return, you will be able to echo these words, "Because your lovingkindness is better than life, my lips shall praise you." Psalm 63:3

May you be deeply blessed as you know the love of our Jesus and to love Him in return!

Treasuring His love and loving Him with you,
Amy Vest

"Eye has not seen, nor ear heard, nor have entered into the heart of man, the things which God has prepared for those who love Him."
1 Cor. 2:9